World’s largest online meditation on the 3rd International Yoga Day of the United Nations on 21 June 2017

St. John’s, NL, Canada:  Under the motto “Peace in One´s World”, the German not-for-profit “Samarpan Meditation Deutschland Stiftung” Foundation is undertaking a world record attempt in the world’s largest online meditation on the third International Yoga Day of the United Nations on 21 June 2017 at 11:30 am (EDT). The meditation is led by the founder of the foundation, meditation master H.H. Shree Shivkrupanand Swami from India. The broadcast takes place via live stream on the Internet via the website where there is further information on the login and on which, one can also be registered in advance. The event is welcome by the yoga minister of the Republic of India.

“If we want peace in our world, first we have to be peaceful from within. When we work to become peaceful from within and with us many, many people, then the peace within all of us will permeate around in our world.” says Dr. Veeresh Gadag, a trustee of ‘Shree Shivkrupanand Swami Foundation Canada / La Foundation Shree Shivkrupanand Swami Canada’ – the Canadian Chapter and a registered not-for-profit Organization in Canada. Dr Veeresh Gadag together with Dr. Shirish Nathwani and Dr. Kate McKenzie the other two Trustees in Canada would like to warmly invite everyone to participate in this global peace campaign.

With the worldwide online meditation, the foundation would like to draw attention to the precious knowledge of meditation. Meditation is part of many different faiths and religions. Which method is practiced is not important here – the wish of the foundation is that as many people as possible learn about the positive effect of meditation. In addition, this project is also intended to draw attention to the project ‘Ort der Meditation bei Frankfurt’ (Place of Meditation near Frankfurt), which is to serve as a free retreat of meditation and peace to all interested people. The World Yoga Day was chosen as the date, as meditation is an important part of yoga. Continue reading “World’s largest online meditation on the 3rd International Yoga Day of the United Nations on 21 June 2017”



MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO: #OdysseoSAUGA – The internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia has  arrived in Ontario earlier than originally announced with its latest production Odysseo that is wowing North American audiences and critics alike. With the addition of six performances to the show calendar, the 30 million dollar theatrical extravaganza has now made its Mississauga debut under the White Big Top next to the Hershey Centre on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Matinee and evening performances for Odysseo are scheduled through July 16 and are now on sale online at or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

Odysseo transports spectators to a new level of beauty, grace, and magic. The show features 65 magnificent horses and 48 talented riders, acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers and musicians. Odysseo is a true revolution in live entertainment with an impressive list of superlatives: the world’s largest touring production, the largest touring tent on Earth, the biggest stage, the most breathtaking visual effects, and the greatest number of horses at liberty.

TICKETS – Tickets are priced from $39.50 to $139.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit of the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $139.50 to $224.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+). Continue reading “THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING PRODUCTION MAKES ITS MISSISSAUGA DEBUT”

Markham Brings Exciting Entertainment Lineup to Canada Day Celebrations

It is with great pride that the City of Markham – the nation’s most diverse city – joins municipalities from coast-to-coast-to-coast to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

This year, we celebrate Canada 150 with Markham’s largest and most vibrant Canada Day celebration yet! Each year, this signature event draws over 25,000 attendees from Markham, the Greater Toronto Area and across Southern Ontario.

From the Citizenship Ceremony, to the sold out Seniors Luncheon, People’s Parade and celebrations at Milne Dam, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Today, Mayor Frank Scarpitti and the City of Markham’s Canada Day Co-Chairs, Councillor Alex Chiu and Councillor Amanda Collucci, announced the winner of Star Search Markham and the outstanding entertainment that you can expect at Markham’s Milne Dam celebrations on July 1.

This Canadian children’s music duo is a three-time JUNO nominated and three-time INDIES Children’s Group of the Year award winner. Splash’N Boots started out as a class project at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. Since then, the group has released nine albums, three DVDs and has traveled across the world performing. Nick Adams (Splash) and Taes Leavitt (Boots) from Treehouse TV will have families singing and dancing the afternoon away.

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Little India, Enormous Dreams

Success is a beautiful thing. Whether in business, school, sports or any endeavour. Filmmaker Nina Beveridge, successfully captures the essence of Little India, in her film A Village of Dreams. The film, unsurprisingly, is more a paean to Toronto’s beloved Indian bazaar on Gerrard Street. The documentary is loaded with nostalgia and Did-You-Know trivia that keeps viewers sated. Ultimately one walks out knowing little more about the little India.

For most part Little India, a Village of Dreams, runs a highlight reel, revisiting the key milestones of the entrepreneurs, the culture, the atmosphere that form the essence of what Gerrard Street is all about.

Over the years, the few blocks stretch of Gerrard has acquired the noteworthy status of being one of the most charming, beguiling and multicultural streets in Canada. Walking in there, especially in the summer is like entering a movie set.

It’s an amazing journey to just watch the restaurants and stores evolve. It’s fascinating, it’s forever changing, evolving and it’s a mini India. Watching the beautiful film, will want you to visit and revisit this village of dreams.

Voices of the family members of the business owners recalling anecdotes, sharing their personal stories acknowledge the collective dreams, vision and passion. There are several aww-worthy moments, and the one that lingers most is when Mr. Multani who learnt to speak English when he arrived in Canada, by watching cartoons on TV. Today, both his sons are medical doctors.

The musical score is very impressive. The film also briefly manages to make viewers aware of the diversity, the peaceful co-existence among different ethnicities. Documentaries made with the support and participation of the subject’s families can be informative and insightful.

It took Nina and her partner Paul Hart of Beevision Productions more than a year to document the eclectic neighbourhood’s history. Continue reading “Little India, Enormous Dreams”

Akram Khan’s Until the Lions Roars at Luminato Festival in Toronto!

By Nita Balani

Akram Khan Company’s interpretation of a small story from the Hindu epic poem the Mahabharata stands up as a monumental show on the modern dance/theatre stage.

Until the Lions is originally written by author Karthika Nair, who had the brilliance of mind to draw from the male-dominated, war-themed Mahabharata to focus on the lesser known female characters and make them shine strongly through her collection of stories.

Akram Khan has taken a leaf out of her book to interpret the story of warrior princess Amba ( award winning danseuse Ching-Ying Chien) and her kidnapping by Prince Bheeshma (Akram Khan) through the powerful art of dance. Bheeshma wants her to marry his brother but Amba says she loves someone else and thus Bheeshma releases her back to her family. However as per customs of her time she is rejected by the family and her suitor as she is considered ‘spoils of war” and tainted. She then goes back to Bheeshma and demands he does the right thing and marry her; Bheeshma refuses as he has taken a vow of celibacy which he cannot break. Amba then swears to get her revenge and goes into deep penance wherein Lord Shiva grants her wish of finding revenge in her next life as a warrior. To hasten her rebirth she self immolates to end her life. She then returns in her male form as Shikhandi (Joy Alpuerto Ritter) to fight Bheeshma on the battlefield. As he recognizes her as the reincarnation of Amba and a female, he lays down his weapon. He is then killed by Shikhandi and the female triumphs. Continue reading “Akram Khan’s Until the Lions Roars at Luminato Festival in Toronto!”

Summerlicious 2017: Mouth-watering meals at Toronto’s finest restaurants

Summerlicious runs from July 7 to 23 at more than 200 Toronto restaurants

Summerlicious, presented by YP Dine and produced by the City of Toronto, returns July 7 to 23 with mouth-watering meals served at more than 200 of Toronto’s favourite restaurants. Three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $18, $23 and $28 and dinner menus are priced at $28, $38 and $48. Reservations begin on June 22.

The 15th annual city-wide culinary event welcomes 22 new restaurants this year, including Cactus Club Cafe, Maple Leaf Tavern, Jamie’s Italian (Yorkdale), Mochica, Ricarda’s and TOCA (The Ritz-Carlton).

“Now in its 15th year, Summerlicious continues to offer incredible dining opportunities at some of Toronto’s best restaurants for exceptional value,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage Torontonians to get out and explore the diverse cuisine this city offers.”

“Summerlicious is great value for diners and a significant economic boost to the city,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. “Since its inception in 2003, participating restaurants have served 6.5 million meals, generating nearly $290 million in economic activity for the local restaurant industry.”

“We’re pleased to be the presenting sponsor and exclusive reservation partner for Summerlicious, an integral part of Toronto’s culinary dining scene,” said Jeff Novak, Brand Director at YP Dine, an award-winning restaurant and dining app. “YP Dine allows users to reserve a table and discover great food during Summerlicious and all year round. With its geo-localized features like the option to order in, make reservations, and access curated lists and reviews, YP Dine meets the needs of foodies and restaurateurs across Canada.” Continue reading “Summerlicious 2017: Mouth-watering meals at Toronto’s finest restaurants”

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi kickstarts Yoga Day celebrations at anganwadi centres across the country

Takes part in yoga sessions with children and eye catching official mascot for IDY 2017

The Minister of Women and Child Development , Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi kickstarted the International Day of Yoga 2017 celebrations in Anganwadi Centres by taking part in a yoga session with Anganwadi children and the official Mascot Yogiraj of IDY 2017 at an Anganwadi Centre at Peeragarhi in New Delhi today morning. About 150 children participated in today’s Yoga awareness and celebration event at the Anganwadi centre . The officials of Ministry of Women and Child Development also participated in Yoga sessions enthusiastically .

Anganwadi centres across the country will be participating in the International Day of Yoga celebrations. The Ministry of Women and Child Development has taken up the initiative of imparting awareness about the benefits of yoga to about 100 million beneficiaries through 13.52 lakhs anganwadi centres nationwide. Not only this, the children at the Anganwadi centres will also be instructed to practice yoga on a regular basis to ensure a healthier future. All the CCIs in the States/UTs have also been instructed to observe this international day for stress free and healthy life.

The special feature of today’s function was the official life-size yoga mascot Yogiraj for International Day of Yoga 2017 who performed Yoga along with the WCD Minister and the children. The children were enthralled with the performances of the Yogiraj who also made the children do fun yoga asanas and did Yoga dance for them . Children from Dance Out Of Poverty (DOOP ) performed YOGMOB at the event .

Mascot Yogiraj , an initiative of Central Council of Research and Naturopathy of M/o AYUSH has given #IDY2017 a fresh appeal which is catering to all age groups, right from kids to senior citizens. The Mascot is eye-catching and showcases a young yet symbolic character leaving a great impact on audience and helps boost the awareness of International Day Of Yoga. He has been connecting with families by providing added entertainment and interactivity, especially at Malls, Public Places , Events & Recreational Tourist Areas in Delhi NCR & Lucknow. Continue reading “Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi kickstarts Yoga Day celebrations at anganwadi centres across the country”

Frisian author Hylke Speerstra visits Canada to launch new book

Hylke Speerstra has never been shortlisted for the Nobel Prize or the Man Booker. He writes in a minority language understood by about half a million people and read by only a fraction of that small number. But that does not mean his books don’t deserve your interest or attention. Hylke Speerstra is ‘world famous’ in Friesland (a province of the Netherlands) after all. He writes with conviction and emotion about the proud people of that tiny patch of northwestern Europe where they speak their own beautifully expressive language and hang on to their historic traditions.

Like all marginalized rural regions of Europe, Friesland has seen its fair share of migrants leave in search of a better life elsewhere. In 2005 Speerstra’s collection of oral history emigrant memoirs was published in English translation as Cruel Paradise. Now, twelve years later, Mokeham Publishing is proud to announce the release of The Comfort Bird, Speerstra’s second book to be translated from Frisian into English – by Prof. Henry Baron of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Comfort Bird follows the experiences of three generations of two families of farm laborers from a small town in Friesland. One family moves across the ocean and passes through Ellis Island in 1911 to seek their fortune on the American Prairies. Despite depression and dust bowl, with the perseverance typical of the migrant farmer they build a life for themselves in the USA. The way back to Europe for one of the family members goes through Utah Beach on D-Day as an enlisted soldier in the American Army.

The second family is too much rooted in the heavy soil of the old country to emigrate. They keep their head above water by performing seasonal work in Germany. Rebellious and always searching for social justice, they make decisions which will put them on the wrong side of history.  In a strange twist of fate World War II brings the families together again, on opposing sides of the conflict.

The Comfort Bird is based in fact and Speerstra, who lists John Steinbeck and Truman Capote as great examples, traveled extensively in the USA, Germany and the Netherlands to research original sources and interview descendants. Continue reading “Frisian author Hylke Speerstra visits Canada to launch new book”

Living Inside Out: How NOT to Let Circumstances Affect You

The Inside-Out Approach to Positivity: Five Ways to Face Challenges Without Giving Them the Power to Define You
We tend to believe that external forces have the power to shape our lives. Not true. When we choose to live from the inside-out, rather than the outside-in, we can face even the most daunting challenges without getting pulled into negativity and pessimism.

By Jon Gordon

In a world dominated by negativity, how do you build a life around optimism and hope? After all, pessimism comes at us from all angles, from social media to the news to “naysaying” colleagues, friends, and family members. It’s all too easy to get preoccupied with challenges involving work, health, family, and other problem areas. But no matter what outside forces seem to be shaping your fate, you have the ultimate control over your thoughts and actions—and realizing this simple fact can transform your life.

People think success and happiness descend on them from the outside, but that’s not true. Your circumstances don’t have the power to define you. The power is on the inside. You can create your life—a great life—from the inside-out, not the outside-in.

When Superman took off his cape, who was he? People say he was Clark Kent, but no—he was still Superman. He was Superman on the inside. That’s where his power was.

True, external challenges, events, and circumstances exist—and we all have to deal with them—but they don’t have to drag you down into negativity and pessimism.

Let’s take traffic, for example. One day traffic really bothers you. Another day you are listening to a great song or podcast, you’re in a great mood, and the traffic doesn’t bother you. Is it the circumstance—the traffic—or your state of mind that is producing how you feel? Continue reading “Living Inside Out: How NOT to Let Circumstances Affect You”

The Cricket show launches “The Coaches Corner”

The Cricket show live weekly (3 hours every Sunday 6 to 9 pm) long radio talk show launches “The Coaches Corner” with Jatin Patel Coach, Administrator & Presenter. For half hour (6:30 to 7 pm) every Sunday from June 18th 2017.

 The cricket show – Host Leon Francis and other panelists Ivor Henry, Audley Watson, Cardinal Mills enjoyed delightful live Interview with Jatin Patel on June 4th. During hour and half long live on air interview, Mr. Patel responded with the questions and queries about cricket coaching, education and game development with youth cricket in USA.
After inaugural live Interview (hour & half long on June 4th 2017) with Jatin Patel, Leon B Francis, President The Cricket Show Inc. invited coach Patel to join other hosts and become presenter for new initiative to promote coaches corner to help popularize cricket through coaching education and expert views on current cricket affairs to provide needed knowledge for the world wide Listeners.

We are delighted and are looking forward to being united with you, in order to help popularize cricket in our area and the world at large. We are all excited to have you on board and are looking forward to working with you to promote the sport we all love dearly. Said Leon B. Frances, The Cricket Show President.

It’s my pleasure to join the team & I am very much excited to Join The Cricket Show with opportunity to talk about cricket coaching. Coaching corner is new and unique program with primary goal is to provide knowledge about the game. True fans of cricket listen to the best Cricket Talk in the USA. Where they can Hear Ivor Henry, Leon Francis, Virgil Francis, James West and a host of other contributors from across the globe. Said Jatin Patel.

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