/R E P E A T -- "Pre-Nuit" kicks off Scotiabank Nuit Blanche/

    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Scotiabank welcomes artists and supporters of
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in advance of the all-night contemporary art event
taking place on Saturday, October 4th.

    What:     The "Pre-Nuit" event will welcome many of the artists of
              Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2008 and thank them for sharing their
              creativity and vision. The evening will feature remarks from
              key supporters, stunning performances by aerialists and
              displays by young artists who will be participating in
              Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2008.

    Who:      David Miller, Mayor of Toronto
              Chris Hodgson, Scotiabank Executive Vice-President of Domestic
              Personal Banking
              Bruno Billio, Canadian artist participating in Scotiabank Nuit
              Blanche 2008
              Ed Burtynsky, Renowned Canadian Photographer
              Rakesh Tiku, Director, ArtHeart, designated charity of
              Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2008
              Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Artists

    When:     September 30, 2008
              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 4, 2008.

    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 2007 the Bank provided more than $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.

For further information:

For further information: Ann DeRabbie, Scotiabank Public Affairs, (416)

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