Month: August 2017

Let’s go to The Ex!

– Lachman Balani

Looking for a fun thing to do this week? Well look no further! Head on down to The EX for a sensory overload of stimuli!

This annual 18 day festival in its 139th edition is already underway and runs until September 4th at its usual venue at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in downtown Toronto by Lakeshore Drive.

In keeping with Canada’s150th year celebrations the theme is mainly Canadian and there are several new items including a specially commissioned Unity Pole designed by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang to commemorate Canada’s indigenous heritage. A sand sculpture of a beaver with a hockey stick with the inscription “Eh?,Oops,Sorry” , epitomizing the Canadian culture, drew the attention of many. There were plenty of butter sculptures and other art to marvel at as well.

A new and colourful CNE sign adorning the area by the Princess Margaret fountains that lights up beautifully at night is the delight of selfie lovers! Besides this, near the start of the skyride by the Enercare Centre, is a stunning laser show within a bubble that is masterfully executed by MysterAct and would be the envy of the Jedi knights (showtimes 8.30, 9.30, 10.30 pm)!

At the Enercare Centre there are international kiosks offering wares from many different countries like India, Pakistan, Tibet, China, Russia, Vietnam, Turkey and many more. Continue reading “Let’s go to The Ex!”

Foods at the 2017 Canadian National Exhibition

There’s no denying that food at the CNE attracts visitors from far and wide who are eager to indulge in all of the
delicious and sometimes down-right crazy culinary concoctions. Food has become an unofficial ‘main event’ at
Canada’s largest fair, which is known for its classics ranging from the hot ice cream waffles on the Midway to the
international flavours found inside the iconic Food Building.

Those looking to feast on a budget will also find plenty of $5 value items to be enjoyed throughout the fairgrounds that will keep both your stomach and wallet happy.

2017 CNE Food Highlights:

BACON NATION: Because everything is better with bacon! This year, Bacon Nation will debut their Pancake Bacon
Tacos: fluffy buttermilk pancakes stuffed with a combination of fried and scrambled egg, topped with tomato,
green pepper, onion and maple bacon strips, and drizzled with chipotle syrup. For lunch, grab their Canada 150
inspired All-Canadian Red Hot Burger and cool down with a Charcoal Lemonade! (Bacon Nation, Food Building)
BUG BISTRO: An ice cream to scream about…Bug Bistro will be serving up their brand new Cricket Cone: vanilla
soft serve in a cone, coated in toasted coconut and topped with chocolate roasted crickets. (Bug Bistro, Food
Building) Continue reading “Foods at the 2017 Canadian National Exhibition”

Culinary Journey: Joys of Curry

Is all Indian food curried? Yes, No, Maybe so!

Indians today have relocated to every nook and corner of the earth. Restaurateurs’ have followed suit. Aren’t we glad??!! No matter where you travel to, you can find an establishment serving naan and daal, thanks to enterprising Punjabis who have influenced cooking in a major way. Similarly, the caterers of South India have given many parts of the globe a taste of idlis and dosas.

Obviously, cross-fertilization between cuisines takes place and innovative chefs come up with new recipes to the delight of foodies! As with all cuisines, easy availability of local produce forms the base for use of various ingredients in cooking. Similarly, preferences of the palate differ between communities which influence cuisine. But the bottom line is the ‘masala’ or the ‘curry’ is what adds flavors to Indian cuisines. Even in pizzas, pastas and such!

An authentic Indian curry is a combination of onion, garlic, ginger and spices, seasonings. Turmeric, cloves and cardamoms. Coconut in the Southern delicacies.  Not all Indian food is spicy and salty. We’re major on sweets (Bengali ones are extremely popular) and a lot of these are made with jiggery, milk and ghee. Watch your calorie intake as you consume those! Side dishes and condiments like chutneys ad pickles add to the texture of a meal and provide balance. Continue reading “Culinary Journey: Joys of Curry”


13 DEALERSHIPS, 5 WEEKS, 1 GOAL: $500,000

As British Columbia continues to battle the largest recorded wildfires in the province’s history, Canada’s largest RV dealer group has banded together to aid the displaced residents and communities that have been impacted by this record-breaking tragedy.

RV companies in The Adventurer Group – Fraserway RV (Alta., B.C., N.S., Ont. and Y.T.), Country RV (B.C.) and Travelhome RV (B.C.) – is raising funds for Samaritan’s Purse Canada and Canadian Red Cross. They have committed to:

  • Donate $1,500 from every RV sold in B.C.
  • Donate 10% of retail parts sold
  • Donate 10% of retail rental bookings from our B.C. rental locations
  • Donate $750 from every RV sold at any of our seven dealerships outside of B.C.
  • Offer a $1,000 credit on an Adventurer Group Cash Card for evacuated or displaced residents purchasing an RV
  • Match donations dollar-for-dollar by 800+ employees within The Adventurer Group


Winners’ Trophy exhibited as FIFA World Cup Original Trophy leaves display cabinet

The FIFA World Cup Original Trophy is going on a journey. Ahead of the FIFA World Cup™ kick-off in Russia on 14 June 2018, the original has left its display cabinet at the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich to embark on the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola. Some ten months after the Tour starts, on 15 July 2018, it will be handed to the new world champions in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to mark the start of the victory celebrations.

Visitors to the FIFA World Football Museum now have the opportunity to see the 2018 FIFA World Cup Winners’ Trophy instead. Germany’s 1990 world champion Pierre Littbarski switched the two trophies in the most popular display case at football history’s new home and handed the Original Trophy over to the officials responsible for the FIFA World Cup Trophy™ Tour.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour is a joint venture between FIFA and its long-standing partner Coca-Cola. From September onwards, the Original Trophy will travel through 24 Russian cities and visit more than 50 other countries around the globe, creating a uniquely festive atmosphere in the run-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and giving fans the opportunity to see the most coveted prize in world football. The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicks-off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on 9 September. Continue reading “Winners’ Trophy exhibited as FIFA World Cup Original Trophy leaves display cabinet”

What You Need to Know Before Starting Your Home Renovation

Tips from Consumer Protection Ontario to Help Protect You and Your Home

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

There are many things to think about when hiring a contractor for a home renovation. Taking the time to research and choose a reliable business or contractor goes a long way towards protecting you and your home.

In Ontario, consumers are protected under the Consumer Protection Act, 2002 whether you’re hiring a contractor for a planned renovation or an unexpected repair.

Follow these steps before you hire a business or contractor for home repairs or renovations:

Do your research

Start out by asking friends and family for recommendations of businesses that specialize in the type of renovation or repair you need. Personal referrals can give you peace of mind because they come from sources that you trust. Continue reading “What You Need to Know Before Starting Your Home Renovation”

MIAMI by Zaida Bergroth – sisterhood tested in exotic dancing thriller

TIFF Contemporary World Cinema

Finnish director Zaida Bergroth (THE GOOD SON, TIFF ’11) returns to Toronto with her third feature MIAMI, her latest examination of complex family relationships in which a person can either find or lose oneself.

Angela (29) blows into a small town in the Finnish countryside, dazzling the locals with her exotic dancer troupe, sequined swirls and mega-watt smile. After a nasty encounter backstage she leaves town just as fast, only now with her estranged half-sister Anna (21) in tow. Anna gladly exchanges a dreary life in a bakery for an adrenaline-fueled existence on stage. Happy to be closer to her glamorous older sister, she embraces the world of exotic dancing. But none of the champagne bubbles, sparkly make-up and happy house beats can protect her as she tries blackmail to save Angela from the trouble that keeps following her. Dark forces from the underworld test their newly found sisterhood.

Zaida Bergroth: “After reading about some highly public scandals involving dancers, I became intrigued by how these kinds of women were portrayed in the media: how easily they were objectified, ridiculed and looked down upon. Continue reading “MIAMI by Zaida Bergroth – sisterhood tested in exotic dancing thriller”