July 31, 2012


Welcome to the Ottawa edition of the MyBindi newsletter


This August, Ottawa will be buzzing with events that celebrate South Asian arts, entertainment and lifestyle. 


August 10 is the Dinner & Dance Cruise on the Ottawa River!  This event is part of the much anticipated 4th Annual South Asian Festival showcasing arts, culture, food and music of the various countries of South Asian. See details below!

That same weekend, head over to LeBreton Flats and join in the first ever Festival of India in Ottawa!

MyBindi is giving away three pairs of passes for the Destival of India in Ottawa that are valid over the 3 day festival.  To claim your pass, simply post a message on our facebook fan page asking for a pair of passes to the Festival of India in Ottawa and telling us what attracts you most about this Festival.  Remember, each pass is valid on all three days! 

Please forward this newsletter to your family and friends and encourage them to join in these events with you!   

If you are a business or an organization in Ottawa that would like to do outreach with the South Asian community in Ottawa, please send me an email at syerah@mybindi.com.  I would love to hear from you.


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Festival of India - Ottawa
Festival of India - Ottawa
Festival of India (FOI) is Ottawa's first outdoor festival dedicated to the culture of India. The event takes place at LeBreton Flats, from August 10 to 12. The 3-day interactive family-friendly program includes: yoga demonstrations, live classical and fusion music, Bollywood and classical dance, cricket, kite flying, face painting, a handicrafts market, henna, a Holi colour celebration, a traditional Indian wedding, and of course exotic Indian cuisine.

With performances by Delhi 2 Dublin, Mushfiq Ensemble, Shashank-Purbayan, Wilbur Sargunaraj, Bollywood Flashback - with live music by Chennai Rhythms, everyone will be entertained. A portion of ticket sales proceeds will support CHEO


When: August 10 - 12, 2012
Where: LeBreton Flats Park, Ottawa
Passes: Advance -$20 Family of 4|$10 Adult|$5 Senior

At the gate  - $25 Family of 4 | $15 Adult | $10 Senior


Please note passes purchased are a Festival 3-day pass.

Click HERE to purchase advance passes online.

For more information, click HERE and interact with FOI - Ottawa on Twitter and Facebook.   


This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.


South Asian Fest Ottawa
South Asian Fest Ottawa
The Ontario South Asian Community Association (OSACA) is proud to bring you the 4th Annual South Asian Festival. Confederation Park will be alive with non-stop cultural performances, authentic cuisine, and traditional artifacts showcasing the rich and diverse mosaic of South Asia.

Taking place August 10th & 11th, the South Asian Festival is a two-day event showcasing arts, culture, food and music of the various countries of South Asian.

Bhangra Night in Canada

Dinner and dance cruise on the Ottawa River featuring DJ Jiten!

When: Friday, August 10, 2012
Where: Gatineau, Quebec
Time: 7pm


Featuring live performances by Jus Reign & Raghav!
It is a FREE event with non-stop entertainment and excitement for the whole family.

When: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Where: Confederation Park, Ottawa
Time: 11am to 9pm

For more information, click HERE or call 613.291.8624.


CineMusiq 2012
CineMusiq 2012
"CineMusiq 2012" is 7 Swaras attempt to bring all South Asian music lovers under one roof for a good cause. More than 40 local artists (singers/dancers) will participate along with John Sathya's Chennai Rhythms (a professional orchestra from Toronto) to raise funds for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation.

The night is planned to sing a wide variety of songs in different languages including Thamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Sanskrit from Indian Cinema composed by "Oscar Winner" AR Rahman, "Maestro" Ilaiyaraja, Vidyasagar, G.V. Prakash, Harris Jeyaraj, Vijay Antony, Devi Sri Prasad and Vishal-Shekar.
When: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Where: Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University
Time: 5:30pm
Tickets: $10 advance | $12 at the door   

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
  • Andy's Grocery (Merivale / Meadowlands)
  • Bombay Masala (March Road, Kanata)
  • Ceylonta Restaurant (Somerset / Carling locations)
  • Coconut Lagoon South Indian Restaurant (St. Laurent Blvd)
Click HERE for more information or call 613.898.7482.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.
Punjabi International Film Academy Awards Weekend
PIFAA August 2 - 4, 2012
Despite the long history of the Punjabi film industry, the dominance of Punjabi people in Bollywood and the increasing popularity of recent Punjabi films, there is no major Awards function dedicated to rewarding excellence in Punjabi films. After consultation with a large number of Punjabi film personalities, community leaders and members of the Canadian Government, given their enthusiastic response, Parvasi Media Inc. decided to launch the very first Punjabi International Film Academy Awards (PIFAA) in Ontario, Canada.

"PIFAA will witness a four hour Award function, full of entertainment with performances from leading Punjabi actors, singers and performers alike. Over 100 renowned stars, producers, directors from the Punjabi film industry are expected to attend the inaugural PIFAA function at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada. The PIFA Awards consist of 15 categories and will recognize Punjabi films from across the world. Punjabi films from Pakistan will also be included in a special category. Leading Pakistani film personalities will be invited to PIFAA 2012," said OM Puri - Actor.

In addition to the Awards function there will be several events to create excitement in the community. The series of events will be a celebration of Punjabi films, music and culture. The PIFAA Weekend 2012 would consist of:

  • PIFAA Meet, Greet & Dine with the Stars|         August 2 at 6pm, Tandoori Flame, Brampton
  • Opening Press Conference|August 3 
  • Punjabi International Film Academy Awards|       August 4 at 7pm, Air Canada Centre, Toronto. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE.

Click HERE for more information.


Indian Touch to Olympic Arts in London
ArcelorMittal Orbit
The London 2012 Summer Olympics have begun! A reality that will transcend the historic fortnight is a creation of art with an Indian touch. Iconic sculptor Anish Kapoor, the India-born winner of the Turner Prize, has given Britain its Olympic mascot - the ArcelorMittal Orbit - the country's biggest public art installation.

The giant Orbit is a 115-metre high steel observation tower at Olympic Park in Stratford in London that is likely to help in the post-Olympic regeneration of the area. Kapoor designed the Orbit with Cecil Balmond with steel donated by India-born steel tycoon Laskhmi Mittal, who remains the richest man in Britain with an estimated fortune of 112.7 billion pounds as in April 2012, according to British estimates.

Recalling the project, Mittal says he "never expected" it would turn out this big. He said it was not just the supply of thousands of tonnes of steel but in reality ArcelorMittal "has given much more than steel".

Artist Kapoor, who sculpts futuristic forms in steel and glass, said in an interview to The Guardian that the making of the Orbit was a "series of discrete events tied together".

Click HERE to read more.
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