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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie Launches Capital Campaign to Fund its Dance Centre in Toronto's Regent Park


Building on its Artistic Creativity

Toronto, July 12, 2011 - Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC), the renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of award-winning artists Bill Coleman and Laurence Lemieux, has launched its Brick by Brick capital campaign to fund the renovation of The Citadel, CLC's dance centre located in the heart of Toronto's revitalizing Regent Park neighbourhood.

The total cost of the renovation is $1.6 million dollars and $800,000 has already been secured. The goal is now to raise $800,000 from private and corporate donors to fund the renovation of CLC's historic Salvation Army Citadel building, located on Parliament Street just south of Dundas, and transform it into a renewed and upgraded performance space for CLC as well as a centre for dance aimed at the Regent Park community.

Built in 1912, the Citadel was used for decades as a soup kitchen by the Salvation Army. In 2007, Coleman and Lemieux decided to purchase the building for use as a rehearsal studio and performance venue. They found themselves in the middle of one of the most exciting urban renewals in the world. The 6,500 square foot Citadel is two blocks away from the planned Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre.

In partnership with The YogaBeat, a "pay what you can" yoga studio, CLC is broadening the purpose of the building to include its use as a centre for both professional and community dance and art, coinciding with the new developments in Regent Park. Coleman Lemieux is spearheading an artistic renaissance in the area, while preserving Regent Park's impressive spirit of community that so often defines an at-risk neighbourhood.

One of the hallmarks of the campaign is that donors will be given the opportunity to purchase individual bricks of the building for $25 apiece. Donors at various levels will also have the opportunity to sponsor and name specific rooms in the new facility, and even name the building itself. On September 28, the company will hold a Brick by Brick fundraising event at The Citadel.

Designed on a pro bono basis by the celebrated architectural firm of Diamond + Schmitt Architects, the renovated Citadel will feature an 1,800 square foot studio for dance productions, seating 60 - 80 people; a 900 square foot studio for yoga classes, rehearsal space, workshops and dance classes; an office area for enhanced administration facilities; and accommodation for visiting artists.

The Citadel renovation has so far been supported by numerous individual donors, organizations and corporations including Diamond + Schmitt Architects, Bartlett Design, The Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Trillium Foundation, City of Toronto, and many generous corporations and individuals.

CLC Co-Founder/Artistic Director Bill Coleman said, "We took an enormous financial risk by buying the Citadel four years ago. Our vision was strong, and our experience clearly validates the wisdom of taking that calculated risk. Now, we are in the last phases of construction, completing a comprehensive programme to renovate the Citadel. We are making the building more functional, and accessible to audiences as well as bringing the building into code compliance. Our future couldn't be more exciting."

CLC Co-Founder/Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux added, "CLC's artists are thrilled with the permanence of our commitment to contemporary dance that The Citadel represents. The renovation is a seminal event in our company's history. Now that we are completing our renovation, we have to raise the last $800,000 of the $1.6 million renovation programme."

Lemieux continued, "CLC and our Board of Directors believe that we have the experience of positive financial results and the strong positive momentum necessary to successfully achieve our capital campaign. We are gratified by the marvellous financial assistance we have received so far. But we recognize that we will need the full support of our loyal supporters to be successful."

For more information about the Brick by Brick capital campaign and building programme visit
www.citadeltoronto.com.
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC) has distinguished itself by its innovative, unbridled vision and by an artistic range that encompasses intimate, emotionally honest productions and spectacular stage shows featuring some of Canada's greatest dancers, as well as large-scale, almost legendary site-specific events. CLC is highly regarded for always taking its art to the people. The company has toured across Canada, into the United States where they appeared at the Fall for Dance Festival in New York City, Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts and in several other major U.S. cities, as well as to China, Mongolia, Russia and Brazil. With The Citadel, Coleman Lemieux continue in their outreach efforts to revitalize the place of dance and art in our society. For more information, visit http://www.colemanlemieux.com/

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