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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Book Launch “Empress” by Ruby Lal

Empress_Poster_final.jpgCanadian Community Arts Initiative is pleased to present Ruby Lal for a book reading session, in collaboration with University of Toronto Mississauga. Her much acclaimed new book “Empress” is a biographical account of Empress Nur Jahan of India. The only woman ruler in the long dynasty of India’s Moghuls, Nur Jahan, the 20th wife of Emperor Jahangir and his co-ruler, was 34 and a widow when they married in 1611. She was, Lal writes, “a wise and just queen, a shrewd politician, and an expert markswoman”. She hunted and killed tigers and led men into battle. She is immortalised in a portrait loading a musket. Upon the death of the emperor in 1627 his son, Shah Jahan, wrested power from her and wrote her merits out of history (she had transgressed traditional rules against women being involved in “matters of government and sovereignty”). Lal’s intriguing biography, with its chronology of Nur’s relatively swift rise to power and even swifter descent, restores Nur Jahan to her full splendour. 

The event takes place on Friday 15th of February, 2019 at the Rotunda theatre at the UTM campus at 6 pm. Moderated by Luther Obrock,Associate Professor of History and Religious studies at UTM, where the author Ruby Lal uncovers the rich life and world of Nur Jahan, rescuing this dazzling figure from patriarchal clichés of romance and intrigue, and giving new insight into the lives of women and girls in the Mughal Empire.
In Empress, Nur finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography that awakens readers to a fascinating history
“Lal has done a service to readers interested in the Mughal period and the many forgotten or poorly remembered women of Indian history. She has helped shine a little light on an enigmatic character many think they know but few actually understand,” Vikas Bajaj writes in a review published in the New York Times
Canadian Community Arts Initiative:
Is a non for profit organization promoting art and culture in Canadian community since 2005. CCAI is well known for its TD Mosaic Festival, Rock the Coliseum Independent Music Festival and MISAFF film festival. The organization has earlier presented William Darlymple’s book launch at Agha Khan Museum in Toronto.

 Author Bio:
Ruby Lal:
Ruby Lal is an acclaimed historian of Mughal India. Her previous books are: Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2005), which won much acclaim, including numerous reviews in major international magazines, such as The New York Review of Books, The Economic and Political Weekly, Revue Historique, and The Times Literary Supplement. Her second book, Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013) was reviewed extensively in academic journals and magazines with wider intellectual concerns. Her short stories have appeared in Indian Literature and in The Little Magazine. She teaches at Emory University and divides her time between Atlanta and Delhi.StarBuzzOnline

Friday, December 14, 2018

Featured poets: Meena Chopra & Casey Garcia at Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXIX)

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) is Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series

At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it.
Please spread the word through social media and any other way you know. Let our event become as diverse as we are.

Featured poets: Meena Chopra & Casey Garcia
Host: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre

Time: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Place: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7
Main Hall

Doors open 6:15 p.m.
Open-mic sign-up 6:30 p.m.
Show 7 p.m.

Admission: $5

Casey Garcia is a rare breed if artist. A young but seasoned performer. He matches his lyrical skill with engaging, high-energy stage presence that could potentially raise people from the dead. A walking and talking masterpiece roams among the millennial drones that occupy the city of Toronto.
Casey Garcia
FB: Casey Garcia
Twitter: CxseyGxrcia
Instagram: CxseyGxrcia

Meena Chopra is an internationally known award winning 'poet & visual artist' with an unbridled passion for words, space, colours and forms. Born and brought up in Nainital, a Himalayan hill city of Northern India, now lives in Mississauga, Canada. After having a career as a designer for seven years with a couple of leading garment firms in India, she later switched to fine arts and poetry, simultaneously pursuing her career in marketing and advertising as an entrepreneur. She is a qualified artist educator and a graduate in science. Primarily a self taught artist, she informally got trained and mentored under master artists of India. She has been professionally practising fine arts since 1985 and writing poetry since 1992. Meena writes both in English and her ethnic language Hindi and has three poetry collections published so far. She has also co-edited "RANG AUR NOOR"(Colour and Radiance) an anthology reflecting the Hindi and Urdu poetic talent of Canada. Her poetry has been translated into German and Urdu languages.
Her latest book "SHE! The Restless Streak" has recently been released in Mississauga Central Library along with her thematic art exhibition on the same subject. This book is a coffee table edition and features her art and poetry both dealing with female abstract energy. Meena has exhibited her art widely in many countries and has been on the board of many art, culture and literary organizations.
She has been also publishing a popular ethnic news weekly from GTA called StarBuzz and hosting a musical show at 1320 AM called Radio Shehnai for many years. She has also been running an after school tutoring centre till 2012 in Mississauga
She can be reached on the following
website: https://www.meenachopra-artist.com/

Facebook: @SheTheRestlesStreak
Twitter: @meenachopra
Facebook Page: @meena.chopra.artist

FaceBook ID: @meenachopra
Instagram: meena_artist_author
YouTube: Meena Chopra

Shab-e She’r strongly supports diversity, inclusion and courage in our line-up of features as well as our open mic participants. We have been doing that since our inception (Nov. 2012) without compromising freedom of expression.
Tranzac Club is an accessible venue with no stairs (aside from the stage) and they have two accessible gender neutral washrooms.
Twitter: @BanooZan & @ShabeSherTO
Instagram: @banoo.zan

For my poetry kindly Visit: English: http://ignitedlines.blogspot.com Hindi: http://ignitedlines.blogspot.com/ website: www.meenachopra-artist.com

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

BMO confirms $1.5-million sponsorship for new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre

Stratford Festival confirms BMO Financial Group as first major corporate partnerin support of new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre


October 29, 2018 – The Stratford Festival is pleased to announce its first corporate donor for the Spirit of the Tent Campaign for a new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre. BMO Financial Group, one of the Festival's founding partners, has committed $1.5 million to this monumental project.

"Back in 1952, when the Stratford Festival was just a gleam in Tom Patterson's eye, BMO stepped up to show its support with a foundational donation," says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. "Since that crucial first financial contribution, BMO's commitment to the Stratford Festival has not flagged. How very fitting that once again it is BMO coming forward as the first corporate supporter of this exciting project."

The $100-million Spirit of the Tent Campaign was launched in January 2018. It will provide the capital for a stunning new facility, designed by acclaimed architect Siamak Hariri of Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini, along with a fund to support the long-term viability of the centre and the programs it will house, including the Stratford Festival Forum and Laboratory, as well as new play development, education and digital initiatives.

"We have been a proud supporter of the Stratford Festival for over six decades," said Julie Barker-Merz, Senior Vice-President, South Western Ontario, BMO Bank of Montreal.  "We are excited to be part of the campaign for the new theatre, which will enhance the audience experience, and enable the Festival to explore new creative avenues and continue to maintain its reputation as a leading global cultural institution."

The donation will be earmarked for the naming of the BMO Box Office at the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre.

"We gratefully acknowledge BMO's steadfast support of the Stratford Festival," says Campaign Co-Chair Dr. M. Lee Myers, speaking on behalf of Co-Chair Ophelia Lazaridis and Honorary Chair Hon. Michael Meighen. "BMO has been there for us at our most critical junctions – from foundational funding of the Festival itself, to the Act III campaign to renew the Festival Theatre, to today's most generous gift to build the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre. We are thrilled to announce that this first corporate commitment takes support for this project to more than $80 million. With construction well underway we are now past 'dream' territory and into the reality of this spectacular project thanks to BMO and all of our wonderful donors."

The Tom Patterson Theatre Centre, currently under construction on Lakeside Drive in Stratford, is scheduled to open for the 2020 season.

"BMO is the bank of record for the Stratford Festival," says Executive Director Anita Gaffney, "and also our most faithful corporate partner, with a relationship stretching back 66 years. BMO supported not only Tom Patterson's dream, but also many of our staged productions and some of our most important audience-building initiatives over the years, including our Play On program to encourage the attendance of people under 26 and our Family Experience program, which offers reduced-price tickets for children. We are extremely grateful to BMO for this most recent gift and delighted to have them with us for this thrilling new project."


Monday, October 29, 2018



What permanent and temporary residents need to know about Canada’s new impaired driving and cannabis-related penalties


What permanent and temporary residents need to know about Canada's new impaired driving and cannabis-related penalties

Canada has made cannabis legally available to adults under a strict legal framework. We have also imposed tough new penalties on those who commit cannabis-related crimes, and in December 2018, those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis.
These penalties will have significant impacts on Canadians and non-Canadians alike. For non-Canadians, including permanent residents, the stakes will be high:
  • Not only could they face a fine, criminal charges or even jail, but they may also lose their status and have to leave the country. 
  • Similarly for temporary residents, including visitors, international students and foreign workers, they may not be able to enter or stay in the country.
Share the information: Permanent residents and their Canadian family and friends need to know how these changes could affect them. Help us spread the word by sharing this information with your readers.
Potential immigration consequences for Canadian permanent residents and temporary residents
·         As of October 17, 2018, if a permanent or temporary resident commits a cannabis-related crime, such as illegally producing or selling cannabis, whether in or outside Canada, they could be found inadmissible for serious criminality under our immigration laws.

·         Similarly, when the new impaired driving penalties take effect on December 18, 2018, most impaired driving infractions, including in cases where no one is hurt and the minimum fine is imposed, will be considered serious crimes in Canada. As a result, both permanent and temporary residents could be found inadmissible for serious criminality.
If these situations, permanent residents could lose their status and have to leave the country. Similarly, for those who want to visit, study, or work temporarily in Canada, or who are already here temporarily, they may not be able to stay or enter the country.
See this web notice for more information.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

22-Year Old Local Fashion Designer Makes it Big at Golden Globes


"…don't compromise, keep the drive to do what you love and continuously make connections."  – Adrian Arnieri

ET Canada's Sangita Patel was blown away at how beautiful her gorgeous black gown looked draped across the red carpet. Designed by recent university graduate and Mississauga fashion designer, Adrian Arnieri, Patel could not resist saying that the full length black dress was a true 'piece of art.'

With more than 19 million people watching, Arnieri never imagined he'd see his designs on display at one of Hollywood's most glamorous and prestigious award shows.

Arnieri has loved fashion since the age of three. With support from his family, friends and mentors, he decided to follow his passion. He embarked on a journey into the world of fashion by studying at Ryerson's School of Fashion. While at school, he had the chance to work as an intern to stylists as well as a dresser at a Schwarzkopf fashion show.

With his experiences and talent alone, he started a fashion wardrobe styling business, Arnieri, in 2015. With support from the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre's (MBEC) Summer Company Program, he developed marketing strategies and branding skills.

It also gave him access to a strong network that led him to key individuals in the fashion industry. With the grant he received from MBEC, he was able to purchase
      supplies and materials to grow his business.

"The Program played a huge part in my success, it really gave me the tools and skills to continue my business on my own," said Arnieri. "Networking is major skill which is huge to have when working in the fashion industry. I am so grateful that this Program expanded my business abilities and knowledge."

Arnieri has had guest appearances on Breakfast Television, Global TV, ET Canada and CP24 Breakfast. He also received first place for his dress design at the 2017 Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) and second place in the White Cashmere Collection 2017.

Looking forward, Arnieri has goals to produce a collection for the 2018 Toronto Fashion week, participating in the Canadian Art and Fashion Awards (CAFA), and will be showcasing his collection at the Italian Film Festival in June. In April, Arnieri produced a three-piece collection for an auction to support the Canadian Cancer Society. The collection served to honour his mother who passed away from cancer seven years ago.

MBEC is a central source for business information, resources and guidance. For information and guidance from business professionals, visit MBEC on the fourth floor of the Mississauga Central Library or online at mississauga.ca/mbec.

Small Business Month is from October 1 to 31 – it is an opportunity for us to celebrate and profile more than 94,000 Mississauga local Small-Medium Business Enterprises (SMEs).

What better way to celebrate than profiling Mississauga's local businesses. For more information on Adrian Arnieri or the MBEC, please visit thefutureisunlimited.ca/start-up.

The Summer Company Program is funded by the Government of Ontario. For information about the Summer Company program, visit ontario.ca/summercompany

If you would like to know more about Adrian or to schedule a one-on-one interview, please contact Jamal Robinson at Jamal.Robinson@Mississauga.caor 905-615-3200 ext. 5214.

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