KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 23, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided $60,000 in funding to the Western Canada Theatre Society through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo), announced this support today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The funding will enable the Pavilion Theatre to renovate and upgrade the 165-seat black box theatre, which also doubles as a rehearsal hall and is the only fully equipped professional theatre in the region. This project will directly benefit local and touring arts organizations by creating a more comfortable and safe working site.

Quick Facts

  • The Western Canada Theatre Society, officially incorporated in 1975, manages and maintains both the Pavilion Theatre and the Sagebrush, a 700-seat proscenium theatre in Kamloops.
  • This investment will enable the Western Canada Theatre Society to purchase and install a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system for the performance space and the lobby.
  • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections and heritage displays.


"Our Government is proud to support the Western Canada Theatre Society as it continues to ensure the vitality of theatre arts in Kamloops. The Pavilion Theatre has been engaging audiences for nearly four decades, and we are pleased to contribute to its future success."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Western Canada Theatre Society has been an integral part of our rich arts and culture community in Kamloops, hosting performances that entertain people of all ages. Our Government is proud to support this project, as it ensures great performances for years to come."

-Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo)

"Western Canada Theatre is extremely grateful for the support we have received from Canadian Heritage's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The funding was a vital component to upgrading the heating and cooling system in our home base, the Pavilion Theatre, ensuring the ongoing vitality of this important venue in Kamloops."

-Lori Marchand, General Manager, Western Canada Theatre Society

Associated Links

Western Canada Theatre

Pavilion Theatre

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

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Contact Information:

Marisa Monnin
Communications Director
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages

Anna Gravelle
A/Regional Manager
Western Region
Canadian Heritage

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