Albion Islington Square’s Signature Event Fusion Taste of Festival is Back!

From an All-Day Fun Zone to live stage programming, Albion Islington Square BIA comes alive in July again with its signature event, 13th Annual Fusion of Taste Festival! It has been a niche multicultural festival in a diverse community since 2006 which caters to a wide range of people with its outdoor celebrations of culture and food. The festival itself is a showcase of ethnic dancing, performing artists and culinary offerings which range from Thai, Chinese to West Indian and South Asian.

This exciting street festival starts at 12:00pm with one of Toronto’s favourite bands, DNA project, performing the latest in Top 40 music. The fun continues with Toronto’s best percussion group, drumhand performing live at 2pm. The stage will be live all day with local and international performers including Caribbean band: N2, Canadian Bollywood singer, Parichay, UK Superstar Jaz
Dhami, and International Sensation: Dhira Gill. The festival also offers both fun and interactive activities for kids including: bouncy castles, art zone, stuffy riders, gaming rv, face painting, double’s eating competition, and free raffle draw prizes.

New to the festival this year is our first ever Emerging Star in Etobicoke. This project in partnership with the City of Toronto, Cultural Hotspot program, will showcase the finalists from our talent search at the upcoming festival. In addition, we will have two stages for audiences to enjoy more live entertainment.

The Fusion of Taste festival is brought to you by our proud sponsors and partners including: Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Cultural Hotspot, Woodbine Toyota, Toronto Pearson Airport, Freedom Mobile, TD Canada Trust, & Zabiha Halal. Continue reading “Albion Islington Square’s Signature Event Fusion Taste of Festival is Back!”

“A World of Tulips Is A World Friendship”

A Fitting Theme for the 66th Edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival 

The Canadian Tulip Festival’s World of Tulipstheme stems from last year’s October visit to Ottawa of “tulipists” participating in the World Tulip Summit.  More than 30,000 Cream Yellow World Friendship Tulipsplanted then are blooming now across the capital region including a special commemorative bed at Commissioners Park planted by the National Capital Commission, Official Gardeners of Canada’s Capital.  These cream-yellow Darwin Hybrids represent international friendship, and are the symbol of the 66th edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival which opened today. The Festival will continue for 10 days until May 21st.

Metaphorically the Festival is growing beyond its physical site locations of Commissioners Park-Dow’s Lake, Lansdowne Park, ByWard Market and the Garden Promenade where visitors can expect the sea of tulip beds, floral installations, the Hommage to Malak Photo Exhibit, workshops, garden and cycling tours, crafts market, music by Music and Beyond, dance events, Selfi spots, Mother’s Day Brunch, yoga in Majors Hill Park, Kids’ Fun Zone, and the ever popular fireworks display on May 20th at Dow’s Lake.

Through the World of Tulips theme, the Festival is connecting with and celebrating international relationships. The World Friendship Tulip Garden  is a unique garden setting made up of 5-foot tulips hand-painted by artists representing over 100 countries.  Continue reading ““A World of Tulips Is A World Friendship””

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”