National Bank Financial Group Opens Toronto’s Luminato With National Bank First Night

Toronto, 10 June 2011 - 

National Bank Financial Group, sponsor of the Luminato Festival since its debut in 2007, is proud to inaugurate this year’s opening event, National Bank First Night, an outdoor free concert featuring stellar performers from Canada’s indie-rock scene: Beast and The Joel Plaskett Emergency, to be held at the David Pecaut Square on Friday, June 10, 2011.

On Wednesday, June 15, National Bank Financial Group will also present another showcase event, The Canadian Songbook: Ron Sexsmith at Massey Hall, starting at 8 p.m. Such well-known artists as Matthew Barber, Barenaked Ladies, Measha Brueggergosman, Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Julie Fader, The Band's Garth Hudson, Greg Keelor, Andy Kim, Ladies of the Canyon, Oh Susanna, Tomi Swick, Justin Hines will join this icon songwriter on stage.

In addition, the National Bank Hub, a new mobile service unit, will welcome visitors at this very first stop of its 2011 Summer Tour of major events. On site, the National Bank Hub will be hosting promotional and fun activities for the entire duration of the Luminato Festival, from June 10 to 19.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that 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 over $154 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,492 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. To access National Bank Financial Group’s financial education portal, visit www.clearfacts.ca.

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-6500