Source: Government of Canada – MIL OSI National News
New audio equipment improves and amplifies audience experience
June 13, 2018 – Summerside, PE – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
A vibrant and professional arts community creates opportunities for Islanders from many disciplines to showcase their skills and talents. State-of-the-art technology is key to delivering compelling, authentic and engaging audience experiences. That is why the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are supporting upgrades to a key cultural venue that attracts visitors to the region and provide economic benefits to local businesses.
Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced support for the Regional Cultural Events Centre to upgrade Harbourfront Theatre’s audio equipment.
The Government of Canada is providing $109,000 in non-repayable assistance for the project, including $45,500 through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) and $65,000 through Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The new audio system meets industry standards for live performance theatres and increases the overall efficiency of theatre operations by improving performance acoustics and backstage communication.
This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The strategy focuses on building a strong culture of innovation by supporting creative and entrepreneurial people, and investing in state-of-the-art technology.
“Cultural activities and facilities form an essential part of every community. The Government of Canada recognizes that investing in them celebrates our heritage and improves the quality of life of all Canadians. These renewed facilities not only respond to the demand for community infrastructure improvements, but also provide us with an opportunity to celebrate the values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define Canadians.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for ACOA
“Harbourfront Theatre is a great example of an institution that encourages the growth of the arts and cultural sector in our communities by creating a space for local talent. Our government realizes that investing in cultural infrastructure supports the prosperity and economic vitality of our cities. I am delighted that Islanders will be able to benefit from these upgrades and enjoy professional artistic performances for years to come.”
“With the installation of this new, cutting-edge audio equipment that will improve capabilities for musical performances, the Harbourfront Theatre will remain a cornerstone of Summerside as a venue for performing arts. Local residents and visitors can look forward to an enhanced theatre experience for years to come.”
“These upgrades to the theatre’s audio equipment mean we can continue to showcase local talent, now with professional-level sound to support musical performances.”
The Regional Cultural Events Centre, a registered charitable, non-profit organization managed by a Board of Directors, General Manager and Director of Operations, as well as a dedicated core of over 60 volunteers, own the Harbourfront Theatre. The Theatre has operated for 21 years, hosting theatrical and musical productions. The space is also booked and used to host community events.
In 2016, the Harbourfront Theatre introduced a new program called Backstage Pass to profile and showcase lesser-known local musicians. Both performer and audience are seated on the stage floor, giving an up-close and personal interaction.
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Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Regional Cultural Event Centre Inc.