Investing in New Brunswick's Cultural Infrastructure

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.

Quick Facts

  • 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 of Directors,

Associated Links
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
Saint John Theatre Company

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

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Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Gilles Thériault
Communications Manager 
Atlantic Region
Department of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Department of Canadian Heritage

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