Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 09, 2010 11:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Harbourfront Theatre

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (Egmont), today announced funding for the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre in Summerside.

Funding will enable the Regional Cultural Event Centre to offer "Harbourfront Theatre Presents," a year-long series of performing arts shows that will feature something for everyone.

"Our Government is pleased to support the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre," said Minister Moore. "This theatre's work in promoting community and cultural programming is very important to Summerside, to Prince County, and to all of Prince Edward Island. Its role in presenting unique entertainment experiences, such as this performing arts series, contributes greatly to the local and regional economies."

"The Harbourfront Theatre is a very important multidisciplinary arts venue for Prince Edward Island," said Minister Shea. "This wonderful performance series will provide a range of live entertainment options to the Island community and its visitors, featuring both local and touring productions. By presenting lesser-known disciplines along with popular mainstream favourites, it will nurture a broader appreciation of the performing arts."

"Our mandate is to provide a continuous live entertainment service to the Prince Edward Island community and its visitors, featuring both local and touring productions, and to be the driving force within the region to encourage and nurture the development and appreciation of the performing arts," said Maurice Gallant, General Manager of the Harbourfront Theatre. "With the assistance of the Department of Canadian Heritage, this series of presentations will expose our Island audience to ballet and to classical and world music, which are seldom offered elsewhere in Prince County, and engage our Acadian and Aboriginal communities by offering entertainment choices which reflect their rich and distinct cultures."

The "Harbourfront Theatre Presents" series will run from April 2011 to March 2012 and will feature some 21 performances in dance, theatre, and many genres of music. These will include Ballet Creole, Aboriginal music, world music, and programming for the Francophone community.

The Government of Canada has provided $27,000 in funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. 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
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations