June 22 :: Toronto Fire Fighter Calendar, Honour Killings, Niqab vs Bikini, Toronto City Roots Festival


Welcome to another edition of Oye! Grapevine.

It is with great sadness that we announce that RCMP Cst. Chelsey Alice Robinson from Stony Plain, Alta., was killed early Monday morning in a collision between her marked cruiser and a semi-tractor trailer.  Also on Monday, Sgt. James Macneil 28, died fighting the enemy in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones they left behind.

Oye! Times is proud to launch Oye! Radio in collaboration with Sareegamaa Radio. Now listen to your favourite Indian songs at work or home. 24 hrs a day.  You can find a link to Oye! Radio on the right side of the website.

Our members have uploaded some great photos and videos taken at various Toronto events. Here is one for the LADIES!

Toronto Fire Fighter Calendar! (pics)
Toronto fire fighters calendar competition (Video)
Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Luminato presents Suzanne D’Mello (Video)

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.

Only for Oye! readers. Win a Coleman – 50 QT Wheeled Party Stacker Cooler. More details in the body of this newsletter. 

Must read: Tahmena Bokhari on Niqab vs Bikini – Two Sides of the Same Coin? and Honour Killings, Wife Beatings & Sexist Slurs: Connecting the Dots between Murderers and the Average Guy

What is happening with your money? Helena Guergis and 74 other MPs qualify for pension on June 28

Ever wanted to visit India. Burfi’s Revenge and Agra is the fourth in series of travel blogs by Simon Reid.

With deliberate timing to coincide with the opening of the G20 Summit, “GLOBAL TROUBADOURS”, the festival launch event, will showcase song selections from the 1960s and ‘70s, traditional uprising tunes and more on June 25, at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, Ontario

It is hard to leave a marriage or a long term relationship. Here is a song that may indicate if your relationship is coming to an end.

Naya Raasta :: South Asian Divorced or Separated Support Group is having their monthly meeting on Saturday, July 3 at Noon. All South Asian separated, divorced and widowed persons are encouraged to attend.

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 Nisha from Barrie 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 Black Magic Woman. Question: Name the artist singing this song.

Email your answer to inder@oyetimes.com

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

Oye! Videos offers a great selection of comedy and music videos. Have a look, enjoy some music and laughs. 

Visit the Oye! Photo galleries to catch a glimpse of some pics taken by our members.

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"Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose" 

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!

Raghav has been added to radio stations across Canada – now we need your support to drive him up the charts. Email, text, tweet and call in your request for Raghav “So Much” featuring Kardinal Offishall!  Check him out at the following radio stations – more coming soon:

Kiss 92.5 Toronto  http://www.KiSS925.com
Virgin 99.9 Toronto  http://toronto.virginradio.ca
Z103.5 Toronto  http://www.z1035.com
Hot 89.9 Ottowa  http://www.hot899.com
Vibe 98.5 Calgary  http://www.vibe985.com


Click HERE to view the Youtube video.

  June 25 :: G20-Seventh Annual Toronto City Roots Festival

The Toronto City Roots Festival Association proudly presents GLOBAL TROUBADOURS, the launch event to the Seventh Annual Toronto City Roots Festival. Prolific and powerfully emotive artists will gather for an evening of protest and social conscience songs. It will be a significant and timely concert set to tie in with the G20 summit. .

The Toronto City Roots Festival is a three-day summer party that begins with the “Global Troubadours” kick-off at Hugh’s Room, featuring peaceful songs of protest, conscience and hope on the eve of the G20 Summit.

With deliberate timing to coincide with the opening of the G20 Summit, “GLOBAL TROUBADOURS”, the festival launch event, will showcase song selections from the 1960s and ‘70s, traditional uprising tunes and more. The topical song, known to touch and transform hearts and minds, has long been the vehicle of expression for folk artists to comment on injustice, the state of the world, to raise awareness of important issues and to give hope for the future. What better time or place for the voice of the folk singer and singer-songwriter to be heard?

Date: Friday June 25, 8:30 pm.
Venue: Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Ont

Click HERE for more details. 

  June 25 & 26 :: 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 25: Indian Music :: Ranjeet
Saturday, June 26: D.J Night

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.

  Win a Coleman – 50 QT Wheeled Party Stacker Cooler

Lucky Draw! Win a Coleman – 50 QT Wheeled Party Stacker Cooler

To enter send your full name and email address to inder@oyetimes.com

Easy as that!

Lucky Draw deadline July 15, 2010

  Niqab vs Bikini – Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Recently in the multicultural mosaic of Canada, the issue of the hijab and niqab has really taken on a life of its own. We argue about security threats, religious freedom, minority rights, accommodations, and so on. Most of it, frankly, to me has been overblown and Canadians have completely missed the point on this one. I also find it interesting that it is mainly men who are prominent spokespersons when the niqab, hijab, or any form of women’s dress comes up in the media.

Often in the discussions about the niqab the debate that emerges is over religious freedom. There is actually no consistent view across Muslims on whether the niqab, hijab or any form of headcovering is required. However, there is a larger debate of personal freedom and that is what I want to focus on here.

Click HERE for more details.

  July 3 :: Naya Raasta :: South Asian Divorced or Separated Support Group

Naya Raasta :: New Road We offer help to men and women going through divorce/separation, by inviting them to attend an open discussion forum. This forum is primarily to share your experiences and converse with others in similar situations, or simply to listen. The environment is completely supportive of everyone’s individual needs and emotions. Please be aware that this is a support group and not a dating club for divorced/separated individuals.

We encourage anyone who is either on the verge of divorce or separation, or even thinking about it, to please come and meet others who have faced the same tough decisions. New members welcomed.

Next Meeting: Saturday, July 3, 2010 @ NOON
Venue: Richview Public Library, 1806 Islington Avenue ,
Toronto, Ont

Email nayaraasta@oyetimes.com if you would like to attend the next meeting.

Click HERE to read more about Naya Raasta :: New Road.

  Helena Guergis and 74 other MPs qualify for pension on June 28

June 28th, 2010 is going to be a very special day for some of Canada’s MPs. While Canada’s finance ministers wrangle over the idea of increases to the Canada Pension Plan (of course, funded by the taxpayer), an additional 75 MPs are about to qualify for a pension of their own. This lucky lot was elected way back on June 28th, 2004 so they have now qualified for an MP pension.

Canada’s Member of Parliament pension plan was founded in 1952. At that time, Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent was concerned that some people were reluctant to run as Members of Parliament because they believed that long years spent in public service would prevent them from adequately saving funds for their later years. Pardon my cynicism but "yeah, right".

Click HERE for more details.

  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.

Click HERE to apply for constable or cadet with Peel Regional Police.

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