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CBC, City of Vancouver announce arts and cultural recipients of CBC’s community amenity space

February 5 2014

“The City is proud to support affordable spaces for artists, and the community cultural hub in the CBC building is a great fit for groups like the PuSh Festival,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

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The City of Vancouver and CBC Vancouver are pleased to welcome PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society and partners, Touchstone Theatre, the Documentary Media Society (DOXA Documentary Film Festival), and Music on Main Society to the community amenity space at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre.

About the partnership

Today, City Council voted in favour of approving this unique partnership that will secure a cultural amenity space for Vancouverites for the next 30 years. “The City is proud to support affordable spaces for artists, and the community cultural hub in the CBC building is a great fit for groups like the PuSh Festival,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson, following Council’s vote in support today. “Investing in the arts supports our economy and makes Vancouver a more creative, dynamic city, and I look forward to the four organizations bringing their energy and ideas to our downtown core.”

This announcement has been eagerly anticipated since 2006, when the City secured 8,477 square feet of ground floor space at the CBC for the purpose of a community cultural amenity at a nominal rent for 99 years.

“With a long history of a thriving arts scene at CBC Vancouver, we are proud to welcome these organizations to the Vancouver Broadcast Centre,” says Johnny Michel, Senior Managing Director of CBC British Columbia and Alberta. “The arts preserve unique culture and heritage, spurring innovation and creating cultural character and traditions for future generations. This new relationship aligns with the mandate of Canada’s public broadcaster and CBC’s values are a natural fit.”

How the recipients were selected

In August 2013, the City sought expressions of interest from Vancouver-based non-profit cultural organizations qualified to lease and operate the space. A selection committee of representatives from the City, CBC, and the cultural community was formed to evaluate submissions. It was determined that the submission from PuSh best met the selection criteria.

Who will manage and govern the space

PuSh, as the lead subtenant will develop, occupy, govern, and manage the space at #110 – 750 Hamilton Street as a performing and media arts cultural hub.

"This is a game changer. Establishing a permanent foothold in the city's downtown core for our four organizations will set the course of the next 10 years and beyond,” says Norman Armour, Artistic and Executive Director of the PuSh Festival. 

The PuSh Festival and Touchstone Theatre have been working on securing a co-located space for well over two years.

“The recent addition of DOXA and Music on Main to our collective efforts represents an unprecedented alliance of independent non-profit arts presenters and producers. This exciting opportunity to set up shop in the CBC facility addresses our shared and long-standing need for rehearsal space, administrative offices and public programs. This is the type of good news story we are extremely excited to be part of,” says Armour. 

How the City supports artists in Vancouver

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Artist spaces and residencies

Find out how the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board support artists through grants, subsidies, and residencies for artist studios, as well as working to create more artist spaces in field houses and at community centres.