Seva Spark was the place to be on Friday, May 25th, 2018. Politicians from all levels of government including, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey attended the
“The 2018 Gala was the best ever with over 500 people in attendance,” said Sandy Grewal,
2018 Seva Spark Co-chair. “We raised over $100,000 in one night with $59,000 being raised by a
direct on-the-spot ask.”
Bongo and B Entertainment kicked off the evening with an upbeat performance by leading the
MCs into the Gala. Special Guest Speaker, Joshna Maharaj inspired everyone by her work. She
spoke of food and sustainability, grassroots-level food programming, and the need to develop a
city-wide food strategy. The crowd was wowed by Simar, who performed songs from her recent
collaboration with Fateh Doe.
One of the highlights of the evening was a dance-off between Navdeep Bains, Minister of
Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Jagmeet Singh, leader of the federal NDP.
The crowd unanimously agreed that the dance off was a tie. Continue reading “Seva Spark: A Night to Remember”
Festival runs November 9 to 18, 2017
Public tickets on sale at reelasian.com
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), Canada’s premier Pan-Asian festival has announced the Opening and Closing Night Galas for its 21st edition. The festival will open with Yukiko Mishima’s moving family drama DEAR ETRANGER and will close with STAND UP MAN, a Korean Canadian comedy written
and directed by Toronto-based filmmaker Aram Collier. The Reel Asian Film Festival will take place November 9 to 18, 2017.
“Given the significance of family within the Asian community, we feel that this year’s Opening and Closing Gala films will resonate strongly with Reel Asian audiences,” said Savine Wong, Interim Executive Director, Reel Asian. “Both of these films explore the joys and pains of familial relationships through two distinctly different filmmaking voices and we look forward to sharing them with festival goers.”
Opening Night Gala (November 9)
DEAR ETRANGER – Ontario Premiere
Director: Yukiko Mishima
Dear Etranger takes a hard look at a complicated family unit, headed by the 40-year-old Makoto Tanaka (Tadanobu Asano). A man with two families, Makoto tries to lead as ordinary a life as possible—he maintains a bond with his daughter from his first marriage, but he also tries to keep her away from his second wife, Nanae, and his two step daughters. When Nanae becomes pregnant, however, the fissures around the seemingly happy family begin to widen.
And this news has come at the worst time—when career ruin, fatal disease, and other events befall Makoto’s kin. Continue reading “REEL ASIAN KEEPS FAMILY CLOSE WITH OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT GALAS: DEAR ETRANGER AND STAND UP MAN”
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.
Continue reading “SKN Foundation Gala hosts fundraiser for South Asian children with special needs”