Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 26, 2005 19:00 ET

Government of Canada Applauds the Inauguration of Desjardins-TELUS Hall

RIMOUSKI, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 26, 2005) - Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with special emphasis on Rural Communities and Member of Parliament (Beauce) Claude Drouin, on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women Liza Frulla, welcomes the news of the inauguration of the Desjardins-TELUS Hall, which took place today in Rimouski. The Department of Canadian Heritage has contributed $2,085,900 to the City of Rimouski for the construction of the hall since the fiscal year 2002-2003.

"The inauguration of the Desjardins-TELUS Hall is the culmination of over twenty years of efforts by the Rimouski community," said Mr. Drouin. "The Government of Canada is proud to have participated in this great endeavour, which will make Rimouski an important regional centre for culture and the arts."

The new concert hall is attached to the Rimouski Civic Centre. As a result, the concert hall, dance studios and the music conservatory will all be located within the same complex, providing the Bas-Saint-Laurent region with cultural and artistic facilities of exceptional quality.

Financial assistance has been provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Cultural Spaces Canada program. This program supports cultural infrastructure projects that increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts and also improves physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation.

(Also available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister
    responsible for Status of Women
    Jean-François Del Torchio, Press Secretary
    (819) 997-7788
    or
    Office of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
    with special emphasis on Rural Communities and
    Member of Parliament (Beauce)
    Nancy Labbe, Parliamentary Assistant
    (418) 227-2171
    or
    Canadian Heritage - Quebec Region
    Veronick Raymond
    Director of Public Affairs
    (514) 283-7698