Ottawa Venue Plan Reprieve

A nearly shelved concert hall development in Ottawa, Ontario, was recently given a second shot when federal officials agreed to put $8 million toward the venue if backers can secure another big sponsor by February.

The Ottawa Chamber Music Society has already secured about $16.5 million in funding through the province and other sponsors, according to the Ottawa Citizen, and the latest guarantee takes the total closer to $24.5 million of the $38 million to build the 925-capacity venue.

The society is reportedly seeking corporate sponsors and public donations to make up the balance needed for the hall.