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AGO's Maharaja Exhibition will be FREE to Visitors Under 25

Corporate Community Funds Unprecedented Accessibility Program

(TORONTO - October 12, 2010) The corporate community has come together with an unprecedented sponsorship in support of the Art Gallery of Ontario's major fall exhibition.  Thanks to generous support from Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., The Globe and Mail, Rogers Communications Inc., and Scotiabank Group, the Art Gallery of Ontario is thrilled to announce that admission to Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts is free to visitors 25 years of age and under.

"The Art Gallery of Ontario is deeply grateful to our Patrons of the Exhibition for joining forces to make this program possible," says Matthew Teitelbaum, AGO Director and CEO.  "It is with great pleasure that we open our doors to this group of young visitors, and share with them this unforgettable history and extraordinary works of art."

The Free 25 & Under program will run from November 20, 2010 to April 3, 2011, with the exception of the holiday period from December 24, 2010 to January 2, 2011. Tickets to the exhibition will range from $12.50 for students to $22 for adults. A special offer for families, priced at $66, grants admission to four adults and an unlimited number of children.  Admission includes access to the AGO's permanent collection. 

"Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is pleased to be a Patron of this exciting exhibition at the AGO," said Prem Watsa, Chairman and CEO of Fairfax. "This is an exhibition which will enrich the lives of its audience by providing access to some of the world's most magnificent works of art." 

"This program allows anyone 25 and under to learn and experience the pride and definition of India and appreciate global arts and culture in their own community," said Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO, Rogers Communications. "Accessible education is important to Rogers, and we are proud to support this program as it connects youth and young adults with a unique and valuable cultural experience."

"The Maharaja exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for new audiences to experience all that the AGO has to offer," said Sabi Marwah, Vice-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Scotiabank.  "At Scotiabank, we look to arts and culture as a vehicle that brings communities together. We are pleased to partner with the AGO to enhance the opportunity for the public to learn and share in this incredible cultural perspective."

A Canadian exclusive, Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts will be on view from November 20, 2010 to April 3, 2011.  Organized in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this is the first exhibition to comprehensively explore the opulent world of the maharajas and their unique culture of artistic patronage. Over 200 dazzling objects are featured, including paintings of spectacular royal processions, ceremonial weapons, elaborate jewellery and prized photographs by artists such as Man Ray and Cecil Beaton. 

AGO Members receive free admission to the exhibition.  Exclusive Members' Previews will take place at the AGO on Wednesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 18.

For more information and exhibition details including tickets, programs and community thoughts and feedback, visit www.ago.net/maharaja-exhibition.

The AGO is dedicated to making visitors feel that the Gallery is their art museum, a place where they will connect with art and want to return time and time again.  Additional free-access programs include Free Wednesday Evenings, Neighbourhood Access Program, FREE After 3! after-school program, Ontario College of Teachers Program, Community Membership Program, as well as the Institute for Canadian Citizenship's Cultural Access Pass and Toronto Public Library's Sun Life Financial Museum and Arts Pass.  For more information on AGO access initiatives, visit www.ago.net/Access-Initiatives.

About The AGO

With a permanent collection of more than 79,450 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the cutting-edge works in the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art to the celebrated Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.

About Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.

About The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail is Canada's national newspaper, with a combined weekly readership of 2.9 million readers. Globeandmail.com is Canada's number one online newspaper destination, delivering the latest national and international news, business, sports, arts, auto and lifestyle content.

About Rogers Communications

Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, and sports entertainment. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit http://www.rogers.com/

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad.  Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2009 the Bank provided about $39 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture.

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For more images and more information, contact:

Sean O'Neill, 416-979-6660 ext. 403, sean_oneill@ago.net

Antonietta Mirabelli, 416-979-6660 ext. 454, antonietta_mirabelli@ago.net

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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