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One Fire Movement presents – One Day – A Song For Peace

One Day was recorded with seven Toronto based artists including: Ania Soul, Brendan Albert, Jessica Speziale, Dean West, Alissa Vox Raw, Rory O’Hearn, and Tony Roost with a message of world peace and a portion of the songs proceeds going toward Amnesty International and the fight for human rights.

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The song One Day was recorded in Kensington Market at Pawn Shop Studios by Juno award winning producer Mike Langford. The music video was shot in the world famous Kensington Market in Toronto.

The song and video is released with a campaign titled One Day Starts Now. The campaign is social awareness project meant to engage people into thinking about what they can do to help change the world.

One Fire Movement is an arts based organization that helps promote positivity and awareness via photography, video, music, clothing and events in support of charity organizations. With a mission to help bring about global peace and unity by sharing the message of WE ARE ONE.

Join the campaign: www.onedaystartsnow.com

One Day is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one…
Video shot and directed by Jason Lutz for Bootleg Beta
Additional video footage by Fred Yurichuk and Josh Haggerty
Video edited by Jason Lutz

For more info on One Fire Movement:
www.onefiremovement.com 

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Warraich Grill Naach Meri Jaan Toronto – Participant Focus

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The Warraich Grill Naach Meri Jaan Toronto Dance competition is the first Indian Dance Reality Competition in North America. The auditions, organized by Glitterati Entertainment and Sanskriti Arts, began in March with the Toronto finals to take place on April 25, 2015 at the Randolph Academy of Arts at Bloor and Bathhurst. Judges include Bollywood star Javed Jaffri, Bollywood actor Vatsal Seth, Puja Amin and ace choreographer Rujuta Vaidya.

Beginning in March with auditions, over thirty participants took part in the semi-finals which occurred on April 4, 2015 at Sanskriti Dance and Yoga Center, 2249 Dunwin Dr, Mississauga, Ontario. This fantastic dance opportunity has brought out amazing talent in our city.

Mayank Paul, a nineteen year old student studying at York University, was given a ticket to the semi-finals after having passed the first audition in Brampton. Beginning to dance at the young age of two his Fusion –Bollywood inspired dance style won praise from the judges in the auditions. His dream is to use this great platform to showcase his talents to a wider audience.

Gautam Tiwari, eighteen, works as a dance instructor after having completed Grade 12. Born in Montreal, he moved to Toronto when he was 5 and completed his schooling here. Gautam’s preferred dance style is mainly hip-hop although for this competition he performed a fusion composition. He started dancing at the age of fourteen and his passion is to make dance a career. Both of them have paired up together to make an amazing duet team for the finals!

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Medha Wadhwa

Medha Wadhwa is an absolute delight to speak too! Her enthusiasm for life both on and off the dance floor radiates from her. At the young age of thirteen, Medha already has many achievements to her credit. Studying at Hawthorne Village Public School in Milton, she has had dance run through her blood since being a toddler of two. She began her formal training in Bharathanatyam, a classical Indian dance form at the age of five.

In addition to dance, Medha also participates in competitive gymnastics and has won many awards in this sport as well. She became interested in the Naach Meri Jaan competition after having placed as a runner-up in the Aaja Naachle Canada competition that took place in January and February of this year. At the suggestion of one of the judges, she decided to give this competition a chance. Her motivation to dance is to make people smile and has visions to reach a much wider audience. She is clearly looking forward to the Grand Finale taking place in New York!

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Natasha Balakrishnan

Our final participant focus is on Natasha Balakrishnan, a South Indian of Tamil origin, born in Kerala and raised in the Middle East where she began her Bharathanatyam training at the age of five. Moving to Toronto at the age of fifteen, Natasha completed her undergraduate degree at York University and is currently completing her last semester in the Law Clerk Program from Humber College. Natasha has a wide range of dance styles that she enjoys sharing including, but not limited to, Bollywood, classical, hip hop, contemporary, Ghana, and Bhangra. Her passion and enthusiasm for dance has further developed as she competed and danced for the South Asian Alliance of York University and the Tamil Students’ Association. Continuing her passion for dance, she has moved on to doing her own choreography and has started her own YouTube channel where she shares her vision and choreography. Dancing makes Natasha happy-completely transforming her from a shy, quiet girl to a whirlwind of energy and vitality. Her ability to convey her emotions through this art form is clear to anyone who watches her.

The future lies open for these young performers. The five or six minutes of dance that we witness does not really show the hours and hours of practise, commitment and struggle they have gone through to get to this level. Along with them are parents, siblings, extended family members and friends who all wait with bated breath to see what’s next. Wishing all of them the best, we look forward to seeing these and all the other talented young dancers at the Toronto Finals!

The names of the competitors who are heading to the Toronto finals on April 25, 2015 include:

KIDS SOLO:
  • Krystal Grover
  • Shreya Kaushik
  • Mrigank Kothyari
  • Medha Wadhwa
  • Janvi Pathak
  • Neha Javed
  • Isherdeep Gill
  • Ishika Talwar
KIDS GROUP:
  • Sanskriti Arts Junior Ensemble
  • Agarwals Based in Canada
  • Sanskriti Arts Junior Ensemble
ADULT SOLO:
  • Erika Ramirez
  • Vrudhee Shah
  • Arshiya Bhan
  • Natasha Balkrishnan
  • Auyonika Choudhury
  • Sanskruti Marathe
  • Mihrin Popatiya
  • Dilrazvinder Sidhu
ADULTS GROUP:
  • Tricube
  • Agarwals Based in Canada
  • Ambitious Movement
DUET:
  • Harvi Karatha and Jenine Paulose
  • Kavya Pathak and Kashish Pathak
  • Mayank Paul and Gautam Tiwari
  • Yugti Khaira and Jalay Trivedi
KIDS SOLO:
Manav Sharma
WILDCARD ENTRY:
ADULT SOLO:
  • Saffatt Al Munsur

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PM TO WELCOME INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI TO CANADA

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, will visit Canada from April 14 to 16, 2015, making stops in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.

Prime Minister Modi’s bilateral visit to Canada – his first since taking office – will provide an opportunity for the leaders to reaffirm the close relationship between Canada and India and to discuss ways to further broaden its scope. Increased cooperation in the fields of science and technology, innovation, education, security, counter-terrorism and energy are expected to feature prominently in discussions.

  • Canada and India have long-standing and positive bilateral relations based on shared values of democracy, pluralism and a mutual interest in expanding trade.
  • India is Canada’s largest trading partner in South Asia and continues to be a priority market under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan.
  • With bilateral merchandise trade totaling nearly $6.33 billion in 2014, a market of more than 1.2 billion people, and a predicted economic growth of 6.4 per cent in 2015, India represents exciting opportunities for Canadian businesses.
  • Prime Minister Harper first met Prime Minister Modi on the margins of the G‑20 Summit in Australia in November 2014. Prime Minister Harper also visited India in November 2012 and November 2009.
  • This is the first bilateral visit to Canada by an Indian Prime Minister since 1973.

“Canada and India enjoy a close friendship based on shared values of democracy, pluralism and a mutual interest in expanding trade. India’s growing economy presents enormous opportunities for Canada and I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Modi to further strengthen bilateral relations and expand our trade and investment ties with a view to benefitting citizens of both countries.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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Team DD International Women’s Day Celebrations -Report

DD International Women’s Day Celebrations on March 8, 2015

@ The Meeting House, Oakville.

GUESTS OF HONOUR:

  • Dr..K Kellie Leitch MP (Minister of Labour & Status of Women)
  • Bonnie Crombie (Mayor, Mississauga)
  • Kevin Daniel Flynn (Minister of Labour and Member of Treasury Board)
  • Dr. Asha Seth (Canada’s first Indo-Canadian female Senator)

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Usha Venkatesan (Vice Consul Consulate General of India)
  • Anu Srivastava (Chair, Panorama India)
  • Kripa Sekhar (Executive Director of the South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC)
  • Dr.Deepali Dewan (Senior Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, & Teacher in the Dept. of Art @ University of Toronto)
  • Lata Pada (Founder & Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations)
  • Shobha Shekar (Carnatic and Hindustani Classical Singer)
  • Dr.Kala Sridhar (Assistant Professor within the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Toronto & head of the genitourinary cancers medical oncology site group at the Princess Margaret Hospital)
  • Anu Vittal (Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC))
  • Sandhya Srivatsan (Carnatic Musician, Gerontologist and Music Therapy Researcher)
  • Indira Naidoo-Harris (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, focusing on long-term care)

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Toronto: The International Women’s Day has been celebrated the world over with events marking and celebrating the day since 1911. This year, the Dancing Damsels Inc.-now known as “Team DD”- a registered non-profit Multicultural Arts Promotions Company for Women Empowerment, commemorated the day at The Meeting House,Oakville on March 8, 2015. The event celebrated and recognized the social, economic and political success of women in our community.

Federal Minister Dr..K Kellie Leitch MP (Minister of Labour & Status of Women), Bonnie Crombie (Mayor, Mississauga), Provincial Minister Kevin Daniel Flynn (Minister of Labour and Member of Treasury Board) and Dr. Asha Seth (Canada’s first Indo-Canadian female Senator) jointly inaugurated the event by the lighting the traditional Indian lamp followed by the Canadian National Anthem.

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Audience @ DD International Women’s Day 2015

Usha Venkatesan (Vice Consul Consulate General of India), Anu Srivastava (Chair, Panorama India), Kripa Sekhar (Executive Director of the South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC), Dr.Deepali Dewan (Senior Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, & Teacher in the Dept. of Art @ University of Toronto), Lata Pada (Founder & Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations), Shobha Shekar (Carnatic and Hindustani Classical Singer), Dr.Kala Sridhar (Assistant Professor within the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Toronto & head of the genitourinary cancers medical oncology site group at the Princess Margaret Hospital), Anu Vittal (Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC)), Sandhya Srivatsan (Carnatic Musician, Gerontologist and Music Therapy Researcher), and Indira Naidoo-Harris (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, focusing on long-term care) attended the event and shared their thoughts on women empowerment.

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DD WOMEN ACHIEVERS 2015 @ AWARD CEREMONY

Hon.Dipika Damerla MPP (Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, responsible for Long-Term Care and Wellness )-Politics, Asha Vishwanath (President of Kannada Sangha Toronto) -Community Leadership, Brandy Leary (Founder Anandam Dancetheatre)- Arts & Cultural Integration , Thresia Thomas (Woman behind the success –through various Associations) -Community Service,Ramneek Singh (Indian Classical Vocalist) -Music, Ravinder Malhi (Founder of Toronto Aesthetics & Hair Academy -Business, Malavilly Varatharajan (Provincial and Regional record holder in cross-country)-Sports, Puja Amin (Owner and Director of Sanskriti Arts in Toronto and President of Bollycore! )- Performing Arts, Dr.Arthy Saravanan (Mrs. India International 2014) –Volunteering , Angie Seth (On Air Reporter Global News Toronto )-Media & Communication, Reena Deon (South Asian creative still Photographer ,Photo Journalist) -Photography, and Lata Menon (Barrister and Solicitor ) -Law, Mary David (the first woman in the Seiwa Kai (“Say wa keye”) GoJu Ryu Organization in Canada to earn her 5th Degree Black belt) –received the DD Women Achievers 2015 Awards.

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International variety Entertainment Programs @ IWD 2015

International variety entertainment programs by Bollycore; Belly Up; Zumba Canada; Ontario Heartland Chorus; RAW; Toronto Strings; Mommy and Baby Fitness; etc were amazing and mind blowing -and the audience really enjoyed it. In addition, there was Martial Arts –Karate by Mary David (Award Winner) and live concert by Ramneek Singh (Award Winner) to make it a complete treat.

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TEAM SONIJYA RAJ – MEGA SPONSOR

Team Sonijya Raj of Re-Max Realty was the Mega Sponsor of this event.

The other sponsors are: Kulwant Singh Deo (Deol Law Office), Air Route Travels, SandS Holidays, Riya Travels, Chaitanya Health Services, The Nilgrisl Tandoori Cook House, Joseph Shaji (Homelife Today Realty Ltd.), Sujit Nair (CANFIN Financial Group), Sunil Vazhavilla (Mortgage Alliance), Thomas Classes, Smt. Mala Pisharody of Adishankara Academy of Performing Arts, JoseKutty Jose of Remax Realty, Suresh Raman of Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage, and Zac santhosh Koshy (Re-Max Realty).
Bindu Mathew and Minu Jose were the MCs of the evening.

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Jobson Easow: Acclaimed Conservative M P Candidate in Markham Thornhill

Toronto: Canadian Malayalee Jobson Easow has beeen acclaimed as the Member of Parliament Candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in Markham Thornhill.

Born and brought up in Kerala, India and educated at Kerala University, Jobson Easow immigrated with his family to Canada in 1993.
He has worked in a number of business environments with varying levels of responsibility, including being the Manager of Hilton Suites, Markham. Currently he is the President of Elite Digital Solutions and Wraps on the Go Corporation. His business ventures give him great insight into the resources required to be a successful business owner in the city of Markham, and the high standards that residents of Markham expect from businesses in the area.

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JOBSON EASOW: MP CANDIDATE

Since his arrival in Canada, he has been very active in the civic life of the City of Markham. His goal is to advance community engagement and a sense of belonging for the diverse communities in Markham. The City truly operates like a “global village”, and Jobson Easow’s dream is to see all residents of Markham finding ways to share their cultural values within their local neighborhoods, to create a vibrant and lively community. Highlights of his volunteer outreach include serving as the chair of Markham Race Relations Committee and Box Grove FunFest, Markham. He was also the co-chair of the Many Faces of Markham event and founder of the popular Markham South Asian Festival. He serves on the Board of Directors of Box Grove Community Association and Markham Village Music Festival. As the director of the South Asian Arts and Cultural organization, he has organized cultural events that encouraged broader participation from different communities. As an advisor to “Building a Creative Markham” Committee, he works with a large number of individuals and organizations to find new ways to promote creativity and innovation.
In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his selfless community service in Canada. The City of Markham also recognized him in the council chamber by the Mayor for his outstanding and dedicated community work in the City of Markham.
Jobson Easow values integrity, transparency and accountability and is committed to working towards them. He believes in teamwork and collaboration to address the many social issues that impact individuals and communities. He is committed to enhancing the well being of our communities. jo2His chosen areas of community involvement speak to his philosophy that strong families build strong communities. He encourages young people in Markham to get involved in all areas of community life and increase their knowledge about other cultures and local industries. Similarly, he urges business-owners to links with their customers in a way that is meaningful to them while recognizing that Markham is now one of the most popular cities for families to call home within the province.
He has been active in the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and is serving as Board of Director in Markham-Thornhill & Markham-Stouffville Association. He subscribes to the philosophy and values of the Conservative Party and fully endorse the Conservative Platform.
His goal is to promote:
• Youth employment
• Economic security for families
• Community safety and security

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Positions held in the Community Organizations:

Recipient- Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal
Chair- Markham Race Relations Committee
Chair- Box Grove FunFest 2013, Markham
Co-Chair- Many faces of Markham Event
Co-Chair – Markham South Asian Festival
Board of director – Box Grove Community Association
Director – South Asian Arts and Cultural organization
Board of director – Markham Music festival
Advisor – Building a Creative Markham Committee
Secretary – The Ecumenical Fellowship of Toronto
Secretary -The Canadian Mar Thoma Church, Toronto
Diocesan Assembly Member of North America & Europe representing,
Canadian Mar Thoma Church, Toronto
Senior Advisor for National Youth Conference of North America & Europe 2006

As the general election is just around the corner, he is looking forward to our continued support to win and represent us in Ottawa as our Member of Parliament.

For more info about Jobson, visit his official website: http://www.jobsoneasow.ca/ or

  E-mail: jobson@jobsoneasow.ca. You can reach him @ (647)404-9532 to offer your support.

Report by: Jaison Mathew (WNN)

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PM announces recipients of the third Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today honoured the recipients of the third Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards (PMVA) at a special ceremony in Toronto. He was accompanied by Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance.

The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards recognize two national recipients – one for lifelong achievement and one for an emerging leader – as well as 15 regional recipients, including individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The awards also highlight best practices in community leadership and encourage partnerships across sectors.

National award recipients are:

Lifelong Achievement: Dr. Myron & Mrs. Elaine Semkuley, Calgary, Alberta.
Emerging Leader: Matt Cardwell, Whitby, Ontario.
Regional award recipients are:

Community Leader: Cody O’Brien (Atlantic); Sylvie Ethier (Quebec); Dr. Syed Aslam Daud (Ontario); Rev. (Dr.) Deborah Olukoju (Prairies); and Raghbir Singh Bains (British Columbia and the North).
Business Leader: LaHaveRiver Credit Union (Atlantic); Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services (Quebec); The Printing House Limited (Ontario); Chandos Construction Ltd. (Prairies); and Victory Square Labs (British Columbia and the North).
Social Innovator: New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO – Sistema New Brunswick) (Atlantic); La Tablée des Chefs (Quebec); Haven on the Queensway (Ontario); Canadian Western Agribition (Prairies); and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (British Columbia and the North).
The recipients were presented with medals, certificates and lapel pins during the ceremony. As part of their recognition package, each recipient will identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a one-time funding grant in their honour. Not-for-profit organizations identified by the 15 regional awards recipients will each receive $5,000, and those identified by the two national awards recipients will each receive $10,000.

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Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage

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Labour Minister Kevin Flynn

Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015. Minimum wage rates for jobs in special categories (liquor servers, homeworkers, students, etc.) are also increasing at the same time.

The increase is the result of recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) that tie minimum-wage increases to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index (CPI). This was recommended by the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel in its final report last year.

Increasing the minimum wage in a fair and predictable manner is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

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Boby Chemmanur -Universal Peace Ambassador

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Universal Peace Federation (UPF) have honored with the prestigious award of Ambassadors for Peace for charity activities for social cause.
This can be counted as one of the lifetime achievements, as he has now created his international identity amongst many other countries..
UPF Launched in 2001, Ambassadors for Peace is the largest and most diverse network of peace leaders. They come from all walks of life representing many races, religions, nationalities, and cultures, and commit to: Stand on the common ground of universal moral principles, promoting reconciliation, overcoming barriers, and building peace. Form a global network representing the diversity of the human family and all disciplines of endeavor. Promote cooperation beyond boundaries of religion, race, ethnicity, and nationality. Practice living for the sake of others as the guiding principle for building a global community.
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) promotes the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and encourages people to work for peace through serving their communities without .
People from all strata of life, more than 50,000 diplomats, clergy, civic leaders, current and former heads of state have been appointed as Ambassadors for Peace.

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Nupura School of Music & Dance Annual Show on March 28

NUPURA MUSIC AND DANCE SCHOOLS ANNUAL SHOW WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 28 AT HAROLD M BRATH SECONDARY SCHOOL BRAMPTON .
NUPURA HAD STARTED ABOUT 9 YEARS BACK , AT TORONTO.
BHARATHANATYAM , MOHINIYATTAM , KUCHUPUDI AND SOUTH INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC – THESE ARE THE MAIN COURSES OFFERED IN NUPURA
AIM Of NUPURA IS GIVING EXPOSURE TO SOUTH INDIAN ART FORMS WITHOUT LOOSING THE AUTHENTICITY , AND PREPARING STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS IN FUTURE AND GIVING EXPOSURE TO KIDS IN VARIOUS ART FORMS.
SCHOOL HAS 4 BRANCHES IN ONTARIO: SCARBROUGH , MISSISSAGUA,BRAMPTON AND LONDON.
GAYATHRI VIJAYAKUMAR IS THE PRINCIPAL AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF NUPURA .SHE HAS BEEN IN THE FIELD FIR PAST 20 YEARS.HAS BEEN AWARDED 3 TIMES KALATHILAKAPATTAM DURING SCHOOL YOUTH FESTIVAL , AND GOT SEVERAL PRIZES IN KERALA STATE YOUTH FESTIVAL TOO.
THERE WILL BE 2 SESSIONS:
1. PURE CARNATIC CONCERT SESSION with accompaniments .
2.ENTERTAINMENT NIGHT starts at 6 with variety of entertainment programs by students of NUPURA.
FOKANA President: John P John will be the Chief Guest.
For more info, contact: Gayathridevivijay Maruthur , Principal -NUPURA SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DANCE, TORONTO.
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BMS Kidsvedi: Brian Jose Chairperson

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