Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 23, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports La Troupe du Jour's Theatre Production Centre

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Kelly Block, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon–Rosetown–Biggar), today announced funding for the expansion and renovation of La Troupe du Jour's Theatre Production Centre.

This funding will allow La Troupe du Jour to build a first-class facility for producing high-quality French-language theatre productions and create a hub of creativity for live arts and French culture in Saskatoon. The newly renovated multi-user centre will include meeting and office spaces, a rehearsal hall, green room, technical room, workshop, and wardrobe storage. Each space will be furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.

"Our Government is helping to ensure that Saskatchewan's Francophone community has access to the infrastructure necessary for its growth and development," said Minister Moore. "La Troupe du Jour makes a vital contribution to the economy and cultural life of its city and province, and today's investment will help them thrive for years to come."

"With this additional support, our Government is investing more than $1 million in the renovation and expansion of La Troupe du Jour's Theatre Production Centre," said Mrs. Block. "This investment will help ensure the vitality of Saskatoon's Francophone community, as well as the arts and culture community at large. It will also benefit the revitalization of the Riversdale area."

"La Troupe du Jour appreciates the support of the federal government in providing funds for the creation of cultural infrastructure in Saskatoon," said Madeleine Dahlem, President of the Board of La Troupe du Jour. "The building of a bilingual state-of-the-art production centre to house La Troupe du Jour's activities, which will also be available to other performing arts group of the area, is a valuable contribution to our community. It means that our creative community—from playwrights and storytellers to technicians, directors and dancers—will have a place to work professionally here at home."

La Troupe du Jour, founded in 1985, is the only Francophone professional theatre company in Saskatchewan and is committed to the development of French-language theatre. Through a program of productions, workshops, training, artist talks, and tours, La Troupe du Jour plays a leading role in Western Canada's theatre scene.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $375,000 through the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program aims to enhance the vitality of Canada's official-language minority communities and enable them to fully participate in all aspects of Canadian life.

The Government of Canada has already provided funding of $900,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage - Prairies and Northern Region
    Roxanne Carriere
    Regional Communications - Senior Communications Advisor
    Cell: 204-228-8866
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations