Orford Arts Centre - Major modernization project - Quebec allocates $6.85 million dollars

    ORFORD, QC, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - It was during a press conference held
this afternoon at the Orford Arts Centre that the Minister of Culture,
Communications and the Status of Women, Christine St-Pierre, and MNA for
Orford, Pierre Reid, announced an agreement in principle to the amount of
$6.85 million dollars that will permit the advancement of a major
modernization project for the Orford Arts Centre (OAC) and the upgrading of
the infrastructure of its site and buildings.
    "The Orford Arts Centre has the exceptional potential to attract to our
region music and art lovers from all over southern Quebec. The project
announced today will give the Centre a well-deserved new lease on life and
encourage the full development of its potential," said Peter Reid, MNA for
    On behalf of the Orford Arts Centre's board, President Mathieu Bouchard
warmly welcomed this news. Said Bouchard, "We thank the Government of Quebec
for the recognition it has given us and for its assistance. This financial
support will allow us to ensure the longevity of the OAC and assert its place
as a major heritage site in Quebec, an essential cultural institution both
nationally and internationally, and a touristic and economic engine for the
    "This financial support will also permit us to continue the Orford Arts
Centre's mission throughout the year. What an extraordinary vote of
confidence! Our artists here and abroad, our students from 35 different
countries, and our public, applaud you," said Davis Joachim, Executive
Director of the Orford Arts Centre.

    The Orford Arts Centre is located in the heart of beautiful Mount Orford
Provincial Park and was founded in 1951 by Mr. Gilles Lefebvre and the
Jeunesses musicales du Canada movement. The main mission of the Centre is the
training of talented young musicians at the university and postgraduate level
by some of the world's greatest masters in classical music, as well as the
presentation of works in various artistic disciplines focusing on local
artistry, artistic potential and innovation.


For further information:

For further information: Press relations: Alain Labonté Communications,
(514) 523-9922, alain@alainlabonte.ca; Source: Nicole Bouchard, Director of
Communications, (819) 843-3981, ext. 258, nbouchard@arts-orford.org

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