Marcus Perry

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    The exiting of the Georgian College Theatre lease was a recommendation submitted to Council in response to the theatre space becoming unsafe for use and requiring significant investment in a fiscally challenging year, coupled with ongoing uncertainty created by the COVID-related gathering restrictions. It’s believed that this decision will allow all parties to refocus energy and resources in support of the need for a proper theatre that will be built with future needs embedded in its design.

    Staff are committed to working with the arts and culture community in the interim to leverage existing spaces and facilities to provide performance space. In response to Council direction regarding the 2021 budget and the future of the Fisher Project, staff have begun outreach regarding options that might be available to help support user groups. Interim solutions will be developed and full engagement with artistic and cultural groups will take place.


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    Marcus Perry commented  · 

    RE: City of Barrie's comment.

    These measures that you are taking to remedy this are the equivalent of slapping someone in the face and then saying "Sorry but I had no choice! Here is a nice shiny dollar for your pain now and maybe I will give you something to help you in a few years. But, don't hold me to it because I might be replaced in a few years. Let me know how I can help you in the meantime!"

    If you want to ACTUALLY help the cultural community, significantly increase the cultural grant funding, establish an official arts and culture committee with councillors, staff, and arts leaders on it, and find ways to keep Georgian open in the meantime!

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