Alcan announces ongoing four-year commitment of over $6 million to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal


    MONTREAL, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan Inc. today announced that the
Company has committed more than $6 million over four years to the Festival
International de Jazz de Montréal, confirming Alcan's role as co-presenter of
the Festival through the year 2010.
    "This new sponsorship agreement with the Festival International de Jazz
de Montréal underscores Alcan's commitment to the social and economic vitality
of Montréal, our Company's home town. It demonstrates Alcan's determination to
ensure that the true cultural treasures of the city of Montréal and the
province of Québec continue to flourish," said Dick Evans, President and CEO,
Alcan Inc.
    Alcan's long-term support will allow the Festival to continue to offer
community-oriented outdoor activities such as the Alcan Musical Park and the
Little Jazz School to families for free. Fun and educational activities,
including free face-painting and making musical instruments from aluminum,
will be available to children of all ages.
    Alcan will once again sponsor the Invitation series of concerts,
featuring talented bassist Richard Bona and guitarist Mike Stern. Many artists
will be featured daily on the Alcan stage, situated at the Saint-Catherine's
Street entrance of the Complexe Desjardins. On July 8, Alcan will also host
the grand closing event; a free outdoor concert featuring French-Algerian
musician Rachid Taha, along with other special guests, on the Festival's main
    "Over the years, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has
become renowned as the world's premier jazz festival. As Montrealers and
founding partners of the Festival, we at Alcan are very proud of this, and we
look forward to playing a role in the Festival's success for years to come,"
added Michel Jacques, President and CEO, Alcan Primary Metal Group, at a press
conference today at Montréal's Spectrum theatre.
    In keeping with Alcan's commitment to sustainability, the Company will
continue to sponsor the Festival's recycling and waste reduction program. Last
year, the Festival recycled 20.5 tonnes of material, keeping valuable aluminum
out of the waste stream.
    "We are very pleased with our partnership with Alcan, who made an
impressive return in 2006 as the Festival's co-presenter. Shortly following
last year's successful partnership, Alcan informed us of their intention to
commit for the future. We are happy to be officially announcing this agreement
today. Alcan's renewed enthusiasm is very promising, especially this year, and
gives us the opportunity to offer festival goers many more free activities and
shows, such as the fantastic closing party, which will undoubtedly contribute
to the Festival's fame and to Montreal's cultural reputation throughout the
world," said Alain Simard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
    The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal opens on June 28 and
closes on July 8. For more than 11 days and nights, Montreal will roll out the
red carpet for over 2,500 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. For more information, please visit:

    Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) is a leading global materials company,
delivering high quality products and services worldwide. With world-class
technology and operations in bauxite mining, alumina processing, primary metal
smelting, power generation, aluminium fabrication, engineered solutions as
well as flexible and specialty packaging today's Alcan is well positioned to
meet and exceed its customers' needs. Alcan is represented by
68,000 employees, including its joint ventures, in 61 countries and regions,
and posted revenues of US$23.6 billion in 2006. The Company has featured on
the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index consecutively since 2003. For more
information, please visit:

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For further information:

For further information: Alcan Media contact: Anik Michaud,
+1-514-848-8154,; Jazz Festival Media contact:
Marie-Eve Boisvert, 1+514-288-1424 ext. 5666,; Alcan Investor contact: Ulf Quellmann,

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