The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., Member of Parliament (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage today announced funding of $270,000 to the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Inc. This funding is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund.
Oh Canada! A Young 150! New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO)
The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra proposes to commission an original song for orchestra, soloist and choir to celebrate Canada 150, to be both performed live and recorded. The music will be composed by a renowned Canadian, adding to the magnitude of the opportunity. The piece will be toured throughout New Brunswick in 2017 using local bands and orchestras, as well as local choirs and soloists, along with members of the NBYO and Sistema NB. Educational materials will be developed to complement the song and can be presented prior to performances in schools across the province to assist in disseminating the project theme of “Proud of the Past, Engaged in the Present and Eager for the Future”. The NBYO – Canada 150 project will also include two additional commissions, one literary and the other visual art, by renowned New Brunswick artists.
To make 2017 a year that all Canadians will remember, the Government of Canada will continue to invest in local, regional and Canada-wide projects.
The 150th anniversary of Confederation gives Canadians the opportunity to celebrate our shared values, our achievements, our majestic environment and our country’s place in the world. It is also an ideal opportunity for Canadians to get involved in their communities.
As we prepare for a year of celebration, the Government of Canada invites all Canadians to take part in activities surrounding the Canada 150 countdown. This is an opportunity for all of us to express what it means to be Canadian and how we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“In 2017, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that it means to be Canadian. The Government of Canada will create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations. Communities across the country will proudly take part in the festivities throughout the year to mark this significant anniversary in Canada’s history. Join the celebration—it’s happening in your community too!”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“I am so very proud to support this great community project through the Canada 150 Fund, as this initiative is a wonderful way to celebrate 150 years of Confederation! The NBYO’s reputation speaks for itself and I am confident that they will produce a work of great quality that all Canadians will be proud of!
—The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament, Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe
“The legacy of NBYO’s Oh Canada: A Young 150! tour will be the original song, coast to coast engagement of Canadians in the celebration, pride in Canada’s past and future, fond memories of the celebrations and a lingering pleasure and pride that ‘I was there.’”
—Ken Macleod, CEO, New Brunswick Youth Orchestra
- The Government of Canada’s vision for the 150thanniversary of Confederation includes four major themes: diversity and inclusiveness, the environment, young people and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
- The Canada 150 Fund, established in April 2015, has an overall budget of $210 million.
- Through this fund, the Government of Canada will continue to invest strategically in activities that support the 150thanniversary vision and promote the direct involvement of Canadians.
- Founded in 1965, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra has eight centres across the province with more than 700 children involved, employing 60 people.
- The mission of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra is to inspire children and youth to achieve their full potential through learning and performing orchestral music.