Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 15, 2014 13:00 ET

Modernizing an Important Cultural Showcase in the Eastern Townships

Government of Canada Supports the Centre culturel de l'Universite de Sherbrooke

SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 15, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced $1 million in funding for the Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This amount, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will be used for an important upgrade to theatrical infrastructure and stage equipment in Salle Maurice-O'Bready, a premier cultural venue in the Eastern Townships.

Quick Facts

  • The Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke, founded in 1964, is home to Salle Maurice-O'Bready (Quebec's fourth largest performance hall), an art gallery and four foyers.
  • The Centre attracts more than 200,000 people each year for a range of events, including conferences, art exhibits and professional shows in disciplines such as theatre, dance, comedy, music and song.
  • The project involves the acquisition and installation of digital circuits, stage dressing, an orchestra pit, audience seating, as well as systems for lifting, lighting, sound and video.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to give Canadians greater access to the arts by supporting a cultural venue this close to the heart of the Estrie region's residents and many visitors."

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

"I am pleased that the Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke will continue to offer a prime showcase to artists from the Eastern Townships and beyond, while contributing to the community's growth and vitality."

- The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"We are delighted to learn of the Government of Canada's contribution. This major investment in upgrading the Université de Sherbrooke's cultural infrastructure will help us ensure the excellence of Salle Maurice-O'Bready and raise the profile of culture at the university and throughout the region of Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships."

- Alain Webster, Vice-President of Sustainable Development and Government Relations, and Vice-President of Longueuil Campus, Université de Sherbrooke

Associated Links

Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke (French only)

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
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