375MTL receives boost from the Government of Canada at 150Alliance regional gathering in Montreal

MONTREAL, QC – At today’s 150Alliance regional gathering at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage announced $8.375 million in funding to 375MTL, the hub coordinating activities and initiatives for Montreal’s 375th anniversary next year.

This government funding will support different projects in the city, including the winter festival Les Hivernales, a free outdoor concert at the base of Mount Royal called Montréal Symphonique, and an open-air art exhibition designed and organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, among others. At today’s event, the Minister also announced a new project to illuminate the Biosphere on Saint Helen’s Island for Montreal’s 375th.

The 150Alliance regional gathering also offered local and national organizations an opportunity to showcase projects connected to Montreal’s 375th and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Two Canada 150 Signature Initiatives were featured, including ‘150 Years Young’ led by Montreal-based Apathy is Boring, and ‘We Desire A Better Country’ led by The Walrus Magazine.

The Foundation of Greater Montreal presented two projects funded through their participation in the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a national small grants program seeded by the Government of Canada and delivered locally by community foundations in collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada. The Art Hives Network spoke about their initiative to support art-based social inclusion in Canada, while travelling mobile studio Wapikoni highlighted the impact of their project, Musique nomade et triporteurs solaires.

Another project for Montreal’s 375th, Les fenêtres qui parlent, which is part of the La Grande Tournée du 375e, took centre stage before participants moved to a networking reception. Organized by Diasol, neighbourhood residents will hand over their windows, porches and staircases as exhibition space for artists in all 19 boroughs.

“The 150th anniversary of Confederation will make it possible to engage Canadians, inspire them,and strengthen the bonds that unite them,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “Thanks to 150Alliance events, Canadians all across the country will be able to work together to make 2017 an unforgettable year. Now it’s Montréal’s turn to make the most of this networking opportunity to promote activities highlighting its 375th anniversary and the country’s 150th.”

The 150Alliance regional gathering in Montreal was the latest in a cross-country tour to engage Canadians in 2017 activities that has included stops in St. John’s, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Richmond this fall.

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About 150Alliance

The 150Alliance is an open network of organizations, groups and individuals working to make the most of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Incubated by Community Foundations of Canada, the 150Alliance is the national hub for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, with over 1,300 members and growing. Learn more or join today at www.150alliance.ca.

Contact

Melody MacLean
Manager, Public Engagement
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 x 305
E: mmaclean@communityfoundations.ca

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