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Government of Canada provides support for important theatre upgrades

March 19, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided $500,000 in funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts, also known as the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts.

Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), announced this support today on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

Funding will allow the Centre to purchase and install new specialized audio, video, lighting, and rigging equipment in four of its theatres.

Quick Facts

  • The EPCOR CENTRE for Performing Arts opened in 1985.
  • The largest facility of its kind in Western Canada, it comprises five theatres and one concert hall for a cumulative seating capacity of 3,682.
  • Nearly 600,000 people attend more than 1,800 performances and events each year at the Centre.
  • The Centre is home to nine resident companies and partners that deliver over 1,800 performances annually.


“Projects like the EPCOR CENTRE’s specialized equipment upgrades are critically important to attracting talented artists and providing audiences with access to world-class entertainment. The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund makes it possible for organizations to preserve and improve their facilities, while also allowing organizations to better create and present artistic performances.”

—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

“The EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts has become a cultural institution in Calgary. I am pleased that the Centre will be receiving a much-needed boost to support important facility upgrades.”

—Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre)

“We are excited that the awarding of these funds will enable EPCOR CENTRE to continue to accommodate the diverse needs of a world-class city and align with Calgary and Alberta’s long-term strategic objectives to build a culturally vibrant community. This grant fills a vitally important role in the upkeep and upgrading of our theatre facilities, including the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Max Bell Theatre, and Martha Cohen Theatre—our largest and most productive venues.”

—Johann Zietsman, President and CEO, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts

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EPCOR Centre for Performing Arts

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

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