Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

May 19, 2015 09:00 ET

Supporting the Performing Arts in New Brunswick

Government of Canada provides funding in support of the Imperial Theatre

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - May 19, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that the Imperial Theatre is benefiting from a boost of $43,180 to its fundraising efforts through the Imperial Theatre Foundation.

The Government of Canada is providing funds to the Imperial Theatre Foundation to manage and invest on behalf of the Imperial Theatre through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, which encourages Canadians to donate to professional arts organizations.

Quick Facts

  • The Imperial Theatre is recognized as one of the three largest series presenters in New Brunswick and is the main presenter in the Southwest Region.
  • Thanks to a group of devoted theatre patrons and the overwhelming support of the community, the Imperial Theatre was brought back its original 1913 grandeur and re-opened in 1994.
  • Since 2006-2007, the Endowment Incentives component has provided more than $151 million to various endowment funds in Canada, while the private sector has provided $204 million, for a total of over $355 million.
  • This year, the Government of Canada is matching 97 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector through the Endowment Incentives component.

Quotes

"Today's announcement demonstrates that we are serious about supporting organizations that enrich their community culturally and economically. We are pleased to contribute to the Imperial Theatre Foundation and to the success of New Brunswick's vibrant arts scene."

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

"This beautifully restored theatre provides an environment that certainly sets the tone for exquisite and inspiring cultural experiences that enrich our quality of life. We are proud to support this foundation with our private sector and philanthropic partners."

- Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John)

"The Imperial Theatre Foundation is very pleased to receive this support towards our long-term efforts to provide a stable future for the Imperial Theatre. By increasing the Foundation's permanent investments, this funding helps the Foundation generate revenues that can support the work of the Imperial Theatre in Saint John."

-SG Lee Bolton, Executive Director, Imperial Theatre Foundation Inc.

Associated Links

Canada Cultural Investment Fund

Imperial Theatre

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

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
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    media@pch.gc.ca