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Monday, April 18, 2005
Aliant continues to strike a chord with youth at Saint John Music Festival

Saint John, NB, April 18, 2005 - From April 25 to May 7, Aliant will once again be supporting young musicians from across New Brunswick as they demonstrate their vocal and instrumental prowess at the New Brunswick Competitive Music Festival.

“I am delighted that Aliant has agreed to offer their support to the Intermediate Section participants,” said Claire Driscoll, chairperson of this year’s Festival. “These students, between the ages of 15 and 17, are competing at a high level of musicality while they are still in high school. It is essential that we recognize their talent and their efforts.”

In addition to encouraging young musicians by supporting the Best and Runner-up Intermediate Competitor of Festival prizes, Aliant is also contributing to their development by sponsoring a Master Class on the Alexander Technique that will be delivered to a selected group of intermediate musicians by renowned instructor David Langstroth.

This technique explores the dynamic relationship between the neck, head, torso and limbs, which acts as a Primary Control (Alexander's term) or master reflex for the entire psycho-physical mechanism. The master class will be held on May 7, the final Saturday of the Festival, at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1:30 p.m. Members of the community are invited to attend.

“As a musician myself, I fully understand the importance of inspiring young musician’s to aspire to new heights,” said Eric Poirier, regional manager southwestern New Brunswick, Aliant. “Aliant is very pleased to support the New Brunswick Competitive Music Festival because it has a long history of inspiring youth to develop into well-rounded members of our communities through their passion for music. The musicians on stage at this festival will undoubtedly be the leaders of tomorrow.”

The Festival will take place at various venues around Saint John from April 25 to May 7. Competitors will compete in categories of strings, piano, vocal, choral, orchestral/band and instrumental.

The two week competitive and non-competitive events culminate in two concerts, the April Mills Concert on May 6 where the Junior Star is chosen and the Founder’s Night Concert on May 7 where the best intermediate competitor and the Festival star prizes will be awarded. Both concerts are held at Saint John High School. The public is welcome to attend all events.

About the New Brunswick Competitive Music Festival:
The New Brunswick Competitive Music Festival offers young singers and musicians ranging from ages 6 to 20 years of age a stage to share their talents. Over a two week period every year, almost 1,200 competitors from across New Brunswick come to Saint John to compete on various stages throughout the city. The performances are all open to the public and offer an opportunity for all to get a glimpse of the next generation of musicians who are developing their talents right here in New Brunswick.

About Aliant:
From its home base in Atlantic Canada, Aliant delivers a wide variety of innovative and traditional communications services, including local and long distance telephony, wireless, Internet, e-commerce, interactive multimedia, data and managed network services, to more than two million consumers and over 80,000 enterprises. Aliant complements its industry-leading telecommunications business with strengths in information technology solutions and knowledge-services applications. Aliant's approximately 8,400 employees build on its 100-plus year history by collaborating to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience. Aliant has a market capitalization of approximately $3.8 billion.

For further information, contact:
Patrick Campbell
(866) 566-0139

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