Fergus Grand Theatre

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A part of the community since 1928, the Fergus Grand Theatre is rented out year-round to many different individuals and organizations who use the building to stage a wide variety of artistic, cultural, corporate, and charitable events.

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To learn more about rental opportunities, sign up for our client newsletter, The Grand Clientele. 

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About Us

A part of the community since 1928, the historic Fergus Grand Theatre has changed hands and uses over the years, but has never lost sight of its purpose of providing community entertainment.

The Fergus Grand Theatre was the dream of Sam Fardella, who turned the site of an old barn into a theatre on the main street of Fergus. On August 28, 1928, Louis B. Mayer, the head of MGM in Hollywood, sent Sam best wishes by telegram on the Grand Theatre's opening night.

Throughout the 1930's, 40's and 50's the Grand Theatre presented not only movies but also plays, concerts and other live events. With the rise of drive-ins and television in the late 50's and early 60's the theatre's popularity started to dwindle.

Cable television pioneer Jake Milligan bought the building in the late 1960's to house the rapidly growing Fergus-Elora Cable TV, as well as an electronics store. Live performances returned in the early 1980's with shows produced by the Elora Community Theatre and other local and regional theatre companies.

Hugh and Lorraine Drew-Brook bought the building in the early 1990's and a professional summer theatre started in 1993. Theatre on the Grand came to an end in the summer of 2003 and the building then became the property of the Township of Centre Wellington.

Today the Fergus Grand Theatre has one full-time staff member and a small army of volunteers. It is rented out year-round to a large and growing list of individuals and organizations that use it for a wide variety of artistic, cultural and corporate events. Together these people are making the Fergus Grand Theatre a "community meeting place" once again.

Past Shows

We're lucky enough to have a photographer come and take pictures of many of our shows - for free! Here are some of the beautiful composites created from his images. All photos courtesy of Bill Longshaw.

2018 Events:

  • James Hill and Ann Janelle
  • Coraline and The Giver
  • The "Real" Robbie Burns
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Buddy Holly's Rockin' Dance Party
  • In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (who should be shot)
  • The Fitzgeralds
  • Sugar and Gold: Stories and Songs of the Underground Railroad
  • SPSD Competitive Showcase 2018
  • Ramblin' Man Revue
  • Kings of Classic Country
  • Fergus Filming
  • The Good Brothers
  • National Tartan Day Concert
  • Soldiers of Song
  • Motown Gold
  • Is He Dead?
  • Skydiggers
  • Here Today

2017 Events:

  • The "Reel" Robbie Burns
  • No Sugar Tonight
  • Hot Rocks: The Rolling Stones Tribute Show
  • SPSD Competitive Showcase 2017
  • The Sting
  • The Great Canadian Fiddle Show
  • Patsy Cline and the Queens of Country
  • Canada: Our Story
  • Only Yesterday: The Carpenters' Story
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Move with Grace
  • Robert Gordon
  • Barry and Bette: A Las Vegas Tribute
  • Show Swappers
  • Heather Rankin
  • Ryan Joyce: Illusions, Delusions and Other Deceptions
  • Cash: The World's Most Authentic Johnny Cash Tribute
  • Take it Easy: The Story of the Eagles
  • Imagine John
  • The Great Canadian Songbook
  • The Little Mermaid
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Beatlemania Revisited

2016 Events:

  • Adrian Jones Music Recital
  • The Drawer Boy
  • Greece is the Word
  • Season's Greeters
  • Shirley Valentine
  • Little Women
  • Abbamania
  • Guelph Celtic Orchestra, with the Fitzgeralds
  • Move with Grace Recital 2016
  • An Evening with Sean McCann of Great Big Sea
  • Freezin'
  • We All Belong
  • Celtic Traditions
  • Legends of British Rock
  • Skips and Scoundrels
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • Billy Joel and the Piano Men
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • A "Reel" Celtic Christmas
  • Buddy Holly's Rockin' Christmas Party

2015 Events:

  • Dance Recital
  • Buddy Holly's Rockin' Dance Party
  • Mudmen CD Release
  • Peter Katz
  • Elvis: The Moments
  • Roy Orbison: Shades of Yesterday
  • Spring Planting
  • Beatlemania
  • The Dixie Swim Club
  • Tommy Leadbeater and Friends
  • Neil Diamond Tribute
  • Culture Days Kick-off
  • Beautiful Beulah Belle
  • NUA in Concert
  • War of the Worlds
  • Don't Talk to the Actors
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Steel City Rovers

2014 Events:

  • Awards of Excellence
  • Anne & Gilbert
  • Beatles
  • Billy Joel
  • Business on the 4th Floor
  • Can You Sing?
  • Cruisin'
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • An Evening with Joy Dunlop
  • KW Youth Theatre
  • Leahy's in Song
  • Lord of the Flies 2014
  • Lucas Rogerson
  • Move with Grace
  • Narnia
  • Old Love
  • Scott Woods
  • Scurvy Nayves
  • Sensational Elora
  • Spring Recital
  • The Tribute Show
  • Wait Until Dark

2013 Events:

  • Toast of the Towns
  • Awards of Excellence
  • Cinderella
  • Glory Days
  • Lord of the Flies
  • M*A*S*H*
  • Patsy Cline
  • Peter Pan
  • Rod: The Tribute Returns
  • We Wanna Go Home

Consent release notice: Authorization for the use of the images from which these composites were created is derived from the rental agreement between the theatre and its rental clients. Event producers are solely responsible for securing consent from their staff and volunteers to appear onstage and in archival photographs. Persons who wish to have their composites in which their image appears removed from this website may do so by contacting the theatre coordinator. Such requests shall generally not be refused.  

Rent the Facility

The Fergus Grand Theatre has 252 comfortable permanent seats arranged in auditorium-style seating facing a raised stage. The building is equipped with modern heating and air conditioning systems, as well as theatrical lighting, sound and audio-visual capabilities.

Rental costs vary from booking to booking and are dependent upon the hours used (daytime, evening, or full day), the nature of the activity (rehearsal or performance), and the legal status of the client (individual, business, or non-profit organization). Rental rates are set by the Township of Centre Wellington and are adjusted annually.

Here is some additional information for theatre rentals:

  • All bookings require a $150 deposit to confirm the rental. This money is deducted from the total rental cost in the final settlement.
  • The digital projector and/or projection screen, if used, are subject to an additional fee.
  • All ticketed events must be run through our TixHub ticketing system, and are subject to a $2.70 per printed ticket handling fee. This fee (and HST, if applicable) must be included in your advertised ticket prices.
  • All non-ticketed events with public admission are subject to a Non-ticketed Public Event Fee for Front-of-House services, in lieu of the handling fee.
  • All events require proof of $2 million liability insurance for all events, with the Township/Theatre listed as co-insured. For clients that do not have their own insurance the theatre offers coverage through a third-party insurance provider for an additional fee.
  • The FGT Child Supervisor Policy applies to events with participants 16 years of age and under
  • SOCAN fees may apply to your event. If you do not have your own SOCAN account number, the theatre will deduct SOCAN fees from your final settlement and will remit them on your behalf.
  • The securing and payment of all other permissions, licenses, royalties, etc., is the sole responsibility of the renter
  • Renters are solely responsible for vigorously promoting their own events. The theatre offers in-house and website display space, municipal signage space, and inclusion in the Centre Wellington Leisure Guide (subject to print deadlines) as well as a walk-in, phone-in, and online box office, but has no mandate or budget to advertise events on its clients' behalf.
  • All technical work in the building must be completed by or under the supervision/training of, an approved FGT technician. The technician works independent of the theatre and negotiates with each individual renter directly. Please see our Technical Information Package for more details.

The Fergus Grand Theatre encourages individuals, businesses, and organizations to rent the theatre. We are pleased to engage with, collaborate with, and otherwise support our clients in any way that we can, to help stage a successful event.  We've even prepared a handy Marketing Best Practices Guide, combining industry standards with local tips and tricks to help clients promote their shows, as well as a Copy and Graphic Standards Guide.

You can also find our listings on Paul's Halls, and Vistek.

Contact us to enquire about available dates, and try our new Rental Quote Calculator to estimate the revenue and expenses for your event.

Rental Quote Calculator 

How much does it cost to rent the theatre? Use our interactive calculator to find out!

Volunteer Opportunities

The Fergus Grand Theatre relies on a small but dedicated group of volunteers to provide theatregoers with a full range of audience services. Our volunteers are the people who sell you your tickets, show you to your seats and operate the concession stand at intermission. Together they donate over 3,500 hours of their time to the theatre every year.

To date, the Fergus Grand Theatre volunteers have fundraised over $45,000 for the theatre. This money has been used to buy badly needed equipment, update the box office and make countless other repairs and improvements to the building. Our volunteers have allowed us to increase what we can offer our clients, reduce our operating costs and make the theatre a more inviting place to be. We couldn't afford to operate the theatre without their ongoing dedication and support!

We are currently accepting applications for the following volunteer positions:

Fill out our Volunteer Application Form today!​

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