Merry Christmas, Toronto


Toronto Desi Diaries wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.


Sunday, Dec. 10

Event: SOCH workshop
Details: Supporting Our Community’s Health (SOCH), will be hosting a series of mental health workshops, to increase awareness and education about what depression is and how it can be treated. These interactive workshops will take place in both English and Punjabi at the Chinguacousy Branch Library, 150 Central Park Dr. at 1:30. On the agenda: Kundalini Yoga for Depression by Harvir Grewal.
Contact: Here

Event: SACHHS Gala
Details: South Asian Canadians Health & Social Services (SACHSS), a registered not- for-profit charity offering services that include mental health, addiction, stress management, anger management and more is hosting a fundraising gala at Natraj Banquet Hall, 7275 Torbram Rd., Mississauga at 5 p.m. Dr. Hamid Slimi is the guest speaker.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Dec. 16

Event: Swayamvar Toronto
Details: Desi Dreamz is hosting its singles event for South Asians between 26 to 47 years. The event will take place at Novotel Toronto, 3670 Hurontario St., Mississauga from3 p.m. onward.
Contact: Here

Friday, Dec. 22

Event: Disney on Ice
Details: Enjoy the magic of winter with family at Disney On Ice with Reach For The Stars, a brand new show featuring a host of beloved Disney characters and stories. The shows run until Jan. 1 at Toronto Theatre, 1 Blue Jays Way.
Contact: Here

Sunday, Dec. 31

Event: New Year’s Eve
Details: PGA International will be hosting its annual New Year’s bash at Moonlight Convention Centre, 6835 Professional Crt., Mississauga. Festivities start at 7:30 p.m. and will continue until 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Here

Event: Bollywood Hungama
Details: Bollywood Tunes and Kalpesh Patel are hosting NYE 2018 at Chandani Convention Centre, 5 Gateway Blvd. Brampton from 6:30 p.m. onward.
Contact: Here


Ramadan Kareem! Plenty to do in July ’16 in Toronto




Popular Indian stand-up comedian Vasu Primlani will be the co-host at the TD Festival of South Asia taking place July 16-17 at Gerrard India Bazaar.

Friday, July 1

Event: Legends of Bhangra
Details: Celebrate Canada Day at Pearson Convention Centre, 2638 Steeles Ave. E. at 6:30 p.m. The U.K. band features: Balwinder Safri, Johal Premi, Apna Sangeet, Heera and others, all of who are putting on the show for the first time in Toronto.
Contact: Here

Wednesday, July 6

Event: MacEid Festival
Details: Dubbed one of the biggest Eid celebrations to hit Toronto, Muslim Association Canada’s (MAC) annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd #1, Toronto. Highlights include a carnival with fun-filled rides, shows, sport tournaments and a variety of international cuisines.
Contact: Here

Sunday, July 10

Event: Concert
Details: Two of Bollywood’s biggest crooners–Sunidhi Chauhan and Ayushman Khurana–will perform a live concert at the Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place in


Mississauga. Doors open at 6 p.m. (Hope, it’s not one of the IST events). Tickets cost from $45/person to upwards of $100.
Contact: Here

Friday, July 15

Event: Unplugged Eid
Details: Omni Promotions Canada is hosting an Unplugged Eid Gala at Milan Banquet Hall, 1989 A Dundas St E., Mississauga. There’s live music, food and more.
Contact: Here

Saturday, July 16-17

Event: Festival of South Asia
Details: The TD Festival of South Asia returns to Little India, Gerrard India Bazaar, for another year. Popular stand-up comedian Vasu Primalni will co-host this year’s festivities along with Randy Persaud. There will be a rangoli competition, entertainment, food, a literary and visual arts features, concerts and more.
Contact: Here

Saturday, July 16-17

Event: Festival of India
Details: Festival of India, one of Toronto’s most dazzling, summer events is here. The 44th Annual Festival of India (also known as Ratha-Yatra), organized by the Toronto chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON Toronto) will be taking place as a parade down Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and south to Queens Quay). Highlights include a vegetarian festival.
Contact: Here

Saturday, July 16

Event: BM does Brampton
Details: Bollywood Monster Mashup, will present an uncensored side of South Asian entertainment at the Bollywood Monster does Brampton: A Stand-up Comedy and Urban Music Showcase happening at the Spot1 Grill at 289 Rutherford Rd. S. at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 when purchased online and $15 at the door. Television star, Ben Mathai will be headlining the event, while comedian-turned-entrepreneur Amish Patel will be in the limelight as event host.
Contact: Here

Friday, July 22-23

Event: Bollywood Monster Mashup
Details: The sixth annual Bollywood Monster Mashup, which includes a free Bollywood show, is happening at Mississauga Celebration Square. On Saturday, Aishwarya Nigan, the voice behind Salman Khan’s Munni badnam hui is the headliner. Also Symphony Nights: An original Bollywood arrangement by the Mississauga Pops Concert Band 55-piece wind orchestra is on the cards.
This year, the event brings includes special fusion acts, a bigger KidZone, more singers, dancers and musicians and more Bollywood dance lessons.
Contact: Here


Happy birthday Canada! July 2015 brings Baby Doll to the GTA, IGNITE Bollywood and Rath Yatra

Photo supplied by MonstrARTity

IGNITE Bollywood, a variety show hosted by MonstrARTity, will take place Saturday, July 11 at the Rose Theatre in Brampton from 5 p.m. onwards. Photo supplied by MonstrARTity.

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Event: Canada Day
Details: Global News’ Liza Fromer, Antony Robart, Farah Nasser along with ET Canada’s Entertainment Reporter Sangita Patel will host the grand Canada Day celebrations with Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie at 4 p.m. at Celebration Square in Mississauga.
Performers include: The city’s very own DJ: Starting From Scratch, Peter Katz, electric violinist Kytami, pop heart throb Scott Helman and headliner, international recording hip hop artist Kardinal Offishall. Cost is free.
Contact: Here

Event: Thaalam 2015
Details: Canadian Tamil Youth Association will present Thaalam 2015, the ultimate gaana/dance competition at The Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. Brampton at 5 p.m.
Contact:  Here


Event: Pan Am/Para Pan Flame
Details: The Aga Khan Park will host the Pan Am flame as part of Reflections – Celebrating our Cultures and Communities, at the Aga Khan Park and Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. Toronto at 4 p.m. Activities include: lantern-making, dance, poetry, music, a souk bazaar and more. At 8:15 p.m. the Pan Am flame will arrive at the park, carried by Leila Keshavjee, a young member.
Contact: Here


Event: IGNITE Bollywood
Details: MonstARTity Creative Community (MCC) will be hosting an IGNITE Bollywood event at the Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. from 5 p.m. onwards to celebrate the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. IGNITE Bollywood brings together world-class performers for a spectacular variety show featuring live music, dance and comedy acts and a free KidZone. Performers include Lopa Sarkar and Divine Heritage Artistry, Ferzana, Himanshu Merchant, Kim Chalovich and What’s On? TAP! Nick Reynoldson, Ernie Vicente, Preeti Torul and Nelu Handa (Burn Notice). Tickets cost $30/person (adult) and $10/child.

Event: MahotsavaMahotsava
Details: Mahotsava is a summer South Asian event that’s taking place at International Centre (Hall # 5) 6900 Airport Rd. Mississauga starting at 1-11 p.m. Events include activities for the family, food and entertainment. Kanika Kapoot, the Bollywood singer behind super hits like Chittiyan Kalayian and Baby Doll will perform. Tickets cost $5/person (general admission) and between $20-$50 for the concert.
Contact: Here

SATURDAY, JULY 18 Festival of India
Event: 43rd Festival of India
Details: The Festival of India, a summer staple and a vegetarian foodie’s absolute delight is taking place July 18-19. Highlights include: A Rath Yatra or a parade that will wind down Yonge Street (Starting at Bloor Street and continuing south on Queens Quay. The action will then move to Centre Island where revelers can sample free vegetarian fare. Some 4,000 people are expected to attend.
Contact: For more information, visit here