“The BMO Financial Group has for many years been a key supporter of our programming through their sponsorships” said Habel “The importance of this additional major gift to the upgrade and maintenance of an arts facility cannot be overstated. This beautiful heritage building provides the framework on which our art is built.”
BMO Financial Group’s lead gift enabled the Belfry to replace seating in the BMO Studio Theatre. It also helped leverage additional funding from the Province of BC (Community Gaming Capital Grant) and our long time benefactor Mr Paddy Stewart to also begin the costly replacement of our outdated production lighting equipment.
“At BMO, we have a legacy of giving back and we continually look for ways to have a positive impact on the customers and areas where we do business,” said Michael Bonner, Regional President, B.C & Yukon, BMO Bank of Montreal. “We are excited to support a unique cultural space like the Belfry Theatre and look forward to enjoying the space, alongside the community.”
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Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider - the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $774 billion as of October 31, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.
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About the Belfry Theatre
With love, from scratch, and with some of the country's best theatre artists, we build, rehearse and create our plays in our own home, a renovated 19th century church in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Belfry began producing plays in 1976 and we produce contemporary plays, with an emphasis on new Canadian work.
In the past 40 plus years the Belfry has produced 333 plays, including 252 Canadian plays, and 60 premieres. Many of those premiere productions have gone on to acclaim across Canada, in the U.S., Australia, Europe and London’s West End. Belfry productions regularly tour to other cities and have won awards in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.
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