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Calgary Arts Development pitches 15 new spaces

Recommendations include folk fest hall and Forest Lawn theatre

A revitalized King Eddy hotel a 1000-seat theatre in Forest Lawn and a performance hall for the Calgary Folk Music Festival Society are three of 15 proposed new arts spaces Calgary Arts Development (CAD) will recommend to city council in early November.

CAD is recommending the spaces as part of a comprehensive arts spaces strategy for the city. Karen Ball CAD’s director of community investment says she’s hopeful the city will pitch in on some of the projects. “If the city was to come to the table with an investment in any of these projects they would be about 25 per cent of the total project cost” says Ball.

Earlier this year city council allocated $165 million — five per cent of its Municipality Sustainability Initiative money from the province — to culture-related projects. Some of CAD’s proposed projects like Cantos Music Foundation’s refurbishment of the King Eddy are already in progress. Ball says more details about the other spaces will be announced over the next year.