Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 18, 2010 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Ship's Company Theatre Society

PARRSBORO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament (Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley), today announced funding for the Ship's Company Theatre Society in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

Funding will enable this local performing arts society to present the 2010 season in its namesake performance venue, the Ship's Company Theatre, one of the community's most well-known tourist attractions. The theatre features the MV Kipawo, one of Canada's longest-running ferries and the Company's original home, in the outdoor lobby. 

"Our Government is pleased to support this annual summer series in Parrsboro," said Minister Moore. "Tourism is very important to the economy of this historic town, and I am pleased that both tourists and residents alike will once again be able to enjoy high-level entertainment and its positive impact on this community and beyond." 

"The Ship's Company Theatre Society is a Cumberland County treasure," said Mr. Armstrong. "Through its emphasis on new works from Maritime writers, the Society's productions not only entertain us, but also help us tell our story. This is both relevant and of great benefit to the entire region in terms of tourism and economic growth."

"We're very grateful to receive this funding from the Government of Canada," said Matthew Tiffin, the Ship's Company Theatre's Artistic Producer. "Quite simply, it is essential to our operations and goes a long way in helping us produce and host our great Atlantic-Canadian musicians, actors, writers, and artists. This funding gives a platform to many Atlantic artists and helps us to celebrate and share our rich Atlantic-Canadian heritage with the world."

Founded in 1984, the Ship's Company Theatre Society is an acclaimed and innovative professional company. It often commissions its own productions, and a number of these have been performed in theatres across Canada. From July to September, it will present its annual summer series of seven concerts featuring a diverse range of professional and emerging artists from Nova Scotia and beyond. It will also present theatrical productions, including one for young children.

The Government of Canada has provided $7,715 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 Media Room.

Contact Information

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