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Renovations to the Guild Hall help mark the 30th anniversary celebration

Whitehorse, Yukon, February 24, 2011 – The Guild Hall has double cause for celebration at its gala on Saturday, as it marks 30 years of providing community theatre along with a newly renovated facility, featuring close to $650,000 in upgrades.

“Congratulations to the Guild Hall Society for their success over the past 30 years,” said the Honourable Daniel Lang, Senator for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “Our Government is proud to have contributed to rehabilitating and revitalizing this important building so it can continue to provide invaluable cultural services and benefit the community for years to come.”

Upgrades were made to the interior and exterior of the Guild Hall. They include high-efficiency lighting and windows, siding, insulation and ventilation systems. The building also has a new roof, flooring, dressing room, bar and kitchen area. An expanded tech booth, the addition of a new front porch, and fresh paint has added to the overall esthetics and brought the facility into the 21st century.

“The Yukon government is proud to support these upgrades improving this much loved building. The Guild is the home and heart of Yukon community theatre where audiences will continue to enjoy performances for generations to come,” Tourism and Culture Minister Elaine Taylor said.

Through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the governments of Canada and Yukon are each contributing $324,000 toward the Guild Hall. The completed renovations will ensure a safer, more functional, code-compliant building for occupants and patrons and make the Guild Hall more energy-efficient.

“These much-needed renovations allow the Guild Society to keep doing what it does extremely well—producing excellent theatre for Yukon audiences,” Guild Society President Al Macleod said. “The renovations provide a safer, more efficient, more practical, more comfortable facility for both the Guild's largely volunteer participants and the audiences that come out to see our wonderful shows.”

The not-for-profit Guild Hall Society has been producing community theatre productions in Whitehorse for three decades. Originally constructed from two post World War II era buildings, the facility is also home to the Northern Lights School of Dance. Other Yukon community groups use the building for rehearsals and performances.

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, Infrastructure Canada is providing over $257 million toward infrastructure projects across the Yukon through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund, and the Green Infrastructure Fund.