Marie-Louise Gay named spokesperson for the 2014 edition of the TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Montreal (December 19, 2013) – The 2014 TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival takes place April 28 to May 4, 2014. More than 60 free activities for children aged 0 to 12 years and for families will feature 30 authors, illustrators, and storytellers, all of whom have fertile imaginations and are spinners of magical tales. Marie-Louise Gay, author and illustrator of approximately 60 books, including board books for the very young, picture books and novels, a number of which have been translated into several languages, has been named the 2014 spokesperson for the festival.

Marie-Louise Gay has written three plays for children, for which she also designed the puppets, costumes and sets. Generous and full of enthusiasm, she regularly gives workshops, talks and lectures in Canada and the United States on the subjects of children’s literature and illustration. Marie-Louise Gay’s delightful Stella series is published by Groundwood Books. Stella is a very kind big sister who introduces her little brother Sam to the simple beauties of the world. These two characters express themselves with refreshing candour, humour and poetry. The delicate watercolour drawings invite the reader into a magical universe. In the most recent book in the collection, Read me a Story, Stella, Stella evokes the power of imagination when she tells her little brother that “…Bats also like to swoop and glide through the night. The moon always rises when bats beat their wings…”

Last July, Canada Post Corporation paid tribute to Marie-Louise Gay by creating a booklet of 10 stamps featuring Stella. Whether she’s hanging upside-down in a tree or reading to her little brother Sam, Stella loves to read – and to read aloud!

The complete Festival programme will be available April 2, 2014 at bluemetropolis.org

Blue Metropolis at a glance: Blue Metropolis is a not-for-profit organization that brings together people of different languages and cultures to share the pleasures of reading and writing, and to develop creativity and cross-cultural understanding. Each year, the Foundation presents an International Literary Festival, while offering a wide range of educational and social programmes throughout the year, both in the classroom and online. Because writing and reading are much more than entertaining pastimes, these programmes are also used as therapeutic tools, to encourage people to stay in school and to combat poverty and social exclusion. bluemetropolis.org

TD Community Giving: The TD Bank Group invests in communities to make a positive impact where it does business and where its customers, clients and employees live and work. In 2012, TD donated over $65 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, it focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people, and the environment. For more information, visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility

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Source: Line Richer | Artistic Director | TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival | Tel: 514-891-0959

Media Relations: Shelley Pomerance | Tel: 514-270-1199 | shelleypomerance@gmail.com