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October 7, 2002

The Giller Light Committee for Frontier College will host a major fundraising party on November 5, 2002 the same night as the Giller Prize Dinner. All proceeds will go toward Frontier College's Homework Clubs.

The Giller Prize is the most prestigious literary award in Canada and for the past eight years it has been the most coveted invitation in Toronto among publishing executives, literary media, authors and other literati. The Giller Prize invitation is hand-delivered by a tuxedo-clad, rose-bearing "courier." Invitees are wined and dined at the Four Seasons Hotel shoulder to shoulder with the five Giller-nominated authors. For everyone else in this city who doesn't get invited, there is now an alternative: THE GILLER LIGHT!

Steam Whistle Brewing is sponsoring the Giller Light and the bash will be held Tuesday, November 5, from 8 PM to 1 AM in the historic Roundhouse building, which houses the brewery and is located at the foot of the CN Tower. Steam Whistle beer will be flowing at the party, while BRAVO's telecast the Giller Prize live on a large screen so that party-goers can feel like they are a part of the real thing. There will be raffles and door prizes throughout the evening and a chance to bet on which of the Giller nominees will take home the $25,000 prize. After the winner is announced, the disco ball lights up the room and DJ Bobby Guy's mod tunes will fill the dance floor.

Jack Rabinovitch is the founder of the Giller Prize, which is named for his late wife Doris Giller, a book review editor for the Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star. Mr. Rabinovitch, who was once a labourer-teacher for Frontier College, has offered his support to the Giller Light Committee for Frontier College:

"Congratulations to Frontier College - one of the pioneers of literacy, teaching new (and "old"!) Canadians how to read and write. Frontier College highlights the primacy of language and opens doors to new opportunities. We wish the Giller Light fundraiser much success."

Frontier College was founded in 1899 by students and graduates of Queen's University. Its mission was to teach people in remote, "frontier" settlements to read. Today Frontier College is active in all provinces and territories and in both official languages. John O'Leary, president of Frontier College is very excited about the fundraiser:

"The Giller Light event is helping Frontier College recruit the people and raise the funds required to support our literacy programs throughout the GTA. Come out and be a part of it. Together we can turn T.O. into the city that reads!"

Tuesday, November 5, 2002, 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tickets : $20 or $25 at the door
Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd. Between Spadina and York south of Front St.
For more information: Michaela Cornell (416) 975-9334 ext. 154 Sara James, (416) 535-7626, Loo McNulty, (705) 466-3822
To order tickets, call (905) 764-0073 ext. 259 or on line at

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