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Centrepointe theatre changes name in honour of late entertainer

The entertainer appeared on Nickelodeon and did voice work for several animated-series.
Les Lye
A picture of Les Lye Photo/ @JimWatsonOttawa

The Meridian Credit Union is renaming its Centrepointe theatre to honour the life and accomplishments of entertainer, Les Lye.

The City of Ottawa and the credit union will rename the Centrepointe theatre, the Les Lye Studio Theatre.

"We are pleased to recognize one of Ottawa's greatest entertainment stars. During Les Lye's career of nearly six decades, he created iconic characters that are cherished by adults and children alike," says Mayor Jim Watson, "This theatre, and Mr. Lye's legacy, will inspire a new generation of local actors and entertainers to make Ottawa laugh and cry."

Known for his acting and entertainment career which spanned more than half a century in Ottawa, Lye started his career in radio but was better-known for his TV work with CJOH-Ottawa and Nickelodeon. He starred on 'You Can't Do That on Television' and 'Uncle Willy & Floyd', which he created with his friend and fellow entertainer, Bill Luxton. He is also known for his voice work and appeared in several animated works including 'The Raccoons', 'Care Bears' specials, 'The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin' and 'Dennis the Menace'.

In 2003, Lye's career and achievement were recognized with a lifetime achievement award from the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists. 

"Les Lye's career found him heavily involved in the Ottawa theatre community, with the Ottawa Little Theatre, the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society, as well as countless live stages for events that spanned nearly sixty years. This theatre naming is a perfectly fitting tribute," says Emily Lye, Lye's daughter, adding that, "Les also spent much of his spare time devoted to community service in Ottawa, with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He gave much to our city."

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