Consulate General of India, Toronto celebrates India’s 70th Independence Day in a glittering ceremony

The Consulate General of India in Toronto was delighted to ring in another 15th August this year, to celebrate India’s 70th Independence Day.

Consul General Mr. Dinesh Bhatia and his wife welcomed over 300 guests at the reception held in Hilton Garden Inn, Vaughan. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, was the Guest of Honor on the occasion.

The gathering of around 300 included prominent local dignitaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps, academicians, business persons and members of the Indo-Canadian community. The ceremony kicked off with the   singing of National Anthems of Canada and India. This was followed by greetings from the Chief Guest, the Lieutenant Governor. Continue reading “Consulate General of India, Toronto celebrates India’s 70th Independence Day in a glittering ceremony”

Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson, Bachman & Turner, Coeur de pirate to close Invictus Games Toronto 2017 

Once-in-a-lifetime concert coming to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre to celebrate the conclusion of seven days of remarkable competition
The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee unveiled today its lineup for the Closing Ceremony, with performances by Canadian legend Bryan Adams, American singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson, iconic rock band Bachman & Turner and Quebecoise singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate. Held at the Air Canada Centre on September 30, 2017, tickets start at only $60 and can be purchased online at

“We couldn’t be more excited to have secured some truly outstanding, internationally renowned talent for the Closing Ceremony of the Games,” said Michael Burns, CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017. “It was important to us to offer a week filled with memorable experiences on and off the field of play, for the competitors, their friends and family members and the spectators across Canada and around the world, and this will mean closing out the week in spectacular fashion.” Continue reading “Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson, Bachman & Turner, Coeur de pirate to close Invictus Games Toronto 2017 “

4,000 Yogis Unite for the Lolë White Yoga Tour 2017

Lolë White Tour Sunset Yoga

Presented by PANDORA Jewellery 
“Thousands of Bodies Breathing and Moving Together Feels Like a Prayer for Peace.” Colleen Saidman Yee, Yoga Instructor

Last night under the setting sun, 4,000 yogis united for peace as part of the Lolë White Tour at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

Dressed all in white, a sea of yoga enthusiasts joined acclaimed instructors Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee as they led an inspiring evening of yoga after a relaxing meditation with Marla Meenakshi Joy, co-founder of Toronto’s Downward Dog Yoga Centre. The soothing sounds of Canadian singer-songwriter BEYRIES blanketed the evening, helping guests literally unwind.

“To be a part of a community that inspires peace and wholeness is my greatest joy and greatest service in life,” said Marla Meenakshi Joy. “The energy felt with so many people doing an intentional practice of “together we are One” contributes to global peace in such a potent and profound way.”

Launched in Montreal in 2012, The Lolë White Tour has since brought together over 65,000 participants, all dressed in white to promote peace, wellness and community. The Tour has taken place in locations including the Eifel Tower in Paris, Central Park in New York City, and the Old Port in Montreal.

“The Lole White Tour is an art installation and I love the poetry in motion.”Rodney Yee

Building on the success of The Lolë White Tour, The Lolë White Tour On The Road was started in 2016 as an initiative to bring community powered yoga sessions to people around the world. Continue reading “4,000 Yogis Unite for the Lolë White Yoga Tour 2017”

Cheetah Cubs growing well at Toronto Zoo!


Toronto Zoo’s five cheetah cubs, born on April 30, 2017 to first-time mom Laini, are growing by literal leaps and bounds in our off-exhibit cheetah breeding area!

The three male and two female cubs now weigh between 5.2 and 6.0 kg — over ten times their weight at birth. At twelve weeks of age, the cubs are now completely weaned from mom and have transitioned to eating solid food. Their principal food is the Toronto Zoo’s feline diet (meat with added vitamins and minerals), but they are slowly being introduced to new foods like whole prey items to expand their dietary diversity and provide enrichment. The cubs have already tried quail carcasses, and each nowreceives a dead day-old-chick daily. Every day the family also gets a large bone, which they all sit around and chew on together!

Laini, who is on loan from Parc Safari as part of a cooperative breeding program, has been an excellent first-time mom with her rambunctious cubs. They recently received their vaccine booster shots allowingthem to explore all of the sights, sounds, and smells in an outdoor yard for the first time. Even at this young age, keepers have noted that each cub is developing their own personality. One of the females and two of the males are more bold and curious, while the other two (one male and one female) are a bit more nervous if mom isn’t nearby. Two of the male cubs have been receiving medical attention for their small umbilical hernias.

Visitors to the new Windows on Wildlife Science (WOWS) gallery of the Wildlife Health Centre on July 12th or 18th had the opportunity to see both cubs undergoing these procedures! Although cheetahs all have individual spotting patterns, it can be challenging to tell the cubs apart because of their long fur and indistinct markings. Continue reading “Cheetah Cubs growing well at Toronto Zoo!”


Univision Canada and TLN in collaboration with the Cuban Ambassador to Canada, and Cuban Ministry of Culture.

What could be more sizzling than LATIN HEAT? LATIN HEAT will be felt in the air of Toronto in an unprecedented sound, theatrical lighting and dance extravaganza as 41 of the hottest exponents of the Cuban musical scene converge for an exclusive one-night performance – all under one roof. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the rhythmic sounds of Cuba, featuring award-winning Latin artists Chacal, QVA Libre, Alain Daniel, El Micha and a special presentation from Latin Grammy Award winner, Fito Blanko on Sunday, August 13 at REBEL, Toronto’s prestigious 45,000 square foot multimedia, entertainment complex with its electrifying ambience and impressive 65-foot stage.

This epic one night is presented by Univision Canada and TLN in association with AMICI Entertainment Group. Aldo Di Felice, President of TLN TV and Univision Canada states: “We are proud to support this groundbreaking cultural and musical initiative by Canadian-Latino entrepreneurs working like us to serve the interests and needs of our communities” Continue reading “CANADIANS CELEBRATE 150 YEARS OF MULTICULTURALISM WITH 41 MUSICIANS DIRECT FROM CUBA FOR ONE EPIC EVENING OF MUSIC AT TORONTO UPSCALE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX “

Canadian Lululemon launches meditation space in its stores

Vancouver  headquartered popular athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica Inc. has  launched meditation space in its stores. Lululemon reportedly included its first Mindfulosophy space inside the new 8,000-square-foot store which opened on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan (New York City) on July 21, where visitors can follow various self-guided meditations.

The trademark application of Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. regarding Mindfulosophy has been accepted by United States Patent and Trademark Office, which included downloadable content featuring topics relating to meditation, yoga philosophy, etc.; accessories including face masks for meditation, etc.; pre-recorded DVDs featuring topics relating to yoga philosophy, etc.; providing classes, instruction, training, and interactive on-line instruction and training in the fields of meditation, etc.; entertainment services in the nature of arranging social community entertainment events featuring meditation, etc.; providing a website featuring audio and video presentations featuring information, instruction and training in the fields of meditation, etc. Continue reading “Canadian Lululemon launches meditation space in its stores”

New Canadians encouraged to START Boating this summer

Lifesaving Society launches multi-language, online boating safety program

Toronto, ON – July 20, 2017 – The Lifesaving Society, Canada’s leading organization responsible for drowning prevention, has launched an online boating safety program targeted to new boaters, particularly new Canadians who may be experiencing recreational boating for the first time. START Boating is a comprehensive program designed to teach basic boating and water safety skills. The program will launch today in English, French, Mandarin, and Cantonese; followed by Hindi and Tagalog at the beginning of August.

The program consists of a series of online, interactive videos, which guide the user through the basic skills needed to safely enjoy a day on the water. While suitable for all boaters, the program was developed with Canada’s growing immigrant population, especially newcomer families, in mind.

A record number of immigrants (320,032) arrived in Canada between July 2015 and July 2016, and a recent study conducted by Statistics Canada estimates that nearly one in two Canadians could be either an immigrant, or the child of an immigrant by 2036. Continue reading “New Canadians encouraged to START Boating this summer”

President of India extends his greetings on 150th anniversary of Canada 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of Canada on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the formation of Canada (July 01, 2017).

In a message to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, the Governor-General of Canada, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, I extend warm greetings and felicitations to you, to the Government and the people of Canada on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the formation of Canada.

The strategic partnership between India and Canada is based on shared values of democracy, pluralism, rule of law and strong people-to-people contacts. In recent years, the partnership has expanded to include co-operation in new areas of common interests – such as energy, nuclear and space.

India remains committed to working with the Government and people of Canada to further strengthen and expand our co-operation for our mutual benefit and a better world.

Continue reading “President of India extends his greetings on 150th anniversary of Canada “

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!”

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”