On January 14, 2008, Josée Verner, minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, and Peter Herrndorf, president and chief executive officer of the National Arts Centre, launched the Podcasts.culture.ca website, the Government of Canada's very first directory of Canadian cultural podcasts.
Podcasts.culture.ca, an online service accessible through Culture.ca, is a new Internet directory of audio and video files for listening or viewing on demand. According to the Canadian Heritage press release, Web visitors are invited to download the files directly from the directory, which has a starting collection of more than 300 Canadian podcasts related to the arts, heritage, and society. The release adds that the collection is constantly changing and growing.
"Podcasts.culture.ca is an excellent tool for raising the profile of Canadian talent," said Minister Verner. "It offers Canadians a collection of links to hundreds of cultural podcasts which represent the vitality and diversity of Canadian culture online."
"The National Arts Centre is very pleased to be able to lend its expertise in new media, specifically podcasting, to this important project," said Mr. Herrndorf. It is wonderful that we are able to bring an opportunity for Canadians to explore a wealth of online cultural content."
The press release concludes by stating that “together with the National Arts Centre, the Department of Canadian Heritage has designed the new podcast directory to help Canadians more easily share and express their cultural experiences with one another and the rest of the world”.
Readers are invited to visit the website at the following address: