Mississauga to Host 2021 Ontario Parasport Games

The Ontario Parasport Games are coming to Mississauga in 2021. The announcement was made today by MPP Deepak Anand, Mississauga-Malton, at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre during a Parasport Try-It Day held for high school students from eight local schools.

“I am excited that the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) has named Mississauga as host of the 2021 Ontario Parasport Games,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “An inclusive community gives everyone an opportunity to shine. The Ontario Parasport Games will help highlight Mississauga’s commitment to accessibility and inclusive programming for all. I look forward to welcoming these young athletes from across our great province in 2021.”

The Ontario Parasport Games are a part of the MTCS Games Ontario Program that include summer and winter Games for youth as well as the 55+ summer and winter Games. The 2021 Ontario Parasport Games will bring up to 400 athletes from across the province to compete in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, boccia, goalball and sledge hockey. The Ontario Parasport Games are hosted every two years and will take place in the spring of 2021.

“The 2021 Ontario Parasport Games are an opportunity to come together as a community, and to celebrate the athletic excellence of our athletes. I am certain that Mississauga will deliver an exceptional experience for the athletes and their coaches, friends and families,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Continue reading “Mississauga to Host 2021 Ontario Parasport Games”

IFFSA: Voice of South Asian Cinema in Canada

On April 18th, IFFSA Toronto unveiled an exciting lineup of films and events for this year’s festival, which runs from May 9th to May 20th. As a film festival, every year IFFSA’s attempt has been to surprise the film lovers, to take us on new adventures.

To begin with,   IFFSA, is over the moon to have the opportunity and honour to share some very special films, with their audiences, as part of our celebration of the ‘Hundred Years of Bengali Cinema’,

IFFSA Toronto is THE LARGEST SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA. In its 8th year now, the festival has become an international icon and the voice of South Asian cinema in Canada.

This 12+ day extravaganza showcases a diverse, language independent, selection of the best feature films, featurette films, short films, documentaries and music films from around the world, on themes of South Asian cultures and identities. In the spirit of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the world is one family”, a select number of foreign films are considered under Beyond South Asia segment.

In addition, the festival also features gala dinners, red carpet premiers, concerts, lounge parties, exhibitions, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities with government representatives, business leaders, local organizations that support film development, film stars, producers, directors, members of the media and more. Continue reading “IFFSA: Voice of South Asian Cinema in Canada”

‘Open for Business’ and ‘A Place to Grow’New Licence Plate and Driver’s Licence to Reflect Ontario’sOptimistic Future

Renewed brand and visual identity to be delivered at no cost to taxpayers

This morning Ontario’s Government for the People introduced the updated personal and commercial licence plates along with a new driver’s licence design in Mississauga East-Cooksville. The new changes reflect a renewed government promise to put people first in everything it does. The licence plate and driver’s licence
renewal process will enhance the quality, design and production of both important products while saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

“I am so happy that our government for the people is keeping its promises. Today we announced this exciting new change in my riding of Mississauga East-Cooksville. We are renewing the licence plate and driver’s licence because it represents how we are renewing our entire approach to government, and ensuring we are putting people first,”
said Kaleed Rasheed Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville.

“Our government is embracing change because we recognize that the old established ways of working are no longer good enough.” Continue reading “‘Open for Business’ and ‘A Place to Grow’New Licence Plate and Driver’s Licence to Reflect Ontario’sOptimistic Future”

We Got This: A Unique Blend of Pop Melodies

Vibrant and culturally eclectic ensemble, Delhi 2 Dublin, are back with the release of their latest studio album We Got This (May 172019 via Inside Pocket / Warner Music Canada). The album, produced by Toronto-based hitmaker Gavin Brown (Barenaked Ladies, Metric, Tragically Hip), offers a unique blend of energetic-pop melodies with the electronic pulse of warehouse raves, bringing a positive, colourful feeling to the socially aware messages expressed throughout.

The Vancouver-based band’s latest single “My People” speaks to their personal experiences as descendants of immigrants and paints a dynamic picture of them finding their artistic voices. The songs have an accessibility that you might compare to the songwriting of Bob Marley – speaking to the band’s own culture in the most personal way yet have depth and meaning to people of all cultures, backgrounds and ages.

The experience of making We Got This encouraged Delhi 2 Dublin to become creative storytellers, enabling listeners to relate to the messaging while dancing along to the Bhangra beats. And, of course, the songs are just as fun to listen to, filled with sing-along choruses, easy melodies and sharp production throughout.

Said vocalist Sanjay Seran, “the process of making this record was a bit of a departure from our beat-centric past and more of a journey into writing songs with a message that can really reach people. Continue reading “We Got This: A Unique Blend of Pop Melodies”

Mallika Sarabhai’s ‘The Colors of Her Heart’ – April 17, 2019 @ the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, NYC

The Colors of Her Heart is a spell binding, dance-theatre-multimedia production, choreographed and directed by Mallika Sarabhai, that uses the haunting lyrics of British musician Samia Malik with the creativity visual imagery and story creating skills of Yadavan ChandranOn the stage, six women tell their poignant stories bringing awareness into the issue of gender inequality. 

What do all women across the world share as experiences? Whatever the color of their skins, whatever their language and culture, the single identity that leads to their exploitation and violence against them is their gender. With songs in Urdu and English, and stories that are both personal and universal, the heartful composition draws you into the world of women and their lives, dwelling on their experiences of vulnerabilitylove, pain, rejection, discrimination and violation. 

The ballet shifts between powerfully spoken monologues as accounts of the performers, group and solo dances, emotive pieces, even a ghazal that come together rhythmically with the bilingual live music by Samia Malik. The pieces reflect upon the common thread that binds all women, bringing together not just the stories of six women, but the pains, travails and victories of women of all nations. The Colors of Her Heart plays at The Ailey Citigroup Theatre on 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019. Continue reading “Mallika Sarabhai’s ‘The Colors of Her Heart’ – April 17, 2019 @ the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, NYC”

Volunteers recognized as part of Excellence in Volunteering Awards ceremony

Excellence in Volunteering recognizes individuals and groups for donating their time, energy and skills to enhance the lives of residents and clients in the City’s 10 long-term care homes and community programs.

Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday (Councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke Centre) was joined by members of City Council at City Hall to honour volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their volunteering activities at the City’s long-term care homes.

Recipients of this year’s Excellence in Volunteering Awards are: Gordon Crutchley (Bendale Acres); Fran Axmith, Margaret Chan, Cindy Cheng, Esther Cheng, Bill Hu, Charmaine Lym, Mahrukh Mack, Lin Mu, Sally Woo, Agnes Yang and Alina Zhao (Carefree Lodge); Gizella Hudik (Castleview Wychwood Towers); Marlene Zeidenberg (Cummer Lodge); Neil Milne (Fudger House); Barbara Russell (Kipling Acres); Joshua Bonnici, Elizabeth Short  and Sherry Snow (Lakeshore Lodge); Eleanor McKendrick (Seven Oaks); Shirley Currie (True Davidson Acres); and Leila Morrison (Wesburn Manor).

The Divisional Excellence in Volunteering Award, given to an individual or group that volunteers at multiple homes or with several different programs, was presented to members of the Korean-Canada Family Ministry, under the leadership of Reverend Grace Kim. Continue reading “Volunteers recognized as part of Excellence in Volunteering Awards ceremony”

Blues Legend Lucky Peterson launches Kitchener Blues Festival!

–Lachman Balani

 The cavernous up tempo bar and nightclub Elements in Kitchener was the scene for the launch party of the Kitchener Blues Festival this past weekend.

The Kitchener Blues Festival is one of the few tightly run annual music festivals in Ontario announcing its line-up way ahead of its scheduled event in August.

This 4 day festival in Kitchener spread over 3 stages boasts of having hosted some amazing acts in recent times such as Eric Burdon, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Foghat , Edgar Winter, Rik Emmett and many more! It is the go to event for blues and rock lovers in the neighbouring Greater Toronto Area.

Matt Weidinger opened the kickoff party setting the mood for the party-goers.

Following the opening band, Lucky Peterson from Buffalo and Kitchener homeboy Shawn Kellerman and his band sent the crowd into a dancing tizzy as both young and old folks got up to groove to the blues.

Shawn opened up with his band and Lucky joined in a couple of songs later and they all came together to play nonstop blues rock ramming one song into the next without missing a beat! It was incredible to see them play for a full hour with no break between songs! Continue reading “Blues Legend Lucky Peterson launches Kitchener Blues Festival!”

Are You Living an Adventure-Starved Life? 11 Ways to Shake Things Up

– Vella Mbenna, author of Muddy Roads Blue Skies 

Have you fallen into a routine of drudgery? Do you feel stuck there? You’re not alone. If we’re honest, many of us will admit that we’re kind of going through the motions—work, home, eat, TV, sleep, repeat—and living by default instead of design. Life isn’t bad; it’s just dull. Uninspired. Actually (and ironically), a bit lifeless. We shouldn’t just accept our adventure-starved status quo.

Life is meant to be really lived. I’ve come to believe adventure is a deep human need. We read about it in books and we watch it in movies because deep down we crave it.

And we owe it to ourselves to pursue things that give us that spark, that jolt of excitement. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your income is. You can and should weave some adventure into your life.

Growing up in rural Georgia, I dreamed of travel and excitement. But after college I found myself broke, divorced, and struggling to raise my child alone. Continue reading “Are You Living an Adventure-Starved Life? 11 Ways to Shake Things Up”

President of India extends greetings for Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in his message on the eve of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba has said: –

“On the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Chetti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens.

Traditionally, these festivals mark the onset of New Year and the warmer months and they reflect values of prosperity and well being. Let the spirit of joy and happiness signified by these festivals pervade the heart of every Indian.

May these festivals strengthen the bonds of love and affection in our society as well as the spirit of fraternity among people across the nation”.

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has also greeted the people on the joyous and auspicious occasion of ‘Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Chaitra Sukladi and Cheti Chand’. In a message, he said that all these festivals celebrated across the country with different names and customs, mark the beginning of traditional New Year and reflect the composite culture and rich heritage of our country. Ugadi marks the beginning of the New Year and brings new hope, new joy and happiness, he added. Continue reading “President of India extends greetings for Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba”

City of Toronto celebrates 18 new inductions to Toronto Sport Hall of Honour

The City of Toronto held its fourth annual Toronto Sport Hall of Honour induction ceremony last night at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in east Toronto. Paralympian Stéphanie Dixon, boxing great George Chuvalo, swimming star Kylie Masse and college basketball player (and professional basketball prospect) Rowan Barrett Jr. are among the 18 new inductees.City Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood) congratulated the inductees for their achievements and contributions to sport excellence in Toronto.

The Toronto Sport Hall of Honour is a legacy initiative of the City of Toronto’s Host City Showcase Program from the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Nominations for next year’s Toronto Sport Hall of Honour are open until October.
“The achievements of this wonderful group of inductees inspire other Torontonians to get and stay active through sport. This city’s sport community has made countless contributions to the social fabric of Toronto over the years. On behalf of all Toronto residents, congratulations to the contributors and remarkable athletes recognized with this honour in 2019.” said  Mayor John Tory.

“I’d like to congratulate this year’s inductees on their amazing achievements, this impressive group inspires Torontonians of all ages to play and get active in our city. The Toronto Sport Hall of Honour provides an opportunity for us to celebrate past and present athletes, coaches and partners and the tremendous contributions they’ve made to Toronto communities through sport. Sports help build healthy and engaged communities, from which we all benefit.”
– Councillor Paul Ainslie