The Elliot Lake Entertainment Series (ELES) are Presenters of Professional Performing Arts. The organization was incorporated in 1983 and is a registered not for profit corporation. It is managed by a Volunteer Board of 10 – 15 Directors. All Directors are Series’ subscribers and are mandated to be a subscriber in order to be considered for the board.
In its earlier days the organization was a presenter of predominantly classical music. After many years of presenting the board of the organization took a hiatus. At that time the ELES was presenting two series’ a year. The corporation lay dormant for a couple of years with the corporation still intact and SEED money in the bank for any new group that was interested in starting it up again. The Series was revived in 1993 by a very enthusiastic group of individuals, headed by Kate Matuszewski and Linda Finn, and has been going strong ever since.
The ELES has worked in partnership with The City of Elliot Lake and other organizations in the community and beyond, and has developed an excellent reputation for quality and successful programming. The organization is the foremost presenter of professional performing arts in Elliot Lake and along the North Shore of Lake Huron.
The revived ELES presents a variety of adult programming which has included dance, theatre, comedy, and music. We are currently presenting five shows a season and periodically present an add on shows during the season.
The ELES is self-sustaining with its revenues coming from Subscriber Ticket Sales, Sponsorship, and Single Ticket Sales. The organization periodically secures funding from the Ontario Arts Council and has recently benefitted from a Municipal Grant Application to Business for the Arts “artsVest” program. We have incredible sponsorship support from the business community. We offer single ticket sales at all our shows to augment the series subscriptions. Our current series price is $150 for 5 shows and single ticket prices usually range $25 - $45. Our audience age group is varied however, usually ranges from 30 up. We endeavour to work with the school system in providing workshops with some of the professional artists we bring in and this has proven to be quite successful.
Board of Directors
Kate Matuszewski, President
George Copeland, Vice President
Louis Ucci, Treasurer
Nancy-Jo Wannan, Secretary
Mark Robinson, Past President
Pat Sykes, Director - Ticket Campaign Chair
Peter Shipman, Director
Gerald Jean, Director