The Project

Opening its doors in 2015, The New Performing Arts Centre will be a 95,000 square foot academic and cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues. Future Brock University students taking programs facilitated through the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts will benefit from two of the performance venues which will double as learning environments – The Recital Hall and The Film/Video Theatre. This Diamond + Schmitt designed facility will be located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, on the corner of Carlisle and St. Paul streets, adjacent to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

The New Performing Arts Centre is a vital component in the renaissance of St. Catharines, serving as the catalyst in thoroughly modernizing the area and reinforcing the brilliance of Niagara Region’s diverse cultural cluster. The Performing Arts Centre will draw patrons, offer local arts groups unprecedented opportunities to practice and perform, and redefine the downtown core as a hotbed for culture and the arts. The local economy is poised to boom through attracting not only new visitors, but also new business development.

Fast facts about The New Performing Arts Centre:

  • 4 performance venues
  • 600 events annually
  • 125,000 visitors annually
  • 500 Brock University students daily
  • 7 day-a-week activity for 48 weeks a year
  • 20 full-time staff, 70 part-time staff, hundreds of volunteers