Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 06, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Theatre Junction Society

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 6, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), today announced funding for the Theatre Junction Society.

The funding will support the 2009-2010 Theatre Junction GRAND season. The presentation series will feature contemporary theatre, Canadian dance and music, as well as an international presentation that exposes audiences to diverse forms of artistic expression. In addition, the Theatre Junction GRAND will offer outreach activities for audience development.

"We are proud to support the efforts of the Theatre Junction GRAND in strengthening Alberta's vibrant artistic community," said Minister Moore. "The diversity of their theatrical performances contributes to the local economy and gives everyone in southern Alberta access to arts and culture."

"Theatre Junction GRAND plays an integral role in Calgary's contemporary arts community," said Mr. Richardson. "I am pleased that our Government recognizes this work and is delivering funding to ensure that this presentation series continues to thrive."

"This funding is integral to Theatre Junction GRAND's ability to be a Western Canadian tour stop for national and international contemporary artists," said Carol Armes, General Manager of Theatre Junction GRAND. "The support from the Government of Canada has allowed us to build a strong reputation as Calgary's 'culturehouse' of contemporary live arts, where audiences can expect to see internationally acclaimed artists right here at home."

The Theatre Junction Society is a non-profit organization whose vision is to be one of Calgary's leading centres of production, presentation, learning, advocacy, and research for the arts. It presents a wide variety of programming from new and emerging artists. Theatre Junction is committed to creating and curating contemporary performances that reflects the unique Western Canadian voice.

The Government of Canada has provided $49,000 in funding through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity 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
    Stephanie Rea - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    stephanie.rea@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    Communications
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155