Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 18, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Chatham Capitol Theatre Association

CHATHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament (Chatham–Kent–Essex), today announced funding for the official opening and inaugural season of the Chatham Capitol Theatre.

The newly refurbished Chatham Capitol Theatre, which will present multidisciplinary performing arts series for people of all ages, will open its doors in August 2010. Throughout the season, audiences at this state-of-the-art facility will have the opportunity to enjoy performances by Canadian and international artists in a variety of disciplines, such as dance, theatre, and various genres of music.

"Our Government is proud to support the 2010–2011 season of the Chatham Capitol Theatre," said Minister Moore. "I know this unique performance space will be a key contributor to the cultural vitality of Chatham and bring together community members and visitors to enjoy the creativity of artists from Canada and around the world."

"This is such an exciting time for the city of Chatham," said Mr. Van Kesteren. "It is wonderful to have the opportunity to experience arts and culture right here in the heart of downtown Chatham. Congratulations and best of luck on opening night."

"The Chatham Capitol Theatre is eagerly looking forward to taking its place among Canada's presenting community," said Daniel Donaldson, General Manager of the Chatham Capitol Theatre. "This most welcome support from the Department of Canadian Heritage will ensure that the citizens of Chatham–Kent and across Southwestern Ontario will be able to witness the finest touring artists that this country has to offer in a wide range of artistic disciplines."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $25,000 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 Media Room.)

Contact Information

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