Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 10, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Magnetic North Theatre Festival

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Peter Braid, Member of Parliament (Kitchener–Waterloo), today announced funding for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, which takes place in Kitchener–Waterloo from June 9 to June 19.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the arts sector as an important component of a strong and dynamic country," said Minister Moore. "Congratulations to Magnetic North for presenting the best of new English-language theatre from Canada."

"I am proud that Kitchener–Waterloo is hosting one of Canada's most significant annual cultural events," said Mr. Braid. "Our Government is pleased to provide financial support to this festival."

"We look forward to sharing this exciting national celebration of contemporary Canadian theatre with theatre lovers from across the country," said Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament (Kitchener Centre).

"It would not be an overstatement to suggest that this Festival could not exist without the support of our federal partners through programs such as the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. The Festival has received funding through this program since its inception in 2003. This funding has been critical in assisting the Festival in promoting and profiling the work of the Canadian theatre artist by gathering together established and emerging artists and producing companies with presenters, promoters, audiences and communities from all across the country and around the world," said Ann Connors, Magnetic North Theatre Festival Managing Director. "We are truly grateful for the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage; with the assistance of the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, Magnetic North is able to contribute towards a truly national theatre."

The Magnetic North Theatre Festival is the premiere festival of contemporary Canadian theatre in English. It is produced by the Canadian Theatre Festival Society and co-presented by the National Arts Centre English Theatre. It alternates between Ottawa and a different Canadian city every year.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $270,000 to the 2010 Magnetic North Festival through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage and has committed the same amount for the 2011 edition of the Festival. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety 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 under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations