Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie launches capital campaign for The Citadel

In Announcements on July 12, 2011 by danceumbrella

Coleman Lemieux and 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 and 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.

For more information about the Brick by Brick capital campaign and building programme visit .

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