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September 1

Third Annual South Asian Day

A colourful show featuring five hours of entertainment

Including dance, fashion and exciting concerts by

Talented performers from South Asia and the Caribbean

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Toronto



September 3

Ghulam Ali, the ghazal maestro, and Anup Jalota, the bhajan king

At an Evening of enchanting and unforgettable ghazals and bhajans

Presented by Asian Video Movies Wholesalers Inc.

Payal Banquet Hall, Mississauga

Info: 905-564-7676


Sep 5 – 16

UMRAO by Geetanjali Shree

In English translation based on the novel Umrao Jan Ada
Directed and Adapted by Sally Jones

Info: 416-654-9231


September 7  4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

September 8  11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

September 9  11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Vegetarian Food Fair

The largest annual event of its kind in North America!

 A fun-filled weekend celebration offering opportunities to sample vegetarian cuisine and learn more about making healthful, ethical and earth-friendly food choices.
Presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association

York Quay Centre ... free admission


September 8   7 p.m.

Classic Hit songs, and dances by Natraj Dance Academy

Presented by RR Entertainment & Asian Connections

In association with Paise Link Canada

Burton Auditorium  York University

Info: Ranbir Chauhan 416-456-8520  Gaurav Bazaz 416-561-4247


September 15  7 p.m.

Indian Musical Performance

Hariharan, Indian Musical sensation, with others

Air Canada Centre  Toronto

Info: 416-870-8000


September 21

12th Annual Fundraising Dinner

South Asian Family Support Services

La Suhaag Hall  Brampton

Info: 416-431-4847


September 28   6:30 p.m.

'History as Fiction, Fiction as History'

Speech by Tariq Ali South Asia's most famous

overseas son who shot to international fame in the sixties

organized by the Canadian Arab Federation and the Council of Pakistani

University of Toronto OISE Auditorium, Toronto



September 28   7:30 p.m.

Raag Aur Nritya

Azalea Ray (Singer)  Sukalyan Bhattacharjee (Dancer)

ICC presentation

Burnhamthorpe Library Theatre  Mississauga

Info: Bhadra Kothari 905-820--659


September 29   8 p.m.

Bahu-Rang (Colours) by Dr Shiva

An in-depth audio-visual choral presentation of Folk Music from India

3rd World Premiere of Rashtravani (voice of a nation)

Hammerson Hall  Living Arts Centre  Mississauga

Info:  416-657-6126  905-513-8743


August 9

The Toronto Percussion Ensemble

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Info: 416-973-3000


August 10-12

Friday  6 p.m.  to 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Panorama 2001 Gala Festival

in coordination with the Consulate General of India

Scarborough Civic, Toronto

Info: Surinder Sharma  Co-Chair,  Panorama India  416-871-1718    
Madhu Tahiliani  Co-Chair, Panorama India   905-826-7077


August 11   7.30 p.m.

Concert featuring World-renowned Bansuri (bamboo flute) Player

Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia accompanied on Tabla by Pt Swapan Chaudhury

Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, Toronto

Info: 1-866-287-9378   905-502-9589 


August 17-19

Masala! Mehndi! Masti!

Magic Feet Canada in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Info: 416-973-3000  or  Abhishek Mathur 416-910-5057


August 18  6 p.m.

Gurdas Mann  Presented by Live2U

Brampton Centre for Sports & Entertainment, Brampton

Info: Aprinder Gill  416-899-8989


August 18-19

Filmi 2001

Second Annual Toronto South Asian Film Festival

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto



August 18

RUN FOR FUN - 1000 km Relay Run-a-Thon

Children and youth, 15 years or under, can also participate.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji Stadium, Mississauga
Info: Taranpreet Kaur 905-455-5493 or Rajvinder Singh  905-794-3665


August 19

South Asians in Ontario celebrate India’s Independence Day

Dinner and Dance Sangam Banquet Hall, Mississauga

Info: Sam Chopra  416 653-3555


August 19

Pakistan Independence Mela

A five-hour variety entertainment show

Markham Fairgrounds, Markham


August 23-24

Umarao featuring Ellora Patnaik as Umrao

by Geetanjali Shree in an English translation

Based on the classic Urdu novel Umrao Jan Ada

Directed by Sally Jones  Presented by Rasik Arts

Yorkwoods Theatre, Toronto

Info: 416-654-9231


August 24  8.30 p.m.

Aftab-e-Gazal featuring Ghazal Singer Sudhir Narain (from Agra, India)

Organised by Venus Arts

1350 Burnhamthorpe Road  Library Hall,  Mississauga


August 24-26

Hot & Spicy Food Festival

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Info: 416-973-3000


August 26

Gala Picnic at Kelso Park

Organised by Asha Jyoti, a charitable association, is involved in helping poor

Students and special projects in India. Done through Volunteers in Canada.

Ticket $15 - includes catered lunch & entrance to the park. Limited to 200 people

Info: Jag Bajaj at 905-828-5915


August 27 – September 2   1 p.m.

A photographic exhibition and cooking demonstration

Indo-Canadian Cultural Programmes

By Panorama India in partnership with CNE

CNE, Toronto

Info:  Surinder Sharma Co-Chair Panorama India 416-871-1718   
Madhu Tahiliani  Co-Chair, Panorama India   905-826-7077




August 6-31 Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 4 p.m.

PICS is offering Punjabi classes for children aged 6 to 13

At office adjoining the PICS surrey office #109-12414 82nd Avenue

Info: Aman or Monika at 604- 596-7722.


August 10-12

South Asian Diaspora: An International Conference on Secularism, Democracy and Social Justice

Organized by the International South Asia Forum (INSAF)

Hosted by SANSAD South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy

Scholars, specialists and delegates will be attending from South Asia, North America and elsewhere

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

Conference details and registration form on Web site:

Info: SANSAD  604-420-2972


August 11   7 p.m.

Dance Presentation “Dropadi” and “The Man is Innocent”

Performance by Aparna Sindhoor of Navrasa Dance Theatre

Performing Arts Theatre of Douglas College, New Westminster

Info: SANSAD  604-420-2972


August 11   11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

South Vancouver Community Festival 7th Annual Event

Organised by South Vancouver Area Community Service Providers

Bobolink Park at 61st and Nanaimo in Vancouver


August 11  1-30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sikh Youth Seminar: On “Sikhism – A universal message and its relevance today” for Age 13 and up. Sikh youth will also present their topics on many other issues and concerns on Sikhism.

Sponsored by The Canadian Sikh Studies and Teaching Society

Southhall (Mehfil Room), 8273 Ross Street, Vancouver

Info: Harbhajan Singh Manocha  604-325-9230,  Puran Singh Gill  604-325-3784.


August 12  12 noon- 5 p.m.

Multifest 2001

Multicultural entertainment, a variety of displays, games and other activities, and include ethnic foods at reasonable prices,

King George Park (No. 5 Road and Cambie Road) in Richmond

Info: Balwant Sanghera  604-233-8399  Fax 604-278-2609


August 14 – 22

Weekdays: 7.30 p.m.  Saturdays and Sundays: 11 a.m.

Discourses by Swami Shree Satyamitranand Giriji of Hardwar

Hindu Temples at Burnaby, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria

Info: Rasik Joshi 604-597-1323 Dahyalehai Rathod  604- 431-4562.


August 19  10.30 a.m.

Walkathon of the Millennium – a 10-km walk along the Seawall, followed by a picnic lunch and games for youth - to support Operation Eyesight Universal organizing camps for diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases in developing countries, including India

Third Beach in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. It will be a 10-km

Info: Arvind Thakore 604-925-0976,  Ashok Bhargava 604-590-3302  or Vijay Verma 604-738-1769.


August 25   7 p.m.

Variety show featuring the youth of Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation

and other performing artists of Vancouver

Norman Rothstein Theatre, Jewish Community Centre, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Info: Asha Lohia 604-879-8319, Abhay Srivatsava 604-527-3815, Chandra Bhan 604-596-3845, or Dhan Sharma 604-582-3981. Web site at www.PJSOM.ORG

July 9-13
Talk by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

July 13    8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Maa ka Jagran by Chanchal, leading singer from India well-known for devotional numbers.
6875 Professional Court, Mississauga, Ont L4V 1X6
Info: 416-561-4247 or 416-457-9086

July 13-16
Talk by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
Triumph Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel  Toronto

July 14-15
Rath Yatra 2001
Info: 416-922-5415

July 15
Curtain Raiser cum Fund Raising Dinner
"Panorama India - showcasing Indo-Canadian Unity in Diversity" in association with Consulate General of India, Toronto - organizing for the 3rd year in succession Indian Independence Day 2001 festivities - part of the festivities
Payal Banquet Hall on July 15
Info: Surinder Sharma  Co-Chair,  Panorama India  416-871-1718     
Madhu Tahiliani  Co-Chair, Panorama India   905-826-7077 

July 20
Dosti 2001
Info: 416 402 4157

July 21
South Indian Classical Music Concert
With KG Jayan, Thanathevy (violin), Gowri Shankar (mridangam)
Centennial College  Scarborough  Toronto
Info: Bharati Kala Manram

July 21   7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Mehfil-e-Qirat and Hamd-o-Naat
Ontario Science Centre  Toronto
Info: Islamic Supreme Council of Canada

July 22   3p.m.

Desi Peace Concert  Junoon Live in Concert with Abrar-ul-Haq & Fakhar-e-Alam
Molson Amphitheatre Ontario Place, Toronto
Info: 416-989-8555  or  416-531-3009

July 28

Miss India - Canada 2001 Pageant
Zeenat Aman to crown the winner
International Plaza Hotel, Toronto
Win a round trip to India plus many more prizes.
Info: Kush Agnihotri  416-744-0239

July 29  4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

AWIC (Association of Women of India in Canada) celebrates 25th year
Fairview Library Theatre, 35 Fairview Mall Drive, North York, Toronto
"Moods and Rhythms" for young women, between the ages of 15 and 23 years, is being organised as a part of the festivities.
Info: AWIC office - 416-499-4144  Vanita Seth - 905-660-7999 Sunita Saggar 905-479-2447

June 30-July 2

Biennial North American Marathis convention in Calgary
Theme: " When Aspirations Transcend the Sky"
3000 delegates expected from  Canada and USA
Info: Brihan Maharashtra Mandal of North America

July 5   7 p.m.

Fifth Annual Achievement Awards for Grade 12 students of Surrey and North Delta schools 
Grand Taj Banquet Hall at 8384-128th Street, Surrey B
Info: Avtar Badasha 604-418-5433  or Jolly Dhaliwal 604-551-0014

July 6-8

25th Annual Convention of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Canada
Presentations on various aspects of Islam. Guided tour of the Mosque.
Bai'tul Islam Mosque, 10610 Jane Street, Maple, Ont L6A 1S1
Info: 905-303-4000 extn 246 or 416-748-1234 extn 246      

July 8    12 noon to  11 p.m.

Guyana Canadian Musical Awards
Ellas Banquet Hall, 35 Danforth Road, Toronto
Info: 416-609-2733  or  416-449-2031

July 13    8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Maa ka Jagran by Chanchal, leading singer from India well-known for devotional numbers.
6875 Professional Court, Mississauga, Ont L4V 1X6
Info: 416-561-4247 or 416-457-9086

July 15 

Curtain Raiser cum Fund Raising Dinner
"Panorama India - showcasing Indo-Canadian Unity in Diversity" in association with Consulate General of India, Toronto - organizing for the 3rd year in succession Indian Independence Day 2001 festivities - part of the festivities
Payal Banquet Hall on July 15
Info: Surinder Sharma  Co-Chair,  Panorama India  416-871-1718     
Madhu Tahiliani  Co-Chair, Panorama India   905-826-7077 

Om Summer Solstice Festival - June 15 -17, 2001

"This is the fourth time that we will gather to celebrate the beginning of summer. Each year we grow and travel throughout the world and within ourselves. Once again we return to our roots to rediscover the importance of a strong conscious community, to learn, to teach, to share... Welcome Om, a weekend of camping, swimming, music, dancing, art, and creativity awaits you...

The 4th annual Om Summer Solstice Festival will take place this year on the weekend of June 15, 16, and 17, 2001. The location is is a beautiful site on privately-owned land, just north of Bancroft, Ontario. Specific directions and map have now been posted in the location section... *Actual site photo (above)! Please note that the gates open at 4:20pm on Friday, June 15. Please do not arrive any earlier as you will not be admitted.

Click on the items on the left to learn about tickets, venue, line-ups, etc. And as the date gets closer, look for “Mo’-Inf-Om,” your guide to what’s going on around the festival. All visual and cerebral submissions welcome. Please contact:

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Om festival will be used to support a solar energy project. Looking forward to celebrating with you again!"

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