June is when all music moves outdoors and Toronto desis finally ditch their toques

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The 2018 MonsterWorldMashup is a two-day festival of music, comedy, and art happening in Brampton June 1-2. Hip-Hop artist Haviah Mighty is one of the performers at the concert taking place June 2 at the Garden Square in Brampton.

Friday, June 1-2

Event: MonsterWorld Mashup

Details: The folks that bring the #Bollywood Monster Mashup each year are offering a two-day festival of music, art, spoken word and more in Brampton. The MonsterWorld Mashup runs Friday, June 1, an exclusive ticketed event will feature series of comedy acts, an art show and yes, a secret concert. The action takes place at The Den, Sheridan College, Davis Campus, 7899 McLaughlin Rd. Brampton at 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 2 has the heavyweights such as Movin’ Cool, Stay Out Late, Los Poetas and HANHAN performing on stage at the Garden Square (outside Rose Theatre) at 5 p.m.

“We’re presenting unique acts who represent the changing voices and faces of the GTA,” says Vikas Kohli, executive director, MonstrARTity. “The June 1 launch party will be a unique experience for the audience with Brampton’s first-ever sofar secret concert and side-splitting comedy acts with comedians like Amish Patel, Keesha Brownie, Nitish Sakhuja, Crystal Ferrier, Chris Robinson and Paul Thompson. Most of all, it will be a great time, so join us.”

Contact: MonsterWorldMashup

Saturday, June 2

Event: desiFEST

Details: Now in its 12th year, desiFEST is a free event and is the largest South Asian Music Concert, taking place on Saturday, June 2 at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Contact: 2018 desiFest

Event: Vande Janani (A Tribute to Motherhood)

Details: Keralite Art Lovers Association (KALA) is hosting this dance concert by Divya Unni at the Erindale Secondary School, 2021 Dundas St. W. at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Keralite Art Lovers Association

Saturday, June 9

Event: EID bazaar

Details: PGA International will be putting together its annual Eid Bazaar June 9 – 14 at the Swagat Banquet Hall, 6991 Millcreek Dr. Mississauga from 1 p.m. to midnight.
Contact: PGA’s EID bazaar

Thursday, June 14

Event: Through Her Lens

Details: A photo exhibit celebrating women of colour will take place at the Chinguacousy Library and Civic Centre, 150 Central Park Dr. in Brampton at 8:30 p.m.
Contact: Through Her Lens

Sunday, June 17

Event: SOCH workshop on coping with anxiety

Details: Supporting Our Community Health (SOCH), an organization host a series of mental health workshops, Sunday, June 17, at Chinguacousy Library and Civic Centre, 150 Central Park Dr. in Brampton from 1 to 3 p.m.

The idea is to increase awareness and education about anxiety and how it can be treated. These interactive workshops will take place in both English and Punjabi.

Contact: Supporting Our Community Health (SOCH) 

Tuesday, June 26

Event: Speed Dating

Details: This Mississauga speed-dating event for South Asians will take place 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Port House Social Bar & Kitchen, 139 Lakeshore Rd. E. Mississauga, ON L5G 1E5.
Contact: Mississauga Speed Dating

Event: Toronto Curry Awards

Details: Pukaar News UK will be hosting the first-ever Toronto Curry Awards from 6 p.m. until midnight at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport, 970 Dixon Rd., Toronto, ON M9W 1J9.
The awards will celebrate this rich heritage of curries to highlight the finest examples of South Asian cuisine and praising the restaurateurs dedicated to serving up our beloved curries.
Contact: Toronto Curry Awards

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‘Tis is the season for garba, kolu and Durga maa and Toronto has it all

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Jonita Gandhi seen here with AR Rahman during one of his stops in North America. A documentary film One Heart touches on the tours’ highlight. Rahman will also be performing a concert in Brampton, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Brampton’s Powerade Centre, 7575 Kennedy Rd.

Juggling multiple projects with a wary eye on looming deadlines is never a good idea. I should know. I am swamped.

So, I have decided to work smart. Here’s news, in bite-sized chunks to tide you over until I can get to that in-depth profile.

AR Rahman will be stopping by Brampton, Friday, Oct. 20 at the Powerade Centre, 7575 Kennedy Rd. at 7 p.m. Grab those tickets now.

On a related note: Our own nightingale Jonita Gandhi on whom I have written numerous stories makes an appearance in a just-released documentary on AR Rahman on his North American Intimate Tour (NAIT) series.

The film, One Heart features in-depth interviews with Rahman as well as members from his tour and is playing in Cineplex theatres across GTA.

“Being the lead female singer on the AR Rahman North America Intimate Tour was an unforgettable experience,” said Jonita in a press release. “I’m so grateful that Rahman sir trusted me with the task of delivering so many of his hits live on stage. I learned a lot about myself as a singer and performer during those 18 shows, and I’m so happy that parts of it have been captured and presented so beautifully in One Heart for everyone to enjoy.

It was Gandhi’s cover of a popular Christmas song (the video was shot in downtown Brampton some years ago by her brother)  that caught Rahman’s interest. Soon after, he invited her to be part of his tour.

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Desi Royals Entertainment is hosting Garba 2017 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

‘Tis is the season for Garba.

Navratri (festival of nine days), celebrated by Hindus in India, signals to us that it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get ready to juggle rush-hour commute and office deadlines with some serious partying and prayers and rituals.

Here in Toronto, notice there’s an air of anticipation because the working mom and dads, dressed in business casual clothes from 9 to 5, toss them aside as soon as they get home to garb themselves in stunning ghaghra/choli, Kanjeevaram sarees, kurta/pyjamas and head to temples, homes, arenas for participating in pooja followed by dance and revelry.

So, on Saturday, Sept. 16, the Desi Royals Entertainment, is hosting its Garba 2017 at the Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Pl. Mississauga at 7 p.m. It’s one of the biggest celebrations happening here in the GTA.

Hemant Chauhan and group will deliver string of Garba/Dandiya tracks to keep you in synch with your dancing partner. Interested? visit www.desiroyals.com.

 

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Dream merchants

Marriages are made in heaven, right? but weddings are more earthly and hell, need to be just perfect.

It’s pretty obvious that Suhaag: The wedding show clearly fills a much-needed service when it comes to your wedding needs. Mandap, clothes, jewelry, gifts, food, fashion and more catering to specific desi tastes. Those opulent sets are so awesome and intricate, you’ll want to get hitched, again.

The annual Suhaag show is happening Sunday, Sept. 17 at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd. from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be fashion shows.

For more visit here.

Bit of house-keeping here: If you want your events included in the monthly events calendar, please send me the details, including where, what, when and who along with a high-rez photograph from previous years. Your listings must reach us a month in advance. Send the submissions to: toronto.desidiaries@gmail.com.

Oct. ’15 brings Krishna, the musical, garba, garba and more garbaa

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Malayali film actress Shobana is bringing a visual treat Krishna, a musical to Oakville, Sunday, Oct. 4. Check out other desi events happening in the GTA, October 2015.

filmi21Thursday, Oct. 1

Event: Filmi Toronto
Details: FILMI is an annual Toronto film festival that showcases the best in South Asian cinema from Canada and the rest of the world. This year, the festival will celebrate its 16th anniversary with a full schedule of screenings and industry workshops from Oct. 1 – 4.
Contact: For listings, schedule and more, contact here.

Garba-dance3Saturday, Oct. 3
Event: Dandiya Raas Garba
Details: Sur Prem Entertainers are bringing a dandiya event to Brampton Soccer Centre, 1495 Sandalwood Pkwy. E. at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: For tickets contact here.

Event: Hindustani Classical MusicKomkali
Details: Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto and the Centre for South Asian Civilizations UTM are hosting Bhuvanesh Komkali at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the MiST Theatre, U of T Mississauga Campus, 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga.
Bhuvanesh a Hindustani classical singer from the Gwalior gharana is the grandson of legendary gayak Kumar Gandharva. He will be accompanied by Sanjay Deshpande (tabla) and Vyasmurti Katti (harmonium). Tickets cost $30/person.
Contact: Here
sargamEvent: Concert
Details: Sadhana Sargam and Jubin Shah will perform at the Armenian Youth Centre, 50 Hallcrown Pl. in North York (Victoria Park and Sheppard) at 6:30 p.m. Event hosted by Toronto Indian Youth Cultural Association (TIYC) Canada.
Contact: 416-998-0582

Sunday, Oct. 4

Event: Shobana’s Krishna12049635_961990323857837_1338590592335995599_n
Details: Blue Sapphire Entertainment Inc. is bringing Krishna, a visual tapestry of dance/drama by Shobana, well-known Malayalam actor/dancer/choreographer. The show will take place at The Meeting House, 2700 Bristol House in Oakville at 6:30 p.m. The English version of Krishna was conceived and created by Shobana after years of rigorous research, and practice. The doe-eyed beauty plays Krishna and will be accompanied by a troupe of 16 artists including her daughter Narayani.
Contact: For tickets visit here of contact here.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Sukvinder_kanikaEvent:  Concert
Details: Sukvinder Singh and Kanika Kapoor, two Bollywood playback singers, whose pipes have been wowing filmgoers, will be performing a concert at the Sony Centre of performing arts, 1 Front St. E. at 6:30 p.m.
Contact: For tickets, visit here.

Sunday, Oct. 11

Event: Raas Garbadandiya sticks
Details: Power of Kirtan will be presenting an interactive Raas Garba with Premash Nandi and group at Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School, 415 Great Lakes Dr. from 7 p.m. onwards. A free vegetarian meal will be served.
Contact: For tickets and information, visit here.

Saturday, Oct. 17

Event: GarbaDMG garba
Details: Dhamalmasti Group (DMG) is hosting a garba with Gitanajli Group at the Hershey Centre, 5600 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga at 7 p.m.
Contact: Here.