Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 06, 2008 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Sunshine Theatre Society

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Kelowna-area residents and visitors will be able to enjoy more high-quality theatrical performances thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament (Kelowna-Lake Country), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Sunshine Theatre Society.

Funding of $16,000 will help the Society produce this year's Sunshine Theatre Presentation Series, four professional theatre presentations that will emphasize contemporary and new Canadian works, including performances for students.

"The Government of Canada recognizes that culture is an important part of healthy communities," said Minister Verner. "Our Government wants to ensure that all Canadians have opportunities to enjoy diverse and varied artistic experiences, such as the Sunshine Theatre Presentation Series."

"Arts organizations must have access to resources that enable them to flourish in their communities," said Mr. Cannan. "Today's funding will allow this organization to offer unique cultural experiences to audiences in British Columbia."

"This announcement comes at a perfect time to let the public know that our 2008-2009 subscription series went on sale April 15," said Tracie Ward, Executive Director of the Sunshine Theatre Society. "The support of Canadian Heritage contributes significantly to our ability to ensure that the very best touring professional theatre productions are available in Kelowna."

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
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    Communications
    604-666-6504