Partridge Family Makes Generous Donation

During a special April 2 event, Mr. Peter Partridge, The New Performing Arts Centre’s Cabinet Chairman, announced the generous gift of $1 million from his family toward the project. This incredible gift has given the main concert hall a new name: Partridge Hall.

The largest of the four venues that comprise The New Performing Arts Centre, Partridge Hall will be a spectacular 775 seat performance space with build-in adjustable acoustical features capable of serving a wide array of musical events, including instrumental, choral, orchestral, as well as providing space for the busy annual dance recital season. Peter has been has been a strong supporter of the arts throughout his life, and his commitment to this project is truly awe-inspiring.

The Partridge Family’s donation to the project kicked off a $5 million fundraising campaign. Several naming opportunities are still available. For more information on the project or to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please contact Peter Partridge at or 905.988.5734.

Economic Boom Ahead

The New Performing Arts Centre is an exciting project for a number of reasons. Area residents will enjoy new ways to engage with culture, local arts groups will have new stages to practice and perform on, and Brock University students will have two phenomenal new learning environments.

Once construction of the state-of-the-art facility is complete, Niagara Region’s cultural cluster will have a new highlight and St. Catharines’ downtown will be a modern and attractive hub of activity, opportunity, and experience.

The New Performing Arts Centre will not only reawaken culture within the region, it will also have a significant impact on the local economy. Check out the facts below to get a better idea of how The New Performing Arts Centre will contribute to the region’s economic health:

  • $28 million parking garage (opened 2012)
  • $50 million spectator facility (opening in 2014)
  • $60 million Performing Arts Centre facility (opening in 2015)
  • $30 million investment by Brock University to repurpose the Canada Hair Cloth Building for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (opening in 2015)
  • $54 million replacement of Burgoyne Bridge by the region of Niagara (project starting 2013)
  • Increasing and helping sustain property values and tax revenue
  • Stimulating new, high quality retail, residential and commercial investment in the region
  • Populating downtown streets during evening hours, making downtown streets safer and more inviting for arts patrons and visitors
  • Extending visits of tourists to the region and attracting visitors downtown
  • Attracting new executives to the area to live in a progressive, modern community with quality professional arts and culture events and performances

What aspect of The New Performing Arts Centre are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!