The Chemainus Theatre Festival is a not-for-profit, registered charity, just the same as theatres across Canada including even the largest companies like Ontario’s Shaw & Stratford Festivals. In fact, the arts & cultural sector of our beautiful country is comprised of more than 14,000 organizations: theatres, opera & ballet companies, museums and galleries. Survival of this sector depends on the financial support of the public and each year more than 750,000 Canadians donate over 100 million dollars to the arts & cultural sector.
Producing live theatre is a delicate balance. Here in Chemainus, revenue from ticket sales cover about 74% of the expenses that we incur to create live theatre. We’re required to raise the balance through private donations, corporate sponsorship, grants and fundraising events. We encourage you to pick up a Membership brochure and consider making a charitable gift. It will help ensure that we can continue to produce live theatre and grand experiences such as the one that you’re about to experience.
Live theatre is one of the great things that make life on Vancouver Island so incredible. Join us and keep it alive.