Digital festival to feature Bollywood, Punjabi and Multicultural performances, Online Talent Hunt, and a Classical Music Showcase
Brampton/Canadian-Media The Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA) will be presenting VIBRANT BRAMPTON, one of the largest South Asian festivals in Canada to showcase the culture and diversity of Ontario from July 23 to 25, 2021.
As in the past, the 2021 digital festival will present international and local artists from across the globe. It will be streamed live over festival Facebook page @Vibrantbrampton
“This year's festival will showcase over 250 local and international artists from Canada, USA, UK, Pakistan and India with over 50 acts over the course of the three components of the festival,” says Arpan Banerjee, ACISA co-founder.
Among the headliners is Bollywood playback singer Monali Thakur, winner of the famed Filmfare award for her song "Sawaar Loon", who then also received the prestigious National Film Awards for her song " Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" from the film "Dum Laga Ke Haisha". With over 140 numbers to her credit, mainly in Hindi and Bengali, Thakur has also been one of the judges for the famous singing talent show, SA RE GA MA PA L'il Champs
Besides leading South Asian artists, the festival roster includes several non-South Asian acts including performances by Canadian Indigenous artists, Afro-Canadian artists, Salsa, Flamenco, Reggaeton, Pop, Jazz and Instrumental Fusion expositions. One of the newest additions this year will be a Hip Hop- Breaker-Popping Jamming session by leading local artists.
“As Plato has stated, music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life,” reiterates Ricky Bajaj, Festival co-founder. “Our festival brings an array of arts and culture that have the power to enrich the spirit and connect humanity,” says Bajaj.
The 2021 digital festival curtain raiser began with the 2nd annual edition of VSTAR, an online talent hunt of local emerging artists that began on June 21 and will conclude on July 20. The top three contestants will get the opportunity to perform at the Vibrant Brampton in-ground festival in 2022.
“Over 100 entries were received for VSTAR 2021 and top 46 were selected for the first round, coming down to top 6 finalists who will be performing on July 25,” adds Ricky Bajaj. “Last year’s finalists of VSTAR will be performing at this year's VIBRANT BRAMPTON Festival, streamed live over 3 days from 6 pm onwards on July 23, 24 and July 25.
Like last year, this year’s festival will end in a somber note with a classical music and dance component, VIBRANT CLASSICAL, which stemmed out of the need and demand for a platform for local Classical Music & Dance artistes to showcase their art forms in GTA. This part of the festival will be streamed live on August 7 and 8.
The festival is sponsored by TD Bank and supported by Lazeez Shawarma and Downtown Brampton BIA along with the generous support of the City of Brampton, Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts.
"At TD, we know that music connects communities and allows us to find common ground, discover new perspectives, and work towards a more inclusive future," said Anna Iacobelli, Senior Vice President, Branch Banking, TD Bank Group. "That's why, we are so proud to celebrate Canadian music and to support Vibrant Brampton in helping amplify diverse voices in arts and culture and support artists that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic."
HEADLINERS – 2021:
Bollywood Playback Singer Monali Thakur, winner of the famed Filmfare awards for her song "Sawaar Loon", who then also received the prestigious National Film Awards for her song " Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" from the film "Dum Laga Ke Haisha". Her song from the film Race, "Zara Zara Touch Me" filmed on the glamorous Katrina Kaif was one of the most popular number sof 2008. She has over 140 numbers to her credit, mainly in Hindi and Bengali. She has also been one of the judges for the famous singing talent show, SA RE GA MA PA L'il Champs
Image: Monali Thakur
Manj Musik AKA Manjeet Ral from UK- Highly acclaimed Punjabi Singer who has worked with several Bollywood Stars including Akshay Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Abhiskek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Tiger Shroff. He has also collaborated with leading artists like Snoop Dog, LMFAO- Red Foo, Sean Kingston, Fat Joe, Ludacris and T-Pain. Manj is the only South Asian artist in the world to do most number of collaborations with USA based mainstream Western Artists.
Image: Manj Musik
Pakistani Singing and Youtube sensation, Sarmad Qadeer - Sarmad has many hits to his credit Like Shahyar, Collage, Medlay with Harshdeep Kaur (Lovers Quest), Rataa Nu, Horn, Ishq, Aeroplane, SimpleKuri to name a few.
Image: Sarmad Qadeer
Avkash Mann: Son of famous Punjabi actor, singer and music composer from BC, Canada Harbhajan Mann, Avkash's debut single “Away” received millions of streams across YouTube & placements in over 250 playlists on Spotify, including the prestigious American Top 40 hits. This was followed up by Avkash's debut Punjabi single “Tere Vaaste” . Avkash's next English single “Dreams”, produced by Riley Urick (who has produced tracks for artists such as Tyga, Kanye West & Chris Brown) was featured across multiple American and Canadian radio, television channels & online media, gaining streams in the millions. Avkash has followed these releases up with more successful Punjabi singles, namely Jatt Di Star, Aina Sohna (The Kali) and With You-Tere Naal, showcasing exploration in new genres and garnering new milestones in his career. Avkash has built his brand as a unique and novel artist, catering to the core Punjabi & Western audience simultaneously.
Image: Avkash Mann
July 19 & 20 – Finale Round (VSTAR)
July 23, 24 & 25 - Vibrant Brampton Main Festival
August 7 & 8 – Classical artists showcase (Vibrant Classical)
Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA) is a non- profit organization with a vision to promote cross cultural understanding with the aim to bringing a diverse community together in celebration of life, culture, art and tradition.
The organization’s mission is to promote the diversity of South Asian art forms by showcasing local artists and providing them with an opportunity to present their work to a wide audience; break cultural barriers and encourage participation, allowing all communities from Brampton to experience the different forms of South Asian Arts and culture; showcase South Asian heritage as it continues to evolve imbibing the cultural values of Canada and communicate key messages that share the philosophy of diversity with residents of Brampton. For more information, visit www.acisa.ca /
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ACISA’s DIGITAL 2021 PROGRAMMING:
VibrantBrampton – A heritage festival featuring performances from renowned and emerging artists that showcases the culture and diversity of Ontario from July 23 to 25, 2021.
VibrantStar- A talent hunt with six finalists battling to win the top prize in three categories- vocal, instrumental and dance. The event will provide an opportunity for artists to perform in Brampton’s largest arts, culture and heritage festival, #VibrantBrampton. Online auditions began every Monday and Tuesday from 7 – 8 pm from June 21 until July 20. The top three contestants will get the opportunity to perform at the Vibrant Brampton in-ground festival in 2022.
VibrantClassical- A new segment launched last year to provide a platform for classical artists to showcase their art forms. This segment will be streamed live on August 7 & 8
Visual Arts of South Asia (V.A.S.A) festival- An arts festival that provides artists with the opportunity to connect and create and promotes the visual arts through educational workshops and performances.
META- A digital and modern art festival that will live-stream exciting content over select dates in August focussing on both workshops/panels featuring local creators and partners, as well as live-streamed performances from global and local artists. The festival will feature artists from Brampton and Mississauga.
#PanoramaIndia; #NamasteLive; #IndiaDayCelebrations; #FacebookPage; #YouTubeChannel
Toronto/Canadian-Media: An invitation has been extended to all by Panorama India to join them for a special "Namaste Live" July 25 on Facebook page and YouTube channel to kick off India Day Celebrations.
Images: Namaste Live. Image credit: Panorama India
All details about the India Day Celebration this year would be provided on Panorama India's upcoming Namaste Live Show on Sunday, July 25, 2021, at 7 PM EST on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
You would be able to have details about the India Day Drive Thru Parade, how to register, special announcements, as well as sharing of surprises.
The participants of this love show would also learn about the Vendor Expo, our online marketplace, and how you can win giveaways, as well as chat, live with vendors.
Special guests for this live show would be Hon. Apoorva Srivastava - Counsel General of India in Toronto; Sandeep Goel - President & CEO, ICIC Bank Canada; Victoria Clarke - CEO, Mississauga Tourism; Sandip Chaudhary - Artist/Special Performance, and Panorama India Board Directors.
#Mississauga, #IndiaDay2021; #PanoramaIndia; #IndiaDayVirtualExpo; #VirtualArtContest
Toronto/IBNS: Panorama India has been celebrating India Day for the last 21 years. This year it would celebrate India Day 2021 with a historical first time ever India Day Drive Thru Parade. During a Zoom meeting Jul 7 Asha Bajaj, Editor, Director & Marketing of Canadian-Media, had a chance to discuss with Sumeeta Kohli, Chairperson, Panorama India, Sandeep Goel, President & Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank, and Victoria Clarke, Director, and CEO of Tourism Mississauga to learn about the highlights of India Day 2021.
Image: Interview with Panorama India (From left to right: Sumeeta, Asha, Sandeep, and Victoria). Image credit: Screen shot from Zoom video
Following is the excerpt of the interview:
Asha to Sumeeta: Give us a brief background about Panorama India
Sumeeta: A non-profit organization for the last 21 years, Panorama India's primary goal is to celebrate the culture and heritage of India and to make a beautiful mosaic that is called Canada.
India is an unbelievable country with many cultures, backgrounds, and languages, and we all come together as proud Indians and as Indo-Canadians we and get to celebrate India here. The need to connect virtually with more and more last year and this year has allowed us to connect with seniors and kids, who all perform, love our culture, and love to celebrate.
After about two and a half months of planning carefully behind the scenes, looking at all the scenarios with the safety of all as our number one priority, we are showcasing the first-ever drive-thru parade celebration on Aug 15.
Panorama India Drive Thru event. Image credit: Panorama India poster
Asha to Sumeeta: Panorama India has been celebrating India Day for the last 21 years. What's new about India Day this year?
The new this year is the drive-thru parade which aims to have everybody out in their cars with kids and attend the event from the safety of your cars and see all of India in one day.
A link would be sent out to everybody at the end of July at Paramount Fine Food Centre in Mississauga. We ask you and your families to get their license plate and your information and you will then get a confirmation. The link has several windows throughout the day from 11 am to 7 pm that you can pick allowing the passengers in the cars that pass through every hour to enjoy without being rushed.
This would also facilitate us to manage the number of cars that go through every hour.
So what is India Day without dance, singing, and culture? That is so important to know who we are. Panorama is a non-stop stage and once again open.
There is a radio station from where you can hear all the music in your car. As you enter the drive-thru parade, you would see our partners and sponsors and then see stage performances being created by different organizations that represent the states of India.
Drive thru with sponsors and partners. Image credit: Panorama India
This drive-thru experience to see India has been made possible because of our partners and sponsors that support us. I am proud to say that ICICI Bank is the presenting sponsor and that Tourism Mississauga is our partner, both of whom had made it possible for us to do free events.
Asha to Sumeeta: Please throw more light on what will the experience of the participants be with the unique and historic event India Day Drive-Thru Parade to be held on Sunday, August 15, 2021?
Sumeeta: The unique part is that you can sit in the car and see the whole of India through the drive-thru experience in one day. I do not think we have done it ever in Canada. but that is something we strive for. Obviously, we recommend the same household members and advise all to please follow safety. And more than anyone else, our seniors, and our kids would get a chance to perform.
The next question is for Sandeep Goel.
Asha to Sandeep: What motivated ICIC Bank to support this unique and historical event?
Sandeep: We have been associated with Panorama India for the last almost 10 years on various occasions and are thankful for the chance to showcase us as a diamond sponsor for the event. We would showcase the ICICI Bank to the Indian community on the radio as we serve their requirements here in Canada as well as in India.
With the trend of immigration accelerating for the past decade, we felt Mississauga is a perfect destination for this event because a large community of Indians finds Mississauga as their home. it.
With branches and centers all across Mississauga, we are also planning a bigger expansion in Mississauga.
The next question is for Victoria Clarke.
Asha to Victoria: We feel honored that Tourism Mississauga is supporting the India Day Celebration. Why do you think that this event was important for Mississauga?
Victoria: We are thankful to both you for the invitation to be here today, and Panorama India for inviting us to come on as a sponsor. It is absolutely our privilege and a pleasure to financially sponsor this event and make sure that it happens. As Sandeep already mentioned, Mississauga, with so many Indians who have made it their home, is an excellent destination for this event.
With branches and centers all across Mississauga, we are also planning a bigger expansion in Mississauga.
Events like this only happen in Mississauga when people are passionate about their culture and community. This shows a very strong representation from India and we hope to see even higher on future India Day celebration.
Asha to Sumeeta: Please tell us in brief what other experiences would be felt by people this year as part of India Day?
Sumeeta: As Panorama always does, we have multiple things happening on India Day celebrations and we try to accommodate all the age brackets of different communities.
Keeping kids in mind, there would be a virtual art competition that has gone live already. The cut-off date is July 31.
All the parents are requested to complete the registration for different age groups for different demographics before the cut-off date. It has limited spots again. When you register, you will get a secure link, which would enable them to come to the Saturday event, and kids of the same age group would be grouped together. All the kids would then be given a theme each and would be given one hour to color anything of their choice. We will announce the winners closer to India Day.
Another big thing that we are doing on Sunday, August 8, is the India Day Expo Exhibition which would be virtual and provides an online marketplace for vendors from India and Canada and some from the US as well. They are all coming together to showcase their products and backgrounds.
Partners will also be there. ICICI Bank would be the hotspot. Both ICICI Bank and Tourism Mississauga would be running live webinars. These online vendor fairs enable you to chat live with the sponsors too.
This year we are also showcasing a lot of small businesses as these have been affected most in the last year and a half due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Brahmakumari would also be showcasing as she does such great things for the community. Prizes would be given away to different vendors and sponsors. We kick off the India Day celebration then. Keeping in mind that not everybody would be able to attend because of the limited number of cars, going to be complete so celebrations on 15th Aug will be live-streamed on different channels for the audiences to watch.
Keeping in mind that not everybody would be able to attend because of the limited number of cars, going to be complete so celebrations on 15th Aug will be live-streamed on different channels for the audiences to watch.
Asha to Sumeeta: Tell us how can we find more information about all the details about India Day 2021 event?
Obviously, you can go to our website www.panoramaindia.org. You can also access our social media channels. ICICI bank’s social media channels as well as Tourism Mississauga is also posting everything about what we are doing. We are updating as real-time as possible. We will be sharing it with you.
The link I think is so important to everybody and the minute the link is alive, make sure that we share it with everybody. The actual event would be taking place at Paramount Fine Foods Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Pl, Mississauga. Both Sandeep and Victoria would reveal their booths during the dive-thru.
#CanadaDay2021; #TimeForCelebrationAndReflection; #CancelingOfCelebrations; #IndigenousCommunities
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada is observing its Canada Day, also known as the National Day of Canada its 154th anniversary of independent Canada today.
Canada Day 2021. Image credit: Facebook page of Canada Day 2021
Canada Day, a federal statutory holiday has been observed on July 1 since 1868 by Canadians across the country and around the world to show their pride in their history, culture, and achievements and celebrates the anniversary of the Canadian confederation which occurred on July 1, 1867, when the British Parliament passed legislation and created Canada as a new, domestically self-governing federation, consisting of the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec.
In 1868, Governor-General Lord Monck signed a proclamation that requests all Her Majesty's subjects across Canada to celebrate July 1.
On Canada Day, Canadians from across the get together to celebrate this day with fireworks, parades, barbecues, concerts, carnivals, fairs, and picnics, etc.
As Canada observes its 154th national day this year, its second Canada Day under public health restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and amid a renewed conversation about Indigenous reconciliation, it becomes both a day of celebration and reflection.
“Hope, hard work, kindness, resilience, and respect. These are the values that Canadians have shown in the face of the pandemic, and today we should celebrate those values and what we’ve overcome. But while we acknowledge our successes, we must also recognize that, for some, Canada Day is not yet a day of celebration. The horrific findings of the remains of hundreds of children at the sites of former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan have rightfully pressed us to reflect on our country’s historical failures, and the injustices that still exist for Indigenous peoples and many others in Canada...This Canada Day, let’s recommit to learning from and listening to each other so we can break down the barriers that divide us, rectify the injustices of our past, and build a more fair and equitable society for everyone. Together, we will roll up our sleeves and do the hard work that is necessary to build a better Canada.," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today in a statement .
Canada flags continue to fly at half-mast in Ottawa after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at sites of former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan in the last two months.
Toronto's iconic CN Tower would be lighted in orange to show its solidarity with the indigenous communities.
The mode of celebration has also changed to virtual due to public health restrictions and in many parts of the country, celebrations have been canceled to show their solidarity with the Indigenous communities of Canada.
"More than ever, Canada Day is a time for all Canadians to show empathy, understanding, and humility. It is also an opportunity to educate ourselves, to reflect, and to redefine our relationship with July 1st, while reaffirming our commitment to ending the systemic racism and discrimination faced by Indigenous peoples. We encourage you to learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We must learn from the lessons of our past and move forward on a shared path of reconciliation," said a statement by the government of Canada.