The performing arts bring people together, make us think and connect artists with their audiences. The arts stimulate our emotions and enrich our collective life experiences. That is why the Government of Canada is pleased to help bolster the artistic and cultural experiences of Canadians across the country.
Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament (Vaudreuil–Soulanges), today announced an investment of $983,046 in the Village Theatre West's renovations and expansion of the Hudson Village Theatre. He made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
This support from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund will help improve facilities and modernize the creative space to meet the needs of artists. The project will also optimize the conditions for hosting public events.
Each year, the Hudson Village Theatre hosts more than 20,000 spectators in an intimate 148-seat venue in central Hudson, which previously served as a Canadian Pacific Railway station. For the last 28 years, the theatre has served communities across Montréal and Western Quebec.
"We are all aware of the severe impact that the current crisis is having on the performing arts. Our government is committed to the well-being of our artists and artisans, as well as everyone who is passionate about arts and culture. We are pleased to help the Hudson Village Theatre offer them optimal conditions. We all hope that the residents of Hudson and the surrounding areas will soon be able to watch live entertainment in a beautiful, renovated space. Thanks for shining a light on the talents of our valued actors."
—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"We are proud to support the Hudson Village Theatre. These renovations will ensure improved programming that will delight audiences and bolster the vitality of our beautiful community. Your theatre's success proves that quality performances can be held outside major city centres. Thank you for serving your community so well. You are an inspiring example to everyone. Best wishes to the theatre!"
—Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament (Vaudreuil–Soulanges)
"The proposed expansion will greatly enhance the overall theatrical experience for our performing artists and growing audiences, and will definitely have a positive impact on the professional arts community as a whole. Doubling the usable area will allow the Hudson Village Theatre to better serve the local community and surrounding area. Thank you to Canadian Heritage for helping us bring our building expansion to life."
—Elizabeth Corker, Chair of the Board of Directors, Village Theatre West