Artis Real Estate Investment Trust announces monthly cash distribution

    WINNIPEG, April 14 /CNW/ - Artis Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:
AX.UN) ("Artis" or the "REIT") announced that its trustees have declared its
regular monthly cash distribution of $0.09 per trust unit ("Unit") of Artis
for the month of April, 2009. The cash distributions will be made on May 15,
2009 to Unitholders of record on April 30, 2009.
    As at the date hereof, there are an aggregate of 33,094,679 Units and
Class B exchangeable limited partnership units of AX L.P. issued and

    Artis is a growth oriented real estate investment trust focused
exclusively on commercial properties located in primary and growing secondary
markets in western Canada, particularly in Alberta. The REIT's goal is to
provide unitholders the opportunity to invest in high quality western Canadian
office, retail and industrial properties, as well as to provide monthly cash
distributions that are stable, tax efficient, and growing over time.
    Artis' commercial property comprises approximately 6.4 million square
feet of leasable area in 86 properties. Leasable area is approximately 30.5%
in Manitoba, 7.7% in Saskatchewan, 56.1% in Alberta, and 5.7% in B.C.; by
asset class the portfolio is 32.3% retail, 40.5% office and 27.2% industrial.
    The REIT's Distribution Reinvestment Plan ("DRIP") allows unitholders to
have their monthly cash distributions used to purchase trust units without
incurring commission or brokerage fees, and receive bonus units equal to 4% of
their monthly cash distributions. More information can be obtained at

    The Toronto Stock Exchange does not accept responsibility for the
    adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Armin Martens, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Mr. Jim Green, Chief Financial Officer or Ms. Kirsty
Stevens, Senior VP - Investor Relations, (204) 947-1250

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