HOT TOPIC Expands into Canada

TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - U.S. retail chain HOT TOPIC will expand into Canada with three new locations in 2010. With 680 locations in the United States and Puerto Rico, and an online store (www.hottopic.com), HOT TOPIC is every fan's go-to-source for music and pop-culture apparel, accessories and gift items.

The Square One Shopping Centre and Scarborough Town Centre locations will open their doors to the Canadian public on August 13, 2010. A third store at Mapleview Shopping Centre will open October 2010. HOT TOPIC's easy-to-use online store already ships to all provinces across the country including Quebec.

HOT TOPIC is all about music and pop culture. Walk into a HOT TOPIC store and you'll immediately feel the energy. The staff, merchandise, and store environment reflect a passion for music and pop culture.

HOT TOPIC partners with artists from music, film, television, and gaming properties to bring fans a connection with their icons that extends beyond the merchandise. Recent partnerships with films such as: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, The Twilight Saga, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, feature sweepstakes, talent appearances and exclusive t-shirt designs.

HOT TOPIC is also the go-to-source for music and apparel for artists like Drake, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Avenged Sevenfold and Justin Bieber. Through exclusive products, in-store performances with local musicians, major artist autograph signings, and a passionate social marketing presence, HOT TOPIC will rock your world!

HOT TOPIC is excited to announce their first in-store Canadian event, as the Scarborough Town Centre location will host an autograph signing with rock icons Disturbed on Wednesday, August 25 from 3PM-5PM. Following the signing, Disturbed, along with Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestrom, Hellyeah, and Airbourne will perform at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre as a part of The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival (www.rockstaruproar.com/toronto). With the purchase of any Disturbed t-shirt or a pre-order of their upcoming CD, a limited number of fans can obtain a wristband that grants them access to meet the band. Wristbands will be available at both the Square One Shopping Centre and Scarborough Town Centre HOT TOPIC locations starting Aug.13, 2010.

Media are invited to interview the band members of Disturbed and a HOT TOPIC representative at Scarborough Town Centre on Aug. 25 between 2:30PM-3PM. RSVP before Aug. 20. to winston@lotusleaf.ca

SOURCE HOT TOPIC

For further information: For further information: To request interviews, more info and hi-res imagery contact: Winston Ma, winston@lotusleaf.ca; Julia Che, julia.che@lotusleaf.ca; 416 928 1978

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