Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 05, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Corporation Les Amis du Theatre Belcourt

BAIE-DU-FEBVRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Pontiac), today announced funding for the Corporation Les Amis du Théâtre de Belcourt.

The funding will go toward the Théâtre de Belcourt's 2010-2011 annual programming. Theatre lovers will be able to attend concerts and other events, as well as plays. These performances will be presented by professional and emerging artists from Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. Audience awareness and development activities are also planned.

"Our Government recognizes the contribution of arts and culture to the social and economic vitality of Canada," said Minister Moore. "Our commitment is crucial, because supporting organizations like the Corporation Les Amis du Théâtre Belcourt makes it possible to offer the public programs based on diversity. In addition to arousing the curiosity of audiences, these activities offer a showcase for the talent of Canadian artists."

"I am proud that our Government is participating in projects that not only stimulate creativity and innovation, but also help Canadian communities thrive," said Minister Cannon. "With the originality that it breathes into the cultural life of Baie-du-Febvre, the Corporation Les Amis du Théâtre Belcourt inspires freshness and vitality in the entire region."

The Corporation Les Amis du Théâtre Belcourt was founded in 1998. As a multidisciplinary arts presenter, the Corporation presents about 20 professional performances over the winter–spring and fall seasons. The theatre features professional equipment that the Corporation makes available to emerging amateur and professional artists who wish to use it. The Corporation also offers training in theatre arts to young people aged 7 to 18.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $15,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    514-283-4027
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca