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TELUS gives $250,000 to Keyano Theatre on behalf of new Optik TV and smartphone customers


TELUS is contributing $250,000 to the Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre in Fort McMurray, $100 on behalf of every new local Optik TV and smartphone customer who signed up for service last year. The gift will be presented on Thursday, April 26 at the Keyano Theatre mainstage, followed by Keyano Theatre Company’s preview performance of The Farnsworth Invention.


“This is the latest example of a successful and forward thinking company operating in the Wood Buffalo Region aligning themselves with Keyano because they see the value that the College offers to the community,” said Cindy Amerongen, vice-president, External Relations, Keyano College. “Keyano and TELUS share a focus on sustainable growth through technological innovation and the belief that communities are strengthened by diversity. We are delighted by their gift as well as their presence for what is sure to be another outstanding performance.”


Through this funding partnership TELUS will be the presenting sponsor for Keyano Theatre Company’s four-play Drama Series for the next three years.


“TELUS’ generous investment in the Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre enables the Theatre to continue supporting our community with live cultural performances and productions.” said Alan Roberts, director, Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre. “The TELUS Drama Series provides our local talent with creative opportunities to become involved both onstage and backstage using the latest in entertainment technologies. The stability of a three-year partnership allows the Theatre to focus on longer term planning and develop a stronger programming mix that represents the interests of our community.”


Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre has been a part of the community for more than 30 years and is the cornerstone of live entertainment for Fort McMurray. In addition to producing a four-play theatrical season, it presents a concert series and numerous visual and performing arts student events. More than 80,000 theatre lovers enjoy the programming at Keyano Theatre every year.


“At TELUS we give where we live, and we are pleased to support the Keyano Theatre’s efforts to provide top-drawer arts and culture to the people of our community on behalf of our local customers,” said Fort McMurray’s Derek Keturakis, TELUS general manager for Alberta North. “This initiative allows TELUS and our local customers to directly support this important local organization while taking advantage of the latest Optik TV and smartphone technology.”


Since 2000, TELUS, its team members and retirees have contributed nearly $1 million and volunteered 1,800 hours of service to Fort McMurray charities and community organizations, including this $250,000 contribution to Keyano Theatre.


TELUS offers Optik TV, powered by the award-winning Microsoft Mediaroom, in Alberta and British Columbia communities. TELUS invested $1.3 billion in infrastructure in these two provinces throughout 2011 to increase Internet speeds, introduce Optik TV to more communities, and expand its advanced 4G wireless and wireline broadband networks. Last year TELUS invested $6.7 million in Fort McMurray as part of the company’s $650 million infrastructure investment across Alberta.


About Optik TV

Optik TV provides never before seen functionality and features as well as more than 500 channels, including more than 100 in High Definition (HD). Optik TV is an IPTV based service and features applications like Facebook and remote record, an application that allows subscribers to manage their PVR recordings from any Internet connection or select smartphone. One PVR is all you need to enable every digital box in your home with the ability to pause, rewind and replay live TV, schedule recordings, access existing recordings, and pause a show in one room and pick it up in another room from the same spot. A single PVR can record up to three shows at once. Optik TV also offers Picture-in-Picture browsing, on-screen Call Display, HD Movies On Demand, and HD Pay Per View. It also features an improved search capability that enables effortless searches for shows and movies by actor, director, show title or sporting event, for immediate viewing or recording in the future. With Optik TV, TELUS customers can even use their Xbox 360 as a digital television box. It’s easier and more flexible than ever.


About The Keyano Theatre

Opened in 1980 with the Arts Centre expansion completed in 1990, Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre has been proudly presenting live entertainment from all over the world. Our state of the art facility provides our students, community and professional touring artists with expert support, high end technology and a warm welcome.



TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.4 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.3 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 500,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.


In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.


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For more information, please contact:


Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Specialist

Marketing & Communications

Keyano College




Chris Gerritsen                                                                     

TELUS Media Relations                                              

(403) 530-4919