Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 21, 2008 18:35 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Four Major Projects to Promote Montreal's Cultural Development

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, The Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister Responsible for the Region of Montreal, today announced funding for four major projects that will contribute to the development of Montreal's cultural scene.

Total funding of close to $6 million will be shared among LADMMI-The School of Contemporary Dance, the National Circus School, the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, and the Maison Theatre. These funds will be used to renovate or develop new facilities that reflect the vitality and creativity of these renowned cultural organizations.

Of the total funding, $3.5 million will go to LADMMI to allow it to move into new facilities, which will ensure that modern-dance artists continue to have access to quality training.

"I am proud to present LADMMI with the largest contribution ever awarded to an organization in Quebec under the Cultural Spaces Canada Program," said Minister Verner. "Our support will help enhance one of the most important dance schools in the country."

"Today's announcements are proof that the partnership established at Rendez-vous 2007 between our Government and the driving forces of the cultural sector is solid and productive," said Minister Fortier. "This alliance will showcase our culture while making an excellent contribution to the quality of life of Montrealers."

"Improvements to practice conditions through the building of new spaces, along with structured education programs, will have a decisive impact on the development of future generations of leaders in contemporary dance," said Yves Rocray, Executive Director of LADMMI.

The National Circus School will receive close to $1.7 million to increase access to and improve the quality of training for young people from Quebec and across the country. These funds will make it possible for the School to build student residences, set up a multipurpose studio, and purchase specialized stage equipment.

"The residences will improve access to professional training for young people at the high-school level from across the country," said Marc Lalonde, Executive Director of the National Circus School.

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre will receive $514,800 for the purchase of specialized equipment as part of the first phase of renovations at the Segal Centre, formerly owned by the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts. Committed to ensuring the continuity of activities at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts on a long-term basis, the Segal Centre hopes to completely transform and redesign these facilities and adopt a new vocation aimed at the performing arts.

"With the new Segal Centre for Performing Arts, we are building a deep foundation of artistic excellence and, together with the private and public sector's collaboration, we are committed to creating a vibrant meeting place for the arts that we can all be proud of. We are delighted to have the support of the federal government and thank Minister of Canadian Heritage Josee Verner for this most important contribution," said Alvin Segal, C.M., Chairman of the Board of the Segal Centre.

Finally, the Maison theatre will receive $100,297 to carry out urgent renovations to their performance hall, which will allow it to continue offering young audiences high-quality theatre.

"In addition to the support it provides to our organization, which will soon celebrate its 25th season, this contribution from the Department of Canadian Heritage is also a recognition of our artistic discipline: young public theatre," said Alain Gregoire, Executive Director of the Maison theatre.

The Government of Canada has provided funding for these four projects under the Cultural Spaces Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program contributes to improved physical conditions for artistic creativity and presentation or exhibition. It is designed to improve access for Canadians to the performing, visual, and media arts, as well as to museum collections and heritage exhibitions.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Regional Manager