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Miss Universe Canada adds sparkle to 12th annual Bay Street's AIDSbeat

Inga Skaya Miss Universe Canada 2007 and Canadian Idol's Zack Werner to judge at rock & roll fundraiser for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research October 12th


OTTAWA, TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2007 - What do lawyers, a Canadian Idol judge and Miss Universe Canada have in common? They're coming together in Toronto for a BATTLE OF THE BANDS: AIDSbeat, the wildest party on Bay Street! 1,200 lawyers are expected to let loose, and raise over $200,000 for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) on October 12th 2007 at the Capitol Event Theatre.

Inga Skaya Miss Universe Canada will join Canadian Idol judge Zack Werner and National Post Legal Post writer Jim Middlemiss as celebrity judges of the BATTLE OF THE BANDS. Mark Holmes of Mod Club fame will host the party, featuring the eye popping AIDSbeat dancers, painted body models, a performance by chart-topping pop sensation hip hop master JDiggz and a spectacular fashion show by Escada featuring Escada Sport and Laurčl. AIDSbeat is presented by Georgeson, a Computershare Company.

"We are celebrating the 12th anniversary of AIDSbeat," says Patricia Olasker, AIDSbeat founder and co-chair. "The event shows the best side of the Toronto legal community - a tradition and spirit of giving and sharing. It also reveals the truth about lawyers: We are not all about grey flannel trousers and button-down collars. This is a seriously unbuttoned party!"

Five bands, all featuring lawyers-by-day, will battle for first place. Prepare to put your hands together for:- The Gavelheads (Morrison Brown Sosnovitch LLP, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Ernst & Young LLP);

- The Thin Skulls (McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Investment Dealers Association of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing);

- The Right Honourable Jake and The High Court of Soul (Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP);

- The Insecurities (Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Lenczner Slaght LLP)

- Prior winners Jonas (Paliare Roland LLP, REMG Entertainment Corporation) as the opening act.

Event and Ticket Sales Information:

AIDSbeat tickets are $40 and available by phone at 416-361-6281 or online at All proceeds from AIDSbeat support CANFAR, which raises critically needed funds for HIV/AIDS research. Since inception, AIDSbeat has raised over $1 million for AIDS research. AIDSbeat will be held on Friday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. sharp at the Capitol Event Theatre, 2492 Yonge Street (north of Eglinton).

AIDSbeat 2007

About Georgeson, a Computershare Company:

Georgeson is proud to be the lead sponsor of this year's AIDSbeat. Georgeson is the world's leading provider of strategic proxy and corporate governance consulting services to corporations and shareholder groups working to influence corporate strategy. Since 1935, Georgeson has specialized in complex solicitations such as hostile and friendly acquisitions, proxy contests and takeover defenses. Georgeson leads more M&A transactions globally than any other firms combined. Georgeson also provides issuers with expertise in corporate events solutions such as post-merger unexchanged holder programs and information agent services.
Computershare is a global leader in transfer agency, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and other specialized financial and communications services - serving more than 100 million shareholder accounts on behalf of 14,000 corporations in 17 countries.



CANFAR is the national charitable foundation whose goal is to raise awareness in order to generate funds for research into all aspects of HIV infection and AIDS. CANFAR is the only organization operating in Canada for the sole purpose of privately funding research on AIDS and HIV infection in numerous areas including fundamental and applied research, education and prevention, psychosocial initiatives, care, and community research.

CANFAR - Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research

For further information: Amanda O'Reilly, CANFAR, (416) 361-6281 x35,

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