Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 18, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Theatre Palace Arvida

JONQUIERE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture), and Member of Parliament (Jonquiere-Alma), today announced funding for Producson Spectacles to acquire the Theatre Palace Arvida (TPA).

This funding will be used for the renovation of the Theatre so that it can continue acting as a venue for the performing arts, thus preserving its cultural function. Work will include refurbishing the exterior, bringing the building up to code, improving electrical and mechanical systems, and purchasing specialized equipment.

"Our Government's ongoing investments in arts, culture, and heritage are helping stimulate our economy," said Minister Moore. "Our investments make for more dynamic communities and foster economic benefits in various sectors. These contributions also improve cultural and heritage buildings to offer Canadians a better environment for the presentation of artistic and cultural activities."

"I am very proud that our Government is taking part in the renewal of the Theatre Palace. These investments of more than half a million dollars will not only help renovate the theatre, but they will also support a new way of managing this exceptional cultural space," said Minister Blackburn. "For businesspeople in downtown Arvida, the realization of this project ensures the vitality of their commercial sector. Their dynamic work has supported the efforts of the Societe du Theatre Palace Arvida to save this jewel, which has been witness to several eras of Saguenay's artistic life."

"Producson Spectacles would like to thank the Government of Canada for its significant contribution to the Theatre Palace Arvida's consolidation and recovery plan. In particular, this plan will maintain the equivalent of more than 60 full-time jobs in the performing arts field," said Daniel Gaudreault, President of Producson Spectacles. "Renovation and restoration of Theatre Palace Arvida, a heritage property, is a significant source of motivation for the organization's volunteer board of directors."

Since 1988, Producson Spectacles has offered the population of the Saguenay region multidisciplinary shows in theatre, dance, music, and comedy. The organization also contributes to the cultural boom occurring in Saguenay by doing everything possible to expand its audience and showcase the various artistic talents on the local scene. The organization is known for its innovative spirit.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $575,000 under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund ( Cultural Spaces Canada). This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations