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Dionne Brand wins Toronto Book Award for her novel ‘Theory’

Dionne Brand has been awarded the Toronto Book Award for her novel ‘Theory’, published by Knopf Canada. It’s the second time she has won the award. The announcement was made this evening at an awards ceremony held at the Toronto Reference Library. Brand also won the 2006 Toronto Book Award for her novel What We All Long For.

Commenting on the winning novel, the jury said: “In this novel of ideas, Dionne Brand dazzles with smart, jazz-like storytelling and the utterly engrossing voice of its narrator. Theory delivers a potent dose of meticulous attention to both humour and the seriousness of its subject, so that Toronto comes to each page anew. What many will recognize as love is turned into a dissertation, and by turns, the other way around. This protagonist is playful, cunning, honest and self-aware and the book surprises from cover to cover. With this wry, beautiful, profoundly philosophical novel, Brand accomplishes something reserved for the most masterful writers of our time.” Continue reading “Dionne Brand wins Toronto Book Award for her novel ‘Theory’”

India to showcase special trade exhibition in Mississauga

–Four-day free event to feature textiles, handicrafts, jewellery, fashion and much more

 For the first time ever, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), a Government of India Enterprise, with the support of the Consulate General of India in Toronto, brings to Canada, भारत – India Show, at Hall No. 3, The International Centre, Mississauga from 10-13 October 2019.

Over 40-50 exhibitors from India will display a range of products including handicrafts, giftware, textiles, home furnishings, carpets, gems and jewellery, leather goods, organic foods, spices, tourism and hospitality and several other ethnic goods during the four day FREE exhibition open daily from 10am to 8pm for visitors. Continue reading “India to showcase special trade exhibition in Mississauga”

Erasing Borders Dance Festival Enthralls New York Audience

The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC)’s 11th Erasing Borders Dance Festival was held over three days this past weekend. The festival consisted of two shows in Queens and Manhattan boroughs of New York City and four workshops. The artists came from a variety of dance backgrounds from classical to contemporary.

On September 15th, the main show was held at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City with inaugural addresses by Sunil Hali, IAAC Executive Director, Dr.Nirmal Mattoo, IAAC Chair, Festival Director Deepsikha Chatterjee and Curator Uttara Coorlawala. The opening performance by Radhe Jaggi, a graduate of Kalakshetra Foundation, disciple of Leela Samson and also daughter of Sadhguru, enthralled the audience with a Bharatnatyam piece Sankara Srigiri choreographed by Leela Samson. This was followed by IndianRaga trio of Isha ParupudiSwathi Jaisankar and Sophia Salingaros who performed a medley of their works – Shiva Shambho, Mohanakalyani Thillana, Depression and Kaa Vaa Vaa. Brinda Guha brought in her group Kalamandir Dance Company to perform urbanJATRA, a contemporary piece drawing from Kathak & other Indian Classical movements. In Parijat Desai‘s Pardon My Heart, which was the final performance, the choreography weaved together dance with recitation of contemporary verse and with Hindustani khayal and tarana music.

Post performance, the talk back was moderated by Parul Shah, dancer, choreographer and one of the curators at the festival. On the agenda were gender issues and contemporary interpretations as compared to classical dance forms. Continue reading “Erasing Borders Dance Festival Enthralls New York Audience”

Discover the story behind every door

Experience Brampton’s history, heritage and unique cultural spaces during Doors Open 2019.

On September 28, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm, residents and visitors are invited to experience Brampton’s history, heritage and unique cultural spaces at Doors Open. More than 20 of Brampton’s most fascinating facilities will open their doors and welcome the public to explore the stories behind them.

From well-preserved buildings from the Victorian era, to outdoor walking tours, to modern places of worship, there are stories to discover in every Brampton neighbourhood. Experience the history of the armoury, get a backstage tour of Brampton’s theatres, and explore our modern transit system. Each location promises a free, exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at facilities across Brampton.

Doors Open also marks the first opportunity for residents to visit the recently revitalized Lester B. Pearson (LBP) Theatre. This remarkable performance venue boasts enhanced accessibility and safety features, a modern front-of-house area and the latest technical equipment. Continue reading “Discover the story behind every door”

‘Travel is the best education’- Madhur Jaffrey

–Exclusive interview by Usha Pudukkotai

One of India’s   most admired voices on Indian food, MADHUR JAFFREY is set to appear at the upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival.  She’s an award-winning actress and bestselling cookery author has appeared in over 20 films, including Merchant Ivory’s Heat and Dust, and written over 15 cookery books.

In an exclusive interview, we chat to her about her exciting career she fell into by happy accident and is pursuing full-time with great enthusiasm.

You will be joining us in Toronto for the ‘Jaipur Literature Festival’. What can the audiences expect from you?

 It depends on the questions I get asked! It could range anywhere from my early life, travel, my books, recipes. I am excited about my latest book Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook: Modern and Classic Recipes for the Instant Pot®. It’s the first book that I’ve done which is gadget-based. Continue reading “‘Travel is the best education’- Madhur Jaffrey”

Authentically hilarious “Browntown Diaries” launches its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter

Browntown Diaries, the debut novel by teen author Imaan Gill, today officially launched its all or nothing crowdfunding campaign and started accepting pre-orders on Kickstarter at http://kck.st/2ZEchRE .

Browntown Diaries introduces us to the crazy, weird, and just plain funny life of Karan, a teenager trying to survive a summer with his brown family, in a brown town. He spends his summer on awkward family trips, learning Indian “negotiating” skills (aka: extortion), exploring his sister’s Martian roots, and keeping track of his grandpa’s gang activities.

Imaan explained that the character of Karan is loosely based on an exaggerated version of himself, and the overall story is based on his actual experiences from living in a South Asian family. Continue reading “Authentically hilarious “Browntown Diaries” launches its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter”

90th Anniversary of Canada Japan Diplomatic Relations with visit from Her Imperial Highness Princess

Last week, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado visited Mississauga to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Canada and Japan’s diplomatic relations during the Japan Festival CANADA held at the City’s Celebration Square. Her Imperial Highness was hosted by Mayor Bonnie Crombie at a gathering of local business and cultural leaders to celebrate the occasion.
“It is an honour and pleasure to welcome Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, Consul-General Takako Ito and Japan’s Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikane, to Mississauga. Our relationship with Japan is one that Mississauga is very proud of. Over the years, we have developed rich cultural and economic ties with Japan. In fact, our only sister-city relationship is with Kariya, Japan – a 38-year-old friendship that we value deeply. We are also proud to be home to the highest concentration of Japanese companies in Canada,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “I have had the honour of visiting Japan on several occasions and look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with Japan in the years to come. Today’s visit by Her Imperial Highness highlights the importance of our relationship with Japan and signals a bright and promising future ahead for our two countries.”
Mississauga is home to more than 100 Japanese companies including MUFG Fund Services (Canada) Limited, Mitutoyo Canada Inc., MHI Canada Aerospace and the recently expanded Takara Company Canada Ltd.

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