Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 05, 2015 20:30 ET

The Arts Continue to Shine in Canada's North

Member of Parliament Ryan Leef announces support for the Yukon Arts Centre

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwired - March 5, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada will provide the Yukon Arts Centre with funding of $190,000 over two years ($95,000 in 2015-2016 and $95,000 in 2016-2017) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to support its 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 performing arts seasons. Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament (Yukon), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Yukon Arts Centre is the territory's premier venue for performing and visual arts. In each of its upcoming seasons, the Centre will present an array of artists in various genres, including dance, humour, theatre and music. The Centre will also offer outreach activities that include free concerts, workshops, artists' talks, and matinee performances for school children and families.

Quick Facts

  • The Yukon Arts Centre, which opened in Whitehorse in 1992, consists of a public art gallery, a community gallery and a 428-seat theatre.
  • The Centre has increasingly developed a national reputation for innovative programming through its Mainstage series, as well as smaller productions at the 100-seat Old Firehall in downtown Whitehorse.
  • The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances and other artistic experiences.


"Our Government recognizes that arts and culture are important generators of economic growth, jobs and wealth. Arts and cultural organizations strengthen our communities and enrich the quality of life of Canadians. We are proud to support organizations like the Yukon Arts Centre, whose thoughtful programming gives Canadians in the North opportunities to enjoy a variety of professional artistic experiences."

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

"The Yukon Arts Centre has a proven record of providing us with enriching, thoughtful and world-class performances from across Canada and beyond. I have no doubt its upcoming seasons will be no different. I am excited to see the Centre continue to shine as a beacon for the arts in the North. "

-Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament (Yukon)

"We are pleased to receive ongoing support from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. This investment in our live programming seasons in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 helps ensure that the Yukon Arts Centre can continue to offer a wide range of transformative artistic and cultural presentations in Yukon. We could not do what we do without this generous support."

-Al Cushing, CEO, Yukon Arts Centre

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Yukon Arts Centre

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Anna Gravelle
    A/Regional Communications Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage