For laughs ” comedy Festival in Montreal: Ottawa is supporting the clubs

Photo: Adrian Wyld, The canadian Press
The minister of canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly

After the government of quebec, the future administration Plant and the Desjardins group, and the comedians who want to create the laughs ” comedy Festival in Montreal (FRM) received Monday the moral support of Ottawa.


“I had a productive meeting with the group of artists behind the new co-operative of humor, has indicated the minister of canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly. They can count on my support in the framework of their approach. “


At the embryonic stage where things are, this support does not, however, guarantee financial assistance, said behind the scenes. Similarly, The Duty announced Friday that the new event, to be held next summer, could not touch of subsidies paid by the ministry of Tourism or the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), at least not until its third edition.


Nevertheless, the comedians brought together by this project born of the aftermath of the scandal involving Gilbert Rozon accumulate support since their first steps, last week. The québec minister of the Economy, Dominique Anglade, in particular, presented alongside the headliners of the FRM on the tv show Tout le monde en parle (TLMEP) on Sunday.


“One of the mandates of my ministry is to make the promotion of the projects, said Ms. Anglade Duty, Saturday. When they are out, the comedians were told that they did not know how to structure it. The ministry has therefore accompanied in this journey. “The new mayor of Montreal, Valerie Plant, also had good words for the collective upon the issuance of TLMEP.


The members of the collective of comedians have in the wake announced the appointment of an interim director-general, is the former mayor of Bois-des-Filion, Paul Larocque. The notary will be in post until the end of January. “The mandate is to put the structure in place, constitute the board of directors, to reflect the code of ethics, to explore what can be done for the funding,” lists the new director-general in an interview.


Regarding the issue of subsidies, Mr Larocque believes that it is too early to mention the possible avenues. “We are in the exploratory stage. But things can exist, ” he says.

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