Festive autumn activities are what’s in season

 Fall is here and the fun continues. The City of Brampton has your autumn covered with colourful, tasty and spooky events to celebrate the season.

Thursday, October 5 (Mount Pleasant Village Market) and Saturday, October 7 (Downtown Farmers’ Market) are your last opportunities to pick up those farm fresh additions for any Thanksgiving table.

This fall, the City of Brampton launches the NEW Harvest Market. Saturdays, following Thanksgiving (October 14 to November 4), continue to enjoy the harvest with many downtown vendors from 8 am to 1 pm. The Market is downtown on Main Street North from Queen to Nelson Streets.

Also on Saturday, October 7…the Downtown Brampton BIA will be hosting their annual pumpkin decorating at the market beginning at 9 am. The first 250 children will be given a free pumpkin to decorate.

Attend a free celebration to mark the end of the 2017Grow Green Eco Pledge program on October 7, from 9 am to 1 pm, in Ken Whillans Square outside of City Hall. There will be games, environmental exhibitors, entertainment and raffle prizes! The celebration is being held in concert with the Downtown Brampton Farmers’ Market.

The fun continues with some traditional favourites. Three weekends of spooky fun begin Friday, October 13 at Fright Nights. Kids are welcome to wear their costumes for crafts, live music, swimming*, skating*, and more family-friendly activities! Free admission to swim and skate* with a non-perishable food donation per person. Continue reading “Festive autumn activities are what’s in season”

Fish Eyes Trilogy: Teenagers Viewpoint

Written by Anita Majumdar. Directed by Brian Quirt. Until Oct. 15 at Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. FactoryTheatre.ca

Anita Majumdar, the award winning playwright, dancer, choreographer and performer presents this coming-of-age play at the Factory Theatre, at the launch of their new season ‘Shaping Stories’. Corresponding with the back-to-school season, this Trilogy ‘Boys with Cars’, ‘Let Me Borrow That Top’ and ‘Fish Eyes’ depicts beautifully, through the eyes of three different teenage girls who attend the same school (Port Moody Senior Secondary) in small town BC.

In this fascinating story, the actor portrays the fish-out-of-water experiences of self-doubting teenagers, with an additional viewpoint of a student from a different ethnic background. The generation gap between the older people and the second generation is beautifully dealt with, by the multi-talented artiste.

The play, which although humorous, speaks to serious issues regarding racism and multiculturalism, and the advancement we’ve made in discussing these sensitive issues.

Boys with Cars is about sexual violence, blaming the victim, the young girl Naz. The naïve, love-lorn girl is misunderstood by the object of her admiration. In Let Me Borrow That Top,  a blue-eyed blonde, who’s interested in Indian dancing  gives  makeup tutorial to her Youtube subscribers. In Fish Eyes, Meenakshi, a student training in traditional Indian dance aspires for teenage freedom and  a boyfriend. Her dance teacher or ‘Aunty’ has her own take on these topics! Continue reading “Fish Eyes Trilogy: Teenagers Viewpoint”

Born Ready. Worn Proudly. Hudson’s Bay Launches Team Canada Collection For PyeongChang 2018

On Tuesday, Canada’s iconic retailer, Hudson’s Bay, unveiled the Team Canada Collection that will outfit Canadian athletes at the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Fifteen Canadian PyeongChang 2018 hopefuls showcased the collection including looks for the opening and closing ceremonies at a live public event that gave fans the first look at the new kit. The event was simultaneously broadcasted on Facebook Live engaging fans across the country and around the world.

Hudson’s Bay Company, a Premier Partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee has raised more than $41 million to date from the sale of the company’s iconic Red Mittens, Para Flip-Flops and additional programs. The money raised helps to provide access to elite coaching, equipment, sport medicine, nutrition and other high-performance resources that make up a world-class daily training environment.

“As the Official Outfitter of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams, HBC is proud to support our athletes and connect our country through the passionate spirit of the Games,” said Alison Coville, President, Hudson’s Bay. “We are excited to unveil this new collection today and to launch the 9th edition of our now iconic Red Mittens which directly help our athletes achieve their dreams. Wearing the mittens is a fun and easy way for Canadians to show their support for Team Canada.” Continue reading “Born Ready. Worn Proudly. Hudson’s Bay Launches Team Canada Collection For PyeongChang 2018”

Amazon Adventure Opens October 6 at Ontario Science Centre

 An immersive IMAX® experience based on a true story of  scientific discovery set in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest Opens October 6 at Ontario Science Centre’s Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre

Toronto (October 3, 2017) – AMAZON ADVENTURE traces the 11‐year Amazon rainforest expedition of
naturalist, explorer and scientist Henry Walter Bates, who provided “the beautiful proof” to Charles
Darwin for his then controversial theory of natural selection, the scientific explanation for the
development of life on Earth. AMAZON ADVENTURE is a compelling detective story of peril,
perseverance and success, drawing audiences into the fascinating world of animal mimicry, the natural
phenomenon where one animal adopts the look of another, gaining an advantage to survive. AMAZON
ADVENTURE opens to the public at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto on October 6, 2017; the film’s
run time is 45 minutes.

“This compelling real life story chronicles the search for experimental proof for Darwin’s theory of
natural selection in the remote Amazon basin,” said Maurice Bitran, Ph.D., CEO and Chief Science
Officer, Ontario Science Centre, “providing an inspiring demonstration of the scientific method at work
as well as highlighting the curiosity and perseverance required for scientific breakthrough.”

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BAPS Charities Health Fair in Toronto Connects Health Professionals with the Community

BAPS Charities hosted several hundred participants at its 14th annual Health Fair on Sunday September 24, 2017 at the BAPS Swaminarayan Complex in Toronto.  This year’s Health Fair aimed to provide practical, preventative health care information for community members of all ages.

Over 50 health care professionals volunteered for the event, including dentists, optometrists, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists and family physicians. Collectively, these professionals provided a variety of services and screening tests including audiograms, eye screenings and dental screenings. Participants were also able to attend relevant workshops on various health topics such as diabetes and yoga as well as receive individual consultations on issues including diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Special guests at the Health Fair included Councillor Vincent Crisanti, Ward 1 – Etobicoke North, thanked the volunteers of BAPS Charities and said, “BAPS Charities has always taken a very wholesome approach. Part of being healthy is having healthy families. This event has grown over the years and I am happy to be here to kick off the health fair. Let’s stay healthy.”

“I’ve been volunteering with the BAPS Charities Health Fair for several years now”, said Lalit Wadhvana, “Each year, I see the event growing and evolving to address some pressing health issues facing our community. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the ability to help my neighbours, friends and community members lead healthier, longer lives! Continue reading “BAPS Charities Health Fair in Toronto Connects Health Professionals with the Community”

Five-Time Grammy Winner Bruno Mars Scholarship for Students

BRUNO MARS EXPANDS HIS SUPPORT OF THE GRAMMY MUSEUM®’S GRAMMY CAMP® WITH THE BRUNO MARS SCHOLARSHIP
FIVE-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER CONTINUES HIS LONG-STANDING SUPPORT OF NEXT GENERATION OF MUSIC MAKERS WITH FUND TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR QUALIFIED NEEDS-BASED APPLICANTS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES—DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 31, 2018

The GRAMMY Museum®(www.grammymuseum.org) has announced  that five additional students will receive financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp® through the generous support of five-time GRAMMY® winner and 21-time GRAMMY nominee Bruno Mars. The scholarship will cover the tuition, housing, and transportation of one qualified high school student each year for the next five years. GRAMMY Camp, now celebrating its 14th year, is the GRAMMY Museum’s signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students. This scholarship was first established in 2014 through a grant from Mars to the Hawai’i Community Foundation in honor of his late mother for students from the Hawai’i area to attend GRAMMY Camp. It has now expanded to include applicants from across the country.

To be eligible, U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition, and a financial assistance form at www.grammyintheschools.com. Thedeadline to apply is March 31, 2018. Continue reading “Five-Time Grammy Winner Bruno Mars Scholarship for Students”

Royals and Rockstars honor Invictus Heroes at Closing Ceremony!

Last night, the Invictus Games capped off a weeklong event of sports competition at a closing ceremony in Air Canada Centre. The ceremony celebrated war-wounded athletes’ successes and passed the torch to the 2018 hosts from Sydney, Australia. The two-hour show brought out two famed rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams together on stage for the first time ever.

Prince Harry presented a participation medal to the captain of each team after the 17 country parade of nations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau delivered a warm message saying “These Invictus Games are a celebration of your fearlessness,” she said.

Video screens across the theatre displayed highlights from the week and musical performances by Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Coeur de pirate, Kelly Clarkson and Bachman & Turner were interwoven between speeches.

United Kingdom’s Mark Ormrod was the winner of the Jaguar Award for exceptional performance, determination and dedication. Team Afghanistan won the Land Rover Above and Beyond Award for sportsmanship, commitment and spirit.

Ontario’s Premiere Kathleen Wynne also thanked the volunteers and introduced the flag handover segment as Invictus Games Foundation chair Sir Keith Mills passed the flag to the Australian delegation. Continue reading “Royals and Rockstars honor Invictus Heroes at Closing Ceremony!”

Newton:India’s official pick for Oscars 2018

Eros International, Colour Yellow Productions and Drishyam’s latest release Newton featuring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role was named as India’s official pick for Oscars 2018 in the Foreign Language Film category. The film received accolades at various international film festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca, among others earlier this year.

The coming-of-age satire directed by Amit Masurkar has impressed several critics and B-town influencers who couldn’t stop raving about the poignant film, brilliant subject and superlative performances by the cast including Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra and Anjali Patil among others.

Rajkummar took to his social networking site to share the big news and congratulated the entire team of Newton. He wrote, “It’s amazing! Newton is such a unique and a special film for all of us. It’s a film which has been made with so much purity and honesty, without keeping any commercial aspects in mind. It’s a simple, honest story and it’s resonating with everyone. The response that we have been getting from the critics also is huge. I really hope this translates on to the box office as well. Now, more number of people would be interested in watching Newton!”

Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd says, “It gives us immense pleasure that Newton is India’s official entry to Oscars 2018. We at Eros are extremely proud as this film is totally deserving of this huge honour and we will continue to back good cinema as always.” Continue reading “Newton:India’s official pick for Oscars 2018”

SKN Foundation Gala hosts fundraiser for South Asian children with special needs


 More than 500 supporters in the fields of business, arts, philanthropy and medicine attended the annual SKN Hope Gala on Friday evening at the Marigold Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey, which focused its efforts to raise funds for South Asian children with special needs this year.

“We could not be more humbled by the love and generosity of the community,” said founder Dr. Naveen Mehrotra. “SKN’s goal is to educate the South Asian community about the various diseases that plague our loved ones, and this year, we wanted to shed light on how parents cope with their children with special needs.” The major beneficiary of this year’s fundraiser will be the Special Needs Community Outreach Program for Empowerment (SCOPE). 

Guest of Honor Juhi Chawla, a renowned Indian actress, humanitarian and former Miss India, spoke at the event and served as the show stopper for international fashion designer to the stars, Joy Mitra, who debuted a special collection he created just for the cause. The fashion show spotlighted special needs children, who walked the ramp with their mothers, followed by an intimate Q&A between host Mini Mathur and the fathers. “What an amazing opportunity for my son! I am so proud of him every day, and walking the ramp, dressed up so fabulously, allowed him to know that we love him just as he is,” said Radha Lath, mother of Aditya Lath, a child with special needs.
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Reelworld’s Emerging 20: Spotlight on Diverse Talent

The E20 Program is Reelworld’s initiative to connect some of Canada’s most talented emerging diverse talent with industry executives and professionals within the Canadian entertainment industry.

Presenting some of this year’s participant filmmakers’ views and stories that help audiences care about pressing issues and how they inspire social change.

Chloe Sosa-Sims | Director, Hunting in Packs

 Chloe is a Toronto-based director/ producer/ writer. She has directed and produced content for Cineflix, VICE and the CFC. In 2015, she co-founded the Toronto chapter of Film Fatales. Continue reading “Reelworld’s Emerging 20: Spotlight on Diverse Talent”