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  • July 15, 2015

Celebrating the arts in Orléans

MPP Marie-France Lalonde recognizes recipients of 2014-2015 Ontario Arts Council grants

The arts play a vital role in Ontario’s communities, enhancing our quality of life and delivering significant economic benefits. Ontario’s arts, culture and heritage sector represents $23.8 billion or 4 per cent of the province’s GDP and over 301,000 jobs. (These figures measure all of the culture sector’s output – including both culture and non-culture products, e.g. a theatre company may generate GDP from both ticket sales – a culture activity – and food and beverage services – a non-culture activity.)


Today, we acknowledge the work of artists and organizations from Ottawa-Orléans who over the past year have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council, the province’s primary funding body for the arts. In 2014-2015, a total of $283,024 was awarded to professional artists and arts organizations in Ottawa-Orléans:


  • Arts Ottawa East
  • Evolution Theatre
  • Kombite Outaouais
  • Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans
  • Le Consort Baroque d’Ottawa
  • Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre
  • Tara Luz Danse
  • Michel Bénac
  • Kevin Chief
  • Randy Cruz
  • Mat Dubé
  • Virginia Dupuis
  • Rose Ekosso
  • Daniel Gainsford
  • Gabrielle Goulet
  • Mehdi Hamdad
  • Aline Joanis
  • Sonia Lamontagne
  • Kathy MacLellan
  • Abel Maxwell
  • John A. Nolan
  • Eliane Saheurs




“As the MPP for Ottawa-Orléans, I am extremely proud of our 26 recipients of funding from the Ontario Art’s Council. It is a privilege to have such talented and dedicated constituents contributing to our community.”

-Marie-France Lalonde, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans





  • For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2014-2015, OAC funded 1,709 individual artists and 1,078 organizations in 204 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.1 million.
  • Studies show Ontarians believe culture is integral to their quality of life. A 2010 study by Environics Research reveals that a resounding 95 per cent of Ontarians believe the arts enrich the quality of our lives. A further 89 per cent believe that if their community lost its arts activities, people living there would lose something of value.
  • The economic impact of Ontario’s arts and culture tourism is substantial. In 2010, arts and culture tourist spending contributed $3.7 billion to Ontario’s GDP, as well approximately 67,700 jobs, $2.4 billion in wages, and $1.7 billion in taxes (including $3.1 million for Ontario municipalities), according to a report prepared by Research Resolutions & Consulting Ltd.

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