June 1 :: Raghav, First day in India, Izzeldin Abuelaish, Solodance and Ragamala


Welcome to another edition of Oye! Grapevine.

I got a very interesting email from Afghanistan the other day. I am posting it online for the benefit of Oye! readers.

Good day,

I just wanted to drop you a note indicating that I have found your website very helpful in keeping me in touch with home and Indian culture. I am currently deployed in Afghanistan with the army and prior to coming here over a month ago, I received your emails but never actually visited the site. Since being in Afghanistan I have visited the site every time I received your mailing and reviewed the various sections. Before leaving Canada I was searching websites that would show when Desi events where happening, but didn’t find anything of an value. I notice that you have many events listed and wished I had found them then.

I also find it very good that you always give your regards to fallen Canadian soldiers. I was personally at the farewell ceremonies for the 4 Canadians killed recently and appreciate your sentiments for my comrades.

Best regards,

"Apna" (name changed)
Kandahar Airfield

It was great hearing from one of our own on the frontlines in Afghanistan. "Sada Apna" will now be a regular contributor to Oye! Times. Read his first article. From Afghanistan: What am I doing here?  Feel free to comment on the article. All comments will be read by "Sada Apna"

Thinking of getting married. Shaadi.com is the worlds leading South Asian matrimonial website. Join today.

Our members have uploaded some great photos taken at various Toronto events. Here is a sample! Desifest gala evening May 27, 2010, Desifest May 29, 2010 and Cornell University Networking Event

Register on Oye! Times and share your videos and photos with the Oye! audience. We regularly feature videos and photos from our members in our newsletters. The more you upload, the more points you earn. Redeem your points for great rewards.

Book Launch: Izzeldin Abuelaish – I Shall Not Hate on June 4. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is the doctor from Gaza whose three daughters were killed during the War on Gaza in January 2009.

Ever wanted to visit India. First day in India is the first in series of travel blogs by Simon Reid.

Remedios Santos asks a very interesting question. Is Jason Kenney anti – immigrant? Based on his track record it sure seems that way!!

Thinking of buying Apple Ipad. Must read before spending $600.

ROM presents SOLODANCE: Perspectives from South India and Beyond on June 4 & 5. Everyone is encouraged at attend this two-day dance symposium focusing on the South Indian solo dance form Bharatnatayam. 

Ragamala: Garland of Melodies is ROM’s newest exhibit exploring art from India featuring new acquisitions as well as artifacts from the vaults.

Congratulations to Leena from Sudbury for correctly answering last week’s question and winning a Cineplex movie pass

Here’s another chance to win another ONE Free Cineplex movie pass.  Listen to the song Aik Alif. Question: Name the artists singing this song.

Email your answer to inder@oyetimes.com

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Raghav’s Hit Single :: So Much


Canada – You remember Raghav from "Angel Eyes" – but he’s back now with "So Much" featuring hometown hero Kardinal Offishall. Raghav signed to mainstream label Cordova Bay Records out in Vancouver and they signed him partly based on the belief that his core South Asian fanbase will step up to plate and support him with iTunes sales and YouTube views.

If we can create a story as a community – the mainstream music industry will realize and respect the power of the neoDesi generation. With your help – not only can we get Raghav on the charts to #1 – but we’ll also open the doors even wider for future neoDesi artists. Lets go Canada! Do your part to support the movement.

Lets break the top 100 this week on iTunes!


Click HERE to view the Youtube video.

  June 4 & 5 :: Live Indian Music ::  Talk of the Town

Looking for a hot spot to hang out with friends and family on a weekday or weekend? Some place that has great food, live entertainment, good company in a casual setting? ‘Talk of the Town’ is the place to be!

Friday, June 4: Indian Music :: Bibi
Saturday, June 5: Live Indian Music :: Ranjeet

Music starts at 9:00 PM

Location: 429A Donlands Avenue, Toronto

For reservations call 416.429.8255

Click HERE for more information about this venue.

  Canada has chosen: Top 25 immigrants of 2010

A gold-medal sprinter, an award-winning reporter and the chief organizer of the 2010 Winter Olympics are among the winners of the second annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards presented by Canadian Immigrant Magazine and sponsored by RBC. This national people’s choice program celebrates the untold stories and remarkable achievements of outstanding Canadian immigrants.

More than 20,000 Canadians voted online for their top choices. The award recipients will be honoured at ceremonies held in Toronto on May 25 and in Vancouver on May 27.

Click HERE to view the winners.

  June 4 :: Book Launch: Izzeldin Abuelaish – I Shall Not Hate

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is the doctor from Gaza whose three daughters were killed during the War on Gaza in January 2009. He is a remarkable man who despite much suffering by him, his family and his people brings a message of forgiveness and love while advocating passionately for dignity and justice. Dr. Abuelaish shares his story, his life in Gaza, working as a fertility specialist inside Israel and the terrible period in 2009 which has focused the world on the ongoing tragedy in Gaza and Palestine.

He will take questions following the talk and reading. Book signing will follow. This is Dr. Abuelaish’s first book. He lives in Toronto with his five remaining children. He is an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

When: Friday, June 4, 2010 @ 7:30 PM
Where: Beit Zatoun House, 612 Markham St, Toronto, Ontario

Click HERE for more information.

  June 4 & 5 :: SOLODANCE: Perspectives from South India and Beyond

The Friends of South Asia at the Royal Ontario Museum, in collaboration with inDance, present a special two-day dance symposium focusing on the South Indian solo dance form Bharatnatayam. This gathering of eminent scholars and international dance artists from around the world will examine and celebrate the evolution of South Indian dance with live performances and lively round table discussions on topics ranging from the history of courtesan dance in South India and transformations of solo dance in the twentieth century to issues of identity, nationhood and selfhood in contemporary solo dance. Short performances will range from solo works by leading performer Anita Ratnam of Chennai to neo-Baroque dance by Patricia Beaman of New York University. A roundtable on the afternoon of June 5 will feature Canadian solo dance legends Peggy Baker and Denise Fujiwara in conversation with Leela Samson, Swapnasundari and Anita Ratnam from India.

Date: June 4 & 5, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
Venue: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ont

Click HERE to read more.

  Till Nov 28 :: Ragamala: Garland of Melodies

Opening during South Asian Heritage Month in Ontario, the ROM’s newest exhibit exploring art from India features new acquisitions as well as artifacts from the vaults. This exhibit of 30 objects in a 400 square foot case explores themes associated with Ragamala painting, a genre of South Asian miniature painting that flourished during the 16th -19th centuries. Originating in western India, Ragamala painting came out of artistic workshops of the Rajasthani kingdoms from where they spread southward to the Deccan and later northward to the Pahari region (now in the state of Punjab).

Date: Till November 28, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
Venue: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ont

Click HERE to read more.

  For Sale :: Talk of The Town Restaurant & Bar

Talk of The Town Restaurant & Bar

Fantastic Opportunity For Owner/Operator To Run This Newly Renovated Restaurant Or Other Retail Use,Includes All Chattels For Licensed Bar/ Restaurant For 45 Seats. Good Busy Location . . Sale Of Business Only.

Excellent lease and currently has live Indian music on Friday’s and Saturday’s.

Contact Darshan Singh Sahota at Tel: 416-742-8000

Click HERE for more details.

  Peel Regional Police

Peel Regional Police is dedicated to providing the citizens of Peel Region with the best police service possible, utilizing the diverse skills, abilities, roles and views of our community.

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