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Canadian Arts Coalition to comment on 2011 federal budget

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Media advisory

Canadian Arts Coalition to comment on 2011 federal budget

Ottawa, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 – The Canadian Arts Coalition will have two spokespeople available on March 22nd, after 4:00 pm ET, to provide commentary and analysis on the 2011 Federal Budget from the perspective of the arts community.

Éric Dubeau, executive director at FCCF et co-president of the Canadian Arts Coalition, will be available on Parliament Hill (Railroad Room – 253-D- Centre Block), as of 5 pm today to give interviews in reaction to the federal budget and to share his analysis on the impact of this budget on the arts and culture sector and more specifically on the impact on the arts and culture sector of francophone minority communities.

Available for comment in both French and English:

Shannon Litzenberger, Metcalf Arts Policy Fellow

A Toronto-based dance artist, writer, director and advocate, Shannon Litzenberger was the Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly for more than five years. Representing the national dance, sector, she was a founding member of Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance and a member of the Canadian Arts Coalition Steering Committee. She continues to participate in arts policy forums as the first-ever Metcalf Arts Policy Fellow. Shannon is also a member of the Ontario Culture Days Taskforce, the Toronto Arts Foundation Advocacy Committee, and the Toronto ArtsVote Steering Committee.

Eric Dubeau, Executive Director, Fédération culturelle canadienne-française

Eric Dubeau is the Executive Director of Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF). For 7 years, he was the Franco-Ontarian Arts Officer and Manager of Francophone Partnerships at the Ontario Arts Council. He has served on numerous boards including multiple terms as chair of the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) and of l’Alliance culturelle de l’Ontario. He is currently completing a Masters in Public Policy, Administration and Law at York University.

The Canadian Arts Coalition is Canada’s largest ever group of artists, business leaders and volunteers assembled from across the country. We are united in the knowledge that greater public investment in the arts is essential to Canada’s future. We believe that the high quality of life, for which Canada is known, depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community.


For more information or to arrange an interview contact:

Shannon Litzenberger
Cell Phone: 647-271-6354

Simone Saint-Pierre
Communications Director
Fédération culturelle canadienne-française
613-241-8770, ex. 22
Cell phone : 613-406-0904

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