We gratefully appreciate the generosity of our supporters who have made this season possible


Season Benefactor

Estate of Alexander Murray Jeffery


Bader & Overton Canadian Piano Competition Benefactor

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Isabel Bader 


Performance Benefactor

Jennifer Velva Bernstein Memorial Fund


Imagine Isabel Arts Incubator Supporters

Bader Philanthropies

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Thank you to Joan Tobin and the Ballytobin Foundation for the donation of the Hamburg Steinway Piano and all of the support of many community artists and groups using the Isabel.


Concert Underwriters

Shelagh and David Williams Music Programming Fund  
Caroline and Simon Davis 


Thank you to Moira Hudgin for her donation of the Yves Beaupre Harpsichord


Thank you to the  
Joseph S. Stauffer Foundation  
George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund  
Kingston Community Fund  
for their support of special projects at the Isabel


Thank you to Catie Allan and the ART FOR ALL committee for the imaginative and artistic fundraising contribution to the Isabel.


Hotel Sponsor

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Media Sponsor

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Broadcast Partner

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Jennifer Velva Bernstein Performance Hall

We thank Marjorie Ernestine Bernstein for her generous $3.5 million endowment gift in her daughter’s honour. Jennifer Velva Bernstein loved the arts and had dedicated herself to creating a fairer world. It is in this spirit that the Isabel will honour the arts and social justice for many generations to come.

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The Baders

Alfred Bader (BSc’45, BA’46, MSc’47, LLD’86) arrived at Queen’s in the autumn of 1941. What he experienced had a profound and lasting effect on his life and work. As a measure of his gratitude, Dr. Bader, together with his beloved wife, Isabel (LLD’07), has given back to Queen’s in countless ways, transforming student life and learning, enriching culture and the arts, and nurturing the spirit of initiative that is at the heart of the Queen’s experience, and so fully embodied by the Baders.

Alfred and Isabel Bader made a transformational gift to assist in the development of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The Isabel was inspired by the Baders’ love – of the arts, of Queen’s, and of each other – and is named in Isabel’s honour.

Bringing the Isabel to Life

Funding to bring the Isabel from concept to completion was provided by several major supporters. The total cost of the project was $72 million.

  • The Bader family: $31 million
  • The Government of Canada: $15 million through the Major Infrastructure Component of the 2007 Building Canada Fund.
  • The Government of Ontario: $15 million
  • The City of Kingston: $6 million
  • Queen’s University: $5 million