the Honourable Mélanie Joly announced $65,000 in funding for the Orford Music Festival


Government of Canada supports Orford Music Festival

ORFORD, QCApril 17, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $65,000 in funding for the Orford Music Festival.

This support, provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will help the Festival present its 2018 edition from July 6 to August 11. This year’s program will give a prominent place to Japanese culture and will include classical and jazz concerts by world-class and emerging artists.


“We are pleased to support the Orford Music Festival again this year. This renowned event has made a name for itself with first-class performances that showcase true virtuosos and promote classical music outside our major cities.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“I’d like to thank Canadian Heritage for generously supporting the Festival each year. After paying tribute to Canadian composers for last year’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, I am pleased that the Festival will have a Japanese theme in Summer 2018, the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries. I look forward to helping you discover or rediscover talented artists and providing an immersive experience at events with a Japanese flair!”

—Mr. Wonny Song, General and Artistic Director, Orford Music Festival

Quick Facts

  • The Orford Music Festival is a world-class event that draws nearly 25,000 visitors each year to the Festival site and about a dozen Eastern Township municipalities.
  • The 2018 Festival will feature a range of artists including celebrated pianists Charles Richard-Hamelin and Christian Blackshaw, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, jazz musician Marianne Trudel, renowned chamber ensemble Les Violons du Roy, and a rising star, viola player Marina Thibeault.
  • The lineup will also have new works from Canadian composer Airat Ichmouratov, performed by talented artists, and about 50 free events for the family, including a new series of concerts in North Hatley.

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