Canwest Raise-a-Reader Concert Series artist Bob Dylan supports literacy initiatives nationwide with addition of Eastern Canada tour dates



    WINNIPEG, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Canwest is pleased to announce that the newest
addition to the Canwest Raise-a-Reader Concert Series family of artists -
iconic American singer-songwriter, author, and poet Bob Dylan - has expanded
his tour to the East.
    In addition to seven Western Canada tour stops announced last week, Dylan
has increased the scope of his Canadian tour to include Sault Ste. Marie,
Sudbury, Oshawa, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal. Partial proceeds from ticket
sales - on sale this week - will be donated to Canwest Raise-a-Reader in
support of local literacy groups in communities across the country.
    The Concert Series has the ongoing support of exclusive sponsor Assante
Wealth Management. Assante has been a major sponsor of Canwest Raise-a-Reader
since 2004, and with this series has provided additional funding dedicated to
raising awareness of literacy across Canada.
    Another key partner in the series is international concert promoter, Live
Nation.
    Since the launch of the series last year, the Assante partnership and
contributions from participating artists - including international singing
sensation Michael Bublé, Grammy award-winning songstress Anne Murray, and
musical legend James Taylor - have raised half a million dollars for national
literacy initiatives.

    About Raise-a-Reader

    Canwest Raise-a-Reader is a national campaign to generate funds for local
literacy programs and raise awareness about the importance of encouraging
family literacy.
    The highly successful Raise-a-Reader program has raised over $10 million
for literacy beneficiaries across Canada since its inception in 2002. One
hundred per cent of the funds raised in the local markets stays in their
community to support family literacy programs.

    About Canwest Global Communications Corp.

    Canwest Global Communications Corp. (www.canwest.com), (TSX: CGS and
CGS.A,) an international media company, is Canada's largest media company. In
addition to owning the Global Television Network, Canwest is Canada's largest
publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and owns, operates and/or
holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home
advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio stations and
networks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.





For further information:

For further information: Lynne Munro, VP, Community & Public Relations,
Canwest Global Communications Corp., T: (204) 953-7765, lmunro@canwest.com

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