Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 31, 2014 14:00 ET

Improving Access to the Performing Arts in Elgin County: Government of Canada Supports Renovations to Port Stanley Festival Theatre

PORT STANLEY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 31, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $440,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to support the expansion and renovation of Port Stanley Festival Theatre. With this support, the organization will improve the physical conditions for artistic creativity and presentation and increase the facility's economic viability.

Joe Preston, Member of Parliament (Elgin-Middlesex-London), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • Since its first season in 1992, Port Stanley Festival Theatre has produced and presented summer theatre that highlights Canadian works in drama, comedy and musical comedy, along with other celebrated works.
  • The renovation/expansion project will not only increase the size of Port Stanley Festival Theatre, allowing the organization to accommodate larger audiences, but it will also improve the facility by acquiring specialized lighting and sound equipment and an upgraded heating and air conditioning system.


"Our Government is committed to improving physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation so that artists can continue to pursue their craft."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"I am pleased the Government of Canada is providing funding to upgrade Port Stanley Festival Theatre-an important cultural space that provides our community with access to professional performing arts."

-Joe Preston, Member of Parliament (Elgin-Middlesex-London)

"We were delighted to hear of this significant financial contribution made by the Government of Canada as we move forward with our 'Expand the Experience' campaign. The contribution will ensure our continued presence as both an economic driver to the local economy and a vibrant producer of Canadian theatrical works, as we move forward towards 2017-the 150th birthday of this great country."

-Simon Joynes, Artistic Director, Port Stanley Festival Theatre

Associated Links

Port Stanley Festival Theatre

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

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  • Marisa Monnin
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    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Jillian Lum
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    Ontario Region
    Canadian Heritage

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