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2003 Public Accountability Statement
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speaker picture page 21 PAS Scotiabank is committed to supporting arts and cultural programs by sponsoring individual theatre companies, funding cultural festivals and by helping national, regional and local arts institutions improve their public facilities. Our support allows artists to express their unique talents - bringing fresh, creative energy to our society - and also inspires, entertains and enriches audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Arts & Culture

  • Scotiabank proudly sponsored a production of Amadeus last fall at the internationally acclaimed CanStage, Canada's largest contemporary theatre company, in Toronto. In addition to our $50,000 contribution, we also donated 50 tickets to the local school board so that less fortunate children could enjoy this captivating drama based on the life of the 18th-century composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards were created four years ago to bring well-deserved recognition to Canada's wealth of Aboriginal talent. Each year, artists are rewarded for their achievements in both traditional and popular music, ranging from the Pow Wow genre to Hip Hop. Scotiabank has been a major sponsor of this event each year and, in 2003, provided $45,000 to support the production.
  • With assistance from Scotiabank, the Regent Park School of Music is helping inner-city Toronto youth discover music through vocal or instrumental training. Each week, more than 200 students receive subsidized music classes, including an instrument for a nominal fee, so they can develop a lifetime love of the arts, or even a possible vocation.
  • Large civic festivals play an important role in boosting community spirit in Toronto, so Scotiabank is a significant sponsor of numerous annual festivals, including the three-day Celebrate Toronto Street Festival during July, at which we host the popular Scotiabank Jazz Café, and Mexican Independence Day celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square, sponsored in part by Grupo Financiero Scotiabank Inverlat.
  • Scotiabank helps make cultural programs possible in rural communities, such as Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., where, to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2004, the city is constructing the new Centennial Centre, which will include a 550-seat theatre, art gallery and pottery studio. Our $15,000 contribution will create the Scotiabank Painting Studio, allowing local artists to come together with community and school groups to explore the area's rich heritage and culture.
  • Scotiabankers in Real Estate Lending held a highly successful black-tie fund-raiser for Opera Atelier, a unique baroque opera company. Department members raised $100,000 by organizing a client dinner and performance of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at Toronto's Elgin Theatre. Scotiabank is also a longtime sponsor of Opera Atelier's School of Atelier Ballet through the Scotiabank Artistic Youth Mentorship program, which helps provide full scholarships to 25 per cent of the school's students.
  • Dance enthusiasts in British Columbia can enjoy the province's vibrant dance institutions, including Ballet British Columbia and DanceArts Vancouver, at the spectacular Scotiabank Dance Centre. Scotiabank supported the centre and its programming through a $25,000 donation in 2003, as part of a $375,000 multi-year contribution.
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