The Government of Canada supports new Cambridge performing arts complex



    CAMBRIDGE, ON, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Gary Goodyear, Member of Parliament
for Cambridge, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the Government
of Canada has identified the construction of a performing arts complex in
Cambridge as a priority for funding under the Building Canada infrastructure
plan. MP Goodyear was joined by Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director and CEO of
Drayton Entertainment, for the announcement.
    The contribution from Building Canada would be up to one-third of total
eligible costs, to a maximum of $6 million.
    The project includes three key components: the creation of a
state-of-the-art, year-round performing arts complex in Cambridge; the
consolidation of Drayton Entertainment's production and administration
facilities in one multi-functional environment; and technical upgrades to
several of Drayton Entertainment's existing six Ontario venues.
    The total cost of the project for the independent non-profit charitable
arts organization is estimated at $18 million.
    "The Government of Canada is investing in cultural infrastructure
projects that develop and promote Canada's rich multicultural heritage," said
MP Goodyear. "Cultural infrastructure, such as this new performing arts
complex in Cambridge, provides venues for citizen engagement and participation
in key artistic and cultural activities."
    Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig welcomed the announcement. "This is fantastic
news for the City of Cambridge," Mr. Craig said. "I really appreciate
Mr. Goodyear's hard work and the federal government for this funding to
combine with the funding from the City. Now all we need is for the province to
step up to the plate."
    "This is truly a groundbreaking day for our organization," said
Mr. Mustakas. "This project is unique in that its impact will directly pay
dividends for multiple communities in Ontario while simultaneously elevating
Drayton Entertainment's ability to develop exciting new artistic opportunities
that will have both national and international significance."
    The new 15,000 square foot performing arts facility in Cambridge will be
open year-round and seat 500-600 people.
    Drayton Entertainment's centralized office will house all theatrical
components, including set construction, props, audio, carpentry, costumes,
administration, call centre, rehearsal space, and housing for artistic
personnel to support future growth.
    The existing theatre venues in Ontario operated by Drayton Entertainment
that will benefit from this project are located in Drayton, Grand Bend,
Penetanguishene, and St. Jacobs. These advances would include technical
upgrades, changes to seating capacity, and improvements to exterior grounds.
    It is anticipated these developments will enable Drayton Entertainment to
increase its audience base to over 300,000 annually, making it Ontario's
second-largest theatre festival.
    Federal financial support for the construction of the performing arts
complex is conditional on the initiative meeting all applicable federal
eligibility requirements under the Building Canada infrastructure plan,
including full federal due diligence, and successful negotiations with the
Province of Ontario of a Framework Agreement, as well as confirmation of
provincial and municipal funding participation.
    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government of Canada is providing long-term, stable and predictable
funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada is
supporting a stronger, safer and better country.




For further information:

For further information: on the Building Canada plan, visit
www.buildingcanada.gc.ca. For further information contact: Karine White, Press
Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, (613) 991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148; Steven
Karcher, Director of Marketing & Development, Drayton Entertainment, (519)
638-5511 ext.234


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