Desjardins Presents TOTEM and the 2010 Cirque du Soleil Canadian Tour

MONTREAL, April 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group is pleased to present TOTEM, the latest touring show performed by Cirque du Soleil(R), to begin April 22 on the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal before setting up camp in Québec City, starting July 22.

Proud partner of Cirque du Soleil since its very beginning, Desjardins Group is also the main sponsor behind Cirque du Soleil's cross-country touring shows. This year, both Vancouver and Calgary will be hosting KOOZA under the big top, starting July 22 and then during the month of September, respectively. The Cirque's Alegria will be performed in arenas in eight cities, starting in June.

Desjardins Group's collaboration is a natural part of the business relationship that took root 26 years ago between the two organizations. At that time, the Caisse des travailleuses et travailleurs du Québec (known today as the Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins) welcomed a band of street performers who were looking to offer a new form of entertainment and were hunting for their very first loan. Twenty-six years later, Desjardins is still one of Cirque du Soleil's leading financial partners.

About Desjardins Group

Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada and the sixth largest in the world, with assets of $157 billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in Québec and Ontario, and its subsidiaries across Canada, it offers a full range of financial products and services to its 5.8 million members and clients. Desjardins specializes in Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance, in Property and Casualty insurance, in Personal Services, in Business and Institutional Services. As one of the largest employers in the country, Desjardins is supported by the skills of its 42,200 employees and the commitment of over 6,200 elected officers. For more information, visit

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