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Construction of Place des Arts to begin Oct. 23

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Construction of the $30 million Place des Arts will begin Oct. 23 in downtown Sudbury, the group said in an announcement Monday.

The project received its building permit from the city, meaning construction can begin.

“Since the end of the summer, our architects and the entire Place des Arts team have been working closely with the City of Sudbury’s Building Services Division to obtain our building permit,” Stéphane Gauthier, president of the Place des Arts, is quoted as saying in a news release. “It was a race against the clock to get work started on the site before soil freeze-up. So, this is an excellent news for us.”

The venue is expected to host more than 800 events in its first year, and will not only be used francophone organizations, but will be available to other performers and organizations in the city, regardless of their language or culture.

The 60,000 square foot building will include a bar and restaurant area with a capacity of 100 people ideal for performances by local artists, a smaller “black box” theatre with 150 seats and a larger theatre with 300 seats.

There will also be shops for creating theatre costumes and props, artists' studios, administrative space and perhaps even a francophone daycare. Construction is expected to last until 2020.

Local firm Bélanger Construction was selected to lead the first phase of construction, the release said, and work will begin Oct. 23. The parking lot located between Larch and Elgin streets and Medina Lane will become a permanent construction site on that day.

“The city is working to inform users of the parking lot that it will be closed in a week from now,” Gauthier said in the release. “Our team got a head start during the summer with an information campaign for downtown store and business owners. Nearby businesses have all had the opportunity to learn more about the project’s schedule and the nature of the work that was imminent. Now, the next step is shovels in the ground.” 

The federal government has provided $12.5 million, the province $8.25 million, the city $5 million, with fundraising by the group expected to cover the remainder. Greater Sudbury is also expected to provide at least $200,000 a year in operating funds.

The first phase of the work will be to prepare the ground for construction. This will require excavating contaminated soil and backfilling with reinforced and engineered soils. The second phase will be the actual construction of the building, beginning as soon as possible in early spring and continuing in 2020.

Place des Arts will be Northern Ontario’s first multidisciplinary arts and culture centre, the release said. It will be home to eight cultural organizations and is expected to host 850 events in its first year and generate 50,000 admissions. The estimated economic effects of construction are $18.7 million, with the creation of 180 jobs.

When complete, Place des Arts will house Carrefour francophone de Sudbury, Centre franco-ontarien de folklore, Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, La Nuit sur l'étang, Éditions Prise de parole, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury and Laurentian University's francophone theatre arts program.

The facility is the first of the big projects supported by city council this term to begin construction. The Kingsway Entertainment District – a new $100 million arena, $60 million casino and hotel – is mired in a legal fight at the province's Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, with a first hearing set for Nov. 6. 

The Junction – which includes a new art gallery, library and convention centre – is to be built on the site of the former arena. However, city council has yet to formally commit to building the roughly $100 million project.

It will be something for the incoming city council to decide after the Oct. 22 municipal election.

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Highland Arts Theatre in Sydney gets $40000 from province

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SYDNEY, N.S. — Artistic director Wesley Colford has been vocal in his call for more public funding for the arts, specifically for his own Highland Arts Theatre.

Wesley Colford

That message may be starting to get across to government, as it was announced Monday that the theatre has received $40,000 through the province’s Summer Theatre Festival Expansion Program.

That came on the heels of an earlier $25,000 culture innovation grant it received toward a summer student program.

While the money was publicly announced Monday, it was received earlier and supported busy summer programming at the theatre, located on Bentinck Street in downtown Sydney.

“This is the reason why we were able to put forward an enormous offering this summer, it was basically a supplement for our summer festival and because of that we were able to do four of our greatest hits but also four of our most expensive shows all summer for the public, which was a tremendous smash and we’re so grateful for that,” Colford said in an interview.


Provincial grants announced Monday:

Under the Building Vibrant Communities Grant Fund

  • Cape Breton Business Partnership: $50,000 – Addressing Barriers to Successful Entrepreneurship for Indigenous Women in Cape Breton
  • The Educational Program Innovations Charity Society: $17,720 – Youth Employability Workshop Enhancement
  • The Cape Breton Affordable Housing Renovation Partnership: $5,000 – renovation and repair pilot project
  • The Inverness County Centre for the Arts: $2,350 – Envisioning the Creative Future

Under the Summer Theatre Festival Expansion Program

  • Highland Arts Theatre: $40,000 – Summer Theatre Festival Expansion Program

The Highland Arts Theatre is now the second-largest theatre in the province, behind Neptune in Halifax. It received 94 per cent of its $700,000 revenue in 2017 from ticket sales.

It’s been an important year for the HAT and other arts organizations in the strides that they have made in their advocacy for funding support, Colford said, although there is a long way to go.

“Hopefully it bodes very well for future development as we continue to develop that relationship,” Colford said.

The money for HAT was among a hodgepodge of provincial grants totalling more than $100,000 announced by Derek Mombourquette, Sydney Whitney-Pier Liberal MLA and Minister of Energy and Mines.

The grants ranged from a low of $2,350 for the Inverness County Centre for the Arts toward a pilot project called Envisioning the Creative Future to $50,000 for the Cape Breton Business Partnership for a pilot project addressing barriers to successful entrepreneurship for Indigenous women in Cape Breton.

Related:

• The Highland Arts Theatre celebrating fifth summer of live theatre with 'Best of' series

• KEN CHISHOLM: Scary times on Cape Breton stages

Mombourquette said many of the projects supported by the grants involve trying to tackle poverty in the community. They include a project to addressing barriers to entrepreneurship facing Indigenous women to enhancing a youth employability workshop pilot.

The MLA said it’s important that community groups know that the grants are available and that they are able to apply for them.

He said the HAT has also developed into an important anchor for downtown Sydney and a driver for the creative economy in the downtown.

nancy.king@cbpost.com

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Chance The Rapper goes undercover to raise money for arts

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CHICAGO — Chance the Rapper is so serious about raising money for arts education programs in Chicago that he took a second job as a Lyft driver to spread the word.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago-born Grammy-winning hip-hop artist who has given millions of dollars to Chicago Public Schools recently went undercover as a driver for the rideshare service to make a video that encourages riders to donate to the city’s public schools arts programs.

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The video shows Chance wearing shades and a maroon hat telling riders his name is John. Then he reveals his true identity and encourages riders to use the Lyft app’s feature called Round Up and Donate that allows users to support his charity, The New Chance Fund, or others of their choice.

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