Ontario is supporting live theatre in communities across the province to build interest
in arts and culture, create jobs and strengthen local economies.
Soulpepper Theatre Company will receive $1.5 million over four years to create a
permanent touring repertory theatre. Starting this year, audiences across Ontario
will enjoy live performances in their communities by this award-winning theatre
The touring theatre will create approximately 100 new jobs for theatre professionals,
grow local theatre audiences and boost tourism revenue and economic activity related
to live theatre.
Soulpepper will also share knowledge and skills with the local communities it visits
through training workshops and youth outreach.
Supporting the arts and culture sector is part of the government's plan to build
Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills,
making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating
a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure
retirement savings plan.
"We are very thankful to the Government of Ontario for this generous support and
proud that the province has chosen to invest in Soulpepper in this way. This project
will allow Soulpepper to share its work with communities large and small across
Ontario. Over the next four years, we will lay the foundation for a robust touring
network that will spell more employment for local artists and new opportunities
to connect with audiences and partners across the province." - Albert Schultz, Artistic
"The province of Ontario is proud to make this investment in strengthening a successful
Ontario-made brand. This project will help a leading company reach new markets and
result in more employment opportunities for emerging and established artists." -
Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible
for the Poverty Reduction Strategy
"I'm proud of our government's ongoing commitment to arts and culture. By investing
in the sector, we're helping to create jobs and provide opportunities for our province's
creative talent – like the local actors, musicians, writers, set designers and technicians
who help make live theatre so entertaining and meaningful. For years, Soulpepper
has delighted audiences with performances at the Young Centre in Toronto. Now, thanks
to our investment, theatre lovers across Ontario will get a chance to enjoy them
in their own backyard. That's great news for theatre in Ontario." - Michael Coteau,
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
* The culture sector generates approximately $22 billion of Ontario's GDP
and supports more than 280,000 jobs.
* Ontario is home to more than 58,000 artists, almost twice as many as any
other province in Canada.
* On average, arts and culture overnight tourists spend $522 per trip in
Ontario, which is $232 more than a typical overnight tourist.
* Soulpepper is Toronto's largest theatre, employing over 225 diverse artists.
The theatre attracts an audience of over 130,000 people each year.
Soulpepper Theater Company