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Ministers Valcourt and Dubé take part in the official re-opening of the renovated Salle Léo-Poulin in Edmundston

The largest theatre in Madawaska has a new look

May 20, 2014 - Edmundston, NB – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Residents of the Edmundston area will now be able to host new shows and major cultural events thanks to renovations to Salle Léo-Poulin. After over 40 years in operation, the largest auditorium in Madawaska has received a makeover.

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, the Honourable Madeleine Dubé, New Brunswick Minister of Social Development, and Cyrille Simard, Mayor of Edmundston, today officially opened Salle Léo-Poulin following extensive renovations to the facility. 

The project to renovate Salle Léo-Poulin involved renovating the community theatre. The purpose of the work was to upgrade the existing facilities to meet the current building code. With a seating capacity of 778, Salle Léo-Poulin is the largest meeting place for the performing arts in the region. These improvements will help the community attract more shows to Madawaska and will contribute to stimulating economic activity in the region.

In October 2013, Minister Valcourt announced a contribution of $450,000 by the Government of Canada under ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund and $300,000 through Canadian Heritage. The Government of New Brunswick also invested $716,616. The City of Edmundston contributed $500,000 to the project, while the private sector invested $25,000.

Quick Facts

  • The Cité des Jeunes A.M. Sormany high school, which houses the Léo Poulin community hall, was inaugurated in 1972. 
  • Approximately 1000 students attend Cité des Jeunes A.-M. Sormany.
  • The hall is named after Léo Poulin (“Mr. Music”), who was born in OldsTown, Maine, on April 2, 1898.  Raised by a family of musicians, he began his career as an instrumentalist at the age of 10 and learned to play all the brass band instruments. He led brass bands in OldsTown and played in theatres in Bangor before coming to Edmundston in 1930. For 40 years, Mr. Poulin directed the Edmundston brass band.
  • With 778 seats, Salle Léo-Poulin is the largest theatre in Madawaska.



“This initiative aligns directly with the priorities of our Government: jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians. Our Government’s investment in the Salle Léo-Poulin in Edmundston demonstrates our commitment to supporting the development of Northern New Brunswick’s economy. By improving local community infrastructure, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians.”

    - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche

“Canadian Heritage is very proud to have provided funding for the modernization of Salle Léo-Poulin. In addition to offering a cutting-edge technological environment, Salle Léo-Poulin will be an important meeting place during the 2014 Congrès mondial acadien, as well as for a number of other activities. Residents and visitors in the beautiful Edmundston region will be able to enjoy enriching artistic and cultural experiences there.”

    - The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

“Today’s celebration of this renovation project at Salle Léo-Poulin confirms our government’s commitment to supporting the cultural vitality of the City of Edmundston and the Madawaska region.  With Congrès mondial acadien 2014 starting in August, this revitalized facility is will contribute to the economic development of the community through the attraction of more renowned shows and artists.”
    - The Honourable Madeleine Dubé, New Brunswick Minister of Social Development, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud 

“Thanks to the collaboration of the municipal, provincial and federal governments, the Salle Léo-Poulin has a new look. New life has been breathed into this auditorium that has served us so well over the years, for both professional and community shows. With the Centre des arts de la Petite église and the Salle Léo-Poulin, Edmundston is now in a position to increase its cultural and artistic offerings. We are both proud of and thankful for the collaboration of other levels of government in carrying out this project, which was so necessary for our community.”

    - Cyrille Simard, Mayor of Edmundston
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Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (ACOA),
The Honourable Rob Moore

Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages

Ted Parisé
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Gilles Thériault
Director of Communications
Atlantic Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

Bruce MacFarlane
Economic Development

Mychèle Poitras 
City of Edmundston