ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 15, 2014) - St. Catharines' residents are eagerly anticipating the grand opening of their new state-of-the-art performing arts centre. Officials of all levels of government gathered today to witness progress at the centre's construction site.
The downtown performing arts centre, a 95,000-square foot academic and cultural complex, will showcase artistic and cultural activities in St. Catharines. It will include four separate performance spaces: a 775-seat concert hall, a 300-seat recital hall, a 187-seat film theatre and a 210-seat theatre/dance venue. Although they are all part of a single building with a large main floor and shared lobby, each theatre will have a distinctive architectural design.
- The Government of Canada is contributing up to $18 million toward this project through the Major Infrastructure Component of the 2007 Building Canada Fund.
- The Government of Ontario is contributing up to $18 million to this project, which will increase Ontario's performing arts and culture programming and provide benefits to the local economy.
- The City of St. Catharines is responsible for the remaining $24.7 million of the total project cost of $60.7 million.
"Performing arts are an important part of Canada's heritage. To be here today to witness progress made thus far on the new performing arts centre confirms our Government's continued commitment to improve infrastructure, and create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. We are proud to invest in significant infrastructure projects like this one, which will showcase both the inspirations and the aspirations of St. Catharines' residents."
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of 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
"Ontario is proud to promote arts and culture in communities across the province. The new St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre will be a modern and accessible venue that will host talented artists, performers and musicians from within our borders and beyond. Serving as a significant cornerstone in the community, the centre is creating jobs, driving tourism and building Ontario's reputation as a true cultural destination."
The Honourable Michael Coteau
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for Pan/Parapan American Games
"Our new performing arts centre is taking shape in the heart of our downtown and will enhance our efforts to support, promote and encourage growth in arts and culture. A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes and the spotlight will be on St. Catharines when the PAC opens in 2015."
His Worship Brian McMullan
Mayor of St. Catharines
Canada and Ontario Support New St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/media/news-nouvelles/2009/20090522stcatharines-eng.html .
For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html.
For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure in your region, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca/regions/regions-eng.html.
To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan: www.eap.gc.ca.