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Bank's music sponsorships expand to include Juno's, Canadian Idol, L'heure de Gloire and Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame Gala TORONTO, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Music programs, festivals, the nurturing of musical talent - all contribute in important ways to keeping our communities culturally vibrant. After years of sponsoring jazz festivals and music programs across Canada, TD Canada Trust has seen firsthand how much music means to Canadians as both an expression of cultural identity and a source of comfortable enjoyment. In recognition of this, TD Canada Trust has increased its support of music this year to include sponsorship of the Juno Awards, Canadian Idol - a popular television show that searches for and spotlights young Canadian musical talent, Quebec's L'heure de Gloire - a popular Quebec show that features celebrities learning to sing, and presenting sponsorship of the Juno Award winning Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame Awards Gala - an organization dedicated to Canada's rich songwriting heritage. In addition, TD Canada Trust is also continuing its corporate sponsorships of major jazz festivals in Canada, including Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg, to 2010. The agreement continues TD Canada Trust's four year relationship with the festivals and will also help to fund local festival programs which focus on enhancing music appreciation and skills among young Canadians. In the past, TD has supported a number of initiatives including music scholarships, in-school programs, music camps for disadvantaged children and opportunities for youth to perform at public events. "We've seen the tremendous appreciation people have shown for our support of music in their communities. Whether you love East Coast folk, Montreal jazz or West Coast rock, music is an important part of who we are and it means a lot to Canadians to nurture and preserve it," said Tim Hockey, Group Head, Personal Banking and Co-Chair, TD Canada Trust. "Adding music sponsorships like Canadian Idol and L'heure de Gloire just increases the fun and excitement for us. These shows have done a lot to build enthusiasm in young Canadians for listening to and learning about music. Any venue that raises positive awareness of home grown talent is a good thing." TD Bank Financial Group is committed to supporting music across Canada. In addition to supporting music festivals, TD Bank Financial Group sponsors the Royal Conservatory of Music, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company and also supports a variety of local, regional and national programs across Canada promoting literacy, health, education and the environment. About TD Bank Financial Group The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Financial Group. TD Bank Financial Group serves more than 14 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking including TD Canada Trust; Wealth Management including TD Waterhouse and an investment in TD Ameritrade; Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities; and U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking through TD Banknorth. TD Bank Financial Group also ranks among the world's leading on-line financial services firms, with more than 4.5 million on-line customers. TD Bank Financial Group had CDN$392.9 billion in assets, as of October 31, 2006. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges under the symbol "TD". For further information: Christa Poole, TD Bank Financial Group, (416) 308-0177,

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