Canada is a country with an incredibly diverse culture and it offers amazing experiences for all its citizens. Here are the top five cultural communities that make Canada unique:
1. Edmonton, Alberta – in the more than 125,000 population category
Edmonton, Capital city of the province of Alberta is known for its thriving arts and cultural communities including a downtown arts district where several major centers are located.
2. Comox Valley, British Columbia – in the 50,000 to 125,000 population category
Comox Valley is a thriving arts and culture community with painters, potters, theatre and dance troupes perform in parks and a myriad of venues including renovated heritage churches, warehouses, sports arenas, resorts and restaurants.
3. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – in the less than 50,000 population category
Moose Jaw is famous for its Murals on buildings all over the city. Scenes depicting Moose Jaw’s early history can be found on the sides and fronts of buildings throughout the downtown core.
4. Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec – in the less than 50,000 population category
One of Quebec oldest municipalities, the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, a favorite of Canada’s Group of Seven painters, and a heritage town with over 85 century-old homes, this city still draws
artists to this day.
5. Wendake, Quebec – in the less than 50,000 population category
Located 10 kilometers north of the city of Quebec, the Carrefour des Nations is a festival of contemporary Aboriginal arts and culture, showcasing the First Nations artists and their unique culture. Theatrical productions, exhibitions, literary readings, musical performances, and a traditional pow-wow are testimony to Wendake’s commitment to the arts and culture.
These five communities were unanimously recommended by an independent advisory committee. The Cultural Capitals of Canada program celebrates the unique character of Canadian municipalities and recognizes the important role they play in highlighting the richness and diversity of our culture.”
The Cultural Capitals of Canada Program highlights the achievements of communities that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the arts and culture.
These prizes are awarded for merit, for the quality of proposed projects, and for past achievements of the communities. The 5 communities receive anywhere from $ 500,000 up to $ 2,000,000 to finance projects that celebrate arts and culture in those communities.