His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond
I would like to welcome you all to the 22nd High Performance Rodeo festival! I am certain you will not be disappointed.
I had the great pleasure of attending the launch of the 2008 program and it is incredible, daring, provocative, intelligent and sure to please. It will certainly lead to some interesting
The High Performance Rodeo is a celebration of the imagination and discovery, and a lesson in life and in thinking. In my opinion, it is exactly what a festival should be: a place for new expression, a showcase for unconventional aspects of our culture and an opportunity to create ties with the world as we know it.
I am quite pleased and extremely proud to be Honourary Patron of the festival this year, and to be able to take part by organizing and hosting a special High Performance Rodeo edition of Art Matters.
The festival is the kind of event that reminds my wife, Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and I why we place so much importance on culture. In all its forms, culture helps to shape and develop our national reality and celebrate our identity. It opens us to differences and encourages dialogue.
Congratulations to the One Yellow Rabbit team, its tireless artistic directors, its many volunteers, and the Canadian and visiting artists who are giving Calgary and all of Canada an interesting, entertaining and high quality example of culture.
Let the festival begin!