by Brad Aubin
April was a good month for the Conseil des arts de Nipissing Ouest (CANO), with a couple of well-attended shows including a sold-out concert by the Franco-Ontario band LGS, the successful return of the youth theatre troupe Les Pyromaniaques, and two funding announcements by the federal government.
On April 13, LGS filled the SF Complex for their third and final performance in Sturgeon Falls. The group had headlined the St-Jean Festival twice and is currently on its farewell tour through Canada and France.
On April 17, CANO and several municipal representatives welcomed Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré, who announced investments of $76,000 for the local organization. A grant of $30,000 was provided for CANO’s programming, through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, and an additional $46,000 was committed to CANO’s youth theatre group, Les Pyromaniaques.
CANO’s executive director Dany Poulin was ecstatic with the news. “A huge thank you to Marc Serré and his team for their constant support towards CANO, because despite everyone’s great will, it would be impossible for us to put on a theatre group project that lasted months, that enabled us to bring in authors (Antoine Cote Legault), and to really give the kids a fantastic hands-on learning experience without the financial help of the Official Languages Support Program. And a huge thank you to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund as well, because with them alongside the municipality’s funding, we will be able to offer fantastic programming that all of West Nipissing will benefit from!”
Liberal MP Marc Serré visited West Nipissing on April 17 to announce the federal government’s $ 76,000 investment in the Conseil des arts de Nipissing Ouest. He is shown with CANO’s generel director, Dany Poulin.
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