News release

A Show of Support for Gary Beals

Nova Scotia is showing its support, in a big way, for Canadian Idol finalist Gary Beals of Cherry Brook.

Two billboards in Toronto and one in Halifax are being used to proclaim: Go Gary! Nova Scotia's music tradition continues.

"Gary's amazing trip to the final show began last spring and on behalf of all Nova Scotians, we are wishing him the very best of luck next week," said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism and Culture. "At the same time, we are reminding everyone about Nova Scotia's tradition of great music and artists."

Another Nova Scotian, Richie Wilcox of Halifax, made it to the Top 11 of the Canadian Idol contest, a popular TV show aired on CTV.

The billboards also carry the Nova Scotia logo and novascotia.com

  • the province's tourism Web address.

The billboards in Toronto are located at the intersection of Adelaide and Morrison streets and at Adelaide and Portland streets. Both intersections are in the city's entertainment district. The billboard in Halifax is located on Barrington Street between the two bridges.

"Musicians and artists live in almost every community of Nova Scotia," said Mr. MacDonald. "Our music is also one of the many reasons people come to visit our province."

Nova Scotians are encouraged to phone in their vote for Gary Monday night, Sept. 15. The toll free number and details on how to vote will be made available during the show, or you can visit the Canadian Idol Web site at: www.ctv.ca/generic/WebSpecials/Shows/CanadianIdol/default .

The government of Nova Scotia is working with the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia to develop the province's first music strategy. The goal is to position the province as the music capital of Canada.

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The province is showing its support for Gary Beals of Cherry Brook, one of the finalists in the Canadian Idol competition.

Two billboards in Toronto and one in Halifax are being used to proclaim: Go Gary! Nova Scotia's music tradition continues.

Tourism and Culture Minister Rodney MacDonald says the province is wishing Gary the very best of luck on behalf of all Nova Scotians.

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Contact:

Tom Peck
Tourism and Culture 902-424-1593 E-mail:
kjd            September 12, 2003       3:27 P.M.