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Bob Dylan is to donate some of the proceeds from seven shows on his upcoming tour of Canada to a literacy campaign.

The 67-year-old legend is lending his support to the Canwest Raise-a-Reader Concert Series, a campaign that supports local literacy groups across Canada while also promoting the importance of literacy among Canadian families.

“Bob Dylan has a repertoire of unforgettable lyrics that have put a voice to a variety of causes over the course of his impressive career,” said David Asper, executive vice-president of Canwest Global Communications Corp and chairman of the National Post. “He has made a profound impact in the worlds of both music and literature, and I am so pleased to have him join us in raising the profile of literacy in Canada as the newest addition to the Concert Series family of artists.”

Other artists to have joined the campaign include James Taylor, Michael Buble and Anne Murray, whose concerts have raised $500,000 for national literacy initiatives.

Dylan’s tour kicks off on October 23 in Victoria at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre before heading to Vancouver, Kamloops, Calgary, Lethbridge, Regina, and Winnipeg. Tickets are available through www.bobdylan.com and www.selectyourtickets.com.

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