Théâtre TELUS - the new cultural destination in Montreal

Thanks to a 10-year partnership between Le Groupe Laberge and TELUS, artists will have a new state-of-the-art venue to showcase their talent. Located in the Quartier des spectacles district, the cultural destination will have a capacity of 1200. (CNW Group/Telus Corporation)


    A state-of-the-art space will be unveiled in the Quartier des spectacles

    MONTREAL, March 18 /CNW/ - Groupe Laberge and TELUS are pleased to
announce an exclusive 10-year partnership through which a new venue for
artistic expression will be unveiled - Théâtre TELUS. Located in the Quartier
des spectacles in Montreal, the 12,000-square-foot theatre can accommodate up
to 1,200 people per event 365 days a year.
    "We had been dreaming about giving artists and Montreal audiences a new
space since the Spectrum closed. The support of a partner such as TELUS will
allow us to create a new cultural destination in Montreal - the Théâtre
TELUS," declared Jean-Frédéric Laberge, Director of Groupe Laberge. "When the
Théâtre TELUS opens in April, artists, business people, residents and visitors
to Montreal will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art cultural entertainment
venue."
    Set up in the former Berri cinema located at 1280 Saint-Denis, the
Théâtre TELUS will be equipped with the most innovative lighting and sound
technology, providing top-notch acoustics. A full televisual production and
live broadcasting studio will also be integrated.
    "Just like TELUS, the Quebec cultural community is passionate about
growth. By working together, we will bring our artists, creativity and the
innovation for which we are known to a broader clientele," confirmed Karen
Radford, Executive Vice-President and President of TELUS Quebec. "Over the
next decade, the Théâtre TELUS will be a testament to our commitment to the
5,000 members of the TELUS team in Quebec, to our customers and to the
visitors who will enjoy the Quartier des spectacles."
    Featuring a mezzanine, the Théâtre TELUS will be a versatile and
multi-dimensional space that can be easily adapted to the specific
requirements of all forms of artistic productions and corporate events.
    "The TELUS and Groupe Laberge partnership that will see the creation of
the Théâtre TELUS is excellent news for Montreal, and we hope it will inspire
others. I am very proud to see the private sector help our cultural community
to thrive. As a cultural metropolis, commitments such as these provide
critical support to the 2007-2017 action plan of Rendez-vous Montréal," stated
Isabelle Hudon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Trade of
Metropolitan Montreal.
    As work is already underway, the official opening of the Théâtre TELUS is
expected in mid-April 2008.

    Groupe Laberge

    Groupe Laberge is a family business that has been involved in
entertainment and has been a player on the Quebec cultural scene for over 30
years. Owner of Le Dagobert, a Quebec City show bar, Lamouche, an upscale
lounge in Montreal, and having conducted large-scale events in various venues
in the city and capital region, Groupe Laberge will soon inaugurate the
Théâtre TELUS, its own venue for shows, thanks to the invaluable support of
TELUS.

    TELUS

    TELUS (T and T.A on the Toronto Stock Exchange; TU on the New York Stock
Exchange) is one of the largest telecommunications companies in Canada, with
annual operating revenues of $9.1 billion and $11.1 million in customer
connections, with $5.6 million wireless service subscribers, $4.4 million in
wireline network access lines and $1.2 million in Internet service
subscribers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and
services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and
video. Committed to being Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we
live. Since 2000, TELUS and its employees have donated $113 million to
charitable and non-profit organizations, in addition to donating approximately
2.1 million hours of their time in their communities. Among others, TELUS
formed eight community investment boards across Canada to lead our local
philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, visit
www.telus.com.

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For further information: Members of the media are asked to contact the
following people for additional information: Nadia Potvin, Annexe
Communications, (514) 844-8864 ext. 211, npotvin@annexecommunications.com;
Stacey Masson, TELUS media relations, (514) 977-8766, stacey.masson@telus.com