Best Buy celebrates first Vancouver Island store with free Jully Black performance

    Weekend events include character appearances,
    $500 gift card giveaways & Wii gaming tournament

    BURNABY, BC, July 4 /CNW/ - Best Buy, Canada's fastest growing retailer
and e-tailer of consumer electronics, computers and entertainment products,
will celebrate the grand opening of its first Vancouver Island store, located
at North Town Centre, starting July 18th with a weekend of festivities and
celebrity appearances, including a free musical performance by JUNO
Award-winning artist, Jully Black.

    Free Jully Black Performance - Saturday, July 19th at 3:30pm

    Jully Black will take the stage outside the new Best Buy store at North
    Town Centre on Saturday, July 19th at 3:30 pm. While the performance is
    open and free to the public, wristbands for VIP access to the performance
    will be handed out one week prior, on Saturday July 12th, to the first
    100 people lined-up when the store opens at 10am. There is a limit of one
    wristband per person.

    Meet Jully Black - Wristbands Available July 13th before 11am

    The first 150 people in line when the Best Buy store opens at 11 am on
    Sunday, July 13th will receive a wristband for Jully Black's autograph
    session inside the Nanaimo store on Saturday July 19th at 1 pm. There is
    a limit of one wristband per person.

    Grand Opening Weekend Schedule of Events

    Friday, July 18th

    -   9 - 10 am: Ribbon cutting and $20,000 cheque presentation to Big
        Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island
    -   Before 9:30 am: Line-up for a chance to win a $500 Best Buy Gift Card
    -   2 - 4 pm: Dora The Explorer and Diego character appearances
        -  One free family photo with characters

    Saturday, July 19th

    -   Before 9:30 am: Line-up for a chance to win a $500 Best Buy Gift Card
    -   1 pm: Jully Black autograph session (open only to wristband holders)
    -   3:30 pm: Free outdoor Jully Black performance

    Sunday, July 20th

    -   Before 10:30 am: Line-up for a chance to win a $500 Best Buy
        Gift Card
    -   1 pm to 4 pm: Nintendo Wii gaming tournament
        -  Enter for a chance to win a Wii gaming console!

    About Best Buy

    Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy
Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:  BBY). Best
Buy is Canada's fastest-growing specialty retailer and e-tailer
( of consumer electronics, personal computers and entertainment
software and also operates the Geek Squad ( There are over
50 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario,
Quebec and Nova Scotia.
    Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest
technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure
(non-commissioned) sales environment. The Company is committed to kids and
communities, supporting non-profit organizations that help youth develop their
skill set, discover their talents and sustain a lasting interest in education.
    For more information about Best Buy, including store locations, visit

    Accreditation for events:
    Media wishing to earn accreditation for Jully Black's performance or
autograph signing session must RSVP to Erin Hochstein at by 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 14th. Approved media will be
contacted directly about where passes can be picked up for this event.

    Accreditation is not required to cover the other grand opening events.

For further information:

For further information: regarding Best Buy or the grand opening weekend
festivities contact: Erin Hochstein, NATIONAL Public Relations for Best Buy,
(604) 638-7452,

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