Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

December 18, 2014 09:30 ET

Lighting Up the Stage at the Imperial Theatre

Government of Canada provides funding for performance series

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Dec. 18, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Imperial Theatre in Saint John has received an investment of $100,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund for its next two seasons.

Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John), announced this funding today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This funding will support the theatre's presentation series and outreach activities during fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17. Each year more than 40 performances will be presented, including theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, literature, and film. Fifteen outreach activities will also be offered, including workshops in these same disciplines as well as post-show artist talks.

Quick Facts

  • The Imperial Theatre is an 852-seat main performance venue in Saint John.
  • In 2013, the Imperial Theatre marked its 100th anniversary as a performance venue.
  • About 45 regional, national and international professional and emerging artists, groups and companies will perform in each of the next two seasons.
  • The Imperial Theatre has been described by The Globe and Mail as "… the most beautifully restored theatre in Canada."


"Our Government is pleased to partner with organizations such as the Imperial Theatre, which provide Canadians with access to diverse artistic experiences right in their own communities. We know that cultural opportunities like these contribute to the quality of life and the economy of a community."

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

"The Imperial Theatre is a hub for cultural activity in Saint John and provides a wide variety of performances and outreach activities to residents and visitors. Today's announcement demonstrates our commitment to arts and culture, and to the many great organizations involved in the sector."

-Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John)

"As we prepare our programming for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, Imperial Theatre is glad to know that we will continue to receive $50,000 per year from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to support us in bringing quality performing artists to share their work with the Saint John community."

-SG Lee Bolton, Executive Director, Imperial Theatre

Associated Links

Imperial Theatre

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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Contact Information

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

    Gilles Theriault
    Manager, Communications
    Atlantic Region

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage