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MONTREAL, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - TD will greet customers at five downtown branches with a cool jazz ambience to mark the Montreal International Jazz Festival. TD is also adding some new facilities to the Festival site to improve the visitors' experience. The TD Comfort Place provides a green oasis where people can relax between shows. TD Friends of the Environment Foundation bike zones provide 300 parking spots for cyclists coming to the festival. And the Friends of the Festival Tent will offer a number of complimentary conveniences to Friends of the Festival cardholders.

"Last year, millions of visitors attended the Montreal Jazz Fest. This year, TD will offer new amenities to make their experience even more comfortable," says Bernard Dorval, Deputy Chair, TD Canada Trust and Group Head of Insurance and Global Development, TD Bank Financial Group. "Parking spaces for bicycles, new rest areas and a tent for Friends of the Festival will make the whole festival area more user-friendly. The jazz beat will even reach our branches, with original jazz programming in selected TD locations."

A land of jazz and festival fans

A recent survey on Canadians and jazz showed that nearly 75% of Quebecers feel that festivals and street music are synonymous with summer. Interestingly, this percentage holds true for the rest of Canada as well. Quebecers know more about jazz than you might think. According to the survey, a third of Quebecers listen to jazz regularly and almost 60% say they can recognize jazz when they hear it. That percentage is also about the same for the rest of Canada.

TD and jazz

As festival season heats up in the city, the Montreal International Jazz Festival will have Montrealers grooving to the beat from June 25 to July 6. For the first time, in honour of its 150th anniversary in Quebec, TD is the new co-presenting sponsor. TD's involvement in nine major festivals across the country and numerous local festivals is part of a Canada-wide commitment to music which runs until 2014.

Live jazz music coming to a TD branch near you...

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Tickets for the TD sponsored jazz festivals are available online. Please visit the websites below for more information:

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Survey Methodology

The poll was conducted from May 20 to May 23 using teleVox, Harris/Decima's telephone omnibus program. A total of 1000 Canadians were surveyed. Results for the full sample are considered accurate within 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

About TD Bank Financial Group

The year 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of TD Bank Financial Group in Quebec. TDBFG has built on a long tradition of quality client service and community involvement that dates back to the opening of the first branch of the Bank of Toronto in Quebec in 1860. Today, TDBFG's Quebec presence includes over 4,000 employees and 125 offices and points of service, as well as significant investments in community programs. The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Financial Group. TD Bank Financial Group is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves more than 18 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 and TD Insurance; Wealth Management, including TD Waterhouse and an investment in TD Ameritrade; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD Bank Financial Group also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with more than 6 million online customers. TD Bank Financial Group had CDN$574 billion in assets on April 30, 2010. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

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