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Meaford Hall Shines Brighter (Posted On: Tuesday, June 15, 2010)

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A proposed new electronic sign outside Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre is getting the go-ahead thanks in part to a $20,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant. Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch and Mayor Francis Richardson were joined by OTF representative Liz Chalmers to officially congratulate Meaford Hall General Manager Paul Osborn.

According to Murdoch, the sign will serve as the ultimate promotional tool to ensure Meaford Hall gets full exposure. For those passing through the community, the sign and ultimately Meaford Hall itself will be hard to miss.

The OTF grant is slated for a new electronic sign, which will be used to promote Meaford Hall and community events as a whole. As a four season venue, Meaford Hall plays host to a wide variety of live entertainment, gallery exhibitions, films, events, meetings and social gatherings both corporate and community driven. General Manager Paul Osborn is especially pleased with the capability of the new electronic sign to promote more than just the upcoming programming at Meaford Hall. Other groups in the community will also benefit in that there will be opportunities to utilize the sign to promote their respective events.

At a recent press conference, Mayor Francis Richardson expressed gratitude on behalf of the Municipality of Meaford to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for providing the funding. He alluded to the challenge of incorporating new technology into Meaford Hall while maintaining the facility’s heritage look and feel. However, any doubts as to the aesthetics of the sign were erased when a draft was unveiled.

A few years ago, Meaford Hall received a 6.5-million dollar facelift through a series of much needed renovations. However, as extensive as the upgrades were, not everything on the wish list of Hall supporters could be accommodated. The new signage signifies the turning of another corner. It will also be a huge time saver for staff members who currently take turns manually changing the lettering on the existing sign to announce upcoming events. The new electronic version will allow for instant changes.

Beautifully restored and renovated, the Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre is the premiere arts venue of southern Georgian Bay. The building is located in downtown Meaford, just a stone’s throw from Georgian Bay and adjacent to all amenities in an area well known for its year-round attractions. For a century, Meaford Hall has echoed with music, drama and debate, serving as the political, social and cultural heart of Meaford.

An integral part of Southern Georgian Bay’s recreational playground, Meaford Hall attracts year-round audiences from Owen Sound, Thornbury, Blue Mountain and Collingwood and reaches further afield in cottaging and peak seasons to include a wide variety of Ontarians and visitors to the province.

A leading grant maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.

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