Government of Canada provides financial support for upgrades to BMO
Studio Theatre in Saint John
SAINT JOHN, Feb. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has provided
funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help the Saint John Theatre Company upgrade its BMO Studio Theatre.
This multipurpose performing arts space presents the Fundy Fringe
Festival and a variety of other cultural events.
Member of Parliament Rodney Weston (Saint John) today announced $30,190
for fiscal year 2013-14 for the theatre company on behalf of Canadian
Heritage and Official Languages Minister Shelly Glover.
Thanks to this investment, the BMO Studio Theatre will purchase and
install sound, lighting, and projection equipment, as well as a screen
and 100 chairs. The upgrades will improve the venue for artists to
create and for audiences to enjoy a wider range of professional
performing arts presentations. Specialized equipment and seating
upgrades are essential to deliver the theatre's professional
presentation series and to accommodate the needs of rental clients.
Established in 1990, the Saint John Theatre Company is the
second-largest English-language theatre company in the province.
It entertains audiences throughout southern New Brunswick and from as
far away as Nova Scotia and Maine.
The company presents main productions at the 800-seat Imperial Theatre
and smaller productions in the 120-seat BMO Studio Theatre.
"Our Government is pleased to partner with the Saint John Theatre
Company by investing in upgrades to the BMO Studio Theatre. We know
that an improved venue will increase the public's access to a variety
of cultural experiences, which will in turn contribute to the quality
of life and economy of communities."
- Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"The BMO Studio Theatre is a significant multi-purpose performing arts
venue for residents of and visitors to Saint John. Through the
improvements announced today, we can expect this venue to be an even
busier hub cultural activity."
- Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John)
"Due to previous substantial infrastructure investments from the
Government of Canada, the Saint John Theatre Company has grown to be
one of the more prolific producers and presenters of live theatre in
New Brunswick. This current contribution will allow us to create an
even more flexible and useful studio performance venue. Our region of
New Brunswick will have a unique and thriving cultural centre for the
production and presentation of theatre, dance, music and film. This
would not have been possible without the generous investment of the
Government of Canada."
- Dean Bradley Turner, President of the Saint John Theatre Company Board
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
Saint John Theatre Company
SOURCE Canadian Heritage