WINNIPEG, MAN. – The province of Manitoba is investing $15 million into the repair and restoration of the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg.
The funding will go toward roof repair and restoration of the stone cladding on the façade of the concert hall to protect the exterior and interior of the facility.
“While the facility is safe for occupancy, we need to make investments to preserve this wonderful venue and ensure the safety of the many thousands of people who visit each year. That is why we are replacing the entire roof on priority basis and committing to other important work throughout the building,” provincial crowns services minister Colleen Mayer said.
“Along with the $5-million new fire alarm system upgrades announced last year and nearing completion, this work demonstrates the commitment we have made to the concert hall’s maintenance and preservation,” she added.
“The Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation is grateful for the financial investment the government of Manitoba is making to preserve and rehabilitate Manitoba’s premiere Centre for the Arts. The Centennial Concert Hall is a critical piece of infrastructure that is essential to the success of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba Opera, and whose auditorium is host to many local, national and international artists each year,” Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation CEO Robert Olsen said.
The concert hall held 199 performances with 230,000 patrons in 2017 and 2018.
Work is also underway to repair the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s acoustic shell, though a government release stated it would be “a complex project and a project manager has been assigned to determine and cost out the best engineering and logistics solution.”
As an interim measure government partners have coordinated to install a $179,000 electronic acoustical shell, the release stated.