Federal funds for Desert Daze

The federal government kicks in $2,800 for this year's music festival in Spences Bridge.

The Government of Canada has provided the Spences Bridge Community Club with $2,800 in funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program in support of the 6th Desert Daze Festival.

The festival will showcase musical performances, First Nations drumming and dancing, and agricultural displays and workshops, while promoting the work of local artists.

“The Spences Bridge Community Club is very appreciative of this funding from Canadian Heritage to assist in our Desert Daze Festival,” said Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan, President, Spences Bridge Community Club. “This support allows us to continue with our 6th annual festival-a celebration of local musicians, Indigenous heritage and local agriculture. We are very grateful for the support.”

The Spences Bridge Community Club is a local, non-profit organization that works to promote civic engagement and events in the community that celebrate rural life.

“Congratulations to the Desert Daze Festival on its 6th year,” said  MP Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon). I commend the work of the Spences Bridge Community Club and its volunteers for bringing together arts and culture, families and friends each year.”

Strahl made this announcement this week on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

“Canada’s rural communities represent a strong and vibrant part of our heritage,” said Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “Our Government is proud to support the Spences Bridge Community Club as it continues to celebrate its rich local history and its community spirit through music, culture and art.”

This year’s Desert Daze Festival will take place from Aug. 7-8 on the grounds of the former Spences Bridge school.