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TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ - Each year, not-for-profit arts organizations from across Canada nominate businesses large and small for the Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Awards. The winners are selected by a jury of artists and businesses in each of four categories. This past May, Tafelmusik proudly nominated TD Bank Financial Group in the category of "Most Effective Corporate Program." Tafelmusik is thrilled that TD Bank Financial Group's support of the performing arts and music education in Canada is being recognized by Business for the Arts (formerly The Council for Business and the Arts in Canada) with this award. The winners of this year's Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Awards will receive their Awards at a Gala event at Roy Thomson Hall on October 22, 2007. TD Bank Financial Group shares in Tafelmusik's commitment to music education in Canada. Through their generous funding and sponsorship, Tafelmusik will continue to open its doors to new audiences and train the next generation of world class period music performers. In 2004, an innovative partnership was established by Tafelmusik to become the University of Toronto's Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence - bringing the best in period-performance practice to some of Canada's most talented young musicians. Tafelmusik was pleased to have TD sign on as the founding supporter of this programme in partnership with the University of Toronto. TD Bank Financial Group is also the founding sponsor of Tafelmusik's Face the Musik programme, designed to introduce young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to the arts, while making activities such as concerts more accessible. "TD supports a variety of arts and culture programs across Canada. We feel that encouraging appreciation for the arts among young Canadians is an important aspect of their education," says Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair and Education Champion, TD Bank Financial Group. "TD also supports a number of institutions and events that showcase Canada's wealth of artistic abilities and also gives young talent a chance to flourish." "The support of TD Bank Financial Group has allowed Tafelmusik to develop world-class period performance educational programs. As the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, we have been enjoying much success in these programs, which will include, starting in the 2008-2009 academic year, a Masters Program in Performance on period instruments. The strength of this partnership with TD will allow us to continue to reach thousands of university students and young people each year," states Tafelmusik's Music Director Jeanne Lamon. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon and founded in 1979, is one of the world's leading period performance ensembles. All members of the Orchestra are specialists in historical performance practice, and their collaboration results in a delightful transparency, vitality and richness of sound. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in baroque performance practice and vocal technique, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. Tafelmusik performs over 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released over 70 CDs and has received nine Juno Awards. In 2005, Tafelmusik received a Grammy Award nomination. TD Bank Financial Group is committed to supporting music across Canada. In addition to supporting the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, TD Bank Financial Group sponsors music festivals across the country, 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. For further information: on Tafelmusik, please contact: Adrienne Lloyd, Publicist, tel: (416) 964-9562 ext 237, email:,; For more information on TD Bank Financial Group, please contact: Jennifer Martin, tel: (416) 308-6473, email:,; For more information on Business For the Arts, please contact: Nichole Anderson, tel. (416) 869-3016 x229, email:,

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