April 23, 2008: Capilano’s jazz series and folk roots series receive boost from the Canadian government

      Wednesday, April 23, 2005
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel:  604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—James Moore, Member of Parliament (Port Moody–Westwood–Port Coquitlam), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced $15,000 in funding for the Capilano College Foundation. These funds will assist the Foundation in the presentation of the 2008–2009 Jazz Series and Folk/Roots Series at the Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre (CCPAT).

      “This unique funding program, specifically targeted at presenters, has allowed our jazz series to develop, grow and flourish,” said Fiona Black, director of Programming for CCPAT. “Our Jazz Studies degree program is second to none and has produced many great artists who are having an impact on the jazz scene.”

      Currently in its 10th anniversary season, the CCPAT has established itself as one of the region’s premiere music venues. The increased funding for the coming year will enable it to present more diverse and emerging artists that truly reflect the changing face of its community.

      “As a jazz fan, I very much appreciate what is going on at Capilano,” Moore said. “Today’s funding announcement will allow Capilano to continue to offer unique cultural experiences, such as the Jazz and Folk/Roots series.”

      Capilano serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6,700 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.

      The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.