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Hello Theatre Lovers!

March has certainly come in like a lion this week and I for one am looking forward to it going out like a lamb! 

During this time in history, I think nothing could be sweeter than a beautiful spring day right about now! The harsh reality for all of us is that we are at our 1 year anniversary of the start of the pandemic. On Friday, March 13th, 2020, we held our board meeting and acknowledged that we would have to lockdown for a while, but I don’t think any of us really realized for how long. 

So, one may think that March is not a month to celebrate. I’m going to try to convince you that it certainly is!
In March we celebrate International Women’s Day (on March 8th). 

Last year I was outside with other citizens watching our wonderful Hella Sandberg help the Mayor of Collingwood to raise the flag outside the library and to offer us a reading done by her, her daughter Annette Sandberg, her granddaughter, and her great-granddaughter! Truly a symbol of generations of great women worth celebrating!

International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. 

The theme for this year’s celebration is #ChooseToChallenge. The Town of Collingwood will honour International Women's Day by hosting a virtual panel discussion and social on Monday, March 8th, 2021 at 12 pm EST. All are welcome to register for this free online event featuring nine extraordinary women who will share their experiences and facilitate a discussion. For more information visit https://www.collingwood.ca/IWD
At Theatre Collingwood we are celebrating International Women's Day with our GIRL’S NITE IN Zoom party and we hope you will join us on
Saturday, March 6th at 7 pm! 
Many of you have attended our IWD events held the last two years at the Collingwood Legion with the Girl’s Nite Out comedy troupe starring Elvira Kurt. Well, we were not about to let a pandemic stop this group of women from celebrating again, so this year Elvira will be visiting us with Jennine Profeta ONLINE! 

This event is a fantastic and safe way to celebrate with your friends whom you may not have seen in a while, or with those in your bubble. Call our Box Office at 705-445-2200 or Click HERE to purchase a ticket for each household. A private link will be sent to you to access the Zoom party on the day of the show. At 7 pm on Saturday, you just click on the link and join the party. Dress up or dress down… just come to laugh!


We know that Laurie May is getting excited for GIRL'S NITE IN!
Here she is with a cocktail recipe to enjoy while you're watching the show!
Join us this Saturday for GIRLS NITE IN to celebrate women's achievements,
raise awareness against bias, and have some great laughs!
We have also partnered with Gibson & Company in Collingwood to offer some great food and drink choices for your evening, which can be ordered by emailing them at EVENTS@GIBSONANDCOMPANY.CA
Another exciting thing happening in March is the Town of Collingwood Feasibility Study regarding a new centre for the arts. 
Theatre Collingwood is proud to be associated with CACE, Collingwood Arts, Culture and Entertainment group. This group is comprised of ten citizens of the area who have been actively working towards the establishment of a professional arts centre to service the South Georgian Bay area. Such a facility would be the ideal venue for our future Theatre Collingwood home, as well as for many artists and arts organizations, other user groups, and events. This first stage of the feasibility study involves a survey that is open to Collingwood residents and visitors. We ask each of you to Click on this LINK and complete the survey. By doing so you are supporting the future of arts in our community and future generations of artists.

EVERY VOICE IS CRITICAL!
This will be a legacy facility to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Here are a few facts to consider:
  • Arts and culture in Ontario directly contribute $26.8 billion annually to the provincial economy, representing 3.4% of Ontario’s GDP.  
  • There are more than 277,430 culture jobs in Ontario or 3.7% of total Ontario employment.  
  • In a 2010 survey of 18 mid-sized Ontario cities, all municipalities reported using cultural and recreational amenities as a tool for downtown revitalization. 83% deemed this strategy to be an effective tool.
  • 93% of Ontarians believe that arts activities help enrich the quality of our lives. 
  • 90% of Ontarians agree that an active local arts scene helps make a community a better place to live.
To learn more about the Collingwood Arts Centre Feasibility Study, you can visit Engage Collingwood. We encourage you to stay informed and subscribe for project updates.

The online survey is active through March. Paper copies of the survey are available for pick up and return at the Collingwood Public Library (55 Ste. Marie Street) and Collingwood Town Hall (97 Hurontario Street). If you require another means to complete the survey please call 705-445-1030.
I hope you agree that lots of GREAT things are happening in March, so let’s celebrate March 2021! I look forward to seeing you all soon! 

Stay HAPPY and HEALTHY and please help us to spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to your friends.

Erica

Erica Angus
Executive Director, Theatre Collingwood