Brampton’s Powerade Centre to be Renamed as CAA Centre

New naming rights agreement for one of the GTA’s largest sports and entertainment complexes commences this spring

BRAMPTON, ON (MARCH 22, 2018) – Realstar Group, one of Canada’s leading real estate investment and management enterprises, is proud to announce a new 10-year sponsorship agreement with CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) that includes transferring the naming rights of Brampton’s landmark 5,000-seat arena. It is expected that the rebranding transition from Powerade Centre to CAA Centre will be completed by late Spring 2018.

Built in 1998, the multi-purpose arena has become the city’s sports and culture hub, hosting hundreds of events each year including major sporting events, headlining concerts and trade shows, and is the home of ECHL’s Brampton Beast Hockey Club.

“On behalf of the City and my colleagues on the Council, we welcome CAA’s investment in Brampton. We look forward to many years of working together to bring Bramptonians exciting sporting and cultural experiences,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “This arena has been a visible landmark to the Brampton community and surrounding area. It has hosted and supported local sports teams and significant cultural events that showcase the wonderful diversity of our vibrant city.”

CAA recently made a significant investment to relocate and renovate its Brampton retail store, located at 215 Delta Park Blvd, and the new CAA Centre, builds on that established community presence.

The CAA Centre is part of a strategy to provide the 56 million CAA and AAA members across North America with increased access to cultural experiences and benefits beyond roadside assistance. Continue reading “Brampton’s Powerade Centre to be Renamed as CAA Centre”

2018 Brampton Visitor Guide now available

BRAMPTON, ON – Offering something for everyone, the 2018 Brampton Visitor Guide is now available online and in print. The guide helps residents and visitors plan all of the exciting and fun things to see and do across Brampton. It invites readers to discover unexpected finds and unique places shaped by exceptional character in the city.

The guide showcases Brampton through:
• Authentic culinary experiences
• Celebrated members of the community
• Festivals and events that bring people together
• Featured activities and attractions
• Hidden natural spaces and trails
• A vibrant arts and culture community
The 2018 Brampton Visitor Guide is produced in cooperation with Tourism Toronto, Ontario’s Regional Tourism Organization #5, and the City of Brampton. Copies of the guide are distributed throughout Ontario to tourism information centres, chambers of commerce, hotels, industry tour operators and more.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to pick up a print copy at Brampton City Hall or download an electronic version available on Tourism Brampton’s website.

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“Whether you’re hosting visitors from out of town or just wanting to know your city better, use the Visitor Guide to make your plans. This guide will help you explore our city’s tourist attractions, attend premier festivals, events and sport tournaments, as well as enjoy our many parks and trails. Continue reading “2018 Brampton Visitor Guide now available”

Celebrating Women in the Month of March with Female-Friendly Solo Travel Destinations

 The entire month of March is dedicated to celebrating women and their accomplishments and last year, various travel authorities cited 2017 as “the year of the female traveler.” Since then, 2018 has become known as the “year of the woman.” What better way to recognize such important strides – both individual and communal – than to take a solo trip? Considering cultural immersion, learning opportunities and overall inspiration, these eight destinations are welcoming solo female travelers.

“There is a direct correlation between higher job satisfaction levels and work-life balance, especially for female professionals,” said Kieran Donahue, vice president, brand, marketing and digital for the Americas at Marriott International. “Travel plays an imperative role in that balance creating opportunities to not only reset, but also learn from the culture of a new destination. As a solo-female traveler myself, here are some of my favorite picks for 2018.”

Columbus, OH – The city is preparing to host the Women’s Final Four® from March 30 – April 1.  In the year of the women, these 2018 games will be ones to remember.  Columbus is fostering creative talent like never before with female chefs, artists and fashion designers.  Located downtown, The Westin Columbus is in center of it all. Solo travelers will enjoy visiting the Short North Arts District with its boutiques, restaurants and galleries, or going for a run at the Scioto Mile with 33 acres of riverfront parkland. Continue reading “Celebrating Women in the Month of March with Female-Friendly Solo Travel Destinations”

JET AIRWAYS CELEBRATES WOMEN’S CONTRIBUTION ON ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’

 In keeping with the global tradition of recognising the significant and growing contribution of women, Jet Airways, India’s full-service, premier international airline, celebrates the International Women’s Day (IWD) by operating flights with an all-women Cockpit and Cabin Crew members, along with a host of other measures, as part of its JetVivainitiative.

 Observed annually on March 8, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate women and their contributions as well as achievements in all spheres of life. Demonstrating confidence and pride in its women employees who comprise more than one-third of its workforce, this time the airline spreads the International Women’s Day celebrations not only pan-India, but also on its long-haul, transatlantic flights.

 Additionally, Jet Airways is also undertaking a special in-flight fundraising drive to support the work of two leading NGOs working on women’s issues. The airline will contribute the benefits of these in-flight collection proceeds to Mijwan Welfare Society that aims to empower the underprivileged with a focus on the girl child through education, technical skills and employment generation, and Save the Children India’s – Women’s Institute for Social Education, which provides vocational training programmes for adolescent girls from marginalised sections of society across Mumbai. The fund raising drive runs from until March 16, 2018 on all its domestic flights. Continue reading “JET AIRWAYS CELEBRATES WOMEN’S CONTRIBUTION ON ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’”

Jindal Mansion plays host to Eli’s of Elephant Parade

  JSW Group has unveiled an impressive installation of elephant sculpture at Jindal Mansion on Pedder Road in Mumbai. The installation is part of the 101 gorgeous elephant sculptures by leading artists and designers including LN Tallur, Princess Pea, Christian Louboutin, Sabyasachi Mukherjeeand Masaba Gupta that have been set up for public display as part of the Elephant Parade India. Jindal Mansion is a heritage building embedded in the warp and weft of Mumbai. Over the last few years, it has also become a live canvas to various art initiatives to encourage passers-by to stop, admire and think about Art and Beauty. The idea is to make public art accessible so that there is more dialogue around it. The installation is also a precursor to JSW’s annual Earth Care Awards, currently in its seventh edition. TheJSW Earth Care Awards have created a platform for recognising climate change mitigation champions, and showcase their path breaking work.

Commenting on the Elephant Sculpture installed at Jindal Mansion, Mrs Sangita Jindal, Chairperson –  JSW Foundation said,“As a patron of art, I strongly believe that art and culture contribute towards the growth of society and creates positive ripples of conversation for our future generations. It is important that Art is inclusive and should be experienced by a wide array of audiences. I am pleased to bring The Elephant Parade to Jindal Mansion and contribute towards creating awareness around #HelpTheHaathi.” Continue reading “Jindal Mansion plays host to Eli’s of Elephant Parade”

Koenigsegg- the fastest car- first time in Canada!

–by Lachman Balani

For the first time in Canada, the recently concluded annual Canadian International Auto Show showcased a car from Swedish sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg.

And they pulled out all the stops by bringing in not just any of their high-performance models but THE highest performance and fastest car in the world today- the Agera RS! It was definitely the show stopper! This beauty broke the world record in going from 0-400 km/h in 33.29 seconds! It also achieved the highest speed ever on a public road, namely 457.94 km/h!

The Canadian International auto show has in recent years accelerated in grandiosity by bringing not just everyday cars like the Civic  Honda, the Chevrolet Cruze or the ubiquitous SUVs , pickups, jeeps and trucks but has gone beyond by bringing in exotic cars, flashy cars and concept cars (yet to be manufactured ). Each year brings in more and more audience participation because of these snazzy hot rods pandering to the fancies of the public.

There were sports cars from McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari. Maserati, Mercedes and many others including Porsche which was this year’s feature occupying a whole room to itself by celebrating 70 years of wonder and telling its story from 1948, when their first road car was made, to today. Continue reading “Koenigsegg- the fastest car- first time in Canada!”

Ontario Ban on Door-to-Door Sales in Effect as of March 1st

Starting March 1, 2018, Ontario will ban unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances to better protect consumers from aggressive and misleading contracting at home.

Businesses will only be able to enter into a contract in the consumer’s home if the consumer has contacted the business ahead of time and invited them into their home for the purpose of entering into a contract. Contracts that are in violation of the new rules relating to door-to-door contract solicitation will be considered void, and consumers will be able to keep the goods and services with no obligations.

The new rules will apply to:

  • Air cleaners
  • Air conditioners
  • Air purifiers
  • Duct cleaning services
  • Furnaces
  • Water filters
  • Water heaters
  • Water purifiers
  • Water softeners
  • Water treatment devices
  • Bundles of these goods and services

In addition, businesses will be required to keep a record of how contact with the consumer entering the contract was made, and all contracts signed in the home for these goods and services will also have a 10-day cooling-off period, allowing consumers to cancel the contract for any reason without penalty. Continue reading “Ontario Ban on Door-to-Door Sales in Effect as of March 1st”

INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF GIVING! 

The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) announces the date for its 20th anniversary Gala Benefit Celebrations on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Notables from the art, film, fashion, academia, corporate, medical and entertainment industries will gather at Pier 81 to celebrate this special occasion. Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Madhur Jaffrey, Aasif Mandvi, Consul General of India Sandeep Chakravorty and Indian Ambassador to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin will be among the IAAC’s longtime supporters, proud to show their invaluable support for the IAAC and its artists.

Now in its 20th year, IAAC was founded by four individuals:  Late Gopal Raju (Editor India Abroad), Talat Ansari (Sr. Partner Kelly, Drye & Warren), Jonathan Hollander (Artistic Director, Battery Dance Co), and Aroon Shivdasani (Executive & Artistic Director IAAC). This presenting organization pioneered a movement that gave birth to myriad Indian arts organizations that have sprouted up all over the United States, in every artistic discipline.

“In 1998 Indian artists were invisible, unknown and unappreciated in North America. For well over 20 years, we have blazed a trail promoting, showcasing and building an awareness, in North America, of the hitherto invisible arts of India through presentations of Indian film, dance, art, music, theatre, literature & fashion. The IAAC has also raised money and awareness of social causes, natural disasters and other issues Continue reading “INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF GIVING! “

Iconic Mississauga Sports Complex Gets New Name As of July 1

The City of Mississauga’s iconic sports complex, currently called the Hershey Centre, will soon bear a new name and logo. The multi-purpose sports arena and entertainment venue will undergo a name change just shy of its 20th anniversary. Hershey Canada Inc. decided not to renew the naming rights agreement set to expire on June 30, 2018.

“The City has a great long-standing business relationship with Hershey Canada. We understood that this was a difficult business decision for the company,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “We’d like to thank Hershey Canada for their partnership over the last two decades and wish them well with their future ventures.”

Hershey Canada’s decision not to renew prompted the City to look for a new sponsor late last year. Paramount Fine Foods (Paramount) expressed interest and opted to purchase the naming rights through a new ten-year agreement.

Lichterman added, “We’re excited to be working with Paramount on this agreement. With final approval from Council, we look forward to fostering this partnership and the opportunities it will bring to the city. As we approach the July 1 transition date, we will begin to update signage, websites and other facility assets to help local sports clubs, residents and fans around the city adjust to a new name.”  Continue reading “Iconic Mississauga Sports Complex Gets New Name As of July 1”

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS SUPERSTAR WILLIAM NYLANDER ACCEPTS KEY TO FIRST NEW VOLVO XC40 IN CANADA

TORONTO, February 15, 2018 – Among the big names on hand during media preview day at the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow (Feb. 16-25), perhaps none stood out as much as Toronto Maple Leafs star William Nylander.

Nylander, a native of Sweden and Volvo brand ambassador, participated in the unveiling of the 2019 Volvo XC40 and received a key to the first unit in Canada.

On sale across Canada this spring, the XC40 sets a new benchmark for safety, design and connectivity in the compact SUV segment. The stunning new vehicle offers versatility, functionality and significant storage capabilities designed to incorporate the active lives of today’s drivers.

Earlier, at the Chevrolet stand, the fastest car the brand has ever built was revealed in Canada for the first time.

“The new [2019] Corvette ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful Chevrolet ever,” said Jamie Dewhurst, brand manager for Chevrolet Cars in Canada. “This combination of design, engineering and racing technology establishes a new global benchmark in performance, putting other supercars on notice.”
The Corvette ZR1’s exclusive LT5 supercharged engine, is rated at an SAE-certified 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque, delivering an incredible 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Continue reading “TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS SUPERSTAR WILLIAM NYLANDER ACCEPTS KEY TO FIRST NEW VOLVO XC40 IN CANADA”