Canadian Heritage Announces $150,000 in Funding for Saint John’s Canada 150 Celebrations

February 27, 2017

For Immediate Release

Canadian Heritage Announces $150,000 in Funding for Saint John’s Canada 150 Celebrations

Saint John, NB February 27, 2017: Discover Saint John is thrilled to acknowledge the Government of Canada’s support for their Canada 150 Cargo-tecture Design Competition and Culture Stage. Canadian Heritage has committed $150,000 to the project after approving Discover Saint John’s application, says Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John.

“Canadian Heritage required projects or activations that were unique, engaged the community and expressed creativity around the environment in a forward-look at the country of Canada. Our history as a vibrant port city coupled with our vision of upcycled shipping containers was a perfect match,” says Clarke. “We cannot wait to see what our local creative-minds conceive for this competition.”

In honour of the sesquicentennial celebrations, New Brunswick architects, designers, artists, engineers, innovators and all creative-types are being invited to submit concepts to the Canada 150 Cargo-tecture Design Competition to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

“Canada 150 is about celebrating what our country has to offer and today’s announcement from Discover Saint John is a perfect example of that,” says Wayne Long, MP Saint John-Rothesay. “There is so much to see and do in Saint John and unique events like this one are just the beginning of the Canada 150 celebrations!”

Five finalists will bring their shipping container designs to life to be featured at the Area 506 Festival on Canada 150 Street this summer August 5-6, 2017. The public will have the opportunity to experience the upcycled shipping containers and then vote for their favourite. The public vote will be combined with a jury score to determine the grand-prize winner of $1500.

In addition to the cargo-tecture contest, Discover Saint John’s Canadian Heritage project includes a Canada 150 Culture Stage also showcased at the Area 506 Festival featuring musicians, visual artists, dancers and more from across New Brunswick.

The competition finalists and Canada 150 Culture Stage performers will be announced in the coming months.

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