#BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy to kick off the monstrous festival

The largest South Asian festival in Canada is kicking off this year with #BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy on July 18. The Launch Party will be held at C Banquets inside the Mississauga Civic Centre, starting at 6 PM, and will feature a side-splitting comedy show, silent disco, and more.

#BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy will be hosted by comedian Amish Patel, and will feature Faisal Butt – an award-winning stand-up comic, Jennifer Hsiung – the only female comedian to reach the finals of 2017 Hong Kong International Comedy Competition, Foad Hassanpoor of Just for Laughs in Montreal fame, Moe Ismail – an honest, raw & energetic comedian, Keesha Brownie – one of North America’s candid comedians and Toronto-based comedian Neema Nazeri, who has performed at venues across the GTA like the Corner Comedy Club.

  The #BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy also presents the opportunity to meet and mingle with the 2019 #BollywoodMonster Mashup headliners, Yasser Desai (singer of the hit songs “Naino Ne Baandhi” and “Pallo Latke”) and Nikhita Gandhi (singer of the chartbusters “Raabta” and “Qaafirana”), as well as other performers from this year’s festival.

“We are excited to celebrate all our fantastic sponsors, funders, media partners, artists and collaborators at the #BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy, for helping our team put together this great festival for the people of the GTA,” says Artistic Director of MonstrARTity, Vikas Kohli. “We are also particularly excited to not only provide attendees with the opportunity to meet and speak with movers and shakers but also remain committed to being an innovative, monstrous festival by presenting a silent disco for the first time ever. Join us on July 18th to be a part of it all!” Continue reading “#BollywoodMonster Launch Party & Comedy to kick off the monstrous festival”

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!”

#MonsterWorld Mashup brings a free outdoor concert to Brampton

#MonsterWorld Concert on June 1 at Garden Square in downtown Brampton will feature a diverse setlist of world music artists and an assortment of dance performers all for FREE! The impressive line-up at the free festival on June 2 will be hosted by Randy Persaud and will feature headliner Parichay, an Indo-Canadian Bollywood Music Composer who has worked with Bollywood stars like Sonakshi Sinha and globally renowned artists like Sean Kingston. Dance acts by Flower City Bhangra will be lighting up the stage with their fire moves.

RAAG Canada, a GTA based Bollywood band, will also be playing hit Bollywood numbers and fusions that audiences are sure to love. The lineup also includes Ankita, a Toronto-based singer; Staasia Daniels, an R&B singer/songwriter from Toronto who has headlined at Drake Underground; The Band Destiny, a West Indian Crossover music band; Waris Virse De, a vibrant Bhangra group.

“#MonsterWorld Mashup is a different kind of festival, and that’s what we aspire to do at the Monster Creative Collective: bring never-before-seen sets and entertainment to audiences in the GTA,” says Artistic Director of MonstrARTity, Vikas Kohli. “These artists are not only extremely talented, but they also represent the new faces of Brampton and the GTA. We are excited to carve out a space for world music festivals in Brampton by featuring diverse performers like Parichay, The Destiny Band and Flower City Bhangra.”

The two-day festival will kick off with the #MonsterWorld Launch Party & Comedy on May 31 at the Chinguacousy Ski Chalet that will have you laughing and dancing the night away. Hosted by Amish Patel and featuring Headliner Nick Reynoldson of Just for Laughs fame, #MonsterWorld Launch Party & Comedy will also showcase side-splitting comedy acts by Vandad Kardar, Edworld Kim, Harpreet Sehmbi, Johnny Batta, and Brandon Ash-Mohammed. Get your tickets today for the #MonsterWorld Launch Party & Comedy at www.monsterworldmashup.com. Continue reading “#MonsterWorld Mashup brings a free outdoor concert to Brampton”

ICFF celebrates Italian Oscar winners from GreenBook and Life is Beautiful

— Highlights of the bold 2019 lineup!

Film lovers can expect another glamorous, star-studded Italian Contemporary Film Festival across Canada this June, with more movies and guest stars than ever, including writer and producer of the 2019 Best Picture Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, and renowned Italian composer, Nicola Piovani, winner of the 1999 Oscar for Best Original Score for Life is Beautiful.

Among the many stars arriving from Italy for this year’s festival are Ezio Greggio, Claudio Gubitosi, Luca Barbareschi, Fabio De Luigi and Piera Detassis.

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival, presented by IC Savings and in affiliation with Fare Cinema, announced the lineup for its 8th edition at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto today. The 2019 program features 128 diverse and acclaimed films, including dozens of shorts and documentaries, totalling more than 190 screenings across the country – its largest and most ambitious program to date, which will see no shortage of star power.

Guests of the 2019 festival will include Nick Vallelonga, writer and producer of the 2019 Academy Award-winning film for Best Picture and Best Screenplay, Green Book; world-renowned Italian composer Nicola Piovani, winner of the 1999 Oscar for Best Original Score for Life is Beautiful (La vita è bella); Continue reading “ICFF celebrates Italian Oscar winners from GreenBook and Life is Beautiful”

महाशिवरात्रि के पावन अवसर पर सभी देशवासियों को बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। ऊँ नम: शिवाय”

The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, has extended his greetings on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.

“Maha Shivratri greetings to everyone.  महाशिवरात्रि के पावन अवसर पर सभी देशवासियों को बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। ऊँ नम: शिवाय”, the Prime Minister said.

 Maha Shivratri, the last bathing festival, celebrated at Prayagraj Kumbh today

Maha Shivratri, the last bathing festival of Prayagraj Kumbh, was celebrated today with religious fervour and enthusiasm. Large number of devotees thronged the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati braving cold and rains from mid night. Bathing was started very early morning.

Prayagraj Mela Authority had developed ghats at Sangam and other areas of the Mela for pilgrims. Mela Administration had estimated that about one crore devotees would take holy dip on the occasion. Special trains and buses were put into service to ferry the devotees. Elaborate security arrangements were in place in and around the Mela area. Entry of vehicles into Mela area was prohibited.

Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, Mr Amit Khare visited the Prayagraj Kumbh. He went to the camps of All India Radio and Doordarshan and exhibition of BOC set up at the Mela. Continue reading “महाशिवरात्रि के पावन अवसर पर सभी देशवासियों को बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। ऊँ नम: शिवाय””

Panorama India celebrates India’s 70th Republic Day

Panorama India celebrated the 70th India Republic Day on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Pearson Convention Center, Brampton. The event united the local Indian community through celebrating the diversity of Indo-Canadians in Canada.

Overwhelming support for the event was garnered by community leaders, political dignitaries and sponsors, all of whom came together to celebrate India’s 70th Republic Day. Attendees included the Consul General of India in Toronto, Dinesh Bhatia, Federal Minister of Science, Kristy Duncan, MP Ruby Sahota, MP Ramesh Sangha, MP Bob Soraya, MPP Nina Tangri, MPP Deepak Anand, MPP Amarjot Sidhu, Mayor of Mississauga Bonne Crombie and Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown.

The program consisted of 20 community organizations of which 200 local performers were given the Panorama India Platform. These groups showcased talent in all forms of artistic expression such as dancing, singing and drawing.

Opening ceremony commenced at 12pm with Republic Day greetings and poignant messages from dignitaries. Panorama India Chair, Anu Srivastava welcomed everyone and recognized the political dignitaries, community leaders, and guests. She said “Unity in Diversity and building Indo Canada bi-lateral relations through culture is the prime objective of this celebration.”

Consul General of India Mr. Dinesh Bhatia enthusiastically addressed the crowd and brought the Republic Day greetings on behalf of the President of India. Consul General emphasized his appreciation for the Indian Diaspora in Toronto and gave a recap of the past three years in Toronto. Continue reading “Panorama India celebrates India’s 70th Republic Day”

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa reinvents fine-dining restaurant with Trabocchi’s new locally-inspired dining concept

Michelin-starred Chef and Restaurateur, Fabio Trabocchi to Unveil Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia, an Exclusive Epicurean Experience at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

“We are delighted to welcome Fabio Trabocchi to JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa and are excited to lead our guests through a dynamic culinary journey with the unveiling of Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott. “Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia will feature a vibrant menu thoughtfully curated by Trabocchi, with cuisines deeply rooted in traditional flavors from Italy and the Adriatic.”

Nestled inside JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, the city’s premier hotel that enjoys a splendid location on Venice’s private island, Isola delle Rose, Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia will incorporate culinary highlights from the celebrated menu of Trabocchi’s existing Michelin-starred restaurant, Fiola DC. Continue reading “JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa reinvents fine-dining restaurant with Trabocchi’s new locally-inspired dining concept”

Panorama India to mark India’s Independence Day by showcasing India’s culture and heritage

INDIA DAY FESTIVAL AND GRAND PARADE EXPECTED TO DRAW OVER 50,000 PEOPLE AT CITY HALL

  More than 50,000 people are expected to converge at Nathan Philips Square to celebrate the 19th Annual India Day Festival and Grand Parade on Sunday, August 19, 2018.   Organized by Panorama India, with the support of Consulate General of India, the all-day event to celebrate India’s culture and heritage will present music and dance performances, a kids zone and an international bazaar with 100 kiosks exhibiting fashion, jewellery, handicrafts and an array of food.  The King of Bhangra Malkit Singh, Indo-Canadian singer Parichay and Indian Actor Pukhraj Bhalla will be on hand to perform for the massive crowds.

The event kicks off with the National Anthem at 1pm followed by the Grand Parade, marshalled by Bollywood actor Jimmy Sheirgill.  According to organizers, the grand parade will have 20 floats representing the various States of India put together by the diverse number of cultural groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The parade will begin at Nathan Phillips Square, journey west to University Avenue, turning North to Dundas, East to Yonge Street, South to Queen Street and culminating back at City Hall.

Consul General of India in Toronto, Amb. Dinesh Bhatia will preside over the India Day event with participation from several political dignitaries from all levels of government. Continue reading “Panorama India to mark India’s Independence Day by showcasing India’s culture and heritage”

#BollywoodMonster Mashup ready for monstrous audience in Mississauga

Bollywood fans get hyped! The season of #BollywoodMonster Mashup, presented by TD Bank Group is well underway after the the festival’s successful kickoff event, the #BollywoodMonster Teaser Party on Friday, July 6 at the FLY Nightclub.

The celebrations are set to continue with the #BollywoodMonster Family Day and Finale on July 21, #BollywoodMonster Concert on July 20 and #BollywoodMonster VIP & Media Cocktail Reception on July 19, which are all part of the largest South Asian festival in Canada’s eighth year.

Aaman Trikha, brought to you by TELUS, headlines the #BollywoodMonster Finale, which kicks off at 6 PM on Saturday, July 21 at Mississauga Celebration Square. Trikha is known as the voice of Akshay Kumar in Hookah Bar (Khiladi 786) and Salman Khan in Prem Leela (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo) with a number of other Bollywood hits under his belt. The #BollywoodMonster Orchestra will also return to the festival, blowing people’s minds by featuring top 40 hits from George Michael, Black Eyed Peas, and Gloria Estefan, mashed up with Bollywood hits from films such as Ram Balram, Don and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. Singer, songwriter and composer Himmy and the Bollywood Rock Band, dance duo Giggle Queens, and dance group Shiamak Showkids will also take the stage throughout the evening.

Families with kids of all ages can enjoy the #BollywoodMonster Family Day festivities, starting at 2 PM on July 21. Continue reading “#BollywoodMonster Mashup ready for monstrous audience in Mississauga”

“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””