Department of Canadian Heritage



Department of Canadian Heritage

May 16, 2014 12:00 ET

Performing Arts Alive and Well in the Kootenays

Government of Canada announces support for Cranbrook's Key City Theatre

CRANBROOK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 16, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Key City Theatre is receiving support from the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to present its 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 performance seasons. The Theatre will also present a new festival called the SoWeCa Chamber Music Festival. This year's festival opens on May 23 and includes performances throughout communities in the East Kootenays.

Federal funding of $50,000 over two years ($25,000 in 2014-2015 and $25,000 in 2015-2016) was announced today by David Wilks, Member of Parliament (Kootenay-Columbia), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The Key City Theatre Society is the only professional arts presenter in Cranbrook and the largest presenting organization in the wider Kootenay region.
  • The 602-seat Key City Theatre hosts over 40,000 patrons and 150 productions each year.
  • The Theatre supports the organization and marketing of local theatre companies' productions, society festivals, and school and city functions.

Quotes

"The Canada Arts Presentation Fund provides Canadians access to top-notch performances while allowing artists to hone their craft and pursue their aspirations. It's great to see organizations like Key City Theatre benefit from this fund."

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

"Key City Theatre has been a leading multidisciplinary presenter in the Kootenays for more than 20 years. They are an important player in the cultural scene in Cranbrook, and I am proud to announce multi-year funding for their upcoming seasons."

-David Wilks, Member of Parliament (Kootenay-Columbia)

"The Key City Theatre strives to be the Kootenays' premier arts and entertainment venue showcasing both local and international talent and hosting community events. This funding will enable us to fulfill our mandate."

-Gerard Gibbs, Managing Director, Key City Theatre

Associated Links

Key City Theatre

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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