Desjardins and Cirque du Soleil(R): 25 Years of Creativity!

    Desjardins celebrates the 25th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil with the
    presentation of an all-new photo exhibit

    LEVIS, QC, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group, which has partnered
with Cirque du Soleil since the very beginning, is proud to present a
travelling photo exhibit showcasing the 25th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil.
    A special tribute to the 25 years of partnership ties between Cirque du
Soleil and Desjardins, the exhibit will be presented in the Greater Montréal
Area in June and July at Carrefour Laval (June 11 to 14), at Promenades
St-Bruno (June 18 to 21) and at Complexe Desjardins (July 15 to 17). After
that, it will go on tour with the Cirque du Soleil latest production, OVO(TM),
putting the photos on display at the Galeries de la Capitale in Québec City
(August 6 to 9) and at Toronto's Eaton Centre (September 10 to 13).
    A contest will be held in tandem with the exhibit, offering the public a
chance to win tickets to see a performance of OVO.
    The partnership between Cirque du Soleil and Desjardins began in 1984
when, with dreams of creating a totally new form of entertainment, a band of
street performers approached the staff of Caisse des travailleuses et
travailleurs du Québec (now Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins) to apply
for their very first loan. Twenty-five years later, Desjardins remains one of
Cirque du Soleil main financial partners.
    The cooperative financial group is also the Presenting Sponsor of the
Cirque du Soleil Canadian tour for 2009 to 2011.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada,
with overall assets of close to $160 billion, as at March 31, 2009. It
comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec
and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its 42,000
employees and the commitment of its 6,300 elected officers, Desjardins offers
its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients a full range of
financial products and services. Its physical distribution network is
complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult

For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): Nathalie Genest,
Advisor, Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7275,
1-866-866-7000, ext. 7275,

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