07/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/16/2021 08:22
The Souris Show Hall, a century-old landmark, may see new life as a local cultural centre thanks in part to funding through programs under the provincial Rural Growth Initiative.
The Souris Show Hall Foundation Ltd. which operates the hall, received a total of $21,500 from provincial government. Under the Community Revitalization Program, $9,000 will support an upgrade to the hall lobby, and $12,500 under the Community Capacity Fund, will support a study to explore a possible expansion into the nearby historic Leard Building.
'We are very pleased to support the Souris Show Hall to help them prepare for their 2021 season. Theatre spaces play an important role in the economy and in community life. I think many people will be glad to see the theatre return to activity as we continue to relax COVID-19 public health measures.'
- Fisheries and Communities Minister, Jamie Fox
The renovated Souris Show Hall will provide the opportunity for year-round performance in the community. The Leard Building, if incorporated into the Show Hall plans, would offer a gallery, café, community and retail spaces along with offices that could be made available to businesses and organizations.
'The plan ideally would be to see these areas become a local cultural centre,' said Katharine Roney, chair of the Souris Show Hall Foundation. 'There's a great deal of musical talent and artistic activity in the community and a lot of interest in the hall as a place to see music and theatre.
'I've spoken to many musicians who say that acoustically this is one of the best places to perform. When renovations are completed in the next week or so, there will be a lot of interest and opportunity for performances in our hall,' Roney added.
The Rural Growth Initiative - including the Community Capacity, Inclusive Communities, Community Revitalization and Economic Growth programs - has approved nearly $840,000 for 27 projects in communities across the Island so far in the 2021-22 fiscal year.
Department of Fisheries and Communities