The Canadian College of Performing Arts is owned and operated by the Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS). The Canadian Heritage Arts Society is registered as a non-profit society with the Registrar of Societies of British Columbia. The Canadian Heritage Arts Society is a registered charitable organization: #131341356RR0001.
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CCPA is wholly owned and operated by The Canadian Heritage Arts Society (CHAS), a non-profit society and registered charitable organization. For over 20 years CHAS has been renowned across Canada for its summer and full season training and performance programs, beginning with Spirit of a Nation and continuing with the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
CHAS was incorporated in the province of British Columbia in 1990 for the purpose of promoting the arts through education, training and performance. The society became a registered charitable organization in 1991, and commenced a highly acclaimed national touring program in 1992. It went from “mile zero” on the west coast to “mile zero” on the east coast and back again, followed by a trip through the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. Titled Experience Canada, the tour included presentations of the show Spirit of a Nation, created by Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning, the founders of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society.
Through 45 minutes of original Canadian music, song and dance, Spirit of a Nation invited young and old to celebrate our land, cultures, history, and our future. For eleven weeks, 30 young Canadians from all regions of Canada were the Spirit of a Nation Company. Through their performances and discussions, thousands of visitors from across the country and the world shared insights into Canada’s diverse regions, languages, and cultures. The production reached over 800,000 people at festivals, schools and in theatres. In addition to being nationally televised on CBC, it was also featured in the Canada Day broadcast from Parliament Hill.
This outstandingly successful venture lead to many invitations to return for repeat engagements. In 1993, the Society accepted the invitation of the Confederation Centre of the Arts to present Spirit of a Nation all summer at its Charlottetown Festival on Prince Edward Island. Popular demand resulted in The Canadian Heritage Arts Society and the Confederation Centre continuing a proud relationship for four years.
Spirit of a Nation was not only a show, but an outstanding youth ambassador and job training program. It offered jobs for university-aged Canadians, training to launch them into professional careers. In the summer of 1997, CHAS brought Spirit of a Nation, and its now renowned training program, home to Victoria, British Columbia. The Canadian College of Performing Arts was then founded in 1998, to promote higher education and support young people who wish to establish careers and contribute to Canadian society. The College benefits promising talent, attracting students from across the nation and around the world.
The Canadian Heritage Arts Society has continually endeavored to invest in the future of Canada by enriching the inter-regional and historical awareness, cross-cultural understanding, and the national pride of our youth.