Government of Canada Support Helps Light up the Marigold Cultural Centre

Member of Parliament Bill Casey announces Government of Canada support for the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro, Nova Scotia

TRURO, NS, Aug. 24, 2017 /CNW/ - Bill Casey, Member of Parliament (Cumberland–Colchester) today announced funding of $59,602 to the Cobequid Arts Council for lighting upgrades and new series programming at the Marigold Cultural Centre. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Cobequid Arts Council will receive $51,602 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to purchase and install energy-efficient and safe theatre lighting that will meet industry standards. As well, $8,000 has been allocated through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund for programming of the Centre's 2017–2018 professional performing arts series.

The new lighting at the Marigold Cultural Centre will make the theatre experience more enjoyable for artists and audiences, while the new series programming will provide Nova Scotians and visitors with increased access to professional performances. The series will feature professional and emerging artists from Canada and the United States, performing various genres of music, theatre and comedy.


"Arts and culture are at the heart of our communities. Our government is proud to support organizations like the Cobequid Arts Council, which provides Truro residents and visitors with great performances and high quality arts experiences throughout the year. By investing in our cultural institutions, we continue to create jobs, grow the economy and build stronger communities."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The Marigold Cultural Centre is an important venue for performing and visual arts. You know when there's a show on at the Marigold, because there are more people around town having a meal or a drink, shopping and strolling the streets. And many young people come here to learn and develop as artists. It is great to see Canadian Heritage supporting the Marigold and vibrant cultural life in Colchester County!"

—Bill Casey, Member of Parliament (Cumberland–Colchester)

"We are pleased that the Canada Arts Presentation Fund has supported the Cobequid Arts Council/Marigold Cultural Centre in bringing a wide variety of arts experiences to the people of our community. This allocation of funds for 2017–2018 will help us keep bringing great Canadian artists to perform here in Truro. Canadian Heritage has also contributed to the Cobequid Arts Council renovation project that will update the Marigold Cultural Centre's theatre lighting. This is an invaluable gift for Nova Scotia's entire artistic community, as well as for the people who use and attend the Centre each year and participate in the events held here. The two contributions will enable community members to discover the richness of all genres of music, musical theatre and drama that enrich our community."

—Vern Hearn, Chair Cobequid Arts Council

Quick Facts

The Cobequid Arts Council owns and manages the Marigold Cultural Centre, which comprises a 208-seat theatre, art gallery, workshop space for arts education programming, sports heritage hall, boardroom, concession area and offices.

Opened in 2005, the Centre offers a year-round blend of 130 professional, amateur and community performances that attract a total audience of over 16,000.

All ages can take advantage of the Centre's arts and culture education program, which includes music education, visual art, musical theatre, and summer drama and art camps.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) contributes to improved physical conditions for arts and heritage creation, presentation, preservation and exhibition. CCSF also supports increased access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays, through the construction and renovation of arts and heritage facilities.

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund supports professional arts and festivals and performing arts series presenters to provide Canadians access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities.

Associated Links

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
Canada Arts Presentation Fund
Marigold Cultural Centre


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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