Project Title:

Livestreaming from the Sid

Project Organization:

Sid Williams Theatre Society

Project Investment:

  • Island Coastal Economic Trust: $15,000
  • Total Budget: $30,000

This project allowed the Sid Williams Theatre Society (SWTS) in Courtenay to purchase technology used for livestreaming on-stage performances, specifically a high-definition multi-camera package that unobtrusively captures high-quality video and audio. With it they hosted the Comox Valley Child Development Association telethon, a hybrid event and a successful fundraiser. Livestreaming allows SWTS to recoup lost seating revenue with at-home viewership. It also keeps Sid Williams regionally competitive with other theatres adopting similar technology and practices, and enables innovation as they navigate the post-pandemic live performance industry.

Island Coastal Economic Trust approved funding for this project in 2020 through the Community Placemaking program.