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

 

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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

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

It’s sunny in the GTA: June ’16 has lots of outdoor festivals

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Canadian artist Kulwant Singh brings people to life in his oil and mixed media works. His exhibition, Colours of Life is happening at Beaux-Arts Brampton until June 11. Photo by Radhika Panjwani

Canadian artist Kulwant Singh brings people to life in his oil and mixed media works. His exhibition, Colours of Life, is running at Beaux-Arts Brampton until June 11. Photo by Radhika Panjwani

Wednesday, June 1

Event: Colours of Life
Details: Well-known Canadian artist Kulwant Singh will be showcasing his oil and mixed-media works in his upcoming exhibit. Kulwant’s portraits of prominent Canadians as well as those from the Indian diaspora are a must-see.  Exhibition running until June 11. You can see Kulwant’s works at Beaux-Arts Brampton, 70-74 A Main St. S. Brampton.
Contact: Here

Event: Kabbadi
Details: The 2016 Kabbadi Festival featuring both men and women teams will take place at Brampton’s Powerade Centre at 7575 Kennedy Rd. S. The event hosted by the Peel District School Board (PDSB) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Here

Saturday, June 4

Event: Halal Fest
Details: Mississauga Halal Food Fest returns to Celebration Square in Mississauga. There will be food, entertainment and music. Event runs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check out the first-ever outdoor mango market at the festival. Jawad Ahmed is the headliner.
Contact: Here

Sunday, June 5

Event: DiversityFest
Details: Show up at the Yonge-Dundas Square to witness a fusion of South Asian, Chinese, Filipino and Arab arts and culture. The free event runs from 1 to 9 p.m.
Contact: Here

Event: Concert
Details: The Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto will present a classical music concert featuring Pravin GodKhindi (flute), Ratish Tagde (violin) and Ramdas Pulsule (tabla) at the Glen Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. (CIBC building) at 6 p.m.
Contact: Here

Wednesday, June 8

Event: Indo-Canadian Golf
Details: The 2016 Indo-Canadian Golf Association Golf Tournament is taking place at the DiamondBack Golf Club, 13300 Leslie St. Richmond Hill at noon, and will include a gala event.
Contact: Here

Saturday, June 18

Event: International Day of Yoga
Details: Art of Living GTA is hosting an International Day of Yoga at the Brampton Soccer Centre, 1496 Sandalwood Pkwy. E. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact: Here

Saturday, June 25

Event: Eid Bazaar
Details: An Eid celebration with food, music and vendors is happening in the Oshawa/Durham region this June. The event is taking place at Sinclair Secondary School, 380 Taunton Rd. E. Whitby at 1p.m.
Contact: Anum, 289-928-4789

Event: Sohna Punjab
Details: A show featuring Jassi Gill, Sippy Gill and Babal Rai is taking place at the Powerade Centre, 7575 Kennedy Rd. S. at 6 p.m.
Contact: Here