#Alberta; #AlbertaCultureDays; #Virtual&InpersonEvents; #September
Alberta, Aug 31 (Canadian-Media): Online or in-person Alberta Culture Days events, Alberta’s largest celebration of arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit, would be celebrated this September, by approximately 99 organizations funded by the Alberta government, media reports said.
Alberta Culture Days. Twitter handle
September also being the Month of the Artist in Alberta, and funding will help many local artists performing at Alberta Culture Days would be financially supported through the many events featuring local talent.
More than $300,000 will support a variety of activities in communities across the province, including traditional dancing, live performances, arts and crafts, festivals and more.
“Alberta Culture Days demonstrates our vibrant arts, culture, diversity and community spirit. I invite all Albertans to put on a mask and attend the wide array of in-person events happening across the province. And with many options online, anyone, even those abroad, can experience Alberta from the safety and comfort of their own home,” said Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women in a news release.
Five Feature Celebration Sites which received funding for three days of free, family-friendly events and online activities include: Brooks Public Library, Chinese Benevolent Association of Edmonton, Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement, Stettler Friends of the Library Society; Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc., Calgary
Funding from Alberta government was also provided to a total of 73 host celebration sites for up to two days of activities, and 21 pop-up celebration sites for one day.
Free admission and special programming is also being offered by provincially operated historic sites and museums open year round, including the Royal Alberta Museum and Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, from September 25 to 27. Visitors are required to reserve their tickets online in advance, to accommodate reduced capacity.
#Toronto; #AnnualTorontoInternationalBuskerFest; #Epilepsy; #nonprofit
Toronto, Aug 31 (Canadian-Media): Cancellation of the annual Toronto International BuskerFest that was scheduled to take place September 4 to 7, was announced by Epilepsy Toronto, the organizers of the event, media reports said.
Observation of the 21st annual International BuskerFest for Epilepsy by Torontonians this Labour Day weekend would not take place this year.
Toronto International BuskerFest. Image credit: Website
BuskerFest, is not only one of the largest festivals of its kind in North America, it also raises awareness for Epilepsy Toronto, an organization dedicated to supporting people with epilepsy for over 60 years.
A non-profit organization, Epilepsy Toronto, which relies on major fundraising events like BuskerFest has been hit hard due to the cancellation of this owing to COVID-19 pandemic.
A report released by the Charities Aid Foundation of America based on a survey of 125 non-profits worldwide said that 63.48 percent of the responding organizations are in a “dire predicament”. It was foreseen by 1 in 3 responding organizations that they will be forced to close down within the next 12 month period, and 31.88 percent were unable to determine how long they can persevere under the current conditions.
“What many spectators don't realize is that this world class festival not only supports Epilepsy Toronto, but that it is actually organized and by us and is our largest fundraising event of the year,” says Geoff Bobb, the Executive Director of Epilepsy Toronto.
The pandemic has not only threatened the future of non-profits, but has also created significant challenges for street performers whose work depends on the summer months. Kyle Sipkens is a local Toronto street performer who has been performing at Toronto BuskerFest since 2012 as a roaming performer, statue artist, and juggler.
“One day everything stopped - emails, phone calls, everything. And then, one by one, contracts I booked like BuskerFest started to drop. I watched my entire year get wiped out,” explains Sipkens. “As a regular performer at BuskerFest, it’s been amazing to watch it grow over the years. The performers, volunteers and organizers who make the festival happen each year are like family. It was heartbreaking to hear that it would be cancelled this year.”
Epilepsy Toronto, in collaboration with Epilepsy Ontario, has launched a monthly 50/50 Lottery fundraiser to support epilepsy organizations across the province who are struggling during this time.
#Alberta; #Art; #Culture; #Artist; #SeptemberIsMonthOfArtistInAlberta
Alberta, Aug 29 (Canadian-Media): The following statement was issued by Leela Sharon Aheer, Alberta's Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, on Month of the Artist:
“September is Month of the Artist in Alberta!
Artist. Image credit: Unsplash
“Artists’ work enriches our lives, promotes creativity and innovation, and contributes to a more diversified economy. When the arts thrive, Albertans thrive. Businesses, investments and livelihoods all benefit from a stronger arts and culture sector.
“During Month of the Artist, the ministry will be selecting an Artist in Residence as an arts ambassador. This is part of our commitment to recognize artists’ contributions to the province.
“We have many talented artists in Alberta whose resiliency has been tested during the past few months. It is critical that we support our artists in the province, including online and at small, in-person events throughout Alberta Culture Days this September. You can also check out the Alberta Spotlight concert series at CKUA.com.
“To all artists in Alberta, thank you for your dedication to your craft, your passion to create and enriching the lives of others. I ask all Albertans to join me in recognizing and supporting local artists during Month of the Artist!”
#PanoramaIndia, #ConsulateGenIndiaToronto; #IndiaDay2020; #VirtualCelebration; #VirtualGrandParade
Toronto, Aug 18 (Canadian-Media): A two day digital celebration of India's 74th Independence Day on August 15th and 16th, 2020, the biggest ever digital celebration of India Day with the first ever curated virtual grand parade was organized by Panorama India with the support of Consulate General of India, Toronto.
India Day 2020. Image credit: Panorama India site.
"We are proud to share our new edition that we have created for the future. We are proud to have created a tag line, 'Mera India. Hamara India, for Panorama India", said Sumeeta Kohli, Co-chairperson of Panorama India.
The opening ceremony of India Day 2020 was marked with the National Anthems of both Canada and India followed by welcoming speech by Sumeeta Kohli, remarks from Apoorva Srivastava, and High Commissioner of India, and special messages by VIP and dignitaries, greetings from Panorama Board of Directors, and from Bollywood celebrities.
In her welcoming speech, Sumeeta Kohli said, "We built an online infrastructure that now allows multiple community groups to come together and celebrate. Panorama India’s goal is to provide partnership and build a platform to enable diverse Indo-Canadians to showcase their talent and bridge Indo-Canadian relations to the celebration of culture. Panorama India began as a cultural art on behalf of the Indian outlet. But today it has become a universal platform that propagates the idea that India and Canada can get together.... We want to thank all the Bollywood celebrities, Manoj Joshi, Indian Film and TV actor, Sachin Khedkar, Indian actor, sports personalities, Indian cricketers, Sunil Gavaskar, and Yuvraj Singh, Aditya Dhar, Indian Writer and director of the film Uri, to have made special presentation throughout the celebration and serve our grand parade marshals. " and added,
"Over the next two days you will see over 100 artists before for each of the art segment and the cultural segment. "
Apoorva Srivastava, Consul General of India, in her remarks thanked Sumeeta Kohli, other members of the board of directors, as well as the community members in this first ever virtual celebration of India Day 2020 and Grand Parade Celebrations and added,
India-Canada partnership has strengthened and diversified over the years...India and Canada are natural alliances. Canada has for years welcomed people from India and offered them an opportunity to nourish and prosper. The 1.6 million strong Indo-Canadian community in Canada, affluent, hard working, peaceful and fully integrated...has shown progress from politics to commerce, and academics to arts. 225,000 Indian students form the largest chunk of the international students in Canada. I am very proud that the Indian community has come forward to support not only the stranded Indians and the students but also the largest Canadian society...Under the Vande Bharat Mission, said Apoorva 8000 people had been repatriated till then in 43 flights. Apoorva continued to say that the Consulate had been doing everything from "consular services and facilitating Vande Bharat Mission flights" and added,
"Let me assure that the Consulate would do everything to make the Consulate Home away from Home for all the Indians."
Sumeeta Kohli (left) & Apoorva Srivastava (right). Video grab
Ajay Bisaria, High commissioner of India, during his message to the digital participants and the community, said this being the first online India Day virtual event is an example of innovation to deal with a new virtual world during these trying times and added,
"India is 73 years old, a strong vibrant and peaceful nation committed to protect the integrity of its borders...India has provided relief to its citizens with deep structural reforms. We are making our economy more productive, investments in digital economy. Modi has given a call for a Atma Nirbhar Bharat, which means a self-reliant India...We are proud of 1.6 million strong Indo-Canadian community as well as 700,000 Indian nationals in Canada. 225, ooo Indian students in Canada are part of the dynamic and resilient future of Canada."
Andrew Scheer, Canada's Conservative party leader in his remarks said,
"Canada and India share a long friendship and partnership of respect shard values. Our country is home to over million Indian people who have contributed tremendously to its success, prosperity. This year marks the 74th anniversary of India’s Independence. This reflects the strong bond between India and Canada and celebrate the achievements of Indo-Canadian community."
He thanked the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, India Consulate in Toronto and Panorama India "for putting together such a wonderful event that brings together people from coast to coast."
Ontario premier, Doug Ford, wished the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, the Indian consulate in Toronto, Panorama India and the Indian community in Ontario and around the world a very happy India Day and added,
"The spirit of today will continue to shine as we celebrate Indian culture, India’s heritage. Ontario is proud to have the largest Indian population in Canada who are vibrant and building our economy and social foundations. I want to thank Panorama India and Indian Consul General for tonight’s incredible online celebrations. Thank you to be leaders in the Indian community. Enjoy the digital parade and celebrations. Happy India Independence Day."
Toronto Mayor John Tory in his message said,
"The Indian community in Toronto has played a vital role in building our city not only during this pandemic but also every single day towards a wide variety of sectors including politics, Sciences, business, health care and the arts just to name a few. I hope that today’s India Day celebration would allow us to further recognize those contributions and allow for this important opportunity to share the Indian culture with many others."
Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga said being home to over 54,000 Indo-Canadians and over 156,000 people of South-Asian descent, Mississauga is one of the most diverse and inclusive city in the world and added, "The strong cultural connection and respect our community has for one another has opened up the doors for tremendous opportunities to further promote the bilateral trade between Canada and India...and continue to strengthen our bonds in the days and years to come."
Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton's key message to the virtual participants was that Canada has a proud relationship, a proud friendship with India and said,
"Every time I go to India, I discover something new and fascinating and I have to say that I feel so fortunate, so grateful to be a mirror of Brampton in which we have a large diaspora of Indians. It is so much to our city, so much to our country. The generosity, the sense of family, the sense of friendship, the drive of the community in Canada is incredible."
The segments of the India Day 2020: Patriotic Segment, Cultural Segment, and the Virtual Grand Parade took place on both Aug 15 and Aug 16.
In the patriotic segment heart-felt and soul-touching patriotic melodies are sung by renowned artists and singers to represent the diverse cultural heritage of a unified India. Saanvi Vaanam, a young girl sang the melodious the Indian National Anthem. Deepak Gandhi, R.P.S. Sachdev, Arjun Jasuja were some of the other renowned artists.
The cultural segment of the India Day 2020 reflects the different cultures of India, including Colours of India Fashion shows, Folk dances of different states including Bharatnatyam Fusion, Bollywood performances, Hip Hop Dance performance, Tamil Folk Dance, Holi folk Dance, Gujarati Folk Dance; Classical storytelling, Odissi Bharatnatyam Jugalbandi, Classical Love songs, etc.
The first ever digitally curated Virtual Grand Marshal Parade was a grand success.
"We are proud that for the first time ever Panorama India represents all 28 states. We thank all community organizations that created each of the segments. We know that despite the pandemic situation, you as a community came together to put a beautiful visual story that will be seen over the next two days. We salute all of you for all of your participation and your hard work. We are extremely excited for all of you to see a very special presentation', said Sumeeta in her welcoming speech.
Another amazing event held on 15th Aug at 6 pm on India Day 2020 by Panorama India was Toronto laughs with Sunil Grover.
Sunil Grover. Image credit: Panorama India website
The 2nd day of the India Day 2020 by Panorama Included more state floats, more artists, more performances and the winners announced.
Junior - Rang De India Art Competition, winner was announced by Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto and it was Aditi Shah
Image credit: Twitter handle
Winner of Adult Rang De India Art Competition is Natwarlal Patel.
Image credit: Twitter handle
Natvarlal Patel was also the winner of Sabse Pehle Safety - Face Mask Competition.
Image credit: Twitter handle.
The winners of the floats in the Virtual Grand Parade of Panorama of India Day 2020 were Maharashtra bagging the first prize. Rajasthan and Karnataka were placed second, and the third prize went to the state of Assam.
During the announcement of the prize the judges told that 50 percent of the voting was by the judges and the rest 50 percent by the public and 2766 votes were submitted online by the public.
The judges for this competition were Lalita Krishna, Award winning international Producer of TV Docs, Transmedia projects; Lata Pada, Indian born Choreographer and Bharatnatyam dancer and runs Sampradaya Dance Company, and honored with the highest Civilian Award in Canada,"Order of Canada"; Jake Dheer, Senior Manager with OMNI Television at Rogers Media Inc and has been honoured with numerous awards and recognition in the broadcast industry and for his 35+ years of volunteer community engagement and humanitarian work; and Jasmine Sawant, actor, producer, writer, manager, Co-Founder, and Artistic Co-Director of the award-winning SAWITRI Theatre Group.
Judges of Virtual Grand Parade. Image credit: Facebook page of Panorama India
Image credit: Twitter handle
The main features of Maharashtra depicted are shown in the following slide show. All the images shown in the slide show are video grabs of Panorama India festival 2020.
Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto, shared the winners of the Virtual Grand Parade, 1st Runner up (TIE POSITION) - MHARO RAJASTHAN in India Day 2020 & Virtual Grand Parade. Judges - Lata Pada, Lalita Krishna, Jake Dheer, Jasmine Sawant
Image credit: Twitter Handle of Panorama India
The salient features depicted by the floats Rajasthan of the Virtual Grand Parade of India Day 2020 are shown as below. All the images shown in the slide show are video grabs of Panorama India festival 2020.
Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto, shared the winners of the Virtual Grand Parade's 1st Runner up (TIE POSITION) - NANNA KARNATAKA in India Day 2020 & Virtual Grand Parade. Judges - Lata Pada, Lalita Krishna, Jake Dheer, Jasmine Sawant
Image credit: Twitter handle of Panorama India
Below are shown the salient features of the Karnataka which in tie up with Rajasthan was the winner of 2nd price. All the images shown in the slide show are video grabs of Panorama India festival 2020
Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto to shared the winner of the Virtual Grand Parade's 2nd Runner up - MOR ASOM in India Day 2020 & Virtual Grand Parade. Judges - Lata Pada, Lalita Krishna, Jake Dheer, Jasmine Sawant
Image credit: Twitter handle
Panorama India and the Consulate General of India, Toronto, are pleased to share the Winner of the Critics Choice for the Virtual Grand Parade Winner as NORTH EAST in India Day 2020 & Virtual Grand Parade. Judges - Lata Pada, Lalita Krishna, Jake Dheer, Jasmine Sawant
Image credit: Face Book Page
'Consulate would do everything to create Home away from Home for Indians': Apoorva on 74th India's Independence Day
#Toronto, #Canada; #ConsGenIndiaToronto; #74thIndiaIndependenceDay; #India
Toronto, Aug 16 (Canadian-Media): This year's observance of 74th India's Independence Day on Aug 15 in the office of the Consulate General of India, Toronto was very different and unique due to the Covid19 pandemic.
The observance of the day was a virtual event. Nevertheless it did not lack zeal, enthusiasm and patriotism.
Consulate General of India Toronto office commenced the observation of 74th India's Independence Day on Aug 15 at 10 am by flag hoisting ceremony performed by the Consul General of India Toronto, Ms Apoorva Srivastava followed by India's National anthem.
Flag Hoisting ceremony by Apoorva Srivastava. Image credit: Twitter handle
This was followed by Apoorva Srivastava's speech wishing a very very happy 74th India's Independence Day to the Indian diaspora in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the virtual participants from all across the world.
Srivastava's speech. Image credit: Twitter handle
She then read the excerpts of the Happy Independence Day message of the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind's address to the nation on the eve of India's Independence.
Ram Nath Kovind. Image credit: Twitter handle
Kovind said "August 15 fills us with the excitement of unfurling the tricolour, taking part in celebrations and listening to patriotic songs....The ethos of our freedom struggle forms the foundation of modern India...We are fortunate that Mahatma Gandhi became the guiding light of our freedom movement...The celebrations of Independence Day this year will be rather restrained...Confident of our strengths, we reached out to help other countries in their fight against COVID-19...It has been the tradition of India that we do not just live for ourselves, but work for the well-being of the entire world...The invisible virus has demolished the illusion that human being is the master of nature. I believe, it is still not too late for humanity to correct its course and live in harmony with nature. The pandemic, like climate change, has awakened the global community to our shared destiny...that we are all equal before Mother Nature and...about augmenting health infrastructure...The need to accelerate developments in science and technology...The younger generation has learnt the lessons well, and I believe that the future of India is safe in their hands...Only ten days ago, construction of the temple at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi began, in Ayodhya...People of the country maintained restraint and patience for a long time and reposed unflinching trust in the judicial system...We have a lot to offer to the global community, especially for intellectual and spiritual enrichment and promotion of world-peace. With this spirit, I offer a prayer for the well-being of one and all."
Apoorva once again wished all the a very Happy India Independence Day. She offered her gratitude to 1.6 million Indo-Canadians, 700,000 Indian citizens in Canada, and 225,000 Indian students in Canada who act as a living bridge between India and Canada.
Group Photo at the Consulate office. Image credit: Twitter handle
She said that "while the Consulate welcomed people from India and offered them an opportunity to flourish and prosper, the Indian community has on its part contributed to Canadian life in every field from politics to commerce, from academic to arts," and added,
"I am very proud that the Indian community has come forward during the pandemic not only to support the stranded Indians but also the larger Canadian society."
Apoorva said that the Consulate on its part has been working with associations and helping the stranded Indians in all ways possible. Under the Vande Bharat Mission, said Apoorva 8000 people had been repatriated till then in 43 flights.
Vande Bharat Mission. Image credit: Facebook page
Apoorva continued to say that the Consulate had been doing everything from "consular services and facilitating Vande Bharat Mission flights" and added,
"Let me assure that the Consulate would do everything to create Home away from Home."
She then requested all to participate virtually in various events organized during the weekend including illumination of various iconic sites like Niagara Falls, CN Tower and Toronto Sign, and virtual Panorama India Parade.
#Toronto, #PanoramaIndia; #ConsGenIndiaToronto, #IndiaDay2020
Toronto, Aug 15 (Canadian-Media): On the Day one of its presentation of India Day 2020, Panorama India presenta Virtual Parade Marshalls & Special Guest appearances, Panorama India reports said.
India Day 2020: Virtual Grand Parade. Image credit: Website
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#Toronto; #PanoramaIndia; #India74thIndependenceDay; #IndiaDay2020; #VirtualGrandParade
Toronto, Aug 13 (Canadian-Media): Panorama India, with the support of Consulate General of India, Toronto would celebrate this year India's 74th Independence Day digitally on August 15th and 16th, 2020, media reports said.
Panorama India. Image credit: Twitter handle
14 hours of unique programming would feature the special two-day event ‘India Day 2020 and Virtual Grand Parade’ including over 100 artists from all over Canada, a virtual grand parade represented with more than 28 Indian States, and the highlight event of the weekend ‘Toronto Laughs with Sunil Grover’.
“This is the biggest ever digital celebration of India Day and I am overwhelmed by the community participation this year. We have over 100 phenomenal performances lined up and 28 states represented in our Virtual Grand Parade,” said Sumeeta Kohli, Co-chair, Panorama India in a news release.
Opening ceremony of Saturday, August 15th at 12 PM would commence Panorama India’s India Day 2020 event and concludes on Sunday, August 16th with a special Grand Finale episode of ‘Namaste Live with Panorama India’ announcing competition and float winners.
Toronto Laughs with Sunil Grover, the special presentation, would be telecasted at 6 PM on Saturday, August 15th.
Panorama's Virtual Parade Marshalls throughout the event would be marked by guest appearances by many Bollywood celebrities.
The organization has created for the first time a platform for public voting as well as scoring from the judges for the top three floats.
“I am so proud that the Pandemic is not stopping us from showing our love for our country. This is going to be a grand celebration of our heritage and culture,” said Ms. Apoorva Srivastava, Hon. Consul General of India in Toronto, in a news release.
The India Day 2020 celebrations had kicked off on August 10th on Panorama India’s Facebook and YouTube channel with attractive competitions such as Mera India Photography, Sabse Pehle Safety Face Mask Painting, India Trivia, and Rang De India Painting contests.
In addition, ‘In Conversation With’ series of talks with community leaders and Panorama India Past Chairs, and the daily programmings would showcase what is being brought to the audience on August 15th and 16th.
In the news release, Anuradha Grover Tejpal, Director, Digital Media & PR, Panorama India said that it is an honor to be able to achieve a large-scale digital distribution of the event and added,
"We are going live on our social media channels, Facebook and YouTube as well as on your local favorite channels on Cable and IPTV.”
Co-chair Sanjay Makkar and Executive Director Janak Bhawnani said in the news release that they are grateful to the community organizations and the sponsors, the backbone of this event, for their support in these challenging times, a true celebration of their strength as a community.
As a not-for-profit umbrella organization to help unite various Indian cultural associations and groups, Panorama India projects a common identity based on their Indian heritage, celebrate Unity in Diversity,
Proud to build bilateral relations with India and Canada through culture, Panorama India strives to foster a better understanding between India and Canada.
#Toronto; #74thIndependenceDay; #IconicLocations; #IndianTricolourIlluminated
Toronto, Aug 12 (Canadian-Media): During the observation of 74th Independence Day in Toronto, iconic locations in Ontario like the Niagara Falls, CN Tower and Toronto Signs at Nathan Philip Square are set to be illuminated in the Indian Tricolour, Consulate General of India Toronto office reported.
India Flag. Image credit: Pixaby
Locations dates and time are as follows:
Toronto Sign at Niagara Falls August 15, 2020 20.30 hrs and 22.00 hrs
Toronto Sign at Nathan Phillips Square August 15, 2020 20.30 hrs onwards on rotation basis
Toronto Sign at Nathan Phillips Square August 16, 2020 20.30 hrs onwards on rotation basis
CN Tower August 16, 2020 20.30 hrs onwards on rotation basis
People visiting the events are requested to comply with the guidelines issued by local health authorities relating to COVID-19.
#Alberta; #HinduHeritageMonth; #BMHS
Alberta, Aug 1 (Canadian-Media): Leela Sharon Aheer, Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Minister in Alberta has declared Aug 2020 the month of August as Hindu Heritage Month in Alberta, media reports said.
Leela Sharon Aheer. Image credit: Twitter handle
August is a significant month for Hindu communities, said Aheer as it coincides with Raksha Bandhan, a festival celebrating wisdom and strength, and Krishna Janmashtami, the commemoration of Lord Krishna’s birth date.
Indians celebrate August 15 as an Independence Day in recognition of the day their country became a sovereign nation and the largest democracy in the world, said Aheer in a news release and added,
“I am proud to declare August 2020 as Hindu Heritage Month in Alberta to recognize this diverse community and its contributions to our province. Hinduism is a beautiful faith that reveres all living creatures and teaches respect for different beliefs."
Aheer said that sharing our traditions and heritage by celebrating these important events, help build a stronger, better connected province.
Rasesh Bhagat and volunteers, Bhartiya Multicultural Heritage Society (BMHS) said in the news release that Albertans are working towards promoting and fostering Santan heritage, the ancient culture of Hinduism amongst Albertans who have direct or indirect roots in India and added,
Bhartiya Multicultural Heritage Society. Image credit: Twitter handle
"Our vibrant community of more than 200,000 Albertans, mainly from India, Nepal, Fiji, Kenya, South Africa, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago and other parts of the world, thanks Minister Aheer for her help and support in making Hindu Heritage Month happen. Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam (Whole world is one family)!"