PAL stands for PERFORMING ARTS LODGE. PAL Calgary is one of six chapters of PAL Canada, a national organization established in 1986. Both PAL Toronto and PAL Vancouver have established successful residences in those cities.
PAL Place, the first residence to be built, was opened in Toronto in 1993. It is located in Toronto’s theatre district with 205 units, professionally designed stage facilities, pub, library, arts studio and roof terrace gardens. During its fourteen years in operation, PAL Place has been the home to actors, writers, musician, technicians, producers, directors and designers from many different areas of the arts.
PAL Vancouver opened its doors, just a few blocks from beautiful Stanley Park, in May 2006. With 99 rental units, and a 100 seat theatre, PAL Vancouver provides a safe community for its members, and also a new performance venue for the new Coal Harbour neighbourhood.
PAL Calgary’s vision is to create a bright, safe, secure, inexpensive space of approximately 80 units in or near the downtown core (near doctors, shops and recreation) and fill it with creative people that will enhance and enliven the neighbourhood. The lodge will host live performances including theatre, cabaret and live music The supportive environment will include amenities and services to foster residents’ creativity, well-being, health, mental fitness and energy for life.
PAL plans to include a flexible 150 seat theatre/rehearsal/exhibition and meeting space which will not only be for the use and benefit of the lodge’s residents for performances, rehearsals, workshops, classes and meetings but would be available to the community at large for similar purposes, to help alleviate the city’s need for arts space and provide income to the operation.
Halifax, Stratford and Winnipeg have also have opened up chapters of PAL with the goals to build lodges to provide quality affordable housing and support for seniors and the disabled in the performing arts.