CIBC LunarFest 2012 to light up Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza from
VANCOUVER, Jan. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) is proud to
bring Canada's premier festival of contemporary Asian arts and culture
to Vancouver for the second year in a row as the presenting sponsor of
CIBC LunarFest 2012. The five-day festival, featuring the world's only
lantern aquarium, will take place at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
(801 West Georgia Street) from February 1 to 5.
"CIBC has a long history of supporting programs and initiatives that
embrace and enrich Canadian culture and celebrate Canada's diversity,"
said Mike Stevenson, CIBC Senior Vice President of Retail Markets for
Western Canada. "Through our presenting sponsorship of CIBC LunarFest
2012, CIBC is proud to recognize the cultural contributions of Canada's
large and growing Asian community, honour the Lunar New Year tradition
and welcome the Year of the Dragon.
Through the Treasures of the Sea lantern colouring contest, CIBC invited school children from the
Vancouver area to draw pictures of ocean creatures. Many of these
pictures will be featured in the lantern aquarium during CIBC
"We invite Canadians of all backgrounds to share the excitement of CIBC
LunarFest and visit the CIBC Pavilion throughout the festival for
refreshments and children's activities," said Alex Fan, CIBC Associate
Vice President. "We want to thank the hundreds of children from across
the greater Vancouver area for their enthusiastic participation in the
lantern colouring contest and we invite them and their families to join
us at the festival to enjoy the exhibits and see if they can find their
lantern as part of the display."
During CIBC LunarFest, visitors to the CIBC pavilion will enjoy
complimentary hot drinks and children's activities. Children with a
Lantern ID from the colouring contest will receive a Dragon hat on a
first come first served basis.
CIBC LunarFest is expected to attract thousands of visitors. CIBC is
also presenting the festival in Toronto for the first time. Visit lunarfest.org for more details.
CIBC clients have access to nearly 1,100 CIBC branches across Canada.
Many of these branches offer financial services and advice in languages
that reflect the communities we serve, including Cantonese, Mandarin
and other Asian languages. CIBC clients also have access to
Chinese-language information and services 24/7 through Telephone
Banking and ABMs and online through cibc.com.
In addition to being title sponsor for CIBC LunarFest, CIBC is a proud
long term supporter of Asian community events and organizations in the
Vancouver area, including the BC Children's hospital and SUCCESS. CIBC
was also proud to be the presenting sponsor of world renowned pianist
Lang Lang's performances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well
as with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Symphonique de
CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11
million personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a full range
of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking
network, branches and offices across Canada, and has offices in the
United States and around the world. You can find other news releases
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For further information:
Media contact: Kevin Dove, Senior Director, External Communications & Media Relations, 416-980-8835. Alex Fan, Associate Vice President, Vancouver Westside/Richmond, 604-665-6106 ext 495.