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- TD Canada Trust returns as a major sponsor for the fourth year - Melanie C, a.k.a. Sporty Spice, presented by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, headlines the TD Canada Trust Wellesley Stage on June 28 TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - TD Canada Trust is gearing up for Pride and today announced its return as a major sponsor and the Official Bank of Pride Week 2008 in Toronto, one of the largest arts and culture festivals in Canada, and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Drawing over one million people to the streets of Toronto, Pride Week runs from June 20-29, 2008. "In Toronto, June is synonymous with two events: kicking off the summer season and celebrating Pride Week," says Paul Douglas, Executive Vice President, TD Canada Trust Business Banking. "Being the 'Official Bank' of Pride Week is one of the ways TD is involved. But even more important is our support of Pride Toronto's volunteer program, which is the heart and soul of Pride Week. I'm proud of the fact our TD Pride Network of employees will be out in full force, participating in events all week long, in addition to marching in the parade." TD activities during Pride Week 2008 include: - The TD Canada Trust Wellesley Stage: Pride Week Street Festival's main music stage is located on Wellesley Street East, between Yonge and Church Streets, and running this year from June 28-29. Expect fabulous performances from Melanie C, a.k.a Sporty Spice, The Parachute Club, Jully Black, Thelma Houston and many more! For a complete listing of performers, dates and times visit - A float in the Pride Parade on June 29 in support of the CanStage TD Dream in High Park production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Pride Parade is the best attended single day event in Canada and the TD Pride Network, made up of employees, family and friends, will be marching. - PALAIS PRIDE 08, the biggest and hottest lesbian event of the year! Sponsored by TD Canada Trust, the party takes place at the Palais Royale on Friday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. with part of the proceeds going to support lesbian health initiatives at Women's College Hospital. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or - The Church/Wellesley and Yonge/Carlton branches of TD Canada Trust are open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and will be serving the large number of people who attend Pride Week 2008. "Every few years, a pioneering company takes the first trepidations step towards supporting our event and the LGBT community, leading the way for other mainstream sponsors. TD Canada Trust is one of those pioneering businesses who have been unequivocal and generous in their support of Pride Toronto and our community from the very beginning of our partnership. We're thrilled to be working with them again for Pride Week 2008," says Fatima Amarshi, Executive Director of Pride Toronto. TD Community Giving: Making a Difference Together Children's health, literacy and education, and the environment are the three main areas of focus for community giving at TD. Flagship programs within these areas include: TD Children's Hospital Fund; TD Friends of the Environment Foundation; TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup; TD Canadian Children's Book Week; TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership; and the TD Summer Reading Club. With support from customers and employees, TD is also involved with a host of national, regional and local causes benefiting diversity, arts and culture and other community programs. In 2007, TD donated $33 million to more than 2,000 organizations across Canada. About Pride Toronto Pride Toronto ( is the not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week, an annual festival held during the last week of June in downtown Toronto celebrating Toronto's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender and 2 Spirited community. For images please visit: Login: mediaphotos Password: summer2007 For further information: Matt Cram, TD Bank Financial Group, T: (416) 983-1514, E:; For Pride Week 2008 media queries, images and interviews please contact: Marli Bennett and Joanne Smale, Planet3 Communications Ltd., T: (647) 346-4101, E:

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