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Portrait Gallery of Canada program celebrates Olympic spirit on Granville Island

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Granville Island, B.C., November 10, 2009— The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, accompanied by Dr. Daniel J. Caron, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, today announced the upcoming installation of Portraits in the Street: Vancouver 2010. Developed by Library and Archives Canada's portrait gallery program, this installation will help celebrate the Olympic spirit through more than 20 framed reproductions to be presented on Granville Island during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"I am delighted to participate in the unveiling of the Portrait Gallery of Canada's first installation in Western Canada, said Minister Moore. "This is a great example of how Library and Archives Canada continues to make the national portrait collection accessible to Canadians and to international visitors on the occasion of the 2010 Winter Games. This is the kind of innovation and collaboration that our Government is proud to support."

From David C. Paterson's portrait of Gaétan Boucher, one of Canada's former speed skating Olympic champions, to Andy Warhol's portrait of Wayne Gretzky, Portraits in the Street: Vancouver 2010 celebrates Canadian Olympians and Paralympians. Drawn largely from the national portrait collection at Library and Archives Canada, these striking images also include ordinary men and women who have contributed to the development of winter sports in Canada.

The upcoming installation is made possible by a successful partnership between the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, which manages Granville Island facilities.

The Government of Canada has allocated $3.5 million per year to the Portrait Gallery of Canada program, giving Canadians the opportunity to view their national portrait collection through travelling exhibitions and other public programs across the country. As part of the grand opening of the new Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton, Karsh: Image Maker will be featured from January 31 to May 30, 2010. This major exhibition presents the life, influence and work of legendary Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh. Also, from January 30 to April 10, 2010, the Art Gallery of Calgary will feature Beyond Likeness: Contemporary Canadian Portraits, a selection of 24 original works from the national portrait collection.

Portraits in the Street: Vancouver 2010 will be installed in Railspur Alley located on Granville Island, British Columbia, from January 30 to March 22, 2010.

Portrait Gallery of Canada program
The Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, engages Canadians in exploring their national portrait heritage. Through the Portrait Gallery of Canada program, Canadians discover the known and unknown faces and personalities from all walks of life who have shaped, and continue to shape, Canada's history, culture and identity. For more information, visit www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/portrait-portal/Pages/portrait-portal.aspx?selected=1.

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