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Performing artists celebrate new home

<p>Seniors who have built their lives around the performing arts earn a meagre $10,000 a year on average. But some now find themselves living in one of Vancouver’s swankiest neighbourhoods, thanks to a unique social housing initiative.</p>

Lodge includes multi-purpose performance space



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Vancouver jazz singer Don Stewart speaks at the official opening of the Performing Arts Lodge, which provides housing for seniors and disabled people who work in the performing arts.





Seniors who have built their lives around the performing arts earn a meagre $10,000 a year on average. But some now find themselves living in one of Vancouver’s swankiest neighbourhoods, thanks to a unique social housing initiative.





The Performing Arts Lodge, which provides accommodation for seniors and disabled persons who work in the arts, celebrated its official opening yesterday in Coal Harbour.





A partnership between federal, provincial governments, as well as other donors, the $21-million facility features 111 units. It also includes a multi-purpose performance space and a rooftop garden.





But jazz singer Don Stewart said the best thing about the building is the vibrant community it hosts.





“It’s always a pleasure for me to be here,” he said. “And it’s always a pleasure for me to know if I go away. It’s home.”


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