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- TD renews its commitment over a three-year term - - This year's events will include live entertainment by popular 80's music bands - TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - As Toronto gears up for another exciting and fun-filled Pride Week, Pride Toronto announced today that TD Canada Trust has renewed its commitment to the week-long event by signing on as the festival's Premier Sponsor for a three-year term, beginning in 2009. "It's the dedication and commitment of corporate partners like TD Canada Trust that are key to the success of any organization. Pride Toronto is thrilled with their continued support particularly given these tough economic times," said Tracey Sandilands, Executive Director, Pride Toronto. TD Canada Trust activities during Pride Week 2009 include: - The TD Canada Trust Wellesley Stage: Put your dancing shoes on and shimmy down memory lane as you listen to live concert performances from 80's music icons ABC, Wang Chung, Heaven 17, and Cutting Crew on Sunday, June 28. Also scheduled to perform and thrill party and music lovers are superstars Fritz Helder & the Phantoms, Esthero and many others. - From Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28, families can visit the TD Canada Trust Fun Zone and also check out the TD Canada Trust Misting Station. The ever popular TD Canada Trust Boys and Girls will also be on site and will be ready to strike a pose for photos at any moment. - The Church/Wellesley and Yonge/Carlton TD Canada Trust branches are open every Saturday from 8:00am - 4:00pm and will be serving a large number of the people who attend Pride Week 2009. "Toronto proudly hosts one of the largest Pride Festivals in North America and in the world," said Paul Douglas, Executive Vice President, TD Canada Trust Business Banking. "There are plenty of fun events lined up this year like the TD Canada Trust Fun Zone and Toronto's 29th Annual Pride Parade which will draw about one million people. At TD, we respect and celebrate diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace, so we're excited to see many of our TD customers and employees out in full force taking part in these festivities all week long." For more information on Pride Week, visit TD Community Giving: Making a Difference Together Children's health, literacy and education, and the environment are the three main areas of focus for TD's community giving. 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 involved with a host of national, regional and local causes benefiting diversity, arts and culture and other community programs. In 2008, TD donated $35 million to more than 2,100 organizations across Canada. 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. Pride Toronto exists to celebrate the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto's LGBTTIQQ2S communities (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirited) and is one of the leading cultural events of its kind in the world. Toronto's Pride Week has been named the Best Festival in Canada by the Canadian Special Events Industry, is recognized as one of only Eight Signature Events in the city of Toronto, and is ranked as one of the TOP 50 festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario. For more information, visit For further information: to arrange an interview, contact: FLIP Publicity & Promotions Inc., (416) 533-7710,, Grant Ramsay, X222, or Carrie Sager, X224,; Gregory Harrison, TD Bank Financial Group, (416) 308-8597 or

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