August 31, 2012


Welcome to the Ottawa edition of the MyBindi newsletter!   


As you know, our Ottawa newsletter also serves the South Asian community in Montreal and so in this issue, I'm happy to announce a very special giveaway to all our fans in Ottawa and Montreal!  


Here's your chance to WIN a pair of tickets to Shakespeare's Richard III, presented by Metachroma Theatre, for the Sept. 30th performance at the Segal Centre. To enter our draw, you need to first like the MyBindi page on Facebook.  Then, visit this link, and simply name one of the cast members of the play.  That's all.  You will automatically be entered into our draw.  Winner will be announced this Friday afternoon!   


I am also very pleased to announce that on October 1, the City of Ottawa will present its first annual Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards at the Ottawa Immigration Forum at City Hall.  See details below.   


And for those planning ahead, October 6 is the date for Serene Strings of the Santoor - a special performance by India's Pt. Satish Vyas, a legend in his own right, and senior disciple of Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma brought to you by Gharana Arts at the Arts Theatre in Ottawa.


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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Metachroma Theatre presents Richard III
Richard III

Defined by his physical deformity and demonized by society, Richard is ever the outsider. In a whirlwind of horrible deeds and unspeakable acts, he fights to claim his position as monarch at all costs.

Metachroma ('beyond colour') Theatre addresses the under-representation of visible minority actors in Canadian theatre, challenging current perceptions by telling stories with a diverse cast in order to normalize the presence of these artists on stage.

With: Metachroma Theatre members Quincy Armorer, Tamara Brown, Lucinda Davis, Julie Tamiko Manning, Mike Payette and Jamie Robinson, along with Walter Borden, Jimmy Blais, Diana Fajrajsl, Azeem Nathoo, Meilie Ng and Amrit Sanger.

When: On NOW and until Sept. 30, 2012
Where: Segal Centre for Performing Arts Studio, Montreal
Tickets: Starting at $18

For more information and to purchase tickets, click

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.

First Annual Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards
First Annual Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards

The City of Ottawa will present its first annual Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards at the Ottawa Immigration Forum at City Hall on Monday, October 1, 2012. The forum, organized by the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP), will focus on the theme of "valuing and leveraging the contributions of immigrants for greater prosperity and vibrancy."

The new Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions of immigrant business people in the City of Ottawa and to inspire and encourage other immigrants in Ottawa to consider starting or operating businesses here.

In their deliberations, the panel will consider candidates' track record of job creation, business mentorship, and other ways they have contributed to the development of the local economy.

When: Monday, October 1, 2012
Where: Ottawa City Hall
Time: 8am - 12:30pm

Click HERE for more information.

The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) was founded in October 2009 by the City of Ottawa and Local Agencies Serving Immigrants (LASI). The partnership is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada with the mandate of improving local capacity to attract, settle and integrate immigrants.


Sangeet Concert Series :: Serene Strings of the Santoor
Sangeet Concert Series
A folk instrument from the scenic valley of Kashmir, the Santoor has carried the melodies of civilizations steeped in culture and serenity. This show will feature the dazzling performance of India's Pt. Satish Vyas, a legend in his own right, and senior disciple of Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma. Pt. Sharma rescued this instrument and brought to it the classical influences of Hindustani Sangeet. Gharana Arts is proud to present Pt. Satish Vyas for this first installment of the Sangeet Concert Series, accompanied on the tabla by Ravi S. K. Singh.

When: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Where: Arts Court Theatre, Ottawa
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $15 in advance

To purchase tickets, please call 613.824.5712 or email Gharana.Arts@gmail.com.

Click HERE for more information.

Comics Crack Up Crowd at the 10th Annual MyBindi Comedy Night!
Suneet Luthra at the 10th Annual MyBindi Comedy Night
Fans enjoyed a hilarious evening Sept. 21st at the 10th Annual MyBindi Comedy Night - with two back-to-back shows inside Projection Booth - hosted by MyBindi and presented by Chevrolet.

To start off the night, the comics were greeted by enthusiasts as they each rolled up to the venue, one-by-one, in a black 2012 Chevrolet Equinox. Even some of the guests felt like celebrities posing for photos infront of a white 2012 Chevrolet Cruze decked in 'MyBindi' style that was parked outside the venue for the entire duration of the event. How's that for a car?

Now hyped up for the evening ahead, both the comics and fans were in for a 'good good night'!

Showcasing both Canadian and international talent, the impressive line-up included five funny and edgy comedians: Suneet Luthra, Aastha Lal, Crystal Ferrier, host Dave Merheje and headliner Vidur Kapur, one of the original "Gurus of Comedy".

Click HERE to read more and view event photos!


MIND MANTRA ~ A Holiday From My Thoughts?
A Holiday from your Thoughts?
Take a vacation from your thinking style! We all know that going away somewhere different is always a good thing. Taking a holiday from your usual thinking style is a great thing! It can lead to new possibilities and approaches to challenging situations.

Think of someone you have always admired. It could be someone in your life that you look up to; or it could be a character from a film or a book. When you are confronted with a challenge, ask yourself how this other person would react. What would he/she say and do? Research shows that often behaviour changes first; the thinking style may change after.

Click HERE to read more.
TRAVEL THALI ~ Thailand: the people
Thailand - the people
Interviewing David Letterman once on his PBS show, Charlie Rose asked what the best part of fame was.  That people treated him well, Letterman answered.  That people treated him the way people should treat each other all the time:  with respect and courtesy.

My second evening in Bangkok, I commented to my nephew that I had spent the entire day without witnessing one single incident of anger or impatience or rudeness.  It was a day I had spent at Siam Square: a downright mad shopping area which included four malls ranging from MBK, which was basically five floors of bazaars in a futuristically-designed building, to Paragon, which housed the familiar upscale stores:  Louis Vuitton, Prada, Armani, D & G.  On the streets in between these malls were street vendors of every possible thing imaginable that was cheap and expendable, plus, of course, food carts, food stalls and restaurants. 

Click HERE to read more.
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Listen to the NEW MirchMasalaRadio (Monday thru Saturday:   5-7 PM) on Ottawa's 97.9 FM CJLL


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In This Bulletin
Metachroma Theatre presents Richard III
First Annual Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Award
Sangeet Concert Series :: Serene Strings of the Santoor
Comics Crack Up Crowd at the 10th Annual MyBindi Comedy Night!
A Holiday From My Thoughts?
Thailand: the people
Mirch Masala Radio
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