Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

May 18, 2010 22:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in New Facility for Vancouver TheatreSports League

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Vancouver TheatreSports League to convert a former marine building on Granville Island into a small theatre.

Minister Moore made the announcement at the official opening event for The Improv Centre, the newly outfitted 176-seat theatre and permanent home of the Vancouver TheatreSports League. Completed in April 2010, the space will also be available as a rental venue for the benefit of the larger arts and cultural community of Vancouver.

"Our Government is proud to support the efforts of local arts performance centres, which play an important role in sustaining the economic future of Canadian communities, as well as facilitating access to arts and culture," said Minister Moore.

"For more than 30 years, Vancouver TheatreSports has dreamed of having its own theatre. It is only through the support of the Government of Canada that this dream is now becoming a reality," said Jay Ono, Executive Director. "As a not-for-profit arts organization, we appreciate the commitment that Minister Moore and the Government of Canada have shown for the arts and culture community in Vancouver and across Canada." 

Operating on Granville Island since 1986, the Vancouver TheatreSports League is a unique non-profit professional theatre organization dedicated to the growth and exploration of exceptional improvisational work that challenges and inspires the community.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $489,800 under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentations or exhibitions. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and heritage displays. 

The Government of Canada is investing $540 million in the arts and culture sector to stimulate the economy as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. It also recently renewed funding for federal arts programs totalling $1.51 billion over the next five years.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    TTY: 1-888-997-3123
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