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Thornhill: Vaughan Public Library Asian Heritage Month Launch | May 1

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 | 12:52 PM ET
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CBC TV's Mary Ito


Vaughan Public Library Asian Heritage Month Launch
Thursday May 1, 10:00 a.m.

Asian Heritage Month Opening Celebrations at the Vaughan Public Library,
Bathurst Clark Resource Library, 900 Clark Avenue West, Thornhill, Ontario

Mary Ito, host of CBC Television's Living in Toronto, will launch VPL's Asian Heritage Month celebrations at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library. A traditional dance demonstration will follow her discussion.
Public event: Free

Toronto: Reel Asian at the Toronto Public Library | May 6

Monday, April 7, 2008 | 08:36 PM ET
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Reel Asian: Asian Canada On Screen Heritage Month Event

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 | 6:00 p.m.
Agincourt Branch, 155 Bonis Avenue, Toronto
Free Admission

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with the Toronto Public Library. To mark the occasion, the library is featuring the recently published Reel Asian: Asian Canada On Screen. The Toronto Public Library Event is hosted by the book’s editor Elaine Chang and will feature recent work from filmmakers Nicole Chung (Wilson Leaves Home), Khanhthuan Tran (Good Luck Counting Sheep) and Midi Onodera (Slightseer). Following each short film, Elaine Chang will interview the filmmakers.

Presented by the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and the Toronto Public Library.


Ottawa: Cooking Demonstrations | May 7

Monday, April 7, 2008 | 08:40 PM ET

Exotic Escape: What’s for Dinner
Cooking Demonstrations

Wednesday May 7, 2008 | Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Real Canadian Superstore
190 Richmond Rd., Ottawa
Free admission (with donation of canned or non-perishable food for the Ottawa Food Bank).

Join expert Chef Thuy Nguyen at her What’s for Dinner classes dedicated to the diverse culinary delights of Asia. On May 7th, the class will focus on Vietnamese food.

For more information on Asian Heritage Month in Ottawa, visit the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Societyonline.

Oakville: Asian Heritage Month Event | May 7

Monday, April 7, 2008 | 10:24 PM ET

Asian Heritage Month Event 2008

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 | 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Halton Region Auditorium
1150 Bronte Rd., Oakville, Ontario

Event Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Taste of Asia and Vendors open
6:00 p.m. Opening performance followed by Formal Ceremonies
9:00 p.m. End

Proudly presented by the Halton Regional Police Diversity Office.

For more information contact the Halton Regional Police Diversity Office at 905.825.4727

Toronto: Asian Heritage Month Kick-Off Event | May 8

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 | 08:49 PM ET
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CBC Newsworld's Suhana Meharchand

Asian Heritage Month Kick-Off Event at the Toronto Public Library

Thursday, May 8, 2008 | 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Palmerston Library
560 Palmerston Avenue, Toronto


Author readings with: Judy Fong Bates, Wayson Choy, Anosh Irani and Kim Moritsugu.
Suhana Meharchand, CBC television host of News Today and Newsworld will moderate this free event on the immigrant experience.


Entertainment by Mi Young Kim Dance Company. Refreshments afterwards.


Presented by the Toronto Public Library.

Toronto: Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion | May 9

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 | 06:56 PM ET
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Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion

Friday, May 9 | 8:00 p.m
Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
Tickets: $49.50 - $69.50

Tabla master Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion is one of the most spectacular experiences in contemporary Indian music; a breathtaking display of rhythm, melody and movement. Combining forces with the world's preeminent tabla player are four additional percussionists, two masters of melodic instruments and the dazzling dancing drummers of Manipur. The concert will feature the traditional repertoire of North Indian drumming on tabla in solo and combinations as explorations of the frontier between traditional and contemporary, folk and classical.

For more details: 416.872.4255 | Roy Thomson Hall | MyBindi.com

Read more about Zakir Hussain at IMG Artists.

Toronto & GTA: Origami Workshop for Kids | May 10

Thursday, April 10, 2008 | 08:40 PM ET
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Origami Workshop for Kids

Saturday May 10, 2008 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Toronto Public Library, Palmerston Branch
560 Palmerston Avenue

Learn the ancient art of paper folding. Age 5 and up.

Toronto & GTA: Indian Vegetarian Cooking Demonstration | May 13

Sunday, April 13, 2008 | 08:24 PM ET
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Indian Vegetarian Cooking Demonstration

Tuesday May 13, 2008 | 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Toronto Public Library, Gerrard/Ashdale Branch
1432 Gerrard St. East

Join us for an Indian Vegetarian Cooking demonstration by Mr. Tipu Chowdhury of Siddhartha Restaurant.

Toronto: Abhijit Pohankar with DJ medicine man | May 15

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | 12:20 PM ET
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Abhijit Pohankar with DJ medicine man

Thursday, May 15 | 9:00 p.m.
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W., Toronto
Tickets: $20 advance (from Small World Music), $25 door (guaranteed seating with dinner)

Abhijit Pohankar is one of the most compelling figures in contemporary Indian music, uniquely bridging Indian classical music with chillout lounge grooves, building a remarkably cross-generational and international fan base. The son of Indian music legend Maestro P.T Ajay, whose voice can be heard on Abhijt's break-out album "Piya Bawari" he is a prolific composer in his own right with over 20 albums to date. Abhijit is distinguished as a rare musician who can play Indian classical music on a keyboard. His song "Piya Bawari" was recently chosen for the Buddha Bar compilation, one of the world's best-known series of global groove recordings and a springboard for countless artists to worldwide notoriety. This is his Toronto debut.

In association with No Man's Land Productions.

For more information call: 416.588.0307 | MyBindi.com

Montreal AND Toronto: 10 Moments cyberspace musical dance performance | May 17

Thursday, April 17, 2008 | 02:56 PM ET
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Classical Indian dancer Natasha Bakht


10 Moments cyberspace musical dance performance

Saturday May 17, 2008 | 2:00 p.m.

OBORO gallery
44001, rue Berri, local 301, Montreal

Q music studios
401 Richmond, Toronto

Faithful to its tradition of uniting new technology and cultural traditions, Festival Accès Asie presents 10 Moments, the tenth edition of cyber-improvisation between two cities. In collaboration with gallery OBORO and Q music studios of Toronto, 10 Moments invites you to a virtual meeting that harmonizes the light rhythms of the Chinese bamboo flute, the percussions of an Iranian tombka, and the graceful movements of an Indian dance.

Information: (514) 844-3250 | www.oboro.net | www.accesasie.com | Free entrance

Continue reading for more information on the performance and the performers

Toronto & GTA: Chinese Brush Painting for Kids | May 10, 17, 24, 31

Thursday, April 17, 2008 | 08:43 PM ET
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Chinese Brush Painting

Saturdays May 10, 17, 42, 31| 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Toronto Public Library, Flemingdon Park Branch
29 St. Dennis Drive

Celebrate Asian Heritage month and learn the ancient technique of Chinese brush painting with artist Ma Gaowen. Register in person or by calling 416-395-5820. Age 7 and up.

Brantford: Exhibition: Asking Questions | to May 25

Friday, April 18, 2008 | 01:31 PM ET
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Mansaram, Toronto People Walking By the ROM
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Roorda, Congregation of the Ambivalent

Exhibition: Asking Questions


On until May 25, 2008

Tuesday - Friday | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and Statutory Holidays

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
20 Ava Road, Brantford
Free admission


Asking Questions features the work of artists P. Mansaram, Paul Roorda, Ilona Staples, and Margie Kelk, who use their art to confront issues of religion, politics, and culture. The artists restructure ideas through symbolic imagery or inventive manipulation to question the institutions that define and perhaps control our lives.


Information: info@glenhyrstartgallery.ca | 519.756.5932 | MyBindi.com


Continue reading about the artists

Toronto: Neither Here Nor There | to June 1

Friday, April 18, 2008 | 07:53 PM ET
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Golden Hut by Christine Cheung


Neither Here Nor There: Christine Cheung

May 2 - June 1, 2008 | Wednesday to Saturday 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. | Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Landymore Keith Contemporary Art Gallery
800 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Christine Cheung, a Calgary-based artist, practiced at testing the confines of figurative and abstract painting, will be exhibiting her series Neither Here nor There at Landymore Keith Contemporary Art in Toronto, Ontario from May 2 to June 1, 2008.

In her new series Neither Here nor There, Cheung moves her work from a naturalistic view of localized space to a decidedly messier view of the modern mind's anxious interior. Reflecting the rapid changes in contemporary lifestyle in terms of impermanent careers, transitory relationships and temporary geographic boundaries, the figurative elements are painted over, lost and re-emerge from a culmination of twisting marks, blind jabs, rhythmic movements, incising and layering. The resulting image, unbound to a photographic source or preparatory drawing, takes on its own character: an almost dream-like, fragmented reality. The buried central form in each work, whether anthropomorphic structures or abstracted characters, suggest the encroachment of the environment upon a symbolized sense of self.

Continue reading about the artist

Toronto: Gundecha Brothers | May 24

Thursday, April 24, 2008 | 12:41 PM ET
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Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha: leading Dagarvani Dhrupad singers

Gundecha Brothers

Saturday May 24 | 8:00 p.m.
Enwave Theatre
231 Queens Quay W., Toronto
Tickets: $25 advance (call 416.973.4000), $30 door

Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are India's leading exponents of the Dhrupad style, the spiritual heart of Indian classical music. Among of the most internationally active performers of Dhrupad, these dedicated and immensely talented artists have helped to keep alive this ancient and profound tradition; a musical legacy which freshly resonates today amongst yoga and meditation enthusiasts as well as classical music fans. The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, and Nirala in Dhrupad style. They have numerous recordings on H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House, Senseworld Music, Sundaram Records, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, Navras and Audio Rec London. As well as being an integral part of all of India's most prestigious music festivals, the Gundecha Brothers have performed at many important international festivals and institutions in Europe, the U.S., Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.

For more information visit: MyBindi.com | Dhrupad.org

Toronto: Autorickshaw with special guest Ben Grossman | May 29

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | 12:55 PM ET
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Autorickshaw w/ special guest Ben Grossman

Thursday May 29, 2008 | 8:30 p.m.
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W., Toronto
Tickets: $12 at the door


Autorickshaw's
music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz and funk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw has swiftly risen to become one of the most intriguing acts on the Canadian world music and jazz landscapes.

Their sound showcases the sultry, vocals of Suba Sankaran, anchored by the melodic bass-lines of Rich Brown, over a bed of intricate Indian percussion by Ed Hanley and global rhythms by Patrick Graham. The group's repertoire draws from the classical music of north and south India, jazz and popular music. After garnering a 2004 Juno nomination for World Music Album of the Year and winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005, autorickshaw has once again been nominated for a 2008 Juno Award in the World Music Album of the Year category for "And So the Journey Goes." Autorickshaw's original composition "Heavy Traffic" recently won the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize in World Music.

For more details: call 416.588.0307 | MyBindi.com | autorickshaw.ca

Toronto: CBC Film Screenings | Continuous Journey | May 30

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | 08:41 PM ET
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Filmmaker Ali Kazimi (image courtesy Ali Kazimi)

CBC Film Screenings

Friday, May 30, 2008 | 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
3C-304 at the CBC Building
25 John Street (Between Front Street and Wellington), Toronto

Significant stories on the history of Asian Canadian communities in Canada. Film screenings will include panel talks and special guests.

Continuous Journey

(Ali Kazimi, 2004)
Q & A with Director Ali Kazimi

Seating will be extremely limited, so please RSVP early to North American Association of Asian Professionals (NAAAP) Toronto on the web or via e-mail.

In partnership with:
NAAAP Toronto | Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival | Toronto Sikh Professionals (TSP) | MyBindi.com

With thanks to the National Film Board.

Continue reading for film synopses.

Toronto: CBC Film Screenings | Shadow of Gold Mountain | Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story | May 31

Thursday, May 1, 2008 | 09:02 PM ET
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Promotional still from Shadow of Gold Mountain, courtesy NFB
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Members of the 1941 Asahi Team before disbanding. (Ken Kutsukake, all rights reserved)

CBC Film Screenings

Saturday, May 31, 2008 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
3C-304 at the CBC Building
25 John Street (Between Front Street and Wellington), Toronto

Significant stories on the history of Asian Canadian communities in Canada. Film screenings will include panel talks and special guests.

Shadow of Gold Mountain
(Karen Cho, 2004)

Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story
(Jari Osborne, 2003)
Q & A with Silva Basmajian (Executive Producer - NFB) & CBC Senior Executive Andrew Johnson

Seating will be extremely limited, so please RSVP early to North American Association of Asian Professionals (NAAAP) Toronto on the web or via e-mail.

In partnership with:
NAAAP Toronto | Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival | Toronto Sikh Professionals (TSP) | MyBindi.com

With thanks to the National Film Board.

Continue reading for film synopses.