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Mission and History

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The Burlington Performing Arts Centre offers the best in performing arts to Burlington, nurtures and supports local presenters and producers, and engages the citizens of Burlington in meaningful arts experiences, animating the community and enriching people’s lives.

The mission is accomplished by:

  • Being Burlington’s social and cultural hub for live performance
  • Offering a balanced program of touring and local attractions
  • Supporting and enhancing related municipal priorities and community goals


The Need:

For years, the people of Burlington have dreamed of a performing arts centre. The City undertook a very rigorous planning and evaluation process for The Burlington Performing Arts Centre and numerous technical and feasibility studies were completed between 2003 and 2008. The results of these studies indicated that Burlington has a substantial performing arts community that is reaching its creative and productive capacity in terms of scope, quality and volume of programmes and performances it can deliver to the community. Today there are more than 60 commercial and community groups that provide arts experiences to thousands of participants and tens of thousands of patrons.

The Plan:

The City of Burlington stated its vision for increased cultural vibrancy for Burlington in its 10-year Cultural Strategy of 2006. In the City of Burlington Strategic Plan, “Future Focus Seven 2007-2010”, the seeds for The Burlington Performing Arts Centre were sown.

The Build:

In March of 2007, the City of Burlington purchased the site of a former Halton Region Police Station at the corner of Locust and Elgin Streets. In September 2007, the City of Burlington retained Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. to design The Centre. March 2009 saw the official groundbreaking. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre opened its doors in the autumn of 2011.