Canada's New Government Supports Port Perry Performing Arts Centre

    PORT PERRY, ON, March 7 /CNW/ - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister
of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, today along with representatives
from the Town Hall 1873, Port Perry's performing arts centre, announced
$40,000 of federal funding to support the purchase and installation of
specialized sound, lighting and stage equipment for the Town Hall 1873 Centre
for the Performing Arts.
    "Town Hall 1873 is a central part of Port Perry's cultural and community
life. I know how the Town Hall has contributed to Port Perry for over a
century," said Minister Oda. "As part of Canada's New Government I am happy to
enable performance facilities such as this in smaller communities across
Canada. I look forward to attending more events in the Town Hall, an important
facility in the area."
    "This funding means we can now move forward with our professionally
designed modern sound system which will be a benefit to our patrons and
performers alike," said Richard Drew, Chair, Town Hall 1873 Centre for the
Performing Arts. "We are extremely grateful."
    Built in 1873, the town hall was initially used as a centre for legal and
community services. Since then, it has also served as courthouse, opera house
and even a high school auditorium. One century after its construction, a group
of interested citizens decided to convert the building into a performing arts
centre whose doors officially opened in 1976. For over 30 years, Town Hall
1873 has been used to host professional Canadian music and drama talent
including several local performing arts groups and community organizations.
    Canada's New Government has provided funding through the Cultural Spaces
Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program supports
cultural infrastructure projects that contribute to improved physical
conditions for artistic creation, presentation and exhibition, and increase
access for Canadians to performing, visual and media arts as well as to museum
collections, heritage displays and exhibitions.

    (This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

For further information:

For further information: Véronique Bruneau, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage and, Status of Women, (819) 997-7788; Donald
Boulanger, A/Chief, Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, (819) 994-9101

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