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Clarification: National Bank to support the Voice 2005 edition of the Montreal International Music Competition

Montreal, 26 April 2005 -

Further to the press release it issued yesterday, National Bank is pleased to confirm that it will be supporting the Montreal International Music Competition for the third year in a row. The Bank’s sponsorship of the Voice 2005 edition is part of a 3-year partnership agreement concluded in 2003 under which the   Bank pledged $150,000 to Jeunesses Musicales Canada.

The Montreal International Music Competition, presented by Jeunesses Musicales Canada in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, seeks to recognize and promote talented young musicians – whether instrumentalists or singers – who excel in their chosen field. Culture is both a treasure and a mirror of our society.   That is why National Bank is proud to encourage dynamic, creative and talented musicians from around the world.

Jeunesses Musicales Canada is dedicated to promoting the performance of classical music, especially for young audiences, and to helping young professional instrumentalists, singers and composers develop their careers at the national and international levels.

In 2004, donations made by the Bank and its subsidiaries, sponsorships, fundraising projects at the branch level and benefit events organized for community groups contributed $ 12 million to hundreds of Canadian education, health care, cultural and community organizations.

More information on the many causes and projects the Bank supports as part of its commitment to the communities it serves can be found in the Bank’s Social Responsibility Report on its website at www.nbc.ca.

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 customers elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including 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 $90 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs close to 17,000 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.

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

Johanne Bissonnette
Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-6500