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Confederation Centre of the Arts mainstage named Sobey Family Theatre

– Donation marks largest single gift in Centre history –

July 15, 2022 (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) – Prince Edward Island’s largest theatre officially has a new name. Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that its mainstage theatre is now named Sobey Family Theatre in recognition of an outstanding gift of support from members of the Sobey family.

“We are absolutely thrilled to name the mainstage theatre after an Atlantic Canadian family who has supported arts and culture for decades,” says the Centre’s CEO, Steve Bellamy. “The Sobey family has been a longstanding partner of Confederation Centre of the Arts. They’ve helped bring inspiring visual and performing arts to patrons from around the world, and we are honoured to recognize their leadership and support with this fitting tribute.”

The Sobey family announced a $1.25 million leadership gift to the Centre in support of capital infrastructure needs required over the next several years to expand the Centre’s artistic, heritage, and educational programming. This is the largest single gift in the 58-year history of Confederation Centre of the Arts and will enable the Centre to begin a period of transformation to be more accessible and welcoming to more visitors.

“Confederation Centre is an institution dear to many Canadians from across the country. Its programming and performances continue to enrich the cultural life of P.E.I. and reach audiences from around the world,” said Janis Sobey-Hames, Chair of the David & Faye Sobey Foundation. “It’s a place where our family has built fond memories, and our hope is that this gift enables Confederation Centre to expand its programming and reach new audiences for years to come.”

Bellamy continues, “The Sobey Family’s relationship with Confederation Centre of the Arts dates back to the 1960s. Various family members have volunteered on the board over the years, and they have supported all areas of programming at one time or another – through gifts of artwork, commissions, sponsorships of programs in the Gallery, choir, and live performances on the mainstage. We are truly grateful for their support connecting art and artists with the community.”

The mainstage was known as the Homburg Theatre from 2009-2019, named for a gift from long-time Centre supporter, Richard Homburg. The newly named Sobey Family Theatre will last until at least 2035.

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Photo cutline: Unveiling of the Sobey Family Theatre. Pictured: Robert Sear (Chair of the Board of Directors, Confederation Centre), Steve Bellamy (CEO, Confederation Centre), Janis Sobey-Hames, David Sobey, Chris Hames. Photo by Louise Vessey.

Media Contact: Emily McMahon, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
emcmahon@confederationcentre.com | 902-628-6135

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