Are you ready Toronto? Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s 2018 ‘Da-bangg’ tour is July events calendar’s highlight

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Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandes and a host of Bollywood celebrities are coming to Toronto as part of their Da-bangg tour. Concert happening Sunday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton.

In what’s probably his last North American concert, Kathak icon Pandit Birju Maharaj will be seen here in Mississauga coaching Kathak students as part of Sanskriti Arts’ annual Dance Diaries. Check below for more information.

Wednesday, July 4

Event: Cardamom Kitchen

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Cardamom Kitchen


Details: This networking event for South Asian gay guys will take place in the spacious community kitchen of Bramalea Community Health Centre (40 Finchgate Blvd. Suite #224) in Brampton, where participants can take part in a meeting and chat they cook and eat desi food together. Hosted by Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN), the event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Here

Friday, July 6

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Event: Samarpanam: An Offering
Details: A traditional Bharatanatyam recital by Arrthami Siva-Kuruvinth will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Yorkwoods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Ave. W. Toronto. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC).
Contact: Here

Saturday, July 7

Event: Community Carnival Bazaar
Details: the Islamic Foundation of Toronto will celebrate its 8th Annual Carnival at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, 441 Nugget Ave. Toronto from noon to 10 p.m.
Contact: Here

Sunday, July 8

 

 

Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj dancing

Pandit Birju Maharaj

Event: Dance Diaries Concert
Details: Well-known dance school Sanskriti Arts will host legendary Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj and his disciple Saraswati Sen at the Maja Prentice theatre, 3650 Dixie Rd, Mississauga at noon.
Contact: Here

Event: Da-bangg tour
Details: Hold on to your hearts! this much-anticipated concert featuring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha and others is coming to Toronto, i.e. Hamilton. The concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the First Ontario Centre.
Contact: Here

Saturday, July 14

Event: Invisible Footprints 0.2 Deep Cuts Artist Toura photo of hands moulding clay
Details: This event by Community Arts Space: Recent Histories, aims to visualize and document the lived experiences of Toronto’s queer and trans East and Southeast Asians. There will be artist talks as well as tours. Exhibit happening at the Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park from 1 – 3 p.m.
Contact: Here

Friday, July 20-21

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Event: BollywoodMonster Mashup
Details: The 8th BollywoodMoster Mashup makes a return to the Celebration Square with dance and music extravaganza. Concert headliner is Aman Trikha (Khiladi 786, Hookah bar) who will perform, Saturday, July 21. Khushboo Grewal, a Punjabi film actress, veejay and singer from Chandigarh will take the stage, Friday, July 20. This a two-day fun event with music, dance, and food.
Contact: Here

Saturday, July 22

Event: Sapta Swarangal and Margam 2018A Bharatnatyam dancer
Details: This event by South Asian Artistic Talent (SAAT) has two components, Saptha Swarangal (3 -5 p.m.) a Carnatic music concert by emerging artists and Margam, a two-hour Bharatnatyam performance happening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This South Indian event is taking place at the Yorkwoods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Ave. W. Toronto.
Contact: Here

Friday, July 27/ 28

https_cdn.evbuc.comimages453813421420589783461originalEvent: Vibrant Brampton Festival
Details: This free two-day festival happening at Sheridan College (Davis Campus), 7899 McLaughlin Rd. celebrates various South Asian cultures through dance, music, and food. Festival kicks off from 6 – 11 p.m.
Contact: Here

Friday, July 27

Event: The Bollywood Masti Boat Cruise
Details: Get ready to set sail under the romantic full moon and dance to your heart’s content. This masti cruise will set sail from River Gambler, 333 Lake Shore Blvd. E. in Toronto at 8 p.m.
Contact: Here

 

 

 

 

 

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Let’s warm our hearts with these Sankranti celebrations in Toronto

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coconutUntil, Jan. 7

Event: Butterflies of India
Details: Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, 2500 Kossuth Rd., Cambridge Ont., has a pair of South Asian exhibits running until Jan. 7. First, in the Butterflies of India, visitors can enjoy thousands of freely flying butterflies in the conservatory. Secondly, in the Ornamenting the ordinary: crafts of South Asia, enjoy several artistic styles, craftsmanship and traditions from South Asia.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Jan. 13

Event: Sankranti Sambarulu
Details: The Telegu Alliances of Canada (TACA) will host its annual Sankranti celebrations at the Glenforest Secondary School, 3575 Fieldgate Rd. Mississauga from 5 p.m. onwards. Contact: Here

Event: Lohri Shagna Di
Details: Head to Mississauga Palace for Lohri celebration- Lohri Shagna DI, 2360 Lucknow Drive. Event will start at 6:30 pm and end at 11:00pm.
Contact: Here 

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Event: Must be Kismet
Details: Must be Kisment, a wedding show  geared towards South Asians will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga.
Contact: Here

Event: Thai Pongal
Details: The Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation Canada, 80 Brydon Dr. Etobicoke has several poojas happening all month long including Jan. 15 for Pongal.
Contact: Here

Friday, Jan. 19

Event: Jash-E-Lohri
Details: Head to the Maverick Music Hall in Barrie, 46 Dunlop St. Ont. For a Lohri celebration at 8 p.m.
Contact: Here 

Saturday, Jan. 20

Event: Tamil Heritage Festival
Details: Transnational Government for Tamil Eelam (TGTE) will host a Tamil Heritage Festival Celebration at the Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute Auditorium, located on 550 Markham Rd. Scarborough, ON M1H 2A2. The festival will begin at 5:30 pm and wrap up at 8:30 pm.
Contact: Here

Sunday, Jan. 21

Event: Panorama Indian Idol
Details: Audition for the Panorama Indian Idol gets underway at Michael Power/St. Joseph Secondary School, 105 Eringate Dr. Etobicoke, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: Here 

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Event: Thai Pongal
Details: Enjoy Tamil Heritage Month as well as Thai Pongal celebrations at the Scarborough Convention Centre, 20 Torham Pl. Toronto from 6 to 9 p.m.
Contact: Here 

 

 

 

February ’17 events in Toronto will warm your heart

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Saturday, Feb. 4

Event: A.R. Rahman Tribute
Details: Ideal Entertainment, is presenting the Ideal Dreams show on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., to pay tribute to Asonycentreimage.R. Rahman for his 25 years of service in the film industry. Featuring the Kindred Spirits Orchestra with over a 100 North American artists, the show will include musical theatre, dance and vocal performances set in sequences to Rahman’s compositions. A.R. Rahman expected to attend the event.
Contact: Here

lx_mb_amar_karma_galleryEvent: Give a Heart Gala
Details: Amar Karma Health and Wellness Awareness Centre will host its 7th annual Give a Heart gala at the Apollo Convention Centre, 6591 Innovator Dr. Mississauga at 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Feb. 11

Event: Sanskriti Artssanskriti
Details: At Sanskriti Arts Ensemble’s (SAE) open house happening 1 to 6 p.m. at 2359 Royal Windsor Dr., unit 15 in Mississauga, fitness and fun are on the agenda. Enjoy an array of dance performances including Bollywood, yoga, Kathak, Hip-hop and more.
Contact: Here

Event: Valentine’s Day Party
Details: A Bollywood style Valentine’s Day party is happening at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall, 6628 Finch Ave. W. Etobicoke from 6:30 p.m. Live entertainment by Sunil Patel and his Bollywood Tunes orchestra.
Contact: Here

Friday, Feb. 17

1Event: Salsa Sizzle
Details: Salsa sizzle is an hour long salsa lesson followed by a dance performance along with a DJ spinning Salsa tunes, Top 40 Bollywood and English hits. Magic is happening at the Symphony Hall, 959 Derry Rd. E. at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $20/person. Dress code: Black and red formal wear.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Feb. 18

ken_6847Event: Roots: A Journey Through India
Details: Experience the beauty of Indian culture and heritage through dance – from the mystique of the Hindu deities to the vibrant colours and energy of modern Bollywood styles, from the Mughal Empire’s love stories to modern day Punjab. Performance happening at The Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. Brampton at 7 p.m.
Contact: Here

Friday, Feb. 24

shaunEvent: Shaun Majumder
Details: Gemini award winner Shaun often plays an alter ego called Raj Binder. Maybe he’ll make an appearance at the performance at the Living Arts Centre (Hammerson Hall), 4141 Living Arts Centre Dr. Mississauga at 8 p.m.
Contact: Here

October’ 16 events in Toronto are filled with Navratri and Diwali celebrations

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Dhamal Masti Group (DMG) will host a Navratri event, Oct. 1 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Photo by Bryon Johnson/The Brampton Guardian

Saturday, Oct. 1

Event: Dandiya Dhamal

Details: DhamalMasti Group (DMG) will host its annual Navratri celebrations at the Hershey Centre, 500 Rose Cherry Pl. in Mississauga from 7 p.m. until midnight. Cost of tickets is $20/person and can be purchased at the door.
Contact: Here

Event: Mere Sung Gaa
Details: Head to Cineplex Entertainment, 110, Courtney Park Dr., Mississauga for a karaoke contest. Championship open to South Asians between 11 to 60+ (There are various categories.
Contact: Here

Event: Navratri Gujju Garba
Details: Ami Modi and Pratik (vocalists) will perform at David Suzuki Secondary School, 45 Daviselm Dr. at 7 p.m. for a garba/dandiya event hosted by Suravali Musical Group. Cost of tickets is $12/person (advance) and $15 at the door.
Contact: Here

Sunday, Oct. 2

Event: Sadhana
Details: Pratibha Arts will be collaborating with Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps Dance Series for this performance series, taking place at the Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
Contact: Here

Friday, Oct. 7

Event: Monster Rock Orchestra
Details: With the far-out sounds of a rock band and classical instruments of an orchestra, the unconventional Monster Rock Orchestra (MRO) will deliver rock and pop hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today at a spectacular free concert at Yonge-Dundas Square at 7 p.m.
Contact: Here

Friday, Oct. 14

Event: Diwali Raazmataaz
Details: Indo-Canada Arts Council is bringing Diwali celebrations to the “Square.” Event will have elements of Dandiy, Dusherra and Diwali and takes place at the Celebration Square in Mississauga at 5 p.m.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Oct. 22

Event: Kardoon Kamaal
Details: A Diwali dance/dinner concert featuring many local artists will take place at Shingar Banquet Hall, 2084 Steeles Ave. E. Brampton at 6 p.m.
Contact: Here

Thursday, Oct. 27

Event: Piya Behupriya
Details: Soulpepper Theatre, will present Company Theatre’s (India) Piya Behupriya (Twelfth Night) Oct. 27 to 29. Amitosh Nagpal has translated the work of Shakespeare into Hindi. Since it was introduced at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, England, this Hindi musical adaptation about romance, mistaken identity, love and unrequited love has wowed the audience world over. Show will take place at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, Toronto.
Contact: Here

Note: This is just a few of Navratri and Diwali events happening in the Greater Toronto Area this year. There are lots of others happening, unfortunately, given the resources, It was impossible to list them all.

 

September ’16 events elevate Toronto as a Mecca for artists

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Janak Khendry Dance Company will be hosting a dance/drama Ganga at 3 p.m. at the Sir Fredrick Banting Secondary School, 125 Sherwood Forest Square, London, Ont. on Sunday, Sept. 25. Photo courtesy of the Janak Khendry Dance Company

Thursday, Sept. 1

Event: Salim-Sulaiman Concert
Details: The Kidney Foundation of Canada wants GTA residents to experience a musical evening with Bollywood composing duo- Salim and Sulaiman. Event is happening at Mississauga Living Arts Centre. 4141 Living Arts Dr. in Mississauga at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: For tickets visit, Here

Saturday, Sept. 3

(Please note, this event has been cancelled)

Event: Kalangan Series
Details: Samprada Dance Academy will welcome Aditya Prakash Ensemble for its signature, Kalangan Series at the Samprada Theatre, 4-3250 Rideway Dr. at 7:30 p.m. The concert will blend traditional Indian vocals/ragas with western musical instruments. Tickets cost $20 (adults) $15(students). Check out the accompanying video to get a sample. The sounds are magnificent.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Sept. 10

Event: Rung De’ One
Details: Since its launch few years ago, the Holi-inspired event has been adding colour to the social scene in the GTA. This year, the action shifts to Scholars’ Green (outside Sheridan College Campus), 275 Prince of Wales Dr. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: Here

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Rung De ONE, an event inspired by the Indian festival of Holi made its debut in Toronto. Organizers invited not just South Asians, but everyone to sample the culture of India. Supplied photo

Saturday, Sept. 17

Event: Swayamvar
Details: Dubbed as one of the largest singles events in the GTA, the evening, kicking off at 3 p.m. at Tich Restaurant, 2314 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Toronto combines an exhibition portion as well as some components of speed dating. So, if you’re sleepless in Toronto, head there. Tickets are $35/person.
Contact: For more, visit Here

Saturday, Sept. 24

Event: Bhangra/Reggae concert
Details: Small World Music Festival and Dhol Foundation are bringing a wonderful concert at  noon featuring sounds of Bhangra, infused with reggae as part of in/future – an 11-day festival of arts and music at Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W.
Contact: Here

Sunday, Sept. 25

Event: Ganga (dance/drama)
Details: Janak Khendry Dance Company is hosting a dance-drama Ganga at 3 p.m. at the Sir Fredrick Banting Secondary School, 125 Sherwood Forest Square, London, Ont.
Contact: Here

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Janak Khendry Dance Company will be hosting a dance/drama Ganga at 3 p.m. at the Sir Fredrick Banting Secondary School, 125 Sherwood Forest Square, London, Ont.on Sunday, Sept. 25. Photo courtesy Janak Khendry Dance Company

 

 

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

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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

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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

 

Toronto will echo to the sounds of raagas in May ’16 as spring arrives

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Who knew Toronto was a pulse centre for classical (Hindustani and Carnatic) music? Check out the events calendar for May ’16, you’ll know what we mean

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Painting shows emperor Akbar watching Tansen receive music lessons from Haridas. Photo courtesy Wikipedia. Check out South Asian events happening in Toronto May 2016

May 6 to 8

Event: FOLD
Details: Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) is Canada’s first-ever literary festival, promoting authors of colour. The three-day event happening across multiple venues in Brampton has some 30 authors. Literary heavyweights include Zarqa Nawaz, author/series creator, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Lawrence Hill (Book of Negroes), Vivek Shraya, Farzana Doctor and others.
Contact: For tickets and programs contact here

Sunday, May 8

Event: CONCERT
Details: Raag-Mala Society of Canada is hosting an Indian classical concert featuring Arshad Ali Khan (vocal) and Shreyas Ambikar (santoor) at the McLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle Toronto at 6 p.m.
Contact: For tickets, contact here

Saturday, May 14 to 15

Event: TABLA CONCERT
Details: Toronto Tabla Ensemble is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a concert at Harbourfront Centre (Brigantine Room), 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Ritesh Das is the artistic director and he will showcase the similarities of many musical cultures and perform original compositions by members. May 14 concert starts at 7 p.m. and on May 15 it will kick-off at 3 p.m.
Contact: Here

Event: GHAZAL/GEET NIGHT
Details: Rosemin Bapoo will host Karamchand Persaud (vocals), Dave Bansraj (tabla) and melodies by Ami Sharma at an evening celebrating ghazals and geets. The show happening at Simply Delicious, 7850 Woodbine Ave. Markham at 8:30 p.m.
Contact: Rosemin, 647-215-9749 or Mary, 416-287-2667

Thursday, May 19 to Monday, 23

Event: FILM FESTIVAL
Details: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan and writer/director Anup Singh (Quissa – The Tale of Lonely Ghost) are among those celebrities that will be in Toronto for the International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA)/Punjabi International Film Festival taking place across various venues in the GTA. More than 80 films will be showcased at this year’s event.
Contact: Here

Saturday, May 21

Event: FAUJA SINGH
Details: He’s known as the “Flying Sikh” or the “Turbaned Torndado.” 100-year-old Fauja Singh is flying to Brampton to participate in the Stop Diabetes Foundations’ event happening at Canadian Convention Centre, 79 Bramsteele Rd. between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Contact: Here

Thursday, May 25 to 28

Event: desiFEST
Details: desiFEST, an outdoor South Asian music concert will celebrate its 10th year. There’s an artists’ marketplace, food market and live entertainment planned at Yonge-Dundas Square. Oh, guess what? desiFEST, in partnership with sponsor Harley Davidson will be giving away a 2016 Street 500 valued at $7,999 to one lucky desiFEST fan.
Contact: Here

Saturday, May 28

Event: SPRING FESTIVAL
Details: The Malhar Group will be hosting Indian classical concert featuring Shakir Khan (sitar), Kiran Morarji (tabla), Nirmalya Dey (drupad), Mohan Shyam Sharma (pakhawaj) at The Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place, 1 Summers Ln. Concert starts at 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Here

Event: HASYA KAVI SAMELAN
Details: Laughter, they say is the best medicine. So, why not show up at Albion Cinema, 1530 Albion Rd. at 7 p.m. for a poetry convention filled with humour. Who else to organize such a thing than the Uttar Pradeshis in Canada, eh?
Contact: Here

Event: MASALA MASTI
Details: PGI’s popular Masala Masti Boat Cruise VI is happening at 8 p.m. at 242 Cherry St. Toronto. There’s live entertainment, food and much more.
Contact: Here