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<< - Calgarians are invited to a kick off lunch hosted at the TD branch in Forest Lawn for GlobalFest 2010. - The lunch will feature food from cultures around the world, complimentary tickets to the opening night of the Festival, additional discounted tickets for sale, and the TD Mascot. - Festival attendees can get their picture taken with the TD Mascot for a keepsake of their experience. >>

CALGARY, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Elliston Park is about to be transformed into a feast for the eyes, ears and stomach with GlobalFest 2010. TD is inviting Calgarians to help kick off this year's festival, which will include five pyromusicals featuring Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and a finale produced by GlobalFest, as well as cultural pavilions, ethnic food kiosks, and performances from cultures all over the world.

"GlobalFest events throughout the year are a great way to experience different cultures and this Festival is definitely no exception! The way the fireworks display is choreographed to music and reflects off the lake truly makes it a one-of-a-kind show," says Ron McInnis, Senior Vice President, Prairie Region, TD Canada Trust. "At TD we embrace diversity and celebrate all cultures. We are proud to support diverse cultures in our branches and our employee base and this event gives us an opportunity to further that support by exposing Calgarians to cultures from around the world in ways they might not get to experience otherwise."

To help kick off this year's Festival, which runs August 20, 22, 24, 26 and 28, TD is inviting Calgarians for lunch on Wednesday, August 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Forest Lawn branch located at 3012 - 17th Avenue S.E. The lunch will feature:

<< - Food from two of the featured GlobalFest pavilions, Mexico Lindo and St. Vincent & the Grenadines (Caribbean). - The first 50 people to arrive will receive General Admission tickets to the opening night, Friday August 20, courtesy of TD. - The TD Mascot will make its first appearance in Calgary to welcome guests at the lunch. - GlobalFest will be onsite selling limited time offer tickets ($15 daily tickets for $7.50; $62.50 GlobalPasses for $25). >>

In addition to the kick off event, the TD Mascot will be at the Festival to help capture memories with attendees with a complimentary picture, which will be emailed to them as a keepsake of their experience.

For more information on GlobalFest, visit

About GlobalFest:

GlobalFest is a not-for-profit society dedicated to celebrating and showcasing Calgary's cultural diversity and artistic excellence within our communities locally and across the globe.

We are committed to producing an inclusive, world-class, multi-faceted arts and cultural festival that will enhance Alberta's reputation as a truly international destination.

About TD Bank Financial Group:

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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