Month: June 2016

Voice of Salman Khan, Aishwarya Nigam for the first time in Canada with Bishakh and Sanchari


 Three Bollywood stars performing at Bollywood Monster Mashup, the Largest South Asian Festival in Canada!

Mississauga, ON: This year the largest South Asian festival in Canada, Bollywood Monster Mashup (BMM) presented by TD, features international Bollywood sensation Aishwarya Nigam, brought to you by Crown Royal, for his first ever performance in Canada. Aishwarya is the voice of Salman Khan in the hit song “Munni Badnaam Hui” from Bollywood movie Dabangg and the voice of Ranbir Kapoor in the hit song “Lut Gaye Tere Mohalle” from the film Besharam. He takes stage on Saturday July 23rd. Fellow superstars, Bishakh Jyoti and Sanchari Bose take the stage on Friday, July 22nd. Thousands upon thousands are anticipating a dazzling show at Mississauga Celebration Square for the sixth annual Bollywood Monster Mashup festival.

Aishwarya Nigam

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Aishwarya is excited to headline Bollywood Monster Mashup for his first ever performance in Canada. “I want to transform, change or impact the lives of people through my music,” he enthuses. Aishwarya enjoys his incredibly close connection with his parents. His mother fostered his growth, sharing her love of hit Bollywood singer Mohammed Rafi with him. “She kept a photo of the [music] legend in her prayer room,” he recalls .”He’s definitely influenced my music the most, and I owe that to my mother.”

While his mother was his support beam, his father was his driving force. “He protected and guided me,” he asserts. “Whatever I am today is because of my family. To me, both my parents are the definition of true musicians.” And what is the international star looking forward to the most upon his arrival in Canada? “I heard Canada placed third for the cleanest air on the planet,” he says. ”I just want to come and feel the air, breathe it!”  He’s also looking forward to trying the staple Canadian diet, consisting of all the maple syrup and poutine he can find.

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Albion-Islington BIA presents10th Annual Fusion of Taste festival: July 17, 2016

The Albion Islington Square BIA welcomes everyone to the 10th anniversary of the Fusion of Taste Festival taking place on July 16, 2016 from 1pm-5pm and July 17, 2016 from 12pm to 9pm. This event is brought to you by our proud sponsors and partners: Woodbine Toyota, TD, RBC, & the Ontario Government.

The fun starts on July 16, 2016 with our launch event which includes Walking Tours at 11am, our first annual drumming competition at 1pm, and foodie samples from our local BIA restaurants.

The Fusion of Taste festival will take place on July 17, 2016 with a showcase of cultural dancing, live performances, and over 60 vendors offering diverse ethnic wares. The primary attraction of this event is culinary offerings such as Thai, Chinese, West Indian, and South Asian cuisines. This year’s festival has added Juno nominated Melanie Durrant, fusion band Delhi 2 Dublin, and Punjabi superstar Roshan Prince, and many more spectacular performances. For a full event schedule please visit

Join us in all the fun the festival has to offer including fire buskers, hula hoop fun zone, amusement rides, interactive competitions, face painting, kiddies corner, and free raffle draw prizes. For more information contact Albion Islington Square BIA at (416) 743 3267 or visit our website at

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Multiculturalism Day

June 27, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day:

“I join Canadians across the country today to celebrate multiculturalism, and our long and proud tradition of inclusion and diversity.

“As the first country in the world to adopt a policy of multiculturalism 45 years ago, Canada has shown time and time again that a country can be stronger not in spite of its differences, but because of them.

“As Canadians, we appreciate the immense freedom we have to show pride in our individual identities and ancestries. No matter our religion, where we were born, what colour our skin, or what language we speak, we are equal members of this great country.

“Our roots reach out to every corner of the globe. We are from far and wide, and speak over 200 languages. Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect. Multiculturalism is our strength, as synonymous with Canada as the Maple Leaf.

“Today, let us celebrate multiculturalism as a vital component of our national fabric, and let us express gratitude to Canadians of all backgrounds who have made, and who continue to make, such valuable contributions to our country.”

12th annual CIMA Mayor’s Trophy cricket tournament a success

On Saturday, the City of Toronto held its 12th annual CIMA Mayor’s Trophy cricket tournament which brings together members of the public and private sector and the city’s diverse communities in a spirit of fun and excitement. This unique celebration showcases Toronto’s diversity through sport and has won several awards from the International Cricket Council.

“This event celebrates cricket in Toronto and brings out the top young players in the city for a fun-filled day of competitive matches,” said Mayor Tory. “I’d like to thank everyone who came out to help support this event and help send 12 young people to represent Toronto in Trinidad for the Cricket Across the Pond match.”

Joining Mayor Tory at Sunnybrook Park was MP Adam Vaughan; Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders; Michael Lam, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Chair; Andrew Miskin, Global President of CIMA; and Mahes Wickramashinghe, Chief Strategy Officer, Canadian Tire.

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University of Toronto launching Sanskrit studies

University of Toronto (U of T), “one of the world’s top research-intensive universities”, is launching three-level Sanskrit language learning courses from September next.

Under the university’s Department for the Study of Religion, these will be undertaken at Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels; with each level spread over one year. Classes are offered on the campus as well as online, with each level divided into two semesters.

No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required for the first semester of Introductory course and both written and spoken language will be taught.  Courses are open both to U of T students and others. Aim is to “read Sanskrit literature with the aid of a dictionary” after the first semester of Introductory Sanskrit course. First and second semesters will work for building knowledge of Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary and each will include 11 tests and a final exam. Continue reading “University of Toronto launching Sanskrit studies”




Bollywood’s Mega stars Karan Johar & Fawad Khan hosted the Videocon d2h IIFA Rocks 2016  held on Friday, 24th June in Madrid, Spain with Manish Paul as Guest Host.

  • This year the Videocon d2h  IIFA Rocks stage saw spell-binding performances by musical megastars Pritam, Kanika Kapoor, Meet Brothers, Benny Dayal, Neeti Mohan, Monali Thakur, Papon along with Shilpa Shetty, Ameesha Patel, Mouni Roy, Sooraj Pancholi, Eli Avram and Daisy Shah who will be performing as well.

The 17th Edition of IIFA Celebrations – the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide has unfolded in the capital city of Madrid, Spain from 23rd – 26th June this year and the hosts for the musical spectacle IIFA Rocks this year were none other than heart throb Fawad Khan alongside renowned Director-Producer Karan Johar with guest host Manish Paul!


India Rainbow is changing its name to Indus Community Services

India Rainbow Community Services of Peel held its Annual General Meeting on June 23rd, where the members overwhelmingly endorsed the new name for the agency that has been at the forefront of serving the community for over 30 years. The agency has embraced change all through its history, and last night’s decision to adopt a new name which is reflective of the communities it serves, is more inclusive, and still true to its heritage – speaks to the forward thinking and vision that embraces the organization’s service philosophy and commitment.

From ‘The India Rainbow Club’ to ‘India Rainbow Community Services of Peel’ to ‘Indus Community Services’ – it has been a journey of overcoming challenges, perseverance and above all the spirit of serving the community. At the meeting, Gurwinder Gill, Board member, recounted this two year process. There were focus groups, consultations with stakeholders, staff input, online surveys and expert advice from branding professionals. It was through this open and consultative process that the new name Indus Community Services was chosen. The word ‘Indus’ was seen as being both non-political and non-religious, but still grounded in a heritage which goes back to one of humanity’s earliest civilizations dating back over 5000 years. As we gradually incorporate the new name and logo into our operations, the agency will continue to operate under the name of India Rainbow Community Services of Peel.

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