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Tuesday, October 18, 2016


A film with a thought provoking message and global resonance keeps the audience enthralled


TORONTO, CANADA (October 18, 2016):  Hundreds of cinemagoers descended on Brampton's Cineplex Orion Gate Cinemas to catch a glimpse of the stars walking the red carpet and watch the world premiere of the Canadian film Knot Not! Directed by Indo-Canadian director Brinda Muralidhar, the movie, that explores a deep social issue with a global resonance, drew a full house, with the cast and crew in attendance.


The screening took place on October 13 at the Cineplex Orion Gates in Brampton and began with a red carpet celebrity walk and a Q&A session attended by a prominent audience mix. It was followed by a brief introduction of the director followed by the world premiere screening.  A brief Q&A took place after the screening, after which the audience got the opportunity to wine and dine with the stars at the after-party.


A coming of age story of Mohan (Dilip Krishnamurthy) and his family, the film is about the young man from South India who arrives in Canada for higher studies.  Soon he makes friends with Patricia Smith (Jessica Siegner) a pleasant, independent Canadian girl.  All is well until Mohan's parents Srinivas and Padma arrive in Canada.  Srinivas, who is a bully, wants Mohan to marry Lakshmi (Suniti Santosh) daughter of his Indo-Canadian friend, the light-hearted Bhaskar (Nat Pennathur).  Lakshmi is a delightful girl who cherishes great family values.   Mohan likes her, but before he embarks on his new journey, he has a major task to complete; he is yet to figure out what he wants!

Knot Not! is a story that needs to be told over and over again as long as marriages do happen wherever in the world!, says Brinda Muralidhar, who gives the credit of her first feature to her husband Gunny Muralidhar, also the producer and Cinematographer of the film.

"Knot Not! holds a mirror to society and is for every relationship that springs out of two people coming together. There is imbalance in every relationship, be it husband and wife, or friends and relatives," she said at the premiere.  

The movie, shot in English, has been produced in Canada, with Canadian talent with the shooting taking place mostly in parts of the Greater Toronto Area.   Focused towards young adults as well as mature audience who enjoy content driven films, the film is filled with moments that are thought provoking while fun inducing and anger evoking. 

"The name of the film Knot Not! is very significant.    Knot is for the people who follow the rules and Not is for those who don't"

"Whenever you see any imbalance in any relationship, especially in a couple, even good friends turn a blind eye saying it's not our business. Believe me, there is a lot of abuse out there.  Where there is a victim, there is a bully.  And it is our duty to stop that abuse; we have to start somewhere to intervene to stop the bullying. " said the first time film director.

The film is about stopping the bad beginnings, said Muralidhar.

"The central subject of Knot Not! is something that has distressed me for a long time.  I have witnessed similar stories in my own circles.  While there are many families that are flourishing happily, in a myriad of ways many families are crumbling.  Knot Not! has one such theme that has allowed me to explore two important aspects: 'why so'? And 'now what?"

"I believe good films offer a great opportunity to hold mirror to the society, to ask questions and to offer at least one solution from the point of view of the writer," says Brinda who believes it was very important to tell this story.


About Knot Not!

Knot Not! written, directed and edited by Brinda Muralidhar with cinematography by Gunny Muralidhar and original music composed by Vinayak Hegde and Deepak Sant screened at Cineplex Orion Gate cinemas on October 13, 2016 in Brampton. For more details, visit www.knotnotmovie.com.


About Brinda Muralidhar 
Brinda comes from a family of film makers and theatre artists from Mysore, India.  Her father was a writer and director whose inspiration was his older brother, a celebrated theatre and cinema artist, and film producer. With over 25 years of acting experience in mainstream theatre in India as well as Canada, Brinda has worked with award winning writers and directors. She is the Director and co-founder of not-for-profit organization KalaaRanga Performing Arts. She has written and directed 14 stage productions in Kannada, English and Hindi. She currently owns her own film production company 1CanMedia Creations. Through it, she hopes to produce meaningful cinema, documentaries, television shows, web-series and theatre presentations. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pratap’s new book "Weather Permitting and Other Stories"

Displaying Pratap Mar 2011.jpgDisplaying Weather Permitting - Nov24 (14).jpgPratap Reddy likes to describe himself as an underwriter by day and a writer by night. He along with his family moved to Canada from India a little more than a decade ago. Like most of his compatriots he arrived with a lot of hope along with some anxiety. He went through the hardship and disappointment which immigration entails, and he has distilled these feelings into these stories, but never losing sight of the positive aspects of immigration. “Nothing prepares you for the uncertainties and challenges you encounter in the first fewmonth after you arrive. The difficulty in finding suitable jobs, made all the more difficult without Canadian work experience, the non-recognition of your educational credentials, non-availability of affordable daycare are just a few of the obstacles a new immigrant faces. To add to all these worries is the extreme weather of Canada which a new immigrant especially from a tropical country has to learn to grapple with. ”


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What flowers will make the pick for your fall wedding?

What flowers will make the pick for your fall wedding?

GUELPH, ON (September 28, 2016) — Fall is just around the corner and as the leaves begin to change, so do the flowers that are in season. Soon, everywhere you look there will new brides planning the happiest day of their lives and a big part of wedding planning is choosing the right flowers to fit the bride (and groom's) vision.

 Flowers set the feel of the wedding and whether they are bright and bold or soft and subtle, the floral arrangements, bouquets and boutineers are an important part of any wedding. Luckily, brides do not have to look too far when trying to pick the right flowers. 

"Ontario greenhouse growers produce a wide variety of flowers that are perfect for the big day," says Dejan Kristan, Marketing Director for Pick Ontario. "For autumn weddings, flowers and plants like Asters, Celosia, Sunflowers, Chrysanthemums, Zinnia, Sedum, Eucalyptus, and Succulents can add lots of interesting texture and a seasonal look to your arrangements and bouquets."

Here are Dejan's top fall wedding picks:

-         Matsumoto asters are a cheerful addition to any bouquet. Their bright yellow centers give them a daisy-like charm.

-         Celosia plumes are great for boutonnieres, and add brilliant colour and feathery texture to arrangements.          

-         Use tall sunflowers to add height and a bold splash to mixed arrangements. A fun flower that is also so recognizably "autumn".

-         Chrysanthemums are another classic bloom that radiates with the beauty of the fall season, especially when using them in warm tones of reds and oranges.

-         Succulents are not only trendy, but also extremely hardy and you can enjoy them long after your wedding day is over. They add unique shapes and texture to your arrangements.

-         Talk to your florist and experiment with hardy stems like the silver dollar eucalyptus, curly willows, and rose hips. All add soft colour and something special to your bouquets and table arrangements.

-         Spray Roses offer the beauty and fragrance of roses, but on a charming miniature scale. Each branched stem has multiple blooms, which make excellent fillers in large arrangements.

It is highly recommended for brides and grooms to choose locally grown flowers. By doing so, the longevity of the flowers is highly maximized and they can be enjoyed even after the day has passed.  Local flowers also tend to have more fragrance than those imported, as their scent comes from natural chemicals that they release into the air.  Imported flowers often lose these chemicals during their long transportation, so the shorter the trip the longer the scent of the flowers will last.

"Flowers are one of the most essential parts of any wedding and fall is the perfect time to experiment with soft colours, unique textures and various types of blossoms," adds Kristan. "I don't think there is a better way to enhance the happiest day of your life than with fresh, locally grown flowers that smell like they've been picked that morning."

For more information, please visit www.pickontario.ca. Follow @pickOntario on Twitter and Instagram, and like them on Facebook.

 About pickOntario

pickOntario is an initiative developed by Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. to raise awareness, interest and demand for Ontario-grown cut flowers and potted plants. When you pick Ontario, you are supporting the more than 200 greenhouse farmers who employ approximately 9,000 people in our province. The growers in Ontario work hard to produce quality flowers and use the latest trends in technology and growing techniques to ensure their products are delivered fresh to local retail establishments, daily.

Salsa dancing, delicious food, and a famous entertainment line-up at Woodbine Latinfest 2016

Salsa dancing, delicious food, great vendors and a famous entertainment line-up at Woodbine Latinfest 2016

TORONTO, ON (September 27, 2016) — celebrate a weekend of delicious Latin food, authentic entertainment, exciting vendors and lots of caliente dancing at this year's Woodbine Latinfest. Taking place October 1-2 at Woodbine Mall in Etobicoke, Woodbine Latinfest will feature the very best in Latin culture.

"We're very excited to bring Woodbine Latinfest to our community," says Michell Barker, VP of Marketing and Leasing at Woodbine Mall. "Our event offers the best in Latin American cuisine and an authentic line-up of Latin entertainment that will surely get everyone on their feet." 

Experience Latin American cultures with an all star cast of Latin bands and artists.  This fantastic lineup will include Grupo Niche from Colombia, El Rey Tulile from Dominican Republic, De la Guetto from Puerto Rico, Fulanito, and Nina Sky.

With the Latin community in Toronto bigger than ever, Woodbine Latinfest will also feature various local artists. Some of the hottest performances will include Fito Blanko, DJ Danny Castro, Looch Bodega, Manny Cardenas, DJ Mechon, Tatyana D'Voce and many more. 

In addition to great food, drinks and live music, guests can practice their dance moves with Bachata Swing and dance alongside SAMBA Heat, two of Toronto's hottest Latin acts that will keep family and friends dancing all weekend long.

Indulge in a variety of unique Latin plates including Bandeja Paisas, Empanadas, Arepas, Pupusas, Tacos, and Tamales, among others. With various of exhibitors, so many talented vendors, ongoing entertainment and a full day of fun, the Fest will surely please all those who attend.

"We want people from all over the world to come and enjoy this amazing family-friendly festival," adds Michell. "Guests can enjoy a variety of food, outdoor dancing, kid zones, cultural and arts workshops for children and adults, and fantastic live entertainment, and more."


Friday, September 30, 2016 2-6 p.m. (Media Preview Only)

Saturday, October 1, 2016 1-9 p.m.

Sunday, October 2, 2016 1-8 p.m.

*Price: One day-$25, Weekend Fee $40, & kids under 8 are free*


Tickets available at www.universe.com/woodbinelatinfest2016.

Information Line: 416-674-5200


For line-up details and more information on Woodbine Latinfest, please visit http://www.woodbinecentre.ca. Follow #woodbinelatinfest or 'Like' Woodbine Mall on Facebook.



Woodbine Centre, located at Hwy. 27 and Rexdale Blvd. in Etobicoke, Ontario, offers over 160 stores and services under one roof including the Bay, Sears, Rainbow Cinemas and Zellers. Woodbine Centre is home to Fantasy Fair, Ontario's largest Indoor Amusement Park, which has served over eight million guests since first opening in 1985. Located inside Woodbine Shopping Centre, Fantasy Fair has 12 full size rides and attractions and offers birthday parties, educational fun and group visits year-round (including stat holidays). 

Canadian director set to premiere first feature in Brampton

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By Staff Reporter-TORONTO
Ace Canadian Director Brinda Muralidhar is bringing out her first feature film Knot Not! that will premiere for Canadian audiences on October 13.

A coming of age story of Mohan and his family, the film is about Mohan (Dilip Krishnamurthy) a young man from South India who arrives in Canada for higher studies.  Soon he makes friends with Patricia Smith (Jessica Siegner) a pleasant, independent Canadian girl.  All is well until Mohan’s parents Srinivas (Bala Ramanathan) and Padma (Brinda Muralidhar) arrive in Canada.  Srinivas wants Mohan to marry Lakshmi (Suniti Santosh) daughter of his Indo-Canadian friend, the light-hearted Bhaskar (Nat Pennathur).  Lakshmi is a delightful girl who cherishes great family values.   Mohan likes her, but before he embarks on his new journey, he has a major task to complete.  He is yet to figure out what he wants! 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Government of Canada launches call for proposals to support the social inclusion of Canadians with disabilities / Le GC lance un appel de propositions visant à favoriser l’inclusion sociale des Canadiens handicapés

September 22, 2016                             Gatineau, Quebec                                 Employment and Social Development Canada
The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces. To this end, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities today invited national not-for-profit organizations with a focus on disability to apply for funding through the 2016 Social Development Partnership Program – Disability Component (SDPP-D) call for proposals. 
Under this competitive process, eligible national disability organizations are invited to submit funding proposals over a six week period until November 3, 2016 for innovative projects that identify, develop and test promising practices and tools that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities. The practices and tools may be new or build on existing programs and services.

The SDPP-D supports projects that support disability organizations in their efforts to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadians society. Organizations are encouraged to visit the SDPP-D webpage to learn about the application process.
"We are committed to supporting Canadians with disabilities and helping to create environments where they can be independent and participate equally in their communities and workplace. Through the SDPP-D, the Government supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society."
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
Quick Facts
  • The Social Development Partnerships Program helps improve the lives of children and families, people with disabilities and other vulnerable Canadians. The SDPP has two funding components: Disability, and Children and Families.
  • The Disability Component of the SDPP supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society.
  • The focus of the CFP will be innovation. Funded projects will be required to identify, develop and test/pilot new promising practices and tools that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities.
  • The Government of Canada is currently conducting a consultation process to inform the development of planned accessibility legislation.
Further Information

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Colours of Love starts

Colours of Love starts  in Vaughan wiland l end at Mississauga's most famous theatre, The 
Living Arts Centre. Colours of Love; the international concert series, happens on Sunday Oct 16 live from the Living Arts Centre. We will be sending a separate press release for this date. 

Again, we are thrilled that you will be joining us in our media celebration tomorrow afternoon.

 Here are your details.

EVENT:       Colours Of Love : Press Conference

DATE:         Thurs Sept 22, 2016.

TIME:          5pm - 7pm

LOCATION: LIFE TIME ATHLETIC: Vaughan : 7405, Weston Rd, Vaughan Ontario: L4L 0H3.

Please join us in Vaughan at the beautiful LIFETIME Athletic centre in the main atrium to celebrate our 2nd annual COLOURS OF LOVE SHOWCASE. StarBuzzOnline
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