Scotiabank Giller Light Bash raises funds for literacy in 4 cities!

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - What began as a funky house party 10 years ago has grown to a See-and-Be-Seen fundraiser now held in four Canadian cities to raise money for literacy.

The Scotiabank Giller Light Bash is the alternative Giller party, held on November 8th in Toronto at The Burroughes, in Winnipeg at McNally Robinson Booksellers at Grant Park, in Calgary at Amsterdam Rhino, and in Vancouver at W2 Media Café.  In its 10 year history, the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash has raised over $265,000 for Frontier College.

"Each year the Scotiabank Giller Prize allows us all to recognize the voices of new and established writers across this great country," said Sue Graham Parker, Senior Vice President of Public, Corporate and Government Affairs at Scotiabank. "Support of arts and culture is an important focus of our global 'Bright Future' community giving program.  I can't think of a better way to celebrate the Prize than by being at a Giller Light bash surrounded by so many passionate, young literature enthusiasts."

The Scotiabank Giller Light Bash attracts guests from the publishing, marketing, communications and business communities, local literary personalities, and book lovers alike. The event combines a taste of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala formalities with a unique urban twist. Guests watch the live broadcast of the Scotiabank Giller Gala on a big screen, mingle with fellow guests, vote on the book they think will take home the coveted Scotiabank Giller Prize and enjoy appetizers and cocktails.

In Toronto, guests from the Scotiabank Giller Prize tend to migrate to the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash as the evening progresses, with the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash often running into the wee hours of the morning. As a regular at the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash, Wayson Choy, author of Not Yet and All That Matters, says, "Any writer who wants a share of the fun, the unabashed hoopla and support only a gang of peers can offer shouldn't miss the Giller Light."

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  All proceeds from these events support Frontier College.

About Frontier College

Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization. Founded in 1899, this non-profit organization recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in the communities where help is most needed. Frontier College helps Canadians improve their literacy and increase their opportunities.

SOURCE Frontier College

For further information:

please contact Abby Robins, Director of Communications, Frontier College, or 416-923-3591 ext. 378.

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