Photo scrapbook of our 40th season!

The Cultch closed its 40th season on May 31 and we decided it was the perfect time to do a little recap! This season was such an important one and it’s hard to believe all the major events that happened over the past year! We celebrated our 40th anniversary, opened the York Theatre, received a $2 million gift from West Coast Reduction, produced Jack and The Beanstalk: An East Van Panto with Theatre Replacement, organized our New Orleans and All That Jazz Gala, and so much more! Here’s our photo recap of the last year!

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The Cultch then and now

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Friends, donors, subscribers, and staff members at our 40th anniversary photo shoot

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Left: Jennifer Spry and Chris Macdonald excited about the kickoff of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, our first year as a venue/Right: Robert Leveroos and Cindy Reid awarding Deanna Fleysher with the Cultchivating the Fringe Award for her show Butt Kapinski

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Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch, on the cover of The Georgia Straight for a feature story about the opening of the York Theatre!

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The York Theatre officially opened its doors on December 6! Here’s a beautiful shot taken of the venue before the grand opening!

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We received our largest donation in Cultch history, a $2 million gift, from our longest standing corporate partner, West Coast Reduction! Here’s a photo of West Coast Reduction Ltd.’s Barry Glotman, Gordon Diamond, and staff from the Grandview-Woodland community with The Cultch’s Executive Director, Heather Redfern at the York!

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The cast of An East Van Panto: Patti Allan, Maiko Bae Yamamato, Raugi Yu, Allan Zinyk, and Dawn Petten

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Allan Zinyk, star of last year’s Jack and the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto, and young guests

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The Cultch team taking a group shot with the cast of An East Van Panto

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Guests and friends dining on the Historic stage at The Cultch’s New Orleans and All That Jazz Gala

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Subscribers and audience members during our 14/15 Season Launch on March 17

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Robert Leveroos, Youth Program Manager, with The Cultch’s Youth Panel Members celebrating the end of the IGNITE! Youth Arts Performing Festival!

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Our lovely Cultch volunteers helping out with our subscription mailing this past March!

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The Cultch’s staff members celebrating the end of a successful season with some bubbly

We hope you enjoyed these photos, this is just a small example of all the events that took place this last season. None of this would have been possible without your help, and we want to thank you – our friends, donors, and subscribers – for your support. We feel really lucky to have such a strong community behind us and we can’t wait to see you next year to share other great memories!

The Cultch receives record $2 million gift!!

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Dear friends,

Today is a day to celebrate! After years of public consultation, a city-wide poll, and unanimous city council approval at last night’s extraordinary public hearing, we are thrilled to announce that our longest standing corporate partner, West Coast Reduction Ltd, has donated $2 million to The Cultch. This unprecedented gift represents the single largest corporate donation received in our organization’s history.

I want to thank you for helping us on this journey. You sent letters to the city, spread the word, and supported us in so many different ways. We couldn’t have it done it without the incredible outpouring of community support we received from you. Thank you!

Receiving a gift of this magnitude provides much needed financial stability for us during a time of organizational change and growth. Because of this gift, the future of both The Cultch and the York Theatre is sustained, thus nurturing an excitingly diverse community of artists, audiences and supporters. Because of this gift, we are able to continue providing myriad opportunities for our eclectic communities to interact in meaningful ways.

As you likely know, in recognition of this monumental occasion, the recently renovated and restored stage at the landmark York Theatre will be named in honour of its biggest supporter and fan: the West Coast Reduction Stage at the York Theatre.

West Coast Reduction is thrilled the new theatre space will provide opportunities for local arts and community groups to connect and perform, especially in East Vancouver where many of its employees live, work and play.

THANK YOU to everyone who made this vision a reality.

Sincerely,

Heather Redfern

Executive Director

The Cultch

York Theatre: We need your support!

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Please spread the word by sharing this email with your networks!

Dear friend of The Cultch and York Theatre,

We need your support! This December, The Cultch opened the newly renovated York Theatre to wild acclaim and packed houses with the family hit Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto. This production was the first of many to come in a building that will be an invaluable community resource.

Over the next few months, the York will be home to a variety of organizations and productions including the PuSh Festival’s Nanook of the North, Patrick Street Productions’ Out of a Dream and Floyd Collins, and City Opera’s world premiere of Margaret Atwood’s Pauline. Our vision is that the York will revitalize the north corridor of Commercial Drive between Venables and Hasting Streets. But, in order to ensure that vision is a sustainable reality, we need financial support.

How can The Cultch and the York Theatre be sustainable? The East-Vancouver-based and family-owned and operated business of West Coast Reduction Ltd. is poised to contribute $2 million to The Cultch, thus providing much needed financial stability during a time of immense change and growth for the organization. Following in the Vancouver tradition of the naming of other heritage buildings such as the “Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage” and “Scotiabank Dance Centre,” The Cultch hopes to name the stage of the York Theatre and place exterior signage on the building that recognizes West Coast Reduction’s contribution. This gift represents the single largest corporate donation made in The Cultch’s history, and is a critical piece to the York Theatre’s viability.

How will this help?
The significant funds raised from this naming will support the ongoing operations of the York Theatre. It will keep the lights on, the theatre clean and warm, and most importantly it will enable The Cultch to support outstanding theatre, music and dance, especially from local artists in East Vancouver.

Who is West Coast Reduction Ltd.?

VideoScreenshotWest Coast Reduction Ltd. (WCR) is an East Vancouver- based, family-owned and operated business since 1964 that likes to pay it forward, especially within its own community. For over two decades, WCR has been an ongoing annual supporter not only of The Cultch, but also of a number of East Vancouver-based community organizations including the Kettle Friendship Society. Because many of WCR’s staff live and work in the Grandview-Woodlands community, this extraordinary company has a deep investment to the community it operates in. As a critical environmental player and key recycler in Vancouver, WCR strongly believes in sustainability at the community level.

What will the exterior sign look like?

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  • It’s low-tech and unobtrusive
  • It will progressively dim as it gets darker; by evening the sign will only be at 30% of its brightness
  • It will be controlled and monitored by The Cultch
  • On the fascia sign, the lighting will come from below the sign and point upward
  • The sign’s lighting will be turned off at 11 pm each day

How can I help?
Over the next week, the City of Vancouver will be conducting a phone poll. We ask that you share your support for this proposal! In order for The Cultch to receive this $2 million gift, City Council must approve this naming agreement and exterior signage proposal.

You can also submit your support by:
email: mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca
mail: City of Vancouver
City Clerk’s Office
453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

Sample letter: I am writing to express my support for West Coast Reduction’s naming sponsorship of the York Theatre. Both The Cultch and the York Theatre could not survive without local corporate support. I’m absolutely in favour of a naming sponsorship that involves a local business supporting an important community arts organization and its sustainability.

If you’d like to speak at the Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 21 at 6 pm at City Hall, please register individually before 5 pm on January 21 by:
email: publichearing@vancouver.ca
phone: 604.829.4238
in-person: 5:30 to 6 pm on the day of the Public Hearing

Please spread the word by sharing this email with your networks!

Please do not hesitate to contact me at 604.251.1766 or heather@thecultch.com, if you have any questions or would like to chat further.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of The Cultch and the new York Theatre!

Heather Redfern
Executive Director