Happy Dussehra, Thanksgiving, and Diwali 2019, Toronto

Hindus across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA will celebrate Dussehera 2019 and Diwali across various venues. Photo: Pixabay

Saturday, Oct. 5

Event: Navratri Raas Garba 2019

Details: Saptak Musical Group will host a Navratri Raas Garba at the Mississauga Secondary School, 550 Courtneypark Dr., Mississauga from 6:30 p.m. onward.

Contact: For tickets, contact here

Event: Diwali Razzmatazz

Details: Indo-Canada Arts Council will host Diwali celebrations at Mississauga’s Celebration Square from 2 p.m. There will be dance performances, musical concerts, artistic displays and more.

Contact: For more information, visit here

Event: Bhangra and Gidda in the 6ix

Details: Shaan Punjab Dee will host its annual Bhangra and Gidda competition at the Living Arts Centre (Hammerson Hall), 4141 Living Arts Dr. in Mississauga at 2 p.m.

Contact: For tickets, etc. visit here

Sunday, Oct. 6

Event: Shaan’s Love in concert

Details: Well-known Bollywood singer Shaan will be at the Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr. Mississauga at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: For more information, visit here

Event: Aaru Padai Veedu

Details: The Shilompoli Shethra Dance Academy will present Aaru Padai Veedu, a dance drama based on the six holy places of Lord Muruga. The event is happening at the Chinese Cultural Centre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. Scarborough at 5 p.m.

Contact: For more information, visit here

Event: Hariharan Concert

Details: Padmashri Hariharan, a Ghazal, classical and Bollywood singer will perform at Brampton’s Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. Brampton at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: For tickets, visit here

Friday, Oct. 11

Event: Garba with Gujju Rocks

Details: Jagruti Bhatt presents Garba with Gujju Rocks at the Brampton Soccer Centre, 1495 Sandalwood Pkwy. E. at 7 p.m.

Contact: For tickets and more, visit here

Event: Sugar Sammy – Canadian tour 2019

Details: Montreal’s tri-lingual comic – Sugar Sammy (Samir) will perform at the Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. in Brampton at 7:45 p.m.

Contact: To purchase tickets, visit here

Saturday, Oct. 12

Event: Svarita Garba

Details: Harita Desai and Rajan Desai will perform at the Svarita Cultural Forum’s Garba. The event will take place at Bramalea Secondary School, 510 Balmoral Dr. Brampton from 8 p.m. onward.

Contact: Cost of tickets is $18/person and can be purchased here

Saturday, Oct. 12-13

Event: Navratri Garba 2019

Details: Ma Ambe Entertainment presents the Sri Atul Purohit Navratri Garba 2019 at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga Saturday, Oct. 12-13 at 7 p.m. on both the days. There will be an Indian food festival hosted by Veggie Planet at the venue.

Contact: Cost of tickets is $25 + service fee ($0.75) and can be purchased here

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Event: Mandala

Details: Sampradaya Dance Creations will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Living Arts Centre with a kinetic work that bridges the gap between Tibetan Buddhists and Hinduism through music and dance. The event runs at the Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr. Mississauga at 7p.m.

Contact: For more information visit here

Friday, Oct. 18

Event: Diwali Dhamaka 2019

Details: K.C Group will host a Diwali Dhamaka 2019 at Bombay Palace Banquet Hall, 200 Advance Blvd. Brampton at 6 p.m.

Contact: For tickets and more, visit here

Event: Sid Sriram

Details: Chennai-born, San Francisco native Sid Sriram blends eastern and western sounds with his pop/soul, alternative music. He will perform at the Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., Toronto at 7 p.m.

Contact: For more details, visit here

Hindus will celebrate Diwali 2019, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Image: Pixabay

Thursday, Oct. 24

Event: Festival of Lights/Queer-wali celebration

Details: The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention will host its Queer-wali celebration at 459 Church St. (2nd floor), Toronto at 5:30 p.m. There will be drag performances by Seema Dikshit, a bazaar and more

Contact: For details visit here

Somebody drag the spring here: March Madness events to thaw the ice


DowryThursday, March 5

Event: Film premiere

Details: The world premiere of the film Dowry is happening at Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. W. from 8:30 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.

The film directed by Jag Parmar. Parmar a screenwriter, director and founder of Inseyet Films, follows the wedding of Mausam, a girl from a poor family. The roadblock? Mausam’s family needs to arrange for her dowry. Things however get complicated when Mausam’s disabled sister Gia falls in love and wants a dowry for her own wedding. Tickets cost $10/person (adult) and $5/student.

Friday, March 6Maneka Thakkar

Event: Dance performance

Details: In the Soil, an encore performance by Meneka Thakkar (Kalanidhi Dance Stream Series) will take place, Friday, Mar 6 at Bloor Hot Doc Cinemas, 506 Bloor St. W. from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The 2015 encore show will feature 20 company dancers and students from the school performing in classical Bharatnatyam, Odissi and contemporary works. he title of this production comes from a poem by Rabindranath Tagore in which he speaks of the Banyan Tree that not only grows in its own soil but reaches its roots to the further soil which is an apt metaphor for the growth of Indian dance in Canada through the activities of Thakkar
Contact: 905-763-6083 ext. 28 or email: mtdc@menakathakkardance.org

Saturday, March 7

pataka guddiEvent: Patakha Guddi
Details: PGA International will be hosting a Bollywood Dance Night Patakha Guddi at 10 p.m. at Throne Entertainment Venue, 200 Advance Blvd. Brampton. Tickets cost $20/person.
Contact: 647-344-5566 or 647-887-4449

Sunday, March 8

Event: KC Canada’s Holi
Details: March is here. I can’t believe Holi is just around the corner. With the frigid arctic air plunging the temperatures to -25C, the folks at KC Group Canada have it all figured out. Theirs is an Holiindoor colour run with music, food and fun.
The group will celebrate Holi, Sunday, March 8 at National Banquet Hall, 7355 Torbram Rd. in Mississauga. Revelry starts at 11:30 a.m. Tickets cost $35/adult (early bird) and $40/adult regular and $25/child (ages 5-12)
Contact: Sanjeev: 416-985-0287, Rajeev: 647-887-4190 or Shilpi: 905-782-6260

Saturday, March 14

 Event: Concert
Details: Adnan Sami, a musician, pianist and composer of Pakistani origin with a high sensibility of Indian and western classical/semi-classical, pop and other genres of music will be performing a live concert in Toronto.
The event is taking place at Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $27 to $ 67.
Contact: To buy tickets here

Event: International Women’s Day

Details: Brown Sugar, a community for urban progressive South Asians Brownies with liberal values will be hosting an International Women’s Day event at Capitol Banquet Hall, 6435 Dixie Rd. Mississauga from 6 p.m. onwards. There will be keynote speakers, live music performances, a fashion show and more. Proceeds will benefit local women’s shelters. Tickets cost $30/person (adults) and $15/ child (under 12 years).
Contact: To join/attend, visit here 


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