The Old Theater of Saint-Fabien is getting a makeover

The Old Theater of Saint-Fabien is getting a makeover

The government of Canada supports the renovation project of the Old Theater of Saint-Fabien

SAINT-FABIEN, QC, August 11, 2021 / CNW / – We know that investing in cultural infrastructure helps build strong communities. The government of Canada is happy to help municipalities like Saint-Fabien develop their cultural offer and provide creative, inspiring and safe meeting places for citizens.

It is in this spirit that the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced funding for $ 1,900,140 today to help the Old Theater of Saint-Fabien renovate its theater.

This investment through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund will allow the organization to bring its facilities up to standard in order to ensure safe access to artists. It will also allow the presenter to diversify its service offering in order to ensure accessibility to the performing arts for citizens of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

The project consists of renovating and restoring public reception, artists’ spaces, the stage and service spaces such as toilets and dressing rooms, as well as the purchase and installation of stage equipment, fire and ventilation safety.


“Our government is delighted to participate in these renovations to the Vieux Théâtre de Saint-Fabien possible. It is a unique space that will allow performers and artisans to work in optimal conditions. We know how important it is for cultural organizations to have infrastructures that match their ambitions. I wish the entire team behind this unifying project the best for the future, which will now meet current standards. ”

—The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“With today’s much anticipated announcement, the government of Canada gives us the means to carry out our renovation project of the Old Theater of Saint-Fabien. The dream we have cherished for so long is finally coming true, and this support has turned our hopes into reality. It is a key moment for culture and its dissemination in the regions, but also an important gesture to preserve the Old Theater, a unique heritage building. ”

—Jacques Carrier, mayor of Saint-Fabien

Fast facts

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports improving physical conditions for the arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

The Old Theater of Saint-Fabien is a performing arts hall located at Saint-Fabien, in the administrative region of Bas-Saint-Laurent. The organization, founded in 1995, has for mission to offer a range of high caliber creative shows in the region.

The Old Theater of Saint-Fabien is the only professional rural cultural organization outside of Rimouski in the regional county municipality of Rimouski-Neigette. Each year, the organization presents 37 professional cultural activities, mainly in summer, to an average of 6,200 people.

Related links

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Old Theater of Saint-Fabien

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Camille Gagné-Raynauld, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, [email protected]; Media Relations: Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, [email protected]

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