Tim Wieclawski/metro ottawa


Workers put the finishing touches on the sign of the new building of the Great Canadian Theatre Company yesterday.


When the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) hosts its open house Sept. 8 and 9, it will become a hub for the arts in a community that’s fast becoming Ottawa’s heart for the arts.

Yesterday, the GCTC put the finishing touches on the façade of its new $11.7-million theatre house at the intersection of Holland Avenue and Wellington Street.

The building will house two theatres and an art gallery, and will benefit stage, television, visual arts and musicians. The new theatre also means the company can run a Canadian Music Series.

“It’s an incredible milestone for the cultural community and all of Ottawa,” said GCTC artistic director Lise Ann Johnson.

“It’s going to have a huge impact of the neighborhood,” she said. “We’re going to bring a lot of people into this neighbourhood.”

Celebrating its centennial year, the Hintonburg area is in the midst of a renaissance, catching the eye of the Financial Times of London when the paper ran a story profiling the area.

Kitchissippi Ward Coun. Christine Leadman said the GCTC building will add value to the area and is a good fit since so many members of the arts community live nearby.

“The arts community and heritage of Hintonburg is quite strong. It’s been growing rapidly,” she said. “This is another component of that.”

Although they have managed to raise most of the funds needed to pay for the building, the company is still approximately $1.3 million short of covering the full cost of the move. General manager Nancy

Oakley said private corporate donations are being accepted through the Making It Greater campaign.