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HSBC Bank Canada Joins the National Arts Centre as a Supporting Partner of BC Scene

2/5/2009

OTTAWA -- The National Arts Centre today announced that HSBC Bank Canada has become a sponsor of BC Scene, the largest gathering of British Columbian artists ever assembled outside the province.   HSBC Bank Canada is contributing $25,000 to support the event.

The NAC’s national festival is taking place in the nation’s capital from April 21-May 3 and will showcase 600 BC artists from disciplines as varied as music, theatre, dance, visual and media arts, literature and culinary arts in more than 30 venues around the National Capital Region.

“We are thrilled to partner once again with HSBC Bank Canada, a company with a tremendous commitment to and understanding of the importance of supporting Canadian arts and culture,” said Jane Moore, Interim CEO of the NAC Foundation. “It is truly wonderful that HSBC Bank Canada is supporting B.C. artists as they prepare to step on a national stage.”

“HSBC is proud to be sponsoring BC Scene, an exciting cultural festival that will showcase some of British Columbia’s most talented artists,” said Matt Bosrock, Deputy CEO, HSBC Bank Canada.  “As our Canadian headquarters is in Vancouver we are especially delighted that our support will help artists from B.C. gain national and international profile.”

A ceremony held at HSBC Bank Canada’s Vancouver offices marked the occasion when Mr. Bosrock presented a cheque in the amount of $25,000 to Ms. Moore.

BC Scene is the fourth in a series of national festivals produced by the NAC that began with Atlantic Scene (2003), Alberta Scene (2005) and Quebec Scene (2007). All three Scenes were major successes that exposed artists to new audiences, national and international presenters, and drew unprecedented media coverage for the participating artists and arts organizations.

HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than 180 offices and is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 9,500 offices in 85 countries and territories and assets of US$2,547 billion at 30 June 2008, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations.

The NAC is Canada’s leading centre for performance, creation and learning. Today, the NAC works with thousands of artists from across Canada and around the world and collaborates with dozens of arts organizations across the country. The NAC is strongly committed to being a leader and innovator in each of the performing arts fields in which it works—classical music, English theatre, French theatre, dance, variety and community programming.  It is also at the forefront of youth and education activities, supporting programs for young and emerging artists, presenting programs for young audiences, and producing resources and study materials for teachers and students. The NAC is the only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America and one of the largest in the world.

For more information about BC Scene, please visit www.bcscene.ca.

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For more information, please contact:
Mary Gordon
Communications Advisor
National Arts Centre
(613) 947-7000 x 856

Ernest Yee
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
HSBC Bank Canada
(604) 641-2973

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