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Harbourfront Centre proudly announces Great-West Life as title sponsor
of the Great-West Life: From the Peg festival (artist and event details below)

TORONTO, May 8, 2006 – William J.S. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, is pleased to welcome Great-West Life as the sponsor of From the Peg, a free three day festival July 28 through July 30 this summer. Part of Harbourfront Centre’s World Routes 2006 summer series of weekend festivals celebrating current, creative culture, Great-West Life: From the Peg pays tribute to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the host of talented musicians, dancers, actors and performance artists who hail from there.

“We are extremely proud that Great-West Life is supporting our exploration of the cultural hotbed we all know as Winnipeg,” said William Boyle. “So many unique talents originate from this Prairie city that it is only appropriate that we celebrate their special creative vision. We welcome and applaud our partner in this celebration, Great-West Life, for embracing the spirit of our tribute.”

“We’re proud to showcase our local talent to the rest of the country and celebrate the performers that make us the unique Canadian city that we are,” says Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, Community Affairs for Great-West. “Through our support, we’re helping to enhance audience appreciation and promote the arts across our communities. With our head office headquartered in Winnipeg, this title sponsorship is a natural fit.”

Excitement for the weekend ratchets up a notch with today’s announcement that three of Winnipeg’s great cultural anchors are coming to Toronto to perform: the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers. Known to Canadians from coast to coast by way of their frequent CBC Radio broadcasts the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra are acclaimed for their dedication to contemporary music and the addition to their repertoire of several newly created compositions. Add in stars of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet who perform featured pas de deux, and performances by the celebrated Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and the weekend shoots into the stratosphere by any talent measurement.

More Great-West Life: From the Peg weekend highlights (previously announced) include an incredible show by Indie Rock icons Weakerthans, and a presented by Alexander Keith's performance by 2006 Juno Award winner's The Duhks (Best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group). Also Curator Matthew Etches, assisted by Gabriel Schroedter (Winnipeg Film Group & Video Pool) present their award-winning unique vision of Winnipeg film and video artists and the Urban Shaman Gallery, one of Canada’s galleries for leading-edge Aboriginal arts, display selected works.

All Great-West Life: From the Peg events are free admission and are located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada. For more information on the festival the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Great-West Life and its subsidiaries serve the financial security needs of 12 million people across Canada. Through their national program for corporate citizenship, the Key to Giving, the companies contribute directly to hundreds of non-profit and charitable organizations across the country.

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Media Contacts:
For Harbourfront Centre - Shane Gerard, Ph: 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
For Great-West Life - Marlene Klassen (Director, Media and Public Relations)
Ph: 204-946-7705, marlene.klassen@gwl.ca
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