Tag: musicians

City Hall Live spotlights Toronto musicians with free summer music shows

City Hall Live returns to outdoor stages this summer, with an impressive lineup of free performances that includes lunchtime shows at Nathan Phillips Square and Union Station. City Hall Live provides local artists with paid opportunities to perform across the city, showcasing the diverse musical sounds of Toronto.

Local live music will be presented at Nathan Phillips Square from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (except August 7) until September 11, hosted by music and entertainment reporter Rudy Blair. Soul artist Aphrose will bring her soaring R&B vocal stylings to the stage today, followed next week by Keerat Kaur with her own distinct genre, combining Indian classical, Bollywood, blues and jazz.

The full City Hall Live performance schedule is available at http://bit.ly/2WEpIvp and social media users can follow #CityHallLive for schedule updates. On-site sponsors include Toronto Water, Live Green Toronto, Planet Fitness, Communauto and Pure Leaf.

While enjoying the music at Nathan Phillips Square on Wednesdays, you can “shop local” at the Farmers Market, which offers many fresh food options and runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday until October 16.

Preceding City Hall Live, the City of Toronto presents Yoga in the Square every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m., weather permitting, until September 11. Led by instructor Charlotte Singmin, members of the public are invited to take a wellness lunch break with family, friends and co-workers. Participants should bring a yoga mat, water bottle and sunscreen protection to this free session.

Other City Hall Live performances include shows at Union Summer outside Union Station from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays until July 30 and at Cultura Festival at Mel Lastman Square, 6 p.m. every Friday in July. Continue reading “City Hall Live spotlights Toronto musicians with free summer music shows”

Monster World MashUp heats up a cold and wet Spring!

–Lachman Balani

It has been a cold, wet and dreary Spring!

Never fear though because festival season is upon us to heat things up!

This past weekend Brampton got its fair share of energy and a hot spell as Vikas Kohli’s third annual Monster World Mashup (MWM) took over the ski chalet at Chinguacousy Park and Brampton’s Garden Square (temporarily named Jurassic Square for the NBA finals as Toronto’s team, the Raptors, take on the Warriors from Oakland in California).

MWM kicked off on May 31. After opening remarks from Councilor Charmaine Williams and Kohli, the ski chalet wound up being a non-stop laugh heaven as Brandon Ash-Mohammed opened up the night by splitting the sides of all attendees with his wisecracks.

Then followed a zany bunch of hilarious jesters including Johnny Batta, Harpreet Sehmbi, EDwOrld Kim, Vandad Kardar and headliner Nick Reynoldson cracking joke after joke after joke as the crowd egged them on with uncontrollable fits of laughter. Vandad, of Iranian descent, was the most brazen and frank comic of them all with one fan telling him he had a lot of “cojones”.

The comedians were Canadians of all different origins representing the natural habitat of Brampton.

The whole show was hosted by well known comedian Amish Patel of Fade to Brown who had some people laughing so hard that they cried!

MWM continued the next day transforming the Garden Square in Brampton into “Chutney and Bollywood” square, as one spectator exclaimed,  with a non-stop music show from 5 pm onwards that was hosted by Randy Persaud and headlined by Parichay.

Parichay is a Bollywood playback singer, composer and producer who is currently based in Toronto. He has collaborated with the likes of Vishal Dadlani, Nargis Fakhri, Kardinal Offishall and Sean Kingston and his youtube portfolio has more than 100 million views.

Parichay has this knack of infusing lyrics from old Hindi movie songs and he didn’t disappoint this time thrilling the crowd right from the get-go with Mohd. Rafi’s “yeh mera prem patra padhkar, ke tum naaraaz na hona…”. His performance was par excellence! Continue reading “Monster World MashUp heats up a cold and wet Spring!”

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Civic Theatres Toronto presents the glitter and sparkle of Bollywood with the Canadian premiere of Taj Express, at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Theatre November 23 – December 1, 2019. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 18, 10AM and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca, by phone, or in person at select Civic Theatres Toronto box offices.

Set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and captures the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

Featuring a cast of 26 and 3 on-stage musicians, Taj Express is full of high-energy music and sensational dance scenes. Continue reading “Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue”

SOULFUL SINGERS’ PRAYER FOR PEACE

Whenever Salim-Sulaiman, Bollywood’s top musicians, headline a concert in Toronto, their Indo Canadian fans come out in large numbers to immerse in their melodious and soulful performances. The scene was no different on March 17th when during their live concert the duo drew in thousands of music fans to the Powerade Centre in Brampton.

The band   opened with a glittering start, singing “Ishq Wala Love song from the movie Student of the Year “, against   colorful flickering lights and a wonderful backdrop. The team, which included  Indian Idol winner Vipul Mehta, Raj Pandit, Sukriti Kakkar rendered one hit after another for three straight hours, taking their fans into a frenzy. They brought back the old-world charm by rendering some of the evergreen hits and all-time favorites of Bollywood.

Sulaiman informed the packed house, “If we were to   sing all of our compositions, we would be here until tomorrow, so we will sing from our playlist…a love mashup.” So, the audiences were treated to plenty of songs, many devotional ones like Bismillah, Noor E Ilahiand Ali Maula.

A prayer for Syria was included as well, and songs from other genres as well. Enthused by the audiences’ reactions, they continued their tightly-spaced set, which included songs like “Marjawaan”, “Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai” from the Shah Rukh and Anushka Sharma film. Continue reading “SOULFUL SINGERS’ PRAYER FOR PEACE”

Rubin Museum New York hosting 24-hour ragas festival

Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York is hosting “Ragas Live Festival—24 hours of sacred sound” on October 21-22, where guests with a $280 ticket get handpicked gallery sleeping spot under an artwork and may bring bedding.

Starting 10 am on October 21 and ending at 10 am on October 22, this overnight Indian classical music concert, whose tagline is “Color your mind at Ragas Live Festival”, includes performances by over 50 master musicians and is a first for RMA. Museum will also provide lounge areas in the lobby for naps and spaces where guests can make themselves cozy.

A worldwide audience will share this “immersive 24-hour global listening experience” in real time via a live radio broadcast. Museum Café will serve “mango lassis”, and the event includes meditation and traditional Hindu sunrise puja (prayer).

Musical instruments to be used during the festival include sitar, kanjira, tabla, bansuri, sarod, sarangi, harmonium, mridangam, santoor, etc. It would showcase some hundreds of years old compositions and includes many artists from India. Continue reading “Rubin Museum New York hosting 24-hour ragas festival”