National Bank becomes a major partner of the OSM

Montreal, 30 August 2006 - 

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is pleased to announce that National Bank will be a major partner of the OSM for the next three seasons. Through this partnership, the OSM will benefit from an additional $1 million in revenue between 2006 and 2009.

“We are excited to support the OSM, an orchestra that is renowned for its artistic excellence both here in Canada and abroad. This partnership is testament to the Bank’s resolve to preserve our cultural heritage and to generate economic benefits in several regions,” said Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank. Through its association with the OSM, National Bank hopes to make music accessible to a wider audience, an objective that is aligned with the orientations of the OSM.

The Orchestra is delighted with this new and important affiliation. Stated OSM Chairman of the Board Lucien Bouchard, “I am deeply grateful to National Bank for its support of the OSM. Such support is crucial if the Orchestra is to continue to excel and to offer a program of exceptional quality that is attractive to the general public.” In becoming a partner in the Orchestra’s regular season, National Bank will supply fresh impetus to the OSM’s development.

About National Bank
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has more than $110 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,955 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at
www.nbc.ca.

About the OSM
Founded in 1934, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is one of the major cultural organizations in the city whose name it bears with pride. From Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, located in the heart of the city, the OSM shines throughout Quebec and Canada. Through its international tours and recordings, it has also become a cultural ambassador, making an important contribution to the spread of culture and artistic exchanges. The excellence of the OSM has been amply proven in the course of 37 nation-wide and international tours. The OSM made close to 90 recordings, and has received 47 awards for its recordings, of which 24 are international awards.

Kent Nagano is OSM’s new music director. Last February, he announced the programming of the 2006-2007 Season – the first one he signs as music director – of which the opening concert on September 6th is sold out. For further information, visit www.osm.ca

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is presented by Hydro-Québec in association with National Bank

Information:

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Marie-Josée Desrochers, Director, Communications-Marketing
514-840-7416
Isabelle Huiban, Head of Media Relations
514-840-7414

Denis Dubé
Senior Director – Public Relations
National Bank
514-394-8644