Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 15, 2008 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Intrepid Theatre Company Society

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2008) - Local alternative theatre companies and independent artists, as well as Canadian and international alternative theatre companies and professional touring artists, will have exciting opportunities to participate in this year's festivals thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (Saanich-Gulf Islands), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Intrepid Theatre Company Society.

Funding of $65,000 will be used by the Intrepid Theatre Company Society in Victoria to stage alternative theatre performances for Intrepid Theatre's 2008-2009 season. Events will include the Uno Festival of Solo Performance, taking place May-June 2008, the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, taking place August-September 2008, and the Intrepid Theatre at the Metro Series, featuring international and Canadian professional touring productions.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support arts and culture in Canada," said Minister Verner. "We are committed to enhancing access to arts experiences for all residents of British Columbia and are pleased to contribute to creating awareness of contemporary theatre."

"I am pleased to be a part of this funding announcement for the Intrepid Theatre Company," said Minister Lunn. "This outstanding organization helps alternative theatre companies and independent artists flourish in Victoria and on Vancouver Island."

"Intrepid Theatre brings shows to Vancouver Island that, otherwise, might never come to British Columbia," said Ian Case, General Manager of the Intrepid Theatre Company. "The support of Canadian Heritage and the Arts Presentation Canada Program has been essential in helping us to diversify the cultural landscape of our region and to serve audiences hungry for new artistic experiences."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    Communications, Western Region
    604 666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819 994-9101