The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Member of Parliament for Québec and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced Government of Canada support for the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ), which runs from July 5 to 15, 2018.
CED’s non-repayable contribution of $1,260,000 was granted under the Quebec Economic Development Program to the Festival d’été international de Québec Inc. to help promote and market the 2017 and 2018 editions of the event outside Quebec through advertising, e-marketing and media relations. The assistance also went toward new additions to the Festival, such as spectacular street performances, urban structures and bracelets that create lighting effects.
PCH awarded $550,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) to support the programming for this 51st must-see song fest in Québec City.
The FEQ is an international art and music event that has been offering rich and diverse programming for 51 years. Attracting concert-goers from Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, the United States and around the world, the Festival is an important pillar for tourism in the Québec City area.
“Every year, the Festival d’été de Québec dazzles us with the quality of its diverse programming and the overall visitor experience. I am pleased about the Government of Canada’s support for the Festival, which shines a light on Québec City and the surrounding area, as well as the entire province, for Canadian, North American and foreign tourists. I wish all festival-goers a wonderful time!”
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Member of Parliament for Québec and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
“Tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors worldwide. By supporting events like the Festival d’été de Québec, we are showing our commitment to fostering growth in this industry and promoting the attractiveness of the cities that host them.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED
“For more than 50 years, the Festival d’été de Québec has spared no effort in showcasing our talented artists, who express their art through a wide variety of musical styles. This major event is a perfect illustration of the cultural vitality that exists across the country.”
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“With the support from CED and PCH, the Festival has the means to fulfill its ambitions and further its development. This support is a significant factor in the event’s growth and sustainability and confirms the FEQ’s major contribution to the economy and to tourism development in Quebec and Canada.”
Claude Doré, Acting Director General, FEQ
- CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
- This year marks the 50th anniversary of federal regional economic development in Quebec: half a century of concrete action dedicated to the development of the regions and local businesses.
- For more information on CED and its priorities, consult the 2018–19 Departmental Plan or visit www.dec-ced.gc.ca.
- PCH’s CAPF provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series and organizations that offer support to arts presenters. Through the CAPF, Canadians have access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities.
- The FEQ welcomes international superstars, rising stars and emerging artists in all musical styles. Street musicians also add a touch of colour to the Festival, not to mention the rich lineup of shows and activities for the family.
- During the FEQ’s 10-day run, more than 250 shows will be presented on 10 stages in the heart of Québec City.
- Every year, the FEQ welcomes over 350,000 participants and can boast that 11% of its festival-goers are day-trippers and 27% are tourists. The latter come from Quebec (50%), the other Canadian provinces (19%), the United States(13%) and other parts of the world (18%). The number of visitors from outside Quebec has been on the rise since 2015.