News from the City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario
Posted July 23rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large
St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik presented the Key to the City to internationally-renowned playwright Norm Foster at the world premiere of a new Foster play at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Friday, July 20.
“The Key to the City is presented to individuals whose contributions in their career reflect positively on our city – an honour we are proud to present to Mr. Norm Foster,” said Mayor Sendzik.
“Through his original pieces, Mr. Foster’s plays reflect real life and humanity, sharing stories with humour and wit, and have helped put St. Catharines on the map as a world class destination for original theatre and cultural experiences.”
Norm Foster is one of Canada’s most produced and best known playwrights. He has lived and worked across Canada as an actor and playwright. In 2016 Mr. Foster launched the Foster Festival with a summer series at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.
Now in its third season, the Foster Festival has become a cornerstone of programming at the Centre, drawing audiences from near and far for original live theatre in a world class venue. In 2017, Mr. Foster was appointed to the Order of Canada for his achievements.
The key to the city was presented at the opening night of the Foster Festival’s new show “Come Down from Up River,” a world premiere of Mr. Foster’s newest play. During his presentation Mayor Sendzik also thanked the Foster Festival for their contributions to the community and leadership in the arts.
“The Foster Festival has become a vital element of our creative community and committed partners as well. In sharing their passion for the arts and ‘humour with heart,’ the Foster Festival is helping to build compassion and understanding by including children and youth in special programming, showing the transformative power of the arts. Thank you for making St. Catharines your home.”
With this presentation, Mr. Foster joins a small group of local leaders who have received the key to the city from the sitting Mayor of St. Catharines including Edward Burtynsky, Jack Lightstone, Tom Rankin and Fergie Jenkins.
For more information about the Foster Festival and programming at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre visit www.fosterfestival.com.
Photo caption: St. Catharines City Councillors Carlos Garcia and Sandie bellows with the city’s Mayor Walter Sendzik and Norm Foster on receiving the Key to the City at the world premiere of Come Down From Up River at the Foster Festival.
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