WATERLOO, ON, May 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Investments in arts and heritage
spaces in the Waterloo Region are helping to boost the economy and
create jobs and growth. Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament
(Perth-Wellington), today announced support for Drayton Entertainment,
on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages.
With this funding, Drayton Entertainment will purchase and install
specialized equipment for the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse in St.
Jacobs and the new Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, which is currently under
construction. The acquisition of new rigging, lighting and sound
equipment, stage curtains, stage flooring, a ticketing system, and an
infrared hearing assistance system will ensure an improved experience
for theatre audiences.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
cultural facilities like these," said Minister Moore. "By supporting
these initiatives, our Government is delivering on its commitment to
strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"I am pleased to see our Government's support for arts organizations in
the community," said Mr. Schellenberger. "This project will ensure that
the community maintains modern quality facilities such as the St.
Jacobs Playhouse and the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge."
"This is an exciting day for our organization," said Alex Mustakas,
Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. "The project is unique in
that it will directly pay dividends for several communities in Ontario
and also enhance our ability to develop artistic opportunities that
will attract visitors to these areas."
The Harper Government has provided funding of $725,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve
physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or
exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to
performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)