Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 16, 2008 14:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Corporation de la Salle de spectacle de Sept-Iles

SEPT-ILES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - Once again this year, the Corporation de la Salle de spectacle de Sept-Iles will be able to offer rich cultural programming to local residents and visitors to the region thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, announced funding for the Corporation de la Salle de spectacle de Sept-Iles while visiting the Jean-Marc-Dion performance hall during the Arts et la Ville conference.

The organization will use the $60,000 in funding from Canadian Heritage for its 2008-2009 programming. As is the case every year, the Corporation will present an eclectic program, with more than 40 shows in various performing arts disciplines, for audiences of all ages. The Corporation will also organize a number of public education and audience-development activities.

"I am very proud to announce that Canadian Heritage supports the Corporation de la Salle de spectacle de Sept-Iles," said Minister Verner. "Our Government is aware that investments in culture have a significant and positive impact on the quality of life of all citizens. Supporting culture, as we are today, is a way of ensuring the social and economic vitality of Canadian communities. The Corporation de la Salle de spectacle de Sept-Iles breathes originality into the cultural life of the North Shore, inspiring freshness and vitality in the entire region."

"The arrival of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Arts Presentation Canada program has allowed us, at the Corporation de la Salle de spectacle de Sept-Iles, to significantly increase our involvement in performing-arts presentation, as much with respect to accessibility, diversity, and cultural activities for the community, as to the development of outreach activities and new audiences," said Blaise Gagnon, Executive Director of the Corporation. "This initiative also allows us to host artists from outside of Quebec and from other countries."

Since 1991, the Corporation de la Salle de spectacle de Sept-Iles has offered audiences an extensive range of programming, which combines song with music, dance, theatre, and variety shows. Opened in 1993, the Salle de spectacle de Sept-Iles is recognized as a major arts presenter on the North Shore. It has been the recipient of several awards: the Felix Diffuseur de l'annee award for promoter of the year, in 1996 and 1997, and the Rideau Initiative award, in 2005.

The Government of Canada has provided this 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,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Regional Manager Communications
    514-283-4027