Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario

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Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (Theatre of New-Ontario) is a Canadian professional theatre company. Located in Sudbury, Ontario, the company produces French language stage productions.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.

Theatre collaborative form of performing and fine art

Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον, itself from θεάομαι.

Greater Sudbury City in Ontario, Canada

Greater Sudbury, commonly referred to as Sudbury, is a city in Ontario, Canada. It is the largest city in Northern Ontario by population, with a population of 161,531 at the Canada 2016 Census. By land area, it is the largest in Ontario and the fifth largest in Canada. It is administratively a single-tier municipality, and thus not part of any district, county, or regional municipality.

The company was founded in 1971 by the Coopérative des artistes du Nouvel-Ontario, a group of artists that included André Paiement, Marcel Aymar and Robert Paquette. It evolved out of an informal association of students at Laurentian University who united to write and perform a Franco-Ontarian musical theatre show, Moé, j'viens du nord, 'stie!, in 1970.

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Marcel Aymar is a franco-ontarian musician, composer, writer and actor. He moved to Sudbury, Ontario in 1972 as a teen and was a founding member of the popular franco-ontarian group CANO, playing guitar. During this time, he also helped manage the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario.

Other artists later to be associated with the company included Jean-Marc Dalpé and Brigitte Haentjens.

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The company originally staged theatre productions at Laurentian's Fraser Auditorium. It subsequently acquired a former bakery on King Street in the city's Flour Mill neighbourhood, and remained there until building a new theatre on the grounds of Collège Boréal in the late 1990s.

Collège Boréal

Collège Boréal is a francophone College of Applied Arts and Technology serving Northern and Central Southwestern Ontario. Youngest of the 24 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, Collège Boréal has for the 12th time in 13 years achieved the highest graduation rate and for the 9th time in 12 years, the highest graduate satisfaction rate among all the community colleges in Ontario. Based in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Collège Boréal has a total of 42 access centres across 28 cities in the province, including main campuses in Hamilton, Hearst, Kapuskasing, London, Nipissing, Sudbury, Timmins, Toronto, Welland, and Windsor. Collège Boréal, which began operations in 1995, is a postsecondary institution in which students are offered technical programs helping them gain access to a bilingual labour market. In 2002, Collège Boréal opened a campus in Toronto, taking over the programs and services of the defunct Collège des Grands-Lacs. Inaugurated on September 27, 2012, the new Toronto campus is now located at One Yonge Street.


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