Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

December 20, 2016 11:30 ET

Edmonton Opera Receives Infrastructure Funding for New Rehearsal Hall

Government of Canada announces support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Dec. 20, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Edmonton Opera is receiving $405,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to transform 4,900 square feet of its existing production facility into a rehearsal hall. This funding was announced today by Randy Boissonnault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This investment will allow the Edmonton Opera to build capacity and create greater efficiencies, resulting in dependable in-house rehearsal space complete with an artist lounge, washrooms, a green room, costume studios, additional storage and workspaces. In addition, the expansion will include an overhaul of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, as well as roof modifications.


"The Edmonton Opera has proven itself to be an established leader in Alberta's arts community, displaying quality, imagination and ambition in its work. We are delighted that we can contribute to its success and help build greater capacity for this important institution."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The Edmonton Opera has been delighting audiences for more than 50 years. With this success comes the need to grow. I am thrilled that our funding will help the Edmonton Opera become more efficient and continue to serve artists and the greater Edmonton community."

- Randy Boissonnault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre)

"There are few experiences in life quite like a night at the opera. As government, we are proud to partner with the Edmonton Opera Association in the development of a facility that will help the company continue its mission to share the joy and vibrant energy of opera with Albertans."

- The Honourable Ricardo Miranda, Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism

"A dynamic and thriving arts community is essential to our city's success. I'm pleased the City of Edmonton can contribute to advancing the great work of the Edmonton Opera as they work to enhance our reputation as a city of creativity and culture."

- His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton

"We are delighted to be part of the funding picture for Edmonton Opera's new rehearsal hall. Edmonton Opera is one of our community's flagship arts and culture organizations, and we are confident that this venture will help them perform better in all sorts of ways!"

- Martin Garber-Conrad, CEO, Edmonton Community Foundation

"Edmonton Opera is very grateful to receive support from Canadian Heritage through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. This funding enables us to complete the renovation of our production facility, transforming it into a space that not only consolidates all Edmonton Opera operations at one location, but may also be shared by the local arts community. The new facility will strengthen our long-term ability to strive for artistic excellence while establishing Edmonton Opera as a hub for arts and culture in the city."

- Tim Yakimec, General Manager, Edmonton Opera

Quick Facts

  • The Edmonton Opera Association has also received funding for the new rehearsal hall from the Alberta Ministry of Culture and Tourism ($80,000), the City of Edmonton ($250,000) and the Edmonton Community Foundation ($80,000).
  • The Edmonton Opera Association, founded in 1963, is one of Edmonton's major arts organizations, employing professional staff as well as singers, performers, directors, artists and craftspeople.
  • In addition to use by the Edmonton Opera, the rehearsal hall will be made available for rentals to theatre companies and the wider Edmonton-area arts community.
  • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund 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.

Associated Links

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Edmonton Opera

Alberta Ministry of Culture and Tourism

City of Edmonton

Edmonton Community Foundation

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  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage