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Toronto, Aug 21 (Canadian-Media): Established in 1999, Panorama India -- a not-for-prof umbrella organization – with support from Consulate General of India, Toronto celebrated yesterday 70th Anniversary of Independence India Day Festival and Grand Parade 2017 along with Canada 150 at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronro, capital of Ontario province, is one of the major cities in Canada . The day also marked the celebration of 40th year of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
India had gained independence on August 15, 1947 which ended British rule in the country for almost 200 years.
The highlights of the event were: Canada Parade led by international celebrity and yoga advocate Shilpa Sheety Kundra, colourful Floats, Food and Vendors, Cultural Programs, Bolywood Singing Star and Celebrity and many more.
The celebrations started at 12 p.m. with tribute to Baba Ram Dev and Sister Shivani by some religious chants followed by some yoga practices conducted by yoga teachers and participated by children, young and old who were taught the proper techniques of pranayam.
Children from different schools were practicing for their performances on the stage and the parents, teachers, and children were all in a festive mood with taking photographs.
There were other religious banners from Vaishno Devi Temple with people chanting “Jai Mata Di”.
This event was followed by patriotic songs chanted by the people of many organizations and schools to pay tribute to India. Children, adults and seniors dressed in tricoloured attire to honour the National Flag of India under the leadership of Jake Dheer and Amin Dhillon performed many dances with songs accompanied by instrumental music.
Some of the participating cultural organizations of the event were: Toronto Talent Club, Tamil Nadu Cultural Association, Taal Academy, Dance Expressions, Panwar Dance and Music Telangana Canada Association, Veena Vibrants and many more.
Nathan Phillips Square was crowded with people from different cultures to celebrate the event and truly portrayed a spectacular multicultural atmosphere. Food stalls offering foods of different variety from different cultures and parts of India – North, South, East and West -- was a great attraction to the gatherings which were full of joy and festivities.
Undaunted by the bright sun and the heat of the day soaking the people, young and old, who were seated in front of the stage to watch the spectacular performances.
Many booths such as information booths, Registration booths, Lost and Found booth and many more were installed to help and guide the people.
Many people had also installed stalls to promote their products and services, a few among these being State Bank of India Toronto, Real Estate Brokerage stall, ATN, Living Arts Centre of Mississauga, Nanda & Associate Lawyers.
Several dignitaries who regularly attended the Consulate General of India Toronto office’s events with the help of other volunteers were busy making the necessary arrangements for the arrival of the chief guests and dignitaries of this event.
National Anthem was chanted at 1:30 p.m.
Bharat Batra, Vice President and Branch Head of SBI Canada Bank, Mississauga Branch noted the complains of the visitors and assured them that he would forward their concerns to the Corporate Office.
Sara Richardson, Marketing and Publicity Co-ordinator of Living Arts Centre explained to visitors the benefits of becoming a member of the organization.
A large crowd of people entered the Phillips Nathan Square at 2 p.m. shortly before the arrival of the dignitaries – Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India Toronto, international celebrity and yoga proponent Shilpa Sheety Kundra, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn, Dipika Damela, Minister of Seniors Affairs, Kristy Duncan, Canadian politician from Ontario and many more.
Cultural program was held between 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and performed by: Veenalayam Jugalbandhi,
Parvaaz Band performance was held betwwen 6:30 p.m. – 7: 30 p.m.
Other featured activities included a live Cricket Pitch, Kids Zone, over 15 mouth watering food stalls and more than other 40 national and international kiosks promoting Indian philosophy, culture, clothes, food and jewelry.
Over 50,000 Indians, Indo-Canadians and friends of India participated in the day long event.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Aug 19 (Canadian-Media): Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), one of North America’s largest annual fairs, opened its doors yesterday with several new features and and offers 18 days of the performances from the latest innovations in technology and commercial products combined with amusement park rides, midway games, entertainment Canadian International Air Show, delicious food, concerts, performances and several special events, media reports said.
The CNE -- opening ceremony of which was performed inside Princes’ Gates an at 10 a.m. -- will reportedly be open from 10 a.m. to midnight from August 18 – September 3 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Labour Day.
Founded in 1879, CNE this year offers several innovative features such as Unity Pole, CNE Gaming Garage, MZ Laser-Laser Illusion Experience, East Coast Kitchen Party, Carving and many more.
Unity Pole featrures 25 foot emblematic indigenous cedar pole carved by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang was displayed at Heritage Court, Encarve Garden.
CNE Gaming Garage featuring esport tournament and prize money, pinball tournament and prize money, play-to-win table top games, interactive VR and gaming demonstrations, video game dance floor and many more.
Experience, East Coast Kitchen Party with east coast cuisine, food trucks, craft beer, wine and Newfoundland screech.
National sand sculpting competition was on display throughout the day at the Enercare Centre included indigenous carves, butter sculptures and sand sculptures.
Tons of sands were carved and transformed by competitors across the country into magnificent sculptures to get the top prizes.
Nancy, an Italian woman liked one of the specimens in sand and voted for that to get the first prize.
CNE Sand carving at Encarve Centre
Canadian Armed Forces Interactive Display was held west side of Enercare Centre, outside Heritage Court and presented with the military vehicles, like guns, armed forces jeeps etc. and was filled with fun atmosphere as children accompanied by their parents inspected each sight and asked questions.
Sonu, a ten year old boy said his favourite item was cannon pointing out to a huge cannon which was demonstrated by the staff there.
Sangeeta, a 7-year old girl and a new immigrant was fascinated by the sight of the Fighter Jet cockpit and asked the staff to explain to her its functions.
The Enercare Centre and the Heritage Court Galley exhibited a panaromfactsic exhibits of photos and aritifacts.
Heritage Court was filled with approximately 5000 audiences who were about to watch the acrobatics and ice skating shows.
A Phillipine student named Mila said that she had been watching this show for the past three years and had been thrilled by it.
CNE snow skating at Heritage Hall
CNE Skating event
Pamela, staff member informed that many of the photos and artifacts were from indigenous people.
These were greatly admired and a group of children accompanied by their Art Teacher, Sandy was trying to explain to them the history of the Indigenous people and their culture.
The Quilt of Belonging which exhibited 263 quilted squares, as explained by the staff named Molly, represented 71 indigenous groups and 192m immigrant nationalities found in Canada. These were mounted on the walls were unique and admirable.
Toronto Star Food Building was one of the most popular spot for the food lovers and foods of different origins were served; some of the most favorites being rib rest at Bandshell Park, French’s Food Truck Frenzy.
There was also demonstration from the celebrity Chefs Jamie Kennedy at Enercare Centre, Hall A at Home Pavilion.
Craft Beer Festival was another hit and there we met many singers enjoying with beer and merry making.
Kids’ World hosted daily from 10 am – 8 p.m. was another highlight of the exhibition which was filled with merry children from different cultures enjoying the multicultural fun activities on the west end of the CNE grounds.
The popular kids’ entertainments were: MAJINX’S Tribute to the Magic of Canada, Barney, DuffeBag Theatre: Robin Hood, DuffeBag Theatre: Beary & the Beast, Mike the Knight, Splash’N Boots, Bob the Builder and many more.
Other popular shows of the CNE are: Canadian International Air Show at the CNE Waterfront, The President’s Choice SuperDogs CanaDogs Show at the Enercare Centre, Hall D, Celebrate Canada at Enercare Centre, Heritage Court Gallery, CNE Aquarama, Mardi Gras Parade and several other international performances, the later of which would be held on the International stage, Enercare Centre, Hall B.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Aug 17 (Canadian- Media): Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) would be held this year at the Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON from August 18 to September 4, 2017, media reports said.
One of the many new features and attractions with a True North theme for the 139 th edition of The Ex. include 8-ft tall CNE sign with a Canadian maple leaf, which will be illuminated, continued the reports, on the west end of the Exhibition grounds near the Princess Margaret Fountain to commemorate Canada’s 150th year celebration.
A specially commissioned Unity Pole designed by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang to celebrate Canada’s indigenous heritage a new panoramic origami exhibit of the Canadian landscape and landmarks, a Canadian-themed Aerial Acrobatics and Ice-Skating show starring Elvis Stojko, the President’s Choice SuperDogs CanaDogs Show and a spectacular CNE Aquarama waterfront show are the other new highlights included.
Still other new features included in CNE are Gaming Garage, -- “game on” -- at the CNE’s new interactive play space for gaming enthusiasts. For three days only, August 25-27, interactive virtual reality and gaming demonstrations, eSports games and pinball competitions alongside players of every skill level will be experienced by visitors of all ages to win cash prizes and Join the Chess Grandmaster Challenge, where the audience goes head-to-head against one of chess’ greatest masterminds would also be held.
Still another new feature is MZ Laser - Laser Illusion Experience, an electrifying spectacle combineing cutting-edge technology and advanced magical feats to create a stunning visual experience.
The master of the interactive illusions, MysterAct is would put on a sensational laser show nightly on Princes’ Blvd. at 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm.
East Coast Kitchen Party: Grab your lobster bib and get ready for the CNE’s first-ever East Coast Kitchen Party, is yet another feature available on August 19 & 20.
Maritime cuisine , world-class oyster shuckers and live music, fiddlers and participation in a Newfoundland tradition of ‘kiss a cod and get screeched in.’
Another fascinating and new feature is Trampo Wall: A thrilling acrobatic experience in which performers walk on vertical walls, entering into windows and bouncing off roofs.
This unique, adrenaline-spiking trampoline show is located south of the Enercare Centre outside Hall C on Princes’ Boulevard.
RUSH: Parkour Competitive Demonstrations: Adrenaline flows on the west end of the grounds with parkour, where athletes freejump from one obstacle to another during a sensational gravity-defying show outside the Food Building.
The CNE Bandshell stage would rock with Bandshell Concert Series this summer.
During sunset free concerts showcasing Canada’s rich musical talent including Sam Roberts Band, Kiefer Sutherland, the ‘Queen of Reggae’ Marcia Griffiths with Jay Douglas, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Pavlo, The Sheepdogs, Shawn Hook, Dear Rouge, Brett Kissel, USS and A Tribe Called Red would be showcased.
CNE Innovation Garage: The CNE Innovation Garage is back and even better, showcasing the latest innovations in technology, consumer products and services.
Three exciting new categories have been added to the Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition, Women Entrepreneurs, Fintech and Cleantech.
Young innovators from K-Days in Edmonton is also new this year.
Alberta will be participating in the pitch competition with the top two winners from Edmonton and top two winners in Ontario going head-to-head for the Grand Prize of $25,000 at the 2017 CNE!
Mustang Roundup: For three days only, September 1 to 3 is another new addition this year. The CNE is inviting visitors to experience the “magic of the mustang” – one of the most popular cars of all time - with a retro rally of 25 to 35 vintage Mustangs on display along Princes’ Boulevard, mere steps away from the Automotive Building (now the Beanfield Centre) which hosted countless car shows beginning in 1929.
Canadian figure skater, three-time World champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist, Elvis Stojko headlines an all-new production of the Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating Show in 'Oh Canada! Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating Show' to celebrate Canada 150!
The ice-skating show runs twice daily at 2 pm and 5 pm and is the perfect way to cool off after a fun-filled day at The Ex!
Back by popular demand is CNE Aquarama: the CNE’s sensational in-water show returns to make an even bigger splash this summer with the CNE Aquarama show, a Canadian-themed show chockfull of waterskiing tricks, fly boarding, ballet skiing and human pyramids.
Celebrity Chef Stage: Calling all foodies and fans, your favourite Canadian and internationally renowned celebrity chefs are cooking up something special for the CNE!
Global flavours will be showcased from culinary stars including Jamie Kennedy, Michael Smith, Francisco Alejandri, Vikram Vij, Rob Rainford, Nick Liu and David Wolfman, an internationally recognized expert in wild game and traditional cuisine of the indigenous peoples of North America.
Inter-NATIONAL Stage: Take a trip around the world as global acts head to the CNE’s Inter-NATIONAL Stage for a range of spectacular performances. Exciting performers on the stage this year include Asham Stompers, Sagkeeng’s Finest & Inuksuk Drum Dancers from Manitoba and Nunavut, DDC Breakdance from Germany, Kalabanté from Africa and Quebec, and many more!
President’s Choice SuperDogs CanaDogs Show: The popular SuperDogs are joining in to celebrate Canada 150 with its all-Canadian production, CanaDogs! In this colourful new show, CanaDogs showcases adorable canine versions of the Dragons’ Den: “Dog House,” Heritage Minutes and a race in honour of some of our favourite Canadian NHL teams!
68th Annual Canadian International Air Show: The unofficial grand finale of the CNE, the Canadian International Air Show will be taking flight over Labour Day weekend, September 2 – 4. Audiences will be thrilled by the impressive high-speed, formation aerobatic performances by The Canadian Harvards Aerobatic Team & the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
Founded in 1879, the CNE is Canada’s largest community celebration and the fifth largest fair in North America. The 2016 CNE attracted 1.54 million people over 18 days, and the fair has an annual economic impact of $102.3 million on the province of Ontario and $69.3 million on the city of Toronto.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Aug 10 (Canadian-Media): Consulate General of India in Toronto, Dinesh Bhatia would be the chief guest at Panorama India's joint celebration of India's 70th Independence Day and Canada's 150th Birthday at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on Aug 20 .
The community event is free and will be held between 12 pm and 10 pm, said the the organisers with chief motive to bring together the local Indian community through celebration of unity in diversity.
The event will have a Grand Parade, organised by Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.
Participation in 20 floats to represent the various Indian states would be done by cultural groups from the Greater Toronto Area
Other highlights of the event include performances by local dancers and Panorama Idol singers.
Manj Musik, stage name of Manjeet Singh Ral -- an Indian singer, songwriter and music producer -- will perform with Dhol, Bass (RDB) Manj and Nindy.
An award winning singer from Pune, Sharayu Date, will showcase her singing talent.
Parvaaz, a Bangalore-based rock band, consisting of Khalid Ahamed (vocals), Kashif Iqbal (guitar), Fidel D'souza (bass) will be part of the programme.
Cricket Pitch and Kids Zone, food stalls, International Marketplace and Meena Bazaar with a variety of display of clothes, food and jewelry booths are other activities present on that day.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)