Month: June 2017

Celebrate Canada’s 150th at Canada’s Premier Zoo!

From Canada’s only giant pandas, our magnificent Canadian animals, our Parks Canada partnership, photo opportunities with PAW Patrol (July 2nd and 3rd only), free face painting (July 1stonly), cultural trails and garden or delicious Canadian dishes, this Canada Day should be “EH”-Mazing!

Canadian Keeper Talks/Feedings and Canadian Animals

Polar Bear Talk:      12pm and 3pm (Tundra Trek)

Grizzly Bear Talk:   1pm (Canadian Domain)

Otter Feeding:         12:30pm (Americas Pavilion)

Snake:                       2:30pm (Americas Pavilion)

Say hello to some iconic Canadian animals including the Arctic wolves, beaver, cougar, moose, shrike, Massasauga rattlesnake, black-footed ferret, raccoon and wood bison!

Canada’s ONLY Giant Pandas:

Drop in and wish Da Mao, Er Shun and her cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue a happy Canada Day from 9am to 6pm.

Waterside Theatre Animal Meet and Greets:

Join us daily, at 11:30am and 2pm, for a live animal meet and greet. Find out about our Canadian backyard heroes and other amazing animals featuring our feathered friends from around the globe. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges these incredible species face in the wild, how the Toronto Zoo helps protect them and how you can too!

Free Face Painting on July 1st!

Drop by the Courtyard Stage from 10am to 2pm and get festive for Canada Day! July 1st only. First come, first served. Continue reading “Celebrate Canada’s 150th at Canada’s Premier Zoo!”

Mississauga Prepares for the Impacts of a Changing Global Climate

The City of Mississauga is developing a Climate Change Action Plan to help minimize and prepare Mississauga for the impacts of a changing global climate.

The Plan will include both corporate and community-wide actions to reduce or offset the impacts of climate change. It will also prepare the city for possible future climate scenarios. Completion of the Plan is set for 2019.

“Canadian municipalities have an important role to play in addressing climate change because more than 50 per cent of the population now lives in urban areas,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Climate change is a global priority but taking local action is crucial now more than ever. We have a responsibility to the environment, our economy and the quality of life for our existing and future generations.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie added, “Developing the Plan is the first step in helping us realize our visionary goal of transforming Mississauga into a net-zero carbon city.

According to climate projections, more extreme weather events such as intense heatwaves, increased rainfall, severe flooding and extreme winter storms are expected for the future.

“Mississauga has personally felt the impacts of extreme weather with recent storms such as the 2009 flood in Cooksville, the rain and windstorms of July 2013 and the ice storm of December 2013,” said Michael Cleland, Acting Director, Environment. “Over the years we’ve taken many actions both within our corporation and out in the community. We’re committed to doing more.”

The City of Mississauga is already contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s) by reducing the amount of energy used for City operations. The City has a 5 Year Energy Conservation Plan to reduce energy and GHG’s by an additional one percent for the next five years with a total annual savings of approximately $575,000 per year. Continue reading “Mississauga Prepares for the Impacts of a Changing Global Climate”

Thousands participate in International Day of Yoga in Toronto

Swami Ramdev with 800 million followers and Sister Shivani, with 200 million followers lead yoga and meditation sessions

Toronto, June 27, 2017: The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) enthusiastically celebrated the third edition of the International Day of Yoga on an unprecedented scale in the presence of His Holiness Yogrishi Swami Ramdev, world renowned yoga master and Sister Shivani, Spiritual leader, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University.

More than 10,000 yoga enthusiasts participated in the yoga sessions held at the International Centre in Mississauga, among them several dignitaries including Kristy Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science; Patrick Brown, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario; Dipika Damerla, Ontario Minister of Seniors Affairs; Deepak Obhrai, Member of Parliament, Hazel McCallion, the  legendary former Mayor of Mississauga and prominent members of the federal, provincial and city political establishments; community and business leaders. The event also witnessed the participation of diplomatic corps based in Toronto.

Swami Ramdev congratulated India’s Consul General Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia, chair of the Advisory Committee of the International Yoga Day Canada (IYDC) and Satish Thakkar, chair of organising committee of IYDC.

“Toronto has organised the largest and the best 3rd International Day of Yoga celebrations outside India,” Swamiji Ramdev said expressing happiness at the heartwarming and rousing reception with which he was greeted by the massive gathering.  “An individual who follows the true path of yoga will be free from desire & lust. Eschewing desire and worldly entrapments leads to true freedom and happiness. Selflessness alone can lead us to salvation and stability,” he said during the three-hour yoga session he held with over 5000 participants interspersing the yoga exercises with wisdom, wit and yoga techniques. Continue reading “Thousands participate in International Day of Yoga in Toronto”

#BollywoodMonster Mashup Reveals Bollywood Star Zee Cine Award Winner Kamal Khan

…. Announces Comedian Ali Hassan as FoodFest Host

Singer of “Ishq Sufiyana” added to the festival’s larger-than-life programming, Host of CBC’s Laugh Out Loud Ali Hassan to emcee Monster FoodFest

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Mississauga, ON: Multi-award winning Bollywood star Kamal Khan is set to appear at Canada’s largest South Asian Festival, #BollywoodMonster Mashup presented by TD, this July at Mississauga Celebration Square. With over 8 million views on YouTube, his hit song “Ishq Sufiyana” from the film The Dirty Picture has stood the test of time and continues to be a fan favourite. Kamal Khan’s hypnotic vocals paired with the song’s bright melody makes it the perfect single to enjoy the summer air and earned the singer a Zee Cine Award for Fresh New Singing Talent, in addition to Male Vocalist of the Year at the Mirchi Music Awards and Best Music Debut at the Global Indian Music Awards. Popular among both critics and fans Kamal Khan’s skilled musicality earned him Favourite Male Singer at People’s Choice Awards India and Best Playback Singer (Male) at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards for the song “Dil De Varke” from the film Fer Mamla Gadbad Gadbad. Following his award-winning singles, the Punjabi singer continues to release hit after hit. His latest songs, “Barsatan” and “Sach” have over 1 million views on the artist’s YouTube channel. Kamal Khan is bringing his irresistible hits to #BollywoodMonster Mashup as the festival’s Friday night closer in a can’t-miss performance!

“I can’t wait to close the show Friday night at #BollywoodMonster Mashup! I’m excited to connect with the crowd at this massive festival and get a feel for their energy,” says Kamal Khan, “It will be great to reach such a wide audience and be able to perform for so many fans at once.” Continue reading “#BollywoodMonster Mashup Reveals Bollywood Star Zee Cine Award Winner Kamal Khan”

Marty Awards 2017

Mississauga’s very own MARTY Awards honour Top Artists

–by N.Jatin

Mississauga’s very own MARTY Awards was celebrated mid-last month. Leading artists were honoured at the 2017 MARTY awards ceremony by the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC). The awards were presented on Thursday May 18, at the Mississauga Convention Centre. A large number of nominated artists walked the carpet and mingled with the numerous media personnel covering the event. The Mississauga Arts Council was pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 MARTY Awards in the following categories :

Festival of the Year – TD Mosaic

Lifetime Achievement – Robert J. Sawyer
Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year – Jake Dheer
Emerging Literary Arts – Rebecca Zseder
Established Literary Arts – Larrisa Fleurette Ho
Emerging Media Arts – Shazia Javed
Established Media Arts – Rosa Wang
Emerging Music Solo – Vocalists – Nicholas Cunha
Established Music Solo – Vocalists – Chuck Jackson
Established Music Solo – Vocalists – Alx Veliz

Emerging Music Solo – Instrumental – Naoko Sakata
Established Music Solo – Instrumental – Yi-Jia Susanne Hou
Emerging Music Group – Keys to Belfast
Established Music Group  – Billy Talent
Emerging Visual Arts – Angela Chao
Established Visual Arts – Laura Beaton
Emerging Theatre – Adriana Serra
Established Theatre – City Centre Musical Production
Established Dance – Frog in Hand Company
Creative Design – David Dixon Continue reading “Marty Awards 2017”

Brampton celebrates Canada 150 with Canadian rockers Big Wreck and more

BRAMPTON, ON – The City of Brampton is thrilled to be celebrating Canada Day Saturday,
July 1, at Chinguacousy Park. From noon to 10 pm, join the party that includes free, fun activities for all,
Lumberjack Shows, multi-platinum selling Big Wreck and so much more.

“Celebrate our Nation’s Confederation at Brampton Celebrates Canada 150 in Chinguacousy Park,”
said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “This celebration attracts residents and visitors from across the province. A
great lineup of local and national artists and activities for the entire family ensures this year’s event will
be better than ever. I invite you to join us in celebrating our nation’s vibrant culture and diversity and
make this Canada Day a memorable one.”

After a day filled with exciting entertainment, Big Wreck will hit the Main Stage at 8:25 pm. The band,
after achieving huge success across Canada and the US, released their fifth and latest studio album
Grace Street earlier this year. Grace Street is described as an album that continues to build on the
creative momentum of their two previous Juno-nominated releases Ghosts and Albatross.

The event, sponsored in part by RBC and CIBC, will feature a Main Stage, hosted by Khaled Iwamura
of The entertainment lineup also includes Yukon Blonde whose latest album On
Blonde was released in 2015. The album’s tone is an exercise in pop pleasures, ranging from spiky
guitar-driven tracks to irrepressible sing-alongs such as the lead single “Saturday Night”. Continue reading “Brampton celebrates Canada 150 with Canadian rockers Big Wreck and more”

Vandana Vishwas To Perform At The LCCA-CANORAA 4-Worlds Festival

After a whirlwind tour of UK and India to promote her  recently released third studio album ‘Parallels’, which saw
her being featured in several leading Indian and UK media and radio including All India Radio and BBC, noted IndoCanadian singer, composer and World Music producer Vandana Vishwas is back in Canada for her 2017 summer-fall season that has her featuring in some interesting platforms. As the coordinator of south Asian music programming at the 4 Worlds festival organized by LCCA-CANORAA, Toronto, Vandana Vishwas is presenting three of the leading south Asian bands – Autorickshaw, LAL & Rakkatak, apart from performing herself. The indoor leg of the festival took place on 2nd & 3rd June 2017 at Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse,

Toronto while the outdoor leg will take place at Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre in Earl Bales Park, Toronto, from 24th June to 15th July 2017, featuring various Latin, African, South Asian and First Nations artists. Artistic Director of the festival is Alejandro Freeland, Production Manager is Michelle Truzzi Trusbsch, Coordinator of African artists is Jacques Yamdije, Coordinator of First Nations artists is Mahika Averi and the festival is being organized by Latin
Canadian Cultural Association & CANORAA. Vandana will appear next on stage on 8th July 2017.

Following this, Vandana is being featured at the Culture Bridge Festival in New Market, ON by Culture Bridge
Initiative on 7th July 2017. The 3 day long festival will take place at Riverwalk Commons and Magna Centre in
Newmarket. Apart from these and various other community events, Continue reading “Vandana Vishwas To Perform At The LCCA-CANORAA 4-Worlds Festival”