What do you get when you fill a room with young, hip readers? A literary party for the books

    The annual Scotiabank Giller Light Bash, in support of Frontier College
    takes place on November 11th

    TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - On November 11th, book lovers in Toronto will
celebrate Canadian literature, and more importantly support Canadian literacy
at the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash. In its 7th year, the hottest alternative
Giller party is held in support of Frontier College, Canada's original
literacy organization.
    While the Bash supports a serious issue, the night promises to be
fun-filled. City-tv consumer specialist Jee-Yun Lee is hosting this year's
party in Toronto, while Canadian singer-songwriter Melissa McClelland will
perform. With over 300 attendees expected, the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash
promises to be a night to remember.
    "Through the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Giller Light event, we are
very proud to support literature and literacy in our communities," said Rick
Waugh, Scotiabank President and CEO. "The Scotiabank Giller Prize has a
significant and positive impact on Canadian literature by encouraging and
promoting the wonderful work of Canadian authors and through association with
Frontier College we are able to support the fundamental need for literacy in
our communities."
    Through a network of thousands of volunteers, Frontier College has helped
millions of Canadians improve their literacy skills since 1899. Frontier
College also partners with corporate citizens such as Scotiabank to raise
funds to provide critical literacy training. Since 2002, this leading literary
event has raised over $100,000 for Frontier College's literacy programs.
    "Events such as the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash help raise awareness and
provide funding for an issue that touches millions of Canadians," says Sherry
Campbell, President, Frontier College. "Research shows that over 40 per cent
of adult Canadians have trouble with everyday tasks that involve reading and
this number is expected to grow. Low literacy is a national problem."
    The Bash combines a taste of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala formalities
with a hip-urban twist. Guests watch the live broadcast of the Gala on big
screen, mingle with fellow guests at the Berkeley Church in Toronto and vote
on the book they think will take home the coveted Scotiabank Giller Prize.
    Tickets for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Light Bash in Toronto are
available online at www.gillerlightbash.ca and cost $25, $50 or $100. All
proceeds from this event support Frontier College and provide essential
literacy programs for children, youth and adults across the country.

    Event Details

    7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Berkeley Church
    315 Queen Street East
    Toronto, ON

    About Scotiabank

    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 and social services and arts and culture. Please
visit us at www.scotiabank.com

    About Frontier College

    Literacy is an essential skill in today's world. At Frontier College, we
believe it's a fundamental right. Low literacy skills are directly linked to
poverty, poor health and high unemployment. Over forty percent of adult
Canadians have trouble with everyday tasks that involve reading. That's
millions of Canadians who are not reaching their potential. Through a network
of thousands of volunteers, Frontier College is helping people to realize
their potential and seize the opportunities that come their way. For more
information visit www.frontiercollege.ca

For further information:

For further information: Olivia Yu, Scotiabank Giller Light Bash
Committee, Environics Communications, (416) 969-2718, oyu@environicspr.com;
Meredith Roberts, Frontier College Foundation, (416) 923-3591, ext. 335,
mroberts@frontiercollege.ca; Livy Feldgajer, Scotiabank Public Affairs, (416)
866-6203, Livy_feldgajer@scotiacapital.com

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