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What's On: Fair Play Marks Centennial of Komagata Maru Incident

This year marks the centennial of what's been called the Komagata Maru incident. A boat full of Sikh men who had arrived on the shores of Vancouver were denied entry to Canada. A video installation commemorates this anniversary, and is one of the many events to see this weekend:

Fair Play
Nov 8 - Nov 16
OCAD University

Inspired by the story of Komagata Maru incident, Ali Kazimi made a documentary called Continuous Journey in 2004. Now he's made 10 vignettes of stereoscopic 3D moving images of people living on the shore during those racially charged times. Kazimi hopes this installation inspired people to immerse themselves "into the spaces and lives of the characters."

For more information, check out the South Asian Visual Art Collective website.

Reel Asian Film
Nov 6 - Nov 16
Various Location

This annual celebration of contemporary Asian cinema and films from the Asian diaspora brings a range of films such as Awesome Asian Bad Guys and Fandry to Toronto. While Awesome Asian Bad Guys is described as "an Asian American answer to The Expendables," Fandry is a critically lauded indie film by poet and director Nagraj Manjule about a lower caste Indian teen boy falling in love with an upper caste girl.

For more information, check out the Reel Asian Film Festival website.

Pomegranate Film Festival
Nov 5 - Nov 9
Armenian Youth Centre

This festival celebrating Armenian inspired film will showcase one of the most talked about Canadian films this year, Atom Egoyan's The Captive. Egoyan will be present for a Q&A after the screening of his film.

For more information, check out the Pomegranate Film Festival website.

International Diaspora Film Festival
Nov 7 - Nov 9
Carlton Cinema

The festival says "Toronto audiences with an opportunity to experience the cultural mosaic of the present world through the medium of cinema."

For more information, check out the International Diaspora Film Festival website.

Nov 8 onwards
The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Rather than the usual mythological stories that are the stuff of ballet productions, this modern story by Sit Kenneth MacMillan has been praised for its social realism. Manon is based on a 18th C novel about the courtesan Manon, "whose ill-fated love for the callow student des Grieux drives her from the Parisian demi-monde to the swamps of Louisiana."

For more information, check out the National Ballet of Canada website.

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Nov 7 - Nov 16
The Ex

So what if the fair heralds the imminent arrival of winter?! Enjoy its many charms -- from butter sculptures and horse shows to other delights of Canadian agricultural life.

For more information, check out the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair website.

In Concert: Shift K3Y
Nov 7

The British artist's song Touch rose up to the No. 3 spot on British charts.

For more information, check out the Supemarket website.

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