/R E P E A T -- "Pre-Nuit" Event Launches Scotiabank Nuit Blanche/

TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - On October 1st, Scotiabank will welcome artists and supporters of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in advance of the all-night contemporary art event taking place on Saturday, October 3rd.

    What:  The "Pre-Nuit" event will welcome many of the artists of
           Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2009 and thank them for sharing their
           creativity and vision. The evening will feature remarks from key
           supporters, and a hint of some of the artistry to come on the big

    Who:   Chris Hodgson, Scotiabank Group Head, Canadian Banking
           Councillor Kyle Rae, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
           Honourable Monique Smith, Minister of Tourism
           Kathryn Harvey, Artist
           Cathy Gordon, the Bouncing Bride, will perform beginning at 5:30
           at the King Street entrance to Scotia Plaza, 40 King Street West
           Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2009 Artists

    When:  Thursday, October 1, 2009
           6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.(remarks begin at 7:00 p.m.)

    Where: Scotia Plaza, enter at 40 King Street West

    Why:   Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is a free city-wide sunset-to-sunrise
           celebration of art.
           For one sleepless night the familiar is discarded and Toronto is
           transformed into an artistic playground, as contemporary art
           installations are found unlikely places throughout the city. Also,
           Toronto museums, galleries, art venues, neighbourhoods and
           institutions open their doors for one night only - all night long.

           An annual signature event for the City of Toronto,
           Scotiabank Nuit Blanche returns on October 3, 2009.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2008 the Bank provided about $43 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Visit Scotiabank at www.scotiabank.com.

SOURCE Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs, (416) 866-6203

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