January 12, 2013


A happy new year and a very happy Lohri to all our friends in Ottawa.  Welcome to the first Ottawa edition in 2013 of the MyBindi newsletter which now also serves the South Asian community in Montreal!


This weekend is your last chance to enjoy a performance of Poutine Masala, a comedy dance theatre which will make your feet tap and your heart sing! See details below.


Also coming up this month is the Road to NACS, the dance party that is setting the tone for the upcoming North America Culture show.   


If you're new to Ottawa or simply looking for a group where you can connect with other like-minded individuals, check out InterNations' January get-together and be part of this movement that is connecting global minds!  




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


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Poutine Masala :: Can you handle the spice? 
Poutine Masala

Present day Montreal. A small-town Quebecois meets a home-grown girl from India. Sparks fly. But there is that cultural complication and some more. Boy believes in the present, Girl in the future.


But somehow love happens until ... comes along a blast from the past that complicates things a bit more.

A comedy dance-theatre, Poutine Masala is a delightful story that will make you laugh and quite emotional. It's a story of us, living in our multi-cultural city and loving it. Trilingual (French, English and a dash of Hindi), it has a brilliant cast of Quebecois and Indian actors, doing things in a true Bollywood style comedy.


When: On now until 13 January 2013
Where: Wildside Festival, Centaur Theatre Company


Click HERE to purchase tickets or call the Box Office at 514.288.1229.


Click HERE for more information.

North American Culture Show | The Road to NACS
NA Culture ShowThe North American Culture Show in collaboration with OCU NACS Dance Team and CapCity Entertainment presents:

Road To NACS :: The Capital Edition

Come Support Your Local Dance Teams

Featuring: Frequency Entertainment's DJ KSR - Canada's #1 Bhangra DJ dropping exclusive Bhangra sets with live dhol

and BKRM DNOA & DJ Double J with the very best of Bollywood | Top 40 | Dance | House | Hip Hop | R&B |

When: January 17, 2012
Where: Mansion Nightclub, Ottawa
Doors Open: 10 pm

Strict Dress Code in Effect
No Hats | No Runners | No Ripped Jeans
Dress to Impress

Click HERE for more information.
InterNations Ottawa Event January 2013
InterNations Event

We are happy to announce our January 2013 gathering: Please join us at the Heart and Crown on Preston Street in Little Italy for drinks, dinner and chat.


Please don't forget to register for this event by clicking the Accept Invitation button so that we can confirm numbers with the restaurant. Feel free to bring your international friends and co-workers, and don't forget to invite them to sign up for InterNations, too.


When: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Time: 6.30 pm
Where: Heart & Crown, 353 Preston Street


Live the InterNations spirit - Nobody stands alone!

For many guests, it'll be the first InterNations event; quite a few people will arrive on their own. Please help make them feel welcome. If you see someone alone in a corner, it'd be great if you introduced them to your friends. In this way, we can share the spirit of connecting global minds, and every member will have a lovely time. Thanks!


Click HERE for more information.

Ottawa's Winterlude 2013
Ottawa Winterlude

Celebrate the joys of winter at Winterlude, with three fun-filled weeks in February. Canada's favourite winter activities are featured across Ottawa and Gatineau at this annual event.


Skate on the world's largest skating rink, check out the ice sculpture competitions or play at North America's largest snow playground. There's fun for the entire family, and all sites are open on Family Day.


Click  HERE for more information.

Bharati at Place des Arts in Montreal!
Bharati Montreal

Two hours of sheer spectacle and fun! A feast for eyes and ears! Seen by more than a million people!


Bharati is more than just a performance. Back after sold out performances last year, Bharati is a wonderful tour through the diversity of colours, aromas, and flavours of the legendary country of India. It's a spectacular tableau featuring 50 dancers, musicians, singers, and acrobats, wearing over 1,000 costumes inspired by various regions of India.


You'd need a whole lifetime to fully absorb India's entire cultural trove but Bharati provides a tasty sampling over the course of its show!


"... A love story worthy of Bollywood's biggest hits." - Paris Match, France


"The multi-coloured saris, shimmering sets, humour, and emotion all contribute to making this a superb and very lively show." - Prima, France


"The costumes are dazzling, the dances are sensual, the songs are euphoric, and this outstanding troupe's enthusiasm and energy captivate the audience within the first few minutes." - Fémina, France


When: February 12 to 17, 2013
Where: Place des Arts, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal


Performances in French.
Performance in English on February 15, 2013.


Click HERE to purchase tickets.


Click HERE for more information.


Click HERE to learn more about Bharati playing at the SONY Centre in Toronto.

2013 National Capital India Forum
2013 National Capital India Forum

The Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa and the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in collaboration with Sponsoring Organizations presents the 2013 National Capital India Forum.


This half day event involving senior business and government leaders from Canada and India is designed to help prepare Canadian companies to engage in this dynamic and globally strategic market.


Topics of the Conference will include:

  • The current economic and political situation in India and the implications for Canadian companies.
  • The state of Indo-Canadian commercial relations and the significance of the proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
  • The need for adapting your Business Plan and approach to India from the perspective of the 4 P's -product, price, promotion and place.
  • Who can help Canadian firms succeed in the Indian market.

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 12 noon to 6.30 pm
Where: Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building
Fees: $100 Regular price (plus tax) | $40 Students (plus tax)


Click HERE for more information.

Sugar Sammy :: Indian Edition :: You're Gonna Rire
Sugar Sammy
After a record setting run in Montreal for his bilingual show, Sugar Sammy brings The Indian Edition to The Olympia.

Come enjoy jokes in English, Hindi, Punjabi and un peu de francais with your brothers, sisters, cousins and the rest of the extended family. A special night for the South Asian community!

When: March 30, 2013
Where: Olympia, 1004, rue Ste-Catherine Est, Montreal
Doors Open: 7 pm (show starts at 8 pm)
Tickets: $27.69 | $37.69 | $47.69  (assigned seating)


Click HERE to purchase your tickets  


Click HERE to see what Sugar Sammy is all about!!


NOTE: This show will start on time, NO IST (Indian standard Time ;-)

In This Bulletin
Poutine Masala :: Can you handle the spice?
North American Culture Show | The Road to NACS
InterNations Ottawa Event January 2013
Ottawa's Winterlude 2013
Bharati at Place des Arts in Montreal!
2013 National Capital India Forum
Sugar Sammy :: Indian Edition :: You're Gonna Rire
What's New on MyBindi
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Shamira Wellness 

I wanted to write my last blog post for 2012 and share my personal commitment for 2013. No, not a resolution but a commitment. Although I do 'resolve' to do this, I think commitment is a better way to describe it.

For me, I don't have the usual 'resolutions' or goals. Its simpler yet more difficult than that.


Click HERE to read more. 

A few years ago I had the privilege of seeing the Dalai Lama at the Rogers' centre here in Toronto.  It was a huge venue, and thousands of people were seated in the stadium waiting for his talk.  The sound of gongs marked his entrance.  As he walked in, I had a distinct physical sensation of his presence, I actually sat back in my seat from the impact.  That sensation has stayed with me ever since.

Click HERE to read more.
Word! Blog
Toronto-based spoken word artist and author, Sheniz Janmohamed, has been invited to the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival which will take place in Jaipur, India, from January 24th to 28th, 2013. Janmohamed will be participating in a panel and/or a performance at the festival, which will be held at the stunning Diggi Palace over the course of five days.

Click  HERE to read more. 

Music Savia

Music Director Vishal Bhardwaj goes desi again with the soundtrack for the film "Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola" which set in Haryana. The music composed by him, completely in sync with the film's setting, seems to be promising. His old partner Gulzar has penned nine numbers for the soundtrack, coupled with two reprise versions.

Click HERE to read more.

Bollywood Bites 


Gangs of Wasseypur (Part 1 and 2) - Five hours of blood, gore and fun. Anurag Kashyap's epic revenge saga was, more than anything, a lot of fun to watch. Packed with smart dialogue, a script that didn't let up and a director who was clearly having a blast while shooting the whole thing, "Gangs of Wasseypur" was an experiment that went right.


Click  HERE to read more.


Kitchen Confidential

The sharp scent of red spices and curry powder. Heat emanating from the fresh pieces of naan bread. The sound of silverware clattering against each other. And the sight of native, desi food. I suddenly felt that a piece of me that had been empty for months was alive again.

Click HERE to read more.