Congratulations to the Honorable James Moore, Re-appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage

TORONTO, May 18 /CNW/ - On behalf of PACT, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, President Eric Coates congratulates the Honorable James Moore on his reappointment as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Since his appointment in 2008, Minister Moore has been a strong advocate for Canada's cultural sector.  He recognizes the important place that the arts and cultural industries play in Canada's economy and has worked to ensure they are part of the Government's broader economic strategy.  "Minister Moore has travelled the country meeting with artists and arts organizations, including many PACT members.  He appreciates and values the contribution the arts make to our country," said Coates.  "We are confident that PACT's members will be well-served by Minister Moore's ongoing work on our behalf."

PACT looks forward to ongoing work with Minister Moore and the Government of Canada to continue efforts to strengthen Canada's theatre sector, and the arts in general.  As part of the Canadian Arts Coalition, PACT is working towards long-term increased investment in the Canada Council for the Arts and measures to help theatre companies and arts organizations increase their market access, with a particular focus on international opportunities.

Canadians enjoy a rich array of theatre across the country.  From the largest summer theatre festivals that draw thousands of tourists each year to regional and local theatre companies that enrich the lives of their communities, coast to coast to coast, our country benefits from a lively theatre sector.  PACT's 138 members offered 597 plays to Canadians last year. One in two Canadians attends at least one live performing arts event a year.

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres is a member-driven organization that serves as the collective voice of professional Canadian theatres.  For the betterment of Canadian theatre, PACT provides leadership, national representation and a variety of programs and practical assistance to member companies, enabling members to do their own creative work.

PACT is a founding member of the Performing Arts Alliance and the Canadian Arts Coalition and works in tandem with other representative bodies in the cultural and not-for-profit sector including the Canadian Arts Summit and others.

SOURCE Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

For further information:

Lucy White
Executive Director
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
416 595-6455 x 11
lucyw@pact.ca

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