Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is important

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THUNDER BAY – LETTERS – The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is important to Thunder Bay and our region as it contributes significantly to our Arts and Culture community. The fact that we have a symphony here in a smaller market speaks to the dedication and determination of the many individuals and organizations that have supported this very worthwhile asset. With that support it enables us to continue to provide the excellent level of professionalism and talent our diverse audiences have the privilege to see and hear at the many concerts and events season after season.

We are a key component of the economic fabric in terms of attracting investment into Thunder Bay. Businesses and people make decisions to move here because we have many assets to offer: the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Northern School of Medicine, Lakehead University and its new Law School, Confederation College, Bombardier, Resolute, the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium and Tbaytel, to name only a few. There are many more…!

The Symphony belongs in this list too!! When it comes to economic development and competitive communities, arts and culture is often overlooked, but there are studies that confirm it plays a major role in our economy and is a driving factor for skilled workers looking to relocate.

Businesses that want to keep and attract top employees — and thank clients — are encouraged to work with local arts and culture organizations. Municipalities that want to keep their young people and attract skilled workers need to support their cultural industries.
The Symphony in Thunder Bay is a major “community differentiator” as the only full symphony between Winnipeg and Toronto. Our goal is to keep it that way!

We have also maintained our standing in the community of orchestras in Canada with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Thunder Bay. Our many sponsors and annual donors are very important to our success as well. Our elders have supported us for many years and continue to do so, however our younger potential audiences and supporters are encouraged to experience the great music and appreciate the extraordinary talent of our musicians in the orchestra.

So please consider supporting your community Symphony here in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. We will be forever grateful. Thank you.

Barry Streib
Executive Director/General Manager
The Symphony—Thunder Bay