Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 18, 2016 11:30 ET

Saint-Jerome Gets a New Performance Hall

The Government of Canada Supports the Construction of the New Gilles Vigneault Theatre

SAINT JEROME, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 18, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and Member of Parliament for Argenteuil-La Petite-Nation, Stéphane Lauzon today announced $3.6 million in funding to Diffusion En Scène Rivière-du-Nord for the construction of a new performance hall in Saint Jerome. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund will contribute to the construction of the Gilles Vigneault Theatre, a performance hall with a seating capacity of 860 to be built in the new Quartier des arts and du savoir in Saint Jerome's city centre.


"We know how important infrastructure is for artistic and cultural organizations. By supporting new facilities such as the Gilles Vigneault Theatre, we are contributing to the protection and promotion of our culture in the years to come."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"In addition to paying homage to one of our greatest artists from Quebec, the construction of the Gilles Vigneault Theatre in the heart of Saint Jerome allows the public to appreciate the talent of our dancers, actors and comedians in a state-of-the-art performance hall."

- Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and Member of Parliament for Argenteuil-La Petite-Nation

"Diffusion En Scène would like to thank the Government of Canada for its financial contribution to the Gilles Vigneault Theatre project. With construction costs slightly exceeding estimates, this financial assistance has helped us assure the funding for this wonderful project, which will give everyone access to a facility year-round."

- Jean Beauséjour, Chair of the Board of Directors, Diffusion En Scène

Quick Facts

  • Created in 1988, Diffusion En Scène Rivière-du-Nord is a multidisciplinary cultural presenter whose mandate is to promote and develop the performing arts in Saint Jerome. The organization presents various shows (comedy, theatre, music and children's entertainment) and offers more than 100 performances annually to a total audience of over 50,000.
  • The construction of the new Gilles Vigneault Theatre started in October 2015 and the opening of the performance hall is scheduled for September 2017.
  • The project includes the excavation and preparation of the site, the construction and design of the new building (stage, stalls and balcony, foyer and ticket office, dressing rooms), as well as the purchase of specialized equipment, including stage, sound, audiovisual and lighting equipment.

Associated Links

Diffusion En Scène (French only)

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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Contact Information

  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage