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 

rangoliSunday, January, 14

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 

 

 

 

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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