July 12 : Salma Ataullahjan, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Masala! Mehndi! Masti!


Welcome to another edition of Oye! Grapevine.

Our members have uploaded some great photos and videos taken at various Toronto events.

Santana- Black Magic Woman, Toronto live (video)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OHIO (pics)
Toronto International Universities Mixer, Remy’s, Yorkville, Toronto (pics)
G20 Summit Riots (pics)

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Ever wanted to visit India. Udaipur is the seventh entry in series of travel blogs by Simon Reid.

Win a pair of tickets to Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Question: Name the producers of  Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

Email your answer to inder@oyetimes.com

Congratulations to Steve from Winnipeg for correctly answering last week’s music question and winning a Cineplex movie pass

Here’s another chance to WIN another ONE Free Cineplex movie pass.  Here is a song when lyrics told a story. Question: Name the group singing this song.

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Some Upcoming Events:

From the Soul: Caribana Art Exhibit ROM announces largest single juried display of African Canadian art on July 22.

Toronto Independent Music Awards are being held on July 23. Our own Prita Chhabra is one of the nominees.

Masala! Mehndi! Masti! North America’s largest free South Asian festival, fires up Toronto’s Exhibition Place from July 23-25. Fun for the whole family.

Have you ever saved someone’s life? Not many of us have. On July 25th, there is a Bone Marrow match drive for Sarla Davda. I don’t know Sarla Davda personally but I along with my children will be doing our small part. I am asking all Oye! readers to take some time out of their busy schedule and attend this worthwhile cause.

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

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.

  Salma Ataullahjan appointed to the last vacant Senate seat

On Friday, the PMO announced that Stephen Harper had filled the last vacant Senate seat by appointing Salma Ataullahjan as Senator for the Province of Ontario. According to the press release from the PMO, Ms. Ataullahjan has subscribed to the boilerplate agreement which states that:

"She has also pledged to support the Government in its efforts to make the Senate more democratic and accountable, including legislation to limit Senate tenure and to allow provinces to elect their Senators."

Mr. Harper has now basically taken control of the Senate which appeared poised last week to make changes to the controversial omnibus Bill C-9 which is about to be voted on in the red chamber. As it stands now, that is much less likely to happen. Very clever Mr. Harper, very clever indeed. It’s always reassuring to know that you have the best interests of Canadians at heart.

Click HERE to read more.

  July 16 – Sept 4 :: Love, Loss, and What I Wore 

Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a collection of stories based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. Like the popular book, it uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to.

Margot Kidder, Sharron Matthews and Mary Walsh are the latest Canadian stars to join the cast for the Canadian premiere of the award-winning New York smash hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore, an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron that won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience.

Dates: July 16 – Sept 4.
Venue: Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street , Toronto Ontario

Click HERE for more details. 

  July 16 :: 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, July 16: Live Indian Music-Karim

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

  July 23 – 25 :: Masala! Mehndi! Masti!

North America’s largest free South Asian festival, fires up Toronto’s Exhibition Place for a jam-packed weekend of lively entertainment, vibrant colours, savory dishes, majestic art, and star-studded performances! Celebrating its most important milestone to date, M!M!M! will recognize 10 years of growth.

This year M!M!M! is excited to announce an exciting lineup including:

Actor Boman Irani,who most recently won the filmfare and star screen awards for his role in the super-hit Bollywood movie 3 Idiots; Suzanne D’Mello, a Diva in her own right, who has also collaborated with virtuoso composer AR Rahman; Indian Classical musicians Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, and one time hosts of Zee TV’s popular Sa Re Ga Ma music talent show; Salman Ahmed of South Asia’s biggest sufi-rock band Junoon; the Toronto Tabla Ensemble who headlined the very first M!M!M! festival; and the premiere of M!M!M!’s first Senior Desi Idol and many more!.

Dates: July 23 – 25, 2010
Venue: Exhibition Place (CNE Grounds), 200 Princess Blvd , Toronto, Ont

Click HERE to read more.

  Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani: An adulterer all by herself

In this morning’s paper was a small article about a woman in Iran who was convicted of adultery with 2 men and condemned to death by stoning. In reading this, a couple of things came to mind: the brutality of this form of execution and is adultery a crime worthy of death? However, there was one small point of which the article made no mention and which piqued my curiosity. This woman has been condemned to be executed for adultery; what about the men? It takes two to tango; this woman can’t become an adulterer all by herself.

Apparently, this woman was first convicted of an illicit relationship with 2 men that took place after the death of her husband. For this, she received 99 lashes. Her case came up again when another court was prosecuting one of the 2 men for his involvement in the death of the woman’s husband. The woman was acquitted of involvement in the death of her husband but was subsequently convicted of adultery while still married.

Click HERE to read more.

  July 25 :: Bone Marrow match for Sarla Davda

This is an urgent request for a Bone Marrow match for Sarla Davda who lives in Pittsburgh, USA.

Sarla was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), which is a rare and life-threatening form of leukemia.

Sarla has been in the hospital and has undergone many different treatments, including transfusions, platelets, and plasma. In addition Sarla began Chemotherapy, which will keep her in the hospital for the better part of the next few months. As treatment and testing progressed, her doctors have informed the family that her form of ALL is one in which it is critical that she receive a Bone-Marrow transplant. The timeline for this procedure is within the next 3 months, as long as a suitable (matched) donor is found. The longer she goes without a match being found, the lower her chances of long-term survival.

We are conducting an on-site bone marrow drive on July 25th from 2:30-7:30 pm at the Swaminarayan Temple, details are provided in the poster.

Click HERE for venue location.

  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 Rajeev Kumar at Tel: 905-565-9565

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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