Press Release

2019 Federal Budget:

The Montréal Pride Festival Welcomes the Measures Affecting Canadian Festivals and Events

Montréal, March 19, 2019 — The Montréal Pride Festival, the largest gathering of the sexual and gender diversity communities in the Francophone world, welcomes the announced increases in the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the main programs providing financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series, as well as measures to ensure security at major events.

The announcement is essentially linked to an initiative of the Festival and Major Events (FAME) Association that published its Plan to Create a Better Business Environment for All Festivals and Events in Canada, last November. At that time, some 100 individuals and organizations, including the Montréal Pride Festival had supported the requests the Plan outlined.

“The Montréal Pride Festival Board of Directors and its management team unite their voices with those of FAME in thanking the various elected officials who made today’s announcement possible,” said Montréal Pride President Éric Pineault. “We wish to acknowledge the contribution of Finance Minister Bill Morneau as well as that of Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez who promptly voiced his firm commitment to festivals and events when he was appointed. These measures are perfectly in line with the plans and growth of the Montréal Pride festival, which this year presents the candidacy of the city of Montréal as the host of the event WorldPride 2023, the largest event in Canada planned in 2023,” said Éric Pineault.

About the Montréal Pride Festival

Since 2007, at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ+ communities, the Montréal Pride Festival has been promoting their rights and celebrating their cultural richness and social advances. The largest gathering of the communities of sexual and gender diversity (SGD) in the Francophone world works locally on a daily basis while serving as a beacon of hope for people living in LGBTQ+ hostile regions of the globe. In 2018, the festival generated a total attendance of 2.1 million visitors. In 2019, the festivities will be held from August 8th to 18th. More information is available on the web page, the Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts.

About the FAME Association

Festivals and Major Events (FAME) is a national association providing representation for 30 Canadian festivals and major events. FAME works in alliance with the Québec-based Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (RÉMI) to promote the importance of the festival and event sector to government, media and the public.

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For information and interview requests:
François Laberge
Communications Director
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Telephone: 514 903-6193, extension 3523

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