Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 21, 2008 11:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports City of Kingston's Grand Theatre

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Gord Brown, Member of Parliament (Leeds-Grenville), today announced funding for the Corporation of the City of Kingston's Grand Theatre Improvement Project.

Funding of $750,000 will allow the Grand Theatre, one of Kingston's historic landmarks, to complete its restoration and re-open later this year. The project is part of an overall goal to revitalize the city's downtown core.

"This state-of-the-art community performance venue will make it possible for Kingston residents and visitors to participate in cultural activities," said Minister Verner. "The Grand Theatre is another example of the Government of Canada's support towards arts and cultural investments."

"I am pleased that our Government is able to assist in the preservation and upgrading of this wonderful and storied theatre in downtown Kingston," said Mr. Brown. "The Grand Theatre will be transformed into a state-of-the-art performance venue for artists and will offer an unforgettable experience for patrons."

"The City of Kingston is delighted that the Government of Canada has provided this additional funding for the Grand Theatre restoration project," said City of Kingston Mayor Harvey Rosen.

"The Grand has had a prominent place in Kingston's storied history of memorable cultural and entertainment events. Its restoration and re-opening, later this year, will be welcomed by both citizens and visitors to Kingston. Thanks to this important added investment, the Grand Theatre will be open soon and will be better than ever!"

The Government of Canada has provided this financial support through the Cultural Spaces Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program contributes to improved physical conditions for artistic creativity and presentation or exhibition. It is designed to improve access for Canadians to the performing, visual, and media arts, as well as to museum collections and heritage exhibitions.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Communications
    Ontario Region