OTF grant of $36,800 lights up Théâtre français de Toronto

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OTF grant of $36,800 lights up Théâtre français de Toronto

Thursday 30 November 2023

On Wednesday, during the first public performance of Les Zinspiré-e-s : Onze calme et on continue, Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) celebrated the new lighting equipment it was able to acquire thanks to a $36,800 capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

"Congratulations to Théâtre français de Toronto for their capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This significant investment recognizes TfT's outstanding cultural and artistic contributions," said Jessica Bell, MPP for University-Rosedale. "TfT's ability to offer audiences even more enriching French-language theatre experiences will undoubtedly have a positive and lasting impact on the cultural vitality of our community."

The grant has not only enabled TfT to enhance the use of its newly refurbished studio at 21 College Street and make greater use of it for rehearsals and small-scale performances, but also to equip its performance venues (notably the Berkeley Street Theatre). TfT will also be able to use the new lighting equipment on tour throughout the country.

"I would like to congratulate the Théâtre français de Toronto on their $36,800 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation," added Kristyn Wong-Tam, MPP for Toronto Centre. This grant will allow the theatre to improve its space by acquiring lighting equipment to allow the space to be better used by the community. Théâtre français de Toronto serves as a cultural centre for young and adult Francophones who wish to share their love of theatre, whether through performance or from the audience, and strengthens community ties in a creative and enriching environment."

Equipping the Berkeley Street Theatre (which TfT rents but does not equip) with its own equipment makes all the difference because it is no longer necessary to hire equipment for each show. This is much more economical and gives TfT greater flexibility, as it no longer has to worry about supplier availability.

Equipping TfT's studio at 21 College Street was also crucial. Located in the same building as the offices, this studio is an invaluable tool for working, giving drama classes and welcoming projects, artistic teams and audiences in the best possible conditions. Small-scale shows (around 60 spectators) have been and will continue to be presented there.

"Renting equipment is expensive and time-consuming, and not always easy depending on the period and venue," says Karine Ricard, TfT's Artistic Director and Co-General Manager. With this equipment, we are now autonomous and can even go on tour with everything we need to present our shows. The impact of this grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation on our activities is very tangible, and it means we can better serve our Francophone and Francophile community!"

The mission of the Ontario Trillium Foundation is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada's leading grantmaking foundations, OTF has invested more than $110 million in 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit otf.ca to learn more.