Spring has finally sprung. From spiritual concerts to foot-tapping bhangra and gidda competition, there’s something for everyone.
Event: Monster Arts for Youth (MAY)
Details: Bollywood Monster Mashup, the largest South Asian festival in Canada, will be hosting the second year of its Monster Arts for Youth (MAY) program this May, as part of the South Asian Heritage Month. Students of Derry West Village Public School in Mississauga will benefit from two MAY workshops: one by Sheniz Janmohamed, author, spoken word artist educator and founder of Ignite Poets and the other by Lopa Sarkar, a renowned fusion dance choreographer.
“We are excited to provide world-class artists to work with youth in our local schools,” says Vikas Kohli, artistic director, Bollywood Monster Mashup. “This program is important as it allows the students to use creative learning techniques to embrace each other’s culture and create something new and unique.”
Sunday, May 3
Event: Hot Docs (Made In India program)
Details: Canadian International Documentary Festival will host a special Made In India documentary Small Things, Big Things at Scotia Bank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. W. Toronto; from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $17/person and can be purchased here.
Tuesday, May 5 – 6
Event: Spiritual concert
Details: Snatam Kaur
an American Kirtan singer and peace activist raised in the Kundalini Yoga tradition will be a performing sacred chant concert at MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queens Park, Toronto. Tickets cost $30 – $60 and can be purchased here
Thursday, May 14-18
Event: International Film Festival of South Asia
Details: The extravaganza that’s International Film Festival of South Asia continues May 14-18 with free film premieres, documentaries, red carpet and more. Click here to view the events and the schedules.
Saturday, May 16
Event: Bhangra and Gidda competition
Details: Punjabi Virsa Arts and Culture Academy & Nachdi Jawani Association are hosting their 14th Inter-Academy Junior Bhangra and Gidha competition at Chinguacousy Secondary School, 1370 Williams Pkwy. Brampton, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact: 905-783-3030 for more details
Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25
Event: AR Rahman Concert
Details: Oscar Winner and India’s musical genius AR Rahman’s North American tour: The Intimate Concert will stop by Toronto’s Sony Centre for Performing Art, 1 Front St. E. at 8 p.m. Tickets are flying off the shelves and cost $60- $220 +
click here to purchase them.