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July 13, 2010 08:08 ET

NOW Magazine: How to Host a Summit in Toronto for Less Than $1 Billion

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) - This Thursday, July 15th, NOW Magazine and the City of Toronto play host to the 33rd Annual Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) Conference. Made up of a diverse group of 130 alt-weekly news organizations covering every major metropolitan area and other less-populated regions in North America, AAN members have a combined weekly circulation of over 6.6 million and a print readership of nearly 17 million active, educated and influential adults in the U.S. and Canada.

What ties each of these publications together is a strong focus on local news, culture and the arts; an informal and sometimes profane style; an emphasis on point-of-view reporting and narrative journalism; a tolerance for individual freedoms and social differences; and an eagerness to report on issues and communities that many mainstream media outlets ignore.

Keynote speaker for the convention's annual Free Speech Lunch is Dr. Maher Arar, Canadian victim of American rendition and subsequent torture. Since fighting his way out of solitary in Syria, he's shone a bright light on the shadowy side of security practices worldwide. For the many U.S. delegates, it will be a first opportunity to get his story firsthand since Arar is still not allowed to enter their country.

Michael Hollett, Editor / Publisher of NOW Magazine says, "We're pumped to be hosting this year's AAN Conference right here in Toronto. With members like the Village Voice and LA Weekly set to converge on Toronto for three days, Toronto's alternative voice is about to get a whole lot louder."

NOW Magazine is available every Thursday in newsstands across the GTA, every day on line at nowtoronto.com and on your iPad.

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