Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 03, 2009 19:15 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Magnetic North Theatre Festival

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Pierre Poilievre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Member of Parliament (Nepean-Carleton), today announced funding for the Canadian Theatre Festival Society to present the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

The Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Canada's highly acclaimed national festival of contemporary Canadian theatre in English, is an annual theatre event featuring some of the most exciting productions of English theatre to tour Canada. Co-presented by the National Arts Centre, Magnetic North travels from its home base in Ottawa to other Canadian centres in alternate years, providing an environment for the theatre community to congregate in one centre in order to discuss and debate the current theatre milieu.

"Our Government is proud to support this festival that shines a spotlight on the best in contemporary English-language theatre," said Minister Moore. "This event, which attracts large numbers of spectators, makes a great contribution to the economic and cultural vitality of its host city."

"The Magnetic North Theatre Festival is a key event in the annual calendar of theatre presentations in Ottawa and in English Canada," said Mr. Poilievre. "Bravo to all those who contribute to the presentation of quality programming and devote their time and energy to making this festival a reality."

"Through its Arts Presentation Canada program, the Department of Canadian Heritage makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of Canada. Nowhere is this more clear than at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. The ten plays on the main stage are drawn from across the nation and truly represent a cross-section of theatre that is available to tour the country; the Magnetic North Industry Series draws presenters from across Canada and around the world who are inspired to bring that work to their communities," said Ken Cameron, Magnetic North Theatre Festival Artistic Director. "We are truly grateful for the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage; with the assistance of Arts Presentation Canada, Magnetic North is able to contribute towards a truly national theatre."

The Government of Canada has provided $270,000 in funding through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The program allows Canadians to experience 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 under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations