October 1, 2020

Canada Life @ Centaur


Canada Life finds a new way to continue its longstanding support of Centaur Theatre

With the absence of a regular season of plays, Canada Life has found a new way to continue its longstanding support of Centaur Theatre. Through its Stronger Communities Together program, it has shifted its support from Centaur’s Theatre of Tomorrow (TOT) to an extensive new initiative designed to develop and implement permanent changes around inclusive diversity on and off stage at Centaur.

Introducing the Artistic Diversity Discussion @ Centaur (ADD @ Centaur), a diverse five-member panel that will meet five times over the course of the season to identify Centaur’s challenges to formulate creative solutions. The ADD @ Centaur panelists invite artists and audiences to engage in the conversation around what it will take to make Centaur ‘look like Montreal’, through the online Saturday Salons @ Centaur. Meanwhile Catalyst @ Centaur, a second brand new initiative closely related to the ADD @ Centaur, will develop new plays by emerging artists from diverse backgrounds, some of which will find their way into the annual Wildside Festival. More info to come!

Canada Life has been indispensable in continuing the Theatre of Tomorrow (TOT) educational program. The program reaches out to communities to bring school groups into the theatre, challenging and expanding minds, sparking imaginations, and nurturing a passion for the arts. Canada Life aligns itself with Centaur’s ardent goal to bridge communities and create a more just and compassionate society enriched by its broad diversity. 

At Canada Life, we’re committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in our communities. Centaur Theatre’s Artistic Diversity Discussion is one way we can help do that, by supporting diverse voices and stories. We’re eager to see what opportunities these discussions will uncover and the positive outcomes of this unique program.

Monique Maynard, President, Quebec Affairs for Canada Life.

Stronger Communities Together™, Canada Life’s national corporate citizenship program, recognizes the complex issues facing Canadians and their communities and seeks out the best ways to help them reach their potential. Stronger Communities Together™ targets key issues affecting the mental, physical and financial well-being of Canadians and addresses gaps in service through 5 pillars: education, health and wellness, arts and culture, social services, and community development, at the national, regional and local levels.

“We are honoured to have Canada Life’s support for so many years”, stated Eda Holmes, Centaur’s Artistic and Executive Director, “but especially during this unprecedented theatre season. Canada Life is known for its work with forward-thinking, collaborative institutions that want to create opportunities for Canadians to grow and thrive together. We couldn’t be more proud to collaborate with them in our endeavors to reflect the communities we serve: tell their stories, hire their artists, and make sure they feel welcomed, heard and respected.” 

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