Merry Christmas, Toronto

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Toronto Desi Diaries wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.

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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

 

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Autumn in Toronto: when leaves are flowers and events are all just as mellow

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This file photo by the late Fred Loek, Metroland photographer, captures the surreal beauty of autumn at Erindale Park in Mississauga.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Event: Tribute to Mohammad. Rafi
Details: Mehboob Shaikh will recreate the dulcet tones of one of India’s greatest musicians – Mohammad Rafi. The concert is taking place at Port Credit Secondary School Theatre, 70 Mineola Rd. E. from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Contact: Here

Event: Meri Awaz hi pehchan hai
Details: It’s the audition for Mere sung gaa’s 2nd season, Bollywood karaoke singing. Bring your voice and energy to Rehearsal Factory, 1611 Finfar Crt. in Mississauga at noon.
Contact: Here

Event: Flower City Bhangra
Details: Saath Foundation is presenting Canada’s first-ever live-only Bhangra Competition at Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. Brampton at 11 p.m.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Nov. 18

Event: Grand finale of Meri Awaaz
Details: The final showing of talent of the Mere Sung Gaa is happening at the Chinguacousy Secondary School, 1370 Williams Pkwy. at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Here

Thursday, Nov. 23

Event: Passage to Bollywood
Details: A Passage to Bollywood is a vibrant show with foot-tapping music, colourful costumes and a gripping plot. Show happening at the Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. at 8 p.m.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Nov. 25

Event: Parampara
Details: Toronto Tabla Ensemble is presenting a concert, Parampara at the Harbourfront Theatre Centre, 235 Queens Quay, Toronto at 7 p.m. The tabla concert will feature Sare Nau, a composition in a 9 1/2 beat rhythmic cycle, Bhumika (birthplace or grounding) and other select pieces from Ritesh Das’ upcoming TTE CD, Bhumika.
Contact: Here

Events: Swayamvar 2017
Details: Desi events is hosting a singles event for South Asians between the ages of 26 to 47 at the Novotel Toronto, 3670 Hurontario St. Mississauga at 1 p.m. There’s a similar Swayamvar happening Dec. 23 as well.
Contact: Here

Hey there Toronto! Are you ready for 2017 Diwali?

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Apologies! October’s events calendar, like the arrival of organizers of some desi events in the GTA, is a tad bit late. Well, better late…

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Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 13-14

Event: Inner Engineering with Sadhguru
Details: Mystic, poet and spiritual guru Sadhguru will be offering his Inner Engineering completion program as well as life-transforming Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd. Mississauga. For hours, registration details and more, visit the website (given below).
Contact: Here

Event: Diwali in Bollywood Ishtyle
Details: Boundless Dreamz is hosting a Diwali event at the Chandni Convention Centre, from 7:30 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Contact: Here

Friday/Saturday, Oct. 21-22

Event: 2017 Festival of Lights at BCC
Details: RBC will be bringing its annual Diwali mela at the Bramalea City Centre, 25 Peel Centre Dr., with music, interactive features, dance performances and more.
Contact: Here 

Event: AR Rahman Live
Details: One of Bollywood’s most favourite composers will be at the Powerade Centre, 7575 Kennedy Rd. S. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. for a live Tamil concert. Rahman will perform a Hindi concert, Friday, Oct. 20 at the same venue.
Contact: Here

Sunday, Oct. 29

Event: Bhangra in the 6ix
Details: Dubbed as “Toronto’s biggest bhangra competition” the Bhangra in the 6ix, a fun-filled contest, is happening at the Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr. Mississauga at 2 p.m. If you can’t make it, the event will be broadcast live by Shaan Punjab Dee.
Contact: Here

 

Festival season gets underway in Toronto

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Saturday, Sept. 2

Event: Onam in Mississauga
Details: The Coptic Centre. 1245 Eglinton Ave. W. is the venue for an Onam celebration happening noon onward. There will be an onasadhya, entertainment and more. Even hosted by Mississauga Kerala Association.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Sept. 9

Event: Onam in North York
Details: The Toronto Malayalee Samajam is hosting an Onam celebration at Senator O’ Connor College, 60 Rowena Dr., North York at 4 p.m.
Contact: Here

Event: Classical concert
Details: Raag-Mala Toronto will be hosting a two-part concert series with Sougata Roy Chowdhury (sarod) and Mitali Bhawmik (vocal) at the McLeod Auditorium, 1 King’s College Circle, Toronto at 7 p.m.
Contact: Here

Event: Navratri Ramzat
Details: The Gitanjali Group is hosting a Navratri Ramzat at the Vaughan Sporsplex, 8301 Keele St. Concord at 7 p.m.
Contact: Here

Event: Ehasaas
Details: Ehasaas: An evening of soulful music, a concert featuring Gautan Dabir will take place at the Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, 80 Brydon Dr. Etobicoke, ON M9W 4N6 at 7:15 p.m.
Contact: Here 

Saturday, Sept. 16

Event: Arohi Music Festival
Details: The 5th annual Arohi Music Festival will take place at Chinmaya Mission Hall, 8832 The Gore Rd. Brampton from 4 p.m. onward. The classical Carnatic music concert will feature: Chintan Upadhya (Dhrupad), Sriram Suryanarayan (mridagam). RVS Ganeshamoorthy (nadaswaram), A. Manoharan (thavil) and mor
Contact: Here

Sunday, Sept. 17

Event: Suhaag Wedding Show
Details: Planning a wedding? Then the annual Suhaag show is a must see. A day-long packed agenda at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd., (Hall 3) Mississauga, will include fashion shows, lifestyle extravaganza, fashion designers and more.
Contact: Here

 

 

 

Happy 150th Canada! Let’s party desi style and celebrate the true north

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Sana Umer is at the 2nd annual South Asian Canada Day held at Mississauga Valley Park in this file photo. Photo by Claudio Cugiliari, courtesy of Mississauga News

Saturday, July 1

Event: Little India: Village of Dreams
Details: Nina Beveridge’s intimate documentary Little India: Village Of Dreams, will premier on TVO at 9 p.m. The film captures the stresses of old world conflicts and New World challenges that have reshaped Little India on a stretch of Gerrard Street.
Contact: Here

Event: Odyesso-Cavalia
Details: This spectacular equestrian event featuring acrobats, stage-art and more is happening at the White Big Top, adjacent to the Hershey Centre, 5399 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga until July 16.
Contact: Here

Saturday, July 8

Event: Ehsaas
Details: Ehsaas: A Feeling of Eternal Love, a live concert features Bhavin Shastri and will kick off at the Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. Brampton at 8 p.m. Shashtri will deliver a mix of old Bollywood songs as well as some Sufiana ones.
Contact: Here

Sunday, July 9

Event: Rung De’ One
Details: The Holi-type event celebrating Canada’s diversity will take place outside Sheridan College in Mississauga, 4218 Living Arts Dr. from noon until 6 p.m.
Contact: Here

Friday, July 14

Event: Vibrant Brampton
Details: Garden Square in Downtown Brampton be filled with samples of South Asian culture July 14 to 15. Organized by Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asian (ACISA) Vibrant Brampton.
Contact: Here

Saturday, July 15

Event: BMM does Brampton
Details: Bollywood Monster Mashup (BMM) does Brampton is an evening of stand-up comedy, spoken word and urban music showcase. Action starts and ends at the Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. at 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Here

July 15 to 17

Event: Punyah Krishna
Details: Sampradaya Dance Academy will present Home Season production Punyah Krishna other works by Parshwanath Upadhye at the dance academy’s theatre, 3250 Ridgeway Drive – Unit #4, Mississauga.
Contact: Here

Saturday, July 22
Event: BMM Concert
Details: Bollywood Monster Mashup, a hit summer staple, is back again with its characteristic masti. The concert portion featuring a celebration of Bollywood includes Brampton gal Jonita Gandhi, Aakanksha Sharma, the voice of Sunny Leone in “Main Adhoora to the main stage. Events start at 2 p.m.
Contact: Here

April ’17 brings music, theatre and arts for Torontonians

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The 17th annual Kalanidhi Festival celebrating Indian dance genres runs until April 2 at the Harbourfront Centre. Photo courtesy Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada website.

Saturday, April 1

Event: Kalanidhi festival
Details: The 17th annual Kalanidhi Festival of Indian Dance: Whirling Streams will take place at the Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, March 28 to April 2.
Contact: Here

Event: Little Pretty and the Exceptional
Details: Factory theatre, 125 Bathhurst St. (at Adelaide) presents, Little Pretty and the Exceptional, a play written by Anusree Roy and directed by Brendan Healy, April 6 to 30.
Contact: Here

Event: Sikh Heritage Month
Details: Communities across the GTA will mark Sikh Heritage Month all April. In Brampton, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), 9 Wellington St. E. has several exhibits and shows planned. Admission is free.
Contact: Here

Friday, April 7

Event: One Brave Night
Details: SOCH, a group comprising of South Asian mental health advocates, will participate in Canadian Association of Mental Health (CAMH)’s annual fundraiser, One Brave Night. They have planned a full night of events and activities, April 7 to 8 at LAB Brampton, 60 Queen St. E. Unit 104.
Contact: Here

Friday, April 14

Event: Bhangra in the City
Details: Celebrate Vaisakhi with Bhangra Night at the Atmosfera Resto-Louge , 6781 Hurontario St. Mississauga. Some top Bhangra Djs will spin.
Contact: Here

Saturday, April 15

Event: Tabla-Taiko concert
Details: The Toronto Tabla Ensemble and the Nagata Shachu will showcase an evening of exceptional percussion in this cross-cultural concert. The show will take place at the Greenwin Theatre at the Toronto Centre for Arts, 5040 Yonge St. Toronto, M2N 6R8 at 7 p.m.
Contact: Here

Event: Baisakhi 2017
Details: Gerrard India Bazaar will be hosting a Baisakhi celebration at Little India (Gerrard and Ashdale) 4 p.m. onward.
Contact: Here

Monday, April 17

Event: The Drupadi Project
Details: Why Not theatre’s RISER Project 2017 will feature the world premieres of four new Canadian plays:The Draupadi Project, Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua, El Retorno/I Return and Two Birds One Stone. Sharada Eswar’s The Draupadi Project is a reimagining of the ancient Indian epic, “The Mahabharata.” It will run April 17 to 18 at 7 p.m. at the BMO Incubator, The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W.
Contact: Here

Thursday, April 27

Event: Shyam Selvadurai
Details: The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) GTA Young Workers Committee will host well-known author Shyam Selvadurai at the PSAC Toronto’s regional office, 90 Eglinton Ave. E. at 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Here

 

Here’s some more things to do during March’17

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Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre is presenting Boys with Cars, a play written and directed by Anita Majumdar, March 23 to April 1. Photo by Andrew Alexander

Friday, March 17

Event: Concert

Details: Amit Mishra will perform Bollywood songs at the Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. Brampton at 7 p.m.
Contact: Here

Thursday, March 23

Event: Boys with Cars

Details: Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre will host a play, written and directed by Anita Majumdar, an actress, playwright, dancer and a choreographer. Boys With Cars will be presented at the main stage of Young People’s Theatre from March 23 to April 1.
Contact: Here

Saturday, March 25

Event: Swayamvar

Details: Desi Dreams will be hosting a singles event for South Asians, Saturday, March 25 at the Novotel Mississauga, 3670 Hurontario St. Event starts at 2 p.m. for folks 25 and above and at 6:30 p.m. for those 36 and above.
Contact: Sylvia, 647-709-3437 and Sujata, 416-738-3595 or Here