The Government of Canada's $1 million investment will fund renovations to the Théâtre Palace Arvida, including the theatre's reception and performance spaces.
SAGUENAY, QC, July 20, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced that Diffusion Saguenay will receive funding of $1 million for the renovation of the Théâtre Palace Arvida.
This investment will fund the renovation of the Théâtre Palace Arvida, a cabaret-style hall built in the 1920s with a 500 person capacity. Renovations will focus on repairing the building's major structural and architectural faults, as well as restoring the theatre's reception and performance spaces.
The renovation will be carried out in partnership with the Diffusion Saguenay, a multidisciplinary presenter that promotes the development of performing arts in Saguenay and the surrounding areas
This financial support is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. It supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as the acquisition of specialized equipment.
By supporting improvements to our country's cultural spaces, the CCSF increases access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections and heritage displays.
"Investing in our cultural spaces helps build strong communities while stimulating the local economy. The Government of Canada is proud to support the Théâtre Palace Arvida renovation project, which will create good, local jobs while allowing Saguenay residents to experience artistic performances right in their own community. This project will modernize and safeguard this historic theatre and allow it to continue showcasing emerging and established Quebec artists."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Théâtre Palace Arvida is a place of memory, history and culture, essential to the growth of the arts in the region. With these major renovations, it can continue to offer top-quality productions to the Saguenay region's residents and visitors.
—Pierre Mazurette, Chair of the Board, Diffusion Saguenay
Diffusion Saguenay, incorporated in 2010, is a multidisciplinary presenter that promotes the development of performing arts in Saguenay and the surrounding areas. The organization presents a program of varied cultural and artistic performances each year at the three concert halls it manages in Saguenay: the Théâtre du Palais municipal, Théâtre Banque Nationale and Théâtre Palace Arvida,
The current project aims to restore the Théâtre Palace Arvida, a cabaret-style hall built in the 1920s that can accommodate up to 500 people. Renovations will repair the building's major structural and architectural faults.
The exterior and ceiling of the concert hall will also be renovated. Additional work will include building a new lobby space, refurbishing the loges and the box office and replacing seats in the mezzanine to allow for better functionality of the theatre.
After work is completed, it is expected that at least half of Diffusion Saguenay's annual programming will be presented at the Théâtre Palace Arvida. The organization estimates that around 30,000 spectators of all ages will pass through the theatre's doors each year.
Diffusion Saguenay (French only) http://diffusion.saguenay.ca/
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1455203896312/1455204007503
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information: (media only): 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, [email protected]