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

Haviah Mighty performing

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

Go pagal Toronto, Holi hai!

Rang Barse

KC Group Canada will celebrate Holi at the National Banquet Hall, 7355 Torbram Rd. Mississauga at 11 a.m.

Friday, March 10

Event: Holi Milan
Details: Hindu Heritage Centre, 6300 Mississauga Rd. will be hosting a Holi celebration at 6 p.m. Well-known flutist Deepankar Ganguly will be performing. Event includes cultural performances, dinner and more.
Contact: Here

Event: International Women’s Day
Details: The Punjabi Community Health Services (pchs)will host a gala to mark International Women’s Day at the Pearson Convention Centre, 2638 Steeles Ave. E. at 6 p.m. Five exceptional women will be honoured.
Contact: Here

Saturday, March 11

Event: Rang Barse
Details: KC Group, which was among the first ones to host Holi celebrations are at it again. This year’s event will take place at the National Banquet Hall, 7355 Torbram Rd. Mississauga at 11 a.m. Enjoy gulaal, lunch and entertainment.
Contact: Here

Event: Balam Pichkari
Details: Balam Pichkari is a dance party celebrating Holi at Moonlight Convention Centre 6835 Professional Crt. Mississauga at 6:30 p.m. Organizers say they will provide clothes for you to play Holi. Cost of tickets is $50/person.
Contact: Here

Thursday, March 23

Event: Dance Diaries
Details: Sanskriti Arts Ensemble (SAE) will be hosting two famed artists/choreographers Shampa Gopikrishna and Nishant Bhat at its dance studio, 2359 Royal Windsor Dr. unit. Also, there will be final performance at the Maja Prentice Theatre, Saturday, March 25.
Contact: Here

Friday, March 24

Event: Doule Gujarati Comedy
Details: Swar Sadhana Music Lovers’ Club will host a Gujju comedy/drama at the York Woods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Ave. W. in North York at 7 p.m. Cost of tickets is $15/person.
Contact: Here

Saturday, March 25

Event: Indian Classic Music Concert
Details: Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto will host a classical Indian music concert at McLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle, Toronto at 7 p.m. Featured artist include: Ronu Majumdar (flute), Harshad Kanetkar (tabla), S.V. Ramani (mridangam) and U. Rajesh (mandolin).
Contact: Here 

Event: Let’s Nach
Details: Gurdeep Ubhi’s annual fundraiser to support of Mt. Sinai Hospital will take place at Chandini Convention Centre, 5 Gateway Blvd. Brampton at 6 p.m. Cost of tickets is $40/person (adult).
Contact: Here 

Spring events (April 2016) in Toronto to thaw your winter-weary hearts

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Gurdeep Ubhi’s fundraiser Let’s Nach happening, Saturday, April 2 at Chandini Convention Centre, 5 Gateway Blvd. promises to be an evening to remember. Photo courtesy Facebook.

Saturday, April 2

Event: Sikh Heritage Month

Details: Peel Art Gallery Archives and Museum (PAMA) 9 Wellington St., has a fantastic line-up of events all month long. Twin sisters and artists Amrit and Rabindra Singh will make a rare appearance in Canada March 31 to April 2 to launch their three-month exhibit. Admission is free for April.
Contact: Here


Event: Let’s Nach
Details: Brampton resident Gurdeep Ubhi is hosting a fundraiser–Let’s Nach (Dance)– in memory of her son. The evening will feature Latina, Punjabi and belly dancers, Indo-fusion cuisine, raffles and auction and is taking place at the Chandini Convention Centre, 5 Gateway Blvd. at 6 p.m.
Contact: Here


Event: Holi Hai
Details: An annual dinner/show celebrating Holi taking place at Vishnu Mandir Banquet Hall, 8640 Yonge St. Richmond Hill at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: 905-886-1724 or Here


Sunday, April 3

Event: Muslim Womenpreneurs Expo
Details: Muslim women entrepreneurs will be exhibiting their fare at this trade show taking place at Milan Banquet Hall, 1989 Dundas St. E. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: Here


Saturday, April 9

Event: Mehfil and Surtaal
Details: Surtaal Cultural Promotions is hosting an evening of Indian Classical music. Artists include Satninder (vocals), Pinky (Tabla) Ramesh (Sarangi) and Harmeet (harmonium). The concert is happening at Lester B. Pearson Theatre, 150 Central Park Dr. at 6:30 p.m. Cost of tickets is $20 and $35.
Contact: Mohan Dahaley, 416-624-5713 or Bedi Dhiman, 647-861-5060



April (TBD)

Event: Punjabi Film Festival
Details: The BMO International Film Festival of South Asia [IFFSA] in collaboration with Punjabi International Film Festival (PIFF) has arrived. The festival launches with five days of buzz events in April followed by festival weekend from May 19-23, in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, Richmond Hill, Milton and Oakville.
Contact: Here


Sunday, April 17

Event: Pflag Peel
Details: The of the new Peel Chapter of Pflag Canada, with special focus on the South Asian diaspora will take place at Versailles Convention Centre – 6721 Edwards Blvd., Mississauga from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This event will bring together many from the lthe South Asian community as well as dignitaries, such as Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.
Contact: Here

Saturday, April 23

Event: Vishu 2016
Details: OHM Cultural Associaion is hosting Vishu celebration for Keralites at the Glenforest Secondary School, 3575 Fieldgate Dr. in Mississauga at 5:3o p.m.
Contact: Here