Official words

Greetings from the Mayor


Trois-Rivières, founded in 1634, celebrates its 375th anniversary in 2009 and it has received an incredible gift! Our city has been declared the Cultural Capital of Canada in 2009. This honour has been bestowed upon us by the government of Canada, which is somewhat normal: Trois-Rivières is one of the oldest cities in the country and the people around here have contributed to the creation and development of Canada. This is true for explorers and pioneers who left from here, such as Radisson and La Vérendrye, but it is also true from a cultural perspective: capital of poetry, university town, and home to several artists from all fields. Trois-Rivières is a place of creation and dissemination.

For the title of Cultural Capital, I say thank you to the government of Canada and invite all Canadians to come and discover our city which has just received a wonderful anniversary gift.

The Mayor,

Yves Lévesque

Words from the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
The Honourable James Moore
October 2009

Arts and heritage are at the heart of the economic vitality of our communities and help make them exciting places to live. The Government of Canada is proud to support the city of Trois‑Rivières as a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2009. For the past several decades, this city has managed to promote the arts, culture, and tourism in innovative ways while highlighting its rich history. The people of Trois‑Rivières have many reasons to be proud of their accomplishments. The year 2009 is certain to be another great source of pride for them, as it also marks the 375th anniversary of the founding of their city.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I commend the initiative of everyone who helped plan this year of arts and culture in Trois‑Rivières. Your efforts have helped strengthen our commitment to giving Canadians of all backgrounds the chance to have rewarding cultural experiences.

The Honourable,

James Moore