January 15, 2014
Happy New Year and welcome to 2014's first west coast edition of the MyBindi newsletter.
The start of a new year means setting resolutions for most.  But, if you're a bride to be, it's also a time to start hitting the wedding show circuit.
This weekend, check out the Bridal Expo at Payal Business Centre in Surrey, BC. Click HERE for more information.
If you haven't seen it already, there's still time to check out 'A Chorus of Lungs', a 3D interactive sound and video installation that explores the idea of the social body, its voice and breath.
This newsletter is packed with information on many other events in your local community from Jhankaar's Dinner Dance event on January 24th to the South Asian Health Expo on January 26th.  Click HERE to check out the complete line-up of South Asian events on the west coast! 
If you have an event or initiative that you would like to promote, please reach out to us via email  We'd love to hear from you.
There's a lot that the West Coast desis can teach the rest of Canada.  
All of us at MyBindi are delighted and I am sure that our friends in Calgary are most proud that Calgary's Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, has been ranked by Macleans as the second most powerful person in Canada.  

I am sure Toronto's mayor could use a few lessons from the Nenshi playbook! 

See you next month when we will be back in your inbox!

Syerah Virani
Editor-in-Chief & CEO
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Wellgroomed Bridal Expo 
Wellgroomed Bridal Expo   
For the Brides-to-be out there, there is an upcoming Bridal Exposition at Wellgroomed Designs.

Only special Bridal designs will be on display. It will be a two day Bridal Expo on January 18 and 19, 2014.

When: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Sunday, January 19, 2014
Where: Payal Business Centre
Time: 12pm to 7pm

In order to RSVP the information you will need to provide will be your full name, your phone number and the date of your upcoming wedding. There will be hour long blocks, 10 people are the maximum for each hour block during the Bridal Expo. You will need to choose which hour slot best works for your schedule and your guests (Maximum: 2) This is a pre-booking, ticketed event. No walk-ins allowed.

To RSVP please call 778-823-2423 or Email.

For more information please click HERE.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
Jhankaar 2014 
Jhankaar 2014  
YUVA, the SFU South Asian Student Society, brings you their annual dinner & dance event - Jhankaar!

Get ready for a night of fun, masti, and dancing!

When: Friday, January 24, 2014
Where: Crown Palace Banquet Hall
Time: Doors open at 7pm & close by 9pm!
Tickets: $30

For Tickets Contact:

(778) 996 9275
(604) 783 5221
(778) 926 9467

(778) 883 5062
(778) 317 8336
(788)223 5062

(778) 317 8336

Please note this is a strictly Post-Secondary event. Two pieces of ID are required.

Music by DJ Khanvict, playing the latest Bhangra, Bollywood and Top 40 tracks. There's also going to be a dance off between the girls & the guys!

For more information please click HERE.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com. 
'A Chorus of Lungs' An Art Installation at Centre A
Chorus of Lungs 
'A Chorus of Lungs' by Leila Sujir and Maria Lantin, is a 3D interactive sound and video installation that explores the idea of the social body, its voice and breath.

The installation appears as a constellation of animated lungs floating in space to the cadence of breathing. The viewer is invited to animate the Chorus of Lungs by pushing their hands together, or pulling their hands apart, actions which compress or create a space for the lungs to become a chorus both visually and audibly.

The work addresses ideas of the individual and society, and within the consideration of Asian identities, reflects on approaches to individual difference and diversity, social engagement, interaction, shared space and ideas of collectivity.

When: On now until Saturday, January 25, 2014
Where: Centre A
Time: Tuesday - Saturdays, 11am - 6pm
Tickets: This is a FREE event

An exhibition brochure with an essay by Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, will be available at Centre A.

For more information please click HERE.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.  
South Asian Health Expo
South Asian Health Expo  
Kickstart your New Year and join us for the 2nd South Asian Health Expo taking place on January 26th.

When: Sunday, January 26, 2014 
Where: Crown Palace Banquet Hall 
Time: starts at 11am 
Tickets: $10 per family (for unlimited number of family members)

The upcoming South Asian Health Expo is a great opportunity to get all this valuable information under one roof at the same time.

Various vendors from the Health, Wellness & Fitness industry will be on-site doing free testing, giving out information, distributing product samples and prize giveaways. There will be a Speaker Series with a line-up of speakers presenting in Punjabi during the early afternoon session and English during the late afternoon session.

The 3rd edition of the South Asian Health Magazine will be distributed to all attendees for FREE. 
This is a great opportunity to get involved and reach out to all age demographics within the South Asian community.

For more information please click HERE or contact:

Rina Gill - 604-599-1937 or 778-688-4973 or Email.  
Pardeep Sahota - 604-897-2310 or Email.  
Amrinder Sahota - 604-614-8558 or Email.   
This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
Lunch & Learn: South Asian Women on Domestic Violence
Lunch & Learn  
Domestic Violence: Narratives of South Asian Immigrant Women & Reflections of the Qualitative Research Process
Presented by: Ethno-cultural Family Violence Committee (EFVC) | PhD student: Wendy Aujla

This presentation explores the problem of domestic violence by giving voice to a sample of South Asian immigrant women who are not only often ignored by their own community or society, but also fearful to reveal what challenges they experience in a new foreign residence when reaching out for help.

Domestic violence is often framed solely as a cultural and marginal problem within our society, despite its far-reaching impact on women from all racial backgrounds. Developing awareness for those affected necessitates reaching common ground on our thinking about abuse in ethno-cultural communities and how society can respond to this problem.

When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 
Where: Assist Community Services Centre (9649 - 105 A Avenue - Edmonton) 
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm 
Tickets: $3.00 to be paid at the door

Please register by Friday, January 24, 2014 as space is limited. Light lunch will be served. Parking is available on the street.

To register please contact Helen Rusich via Email.

This event is proudly supported by MyBindi.com.
TATA Tea Now Available in Canada!
TATA Tea  
Shahrukh Khan's favorite tea has arrived in Canada! India's #1 Tea is now available in Canada from coast to coast.

You can brew Tata's bold malty flavor at home for an authentic taste of India. Welcome India's #1 tea by helping us brew some magic in Canada. 
Tata Tea, now available at major retailers.

TiEQuest Business Venture Competition
TiEQuest Business Venture Competition  
TiEQuest is an annual business venture competition held in Toronto to encourage entrepreneurship, engage emerging entrepreneurial talent and to create an ecosystem of entrepreneurship. The mission of TiEQuest is to connect entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts with the private equity and venture capital industry.

TiEQuest is now accepting applications for their 2014 Business Venture Competition!

Entry Deadline: January 31, 2014 @ 11:55 p.m. EST
Entry Fee: $100

To enter the competition please click HERE.
Competition is open to all in Canada and USA only

For more information please click HERE.

This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com. 
What's New on MyBindi West!
Amazon Vancouver   
Amazon Vancouver Now Hiring Up to 1,000 Employees

Got tech skills? Looking for a job? Amazon Vancouver is currently in the process of hiring as many as 1,000 employees for its Canadian development centre in downtown Vancouver.

It was announced last fall that Amazon will open a 91,000 square foot office at the under construction $750-million, 22-storey TELUS Garden office tower, with the possibility to expand to 156,000 square feet.

TELUS Garden will be complete in late-2015: the expected move-in period for Amazon Vancouver. Between 750 to 1,000 people will be employed at the office.

In addition to the great, centralized, urban working space and environment, the company is attempting to lure talent from both Vancouver and across the world with the city's renowned quality of living and the immense possibilities of working with this Amazon office:

"Whether you're interested in building a great browser, pushing the limits of high scale cloud computing or delivering the best online shopping experience, you will find a challenging and rewarding career at Amazon Vancouver."

Read more HERE.  
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