Rio Tinto Alcan co-presents free outdoor programming and sponsors new year-round home for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal



    MONTREAL, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan is proud to once again
co-present the free outdoor program for the 2009 Festival International de
Jazz de Montréal, including the grand closing event and numerous free concerts
on the new Rio Tinto Alcan stage.
    "We are honoured to play such a key role in the 30th anniversary edition
of one of the world's premier music festivals, not only by offering free
outdoor concerts and events for the fourth consecutive year, but through our
support for the Festival's new permanent home, the Maison du Festival Rio
Tinto Alcan," said Jacynthe Côté, chief executive, Rio Tinto Alcan. "Our
four-year sponsorship commitment of over $6 million runs through to 2010 and
reflects our unwavering support for arts and culture in Montreal."
    The new Rio Tinto Alcan stage, at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and
Jeanne-Mance, will be the site of numerous free concerts throughout the
Festival. Rio Tinto Alcan will host the grand closing event on 12 July, a
Cubana Fiesta, starring Afro Cuban All Stars and Los Van Van, followed by Ben
Harper and Relentless7.
    Rio Tinto Alcan will also sponsor the En voix series of concerts at Place
des Arts, featuring jazz greats such as Melody Gardot, Charlie Haden and John
Pizzarelli.
    Furthermore, two family favourites will be back in 2009 - the Rio Tinto
Alcan Musical Park and the Little Jazz School. These venues provide free
access to games, educational activities, face painting, and crafts to create
musical instruments made of aluminium.
    "Our continuing partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan is an excellent example
of how private enterprise and cultural organisations can collaborate for the
good of the entire community," said Alain Simard, Festival International de
Jazz de Montréal president and founder. "This particular collaboration has
allowed us to consistently offer valuable new programs for Festival visitors
and build a year-round home for the Festival at the Maison du Festival Rio
Tinto Alcan. We've also achieved carbon neutrality and become one of the most
environmentally-friendly events of this calibre in North America."
    For the second consecutive year, Rio Tinto Alcan will purchase Gold
Standard certified carbon offsets through Planetair to compensate for Festival
emissions. Rio Tinto Alcan will continue to sponsor this project to make the
Festival carbon neutral for the next two years.
    As in previous years, Rio Tinto Alcan also supports the Festival's
recycling and waste reduction program that allows for the recuperation of
approximately 30 tonnes of material per year.

    The 2009 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal opens on 30 June and
closes on 12 July. Over the course of these 13 days and nights, Montreal will
roll out the red carpet for over 3,000 musicians from every corner of the
globe. From jazz to soul to blues, with detours through traditional music,
electro, and folk, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal promises to
enchant music lovers of all ages.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto
Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
    Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and
uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and
iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia
and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe
and southern Africa.




For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Canada:
Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151, stefano.bertolli@riotinto.com; Festival
International de Jazz de Montréal: Marie-Eve Boisvert, (514) 523-3378,
marie-eve.boisvert@equipespectra.ca; www.riotintoalcan.com;  
www.montrealjazzfest.com

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