VICTORIA ? In celebration of 150 years of mining in British Columbia, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is joining with the District of Logan Lake and Teck Cominco Limited to bring the Men of the Deeps choir to B.C. mining communities, announced Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger, Teck Cominco president and CEO Don Lindsay and Logan Lake Mayor Ella Brown.

?150 years ago, our earliest explorers launched mining towns across the province with the discovery of gold, copper and coal,? said Krueger. ?The Men of the Deeps will tour some of our mining communities and help us celebrate B.C.?s mining success story ? past, present and future.?

This world-renowned choir of working and retired Cape Breton, Nova Scotia coal miners will perform in Tumbler Ridge, 100 Mile House, Logan Lake, Kamloops, Merritt, Kimberley, Trail, Fernie, and Britannia Beach from July 31 to Aug. 10 to commemorate B.C.?s 150th anniversary.

For over 40 years, the Men of the Deeps have shared the rich history of coal mining. The Men of the Deeps? repertoire of songs depicts the work and lifestyle of Cape Breton coal miners ? stories that are shared by B.C. miners. The performances will honour the evolution of B.C.?s mining industry since the discovery of gold in the Fraser Canyon in 1858.

?BC150 is about celebrating all of the things that set British Columbia apart ? our cultural diversity, achievement and the strength of our communities ? and this chorus of coal miners is a fitting addition to BC150,? said Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen. ?From coal mines to copper mines, large-scale operations to historical mining communities, British Columbia?s mining industry is an important part of our collective history and deserves to be remembered and celebrated.?

The Vancouver-based diversified mining company Teck Cominco is matching the Province?s $50,000 in funding for the Men of the Deeps tour. Teck Cominco is also funding the roduction of a video, Mining in British Columbia: Its History and Its Future, which will precede each performance, offering audiences a glimpse into the contributions the mining industry has made to British Columbia?s history and how the industry is moving forward in a community-focused, sustainable manner.

?We?ve made tremendous strides over the past 150 years, thanks in large part to the hard work and vision of British Columbia?s early prospectors and developers,? said Lindsay. ?Today, instead of pickaxes and shovels, British Columbia?s mining industry is immersed in technology and innovation and centred around environmental stewardship, safety and sustainability.?

Mayor Brown, a strong advocate of mining in British Columbia, has co-ordinated the Men of the Deeps tour, arranging for the nine performances in 11 communities.

BC150 Years is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia in 1858. For more information, please visit