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Sunday, April 16, 2017



Image may contain: 1 person, indoorJasmine has indicated that the beginning of her novel opens in the early 1990’s in the heart of Bombay where young Peter and Anna are neighbours residing with their families.  They live in the Billimoria Building, ensconced in the Catholic ghetto. When Hindus destroy a mosque in the distant Indian state of Ayodhya, riots explode in Bombay, the worst the city has witnessed.

The primary characters in her book, Peter and Anna were just twenty one and sixteen years old as they are caught in the explosion while their families take on the task of sheltering a Muslim neighbor.  Amidst this turmoil and tragedy, Anna’s family migrates to Canada and she is separated from Peter, just as their love blossoms.

Friday, April 14, 2017

One Book One Brampton: The Celebration

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Be inspired to share in our community-wide reading experience!


Meet Farzana Doctor, winner of Brampton Library's One Book One Brampton 2017

Celebrate One Book One Brampton winner Six Metres of Pavement

Friday, April 21 6 – 8:30 pm

Cyril Clark Lecture Theatre, 20 Loafer's Lake Lane, Brampton

Brampton Library is pleased to present An Evening with Farzana Doctor whose book Six Metres of Pavement was selected by Brampton residents in a public vote from a shortlist of four titles: "A book club for half a million people sounds like a lot of fun, "said Mayor Jeffrey when the announcement was made at Brampton City Hall on February 16.

Join us to find out more! See you Friday, April 21 at 6 pm.

Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which won a Lambda Literary Award in 2012 and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award) and the recently released All Inclusive. Named one of CBC Books' Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now and was the recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Grant in 2011, she curates the Brockton Writers Series and is a proud member of The Writers Union of Canada.

Brampton Library's six branches house a vast collection of borrowable items, computer workstations and Chromebooks with free Internet access as well as wireless connectivity for those who bring their own laptops. Reserve your items online for pick-up and return at any branch. Our website offers access to a full range of digital products, including e-books, magazines, newspapers from many countries, music and online courses. Our staff present programs for all ages and interests and provide helpful assistance to all. Find out more at bramptonlibrary.ca, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @bramptonlibrary.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Canada to welcome more French-speaking skilled immigrants with new changes to Express Entry

March 31, 2017—Moncton, NB – Canadians are building a world-leading innovation economy. One way to do this is by making improvements to Express Entry—Canada's flagship skilled-worker immigration application management system.


Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy.

Starting on June 6, 2017, additional points will be awarded to candidates who have strong French language skills. These additional points represent an important change that will contribute to the growth, vitality and prosperity of Francophone minority communities across Canada.

Other changes to the Express Entry system planned for June include points for candidates with siblings in Canada and voluntary registration with Job Bank.



"Increasing Francophone immigration and growing Francophone communities across Canada remains a priority for the Government of Canada. Canada's greatest strength is its skilled, hard-working, creative, and diverse workforce. I am pleased that with my announcement today, Canada will welcome more French speakers and others with skills and experience that will help our economy and communities grow".

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


"With these changes to Express Entry, I am pleased that Canada will welcome many more high-skilled Francophone immigrants. They will help grow Francophone minority communities across Canada and strengthen the economy as they build their new lives here."

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage


Quick facts: Since the launch of Express Entry in January 2015, Canada has welcomed over 43,000 economic immigrants through the Express Entry system. Express Entry attracts highly skilled immigrants, with many having studied in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics—skills that are linked to innovation, prosperity and growth.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Matter of Geography by Jasmine D’Costa

Advance Praise for A Matter of Geography:

“They were neighbours - Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus - till Bombay’s religious violence tore their community apart. What is the meaning of ‘ home' to someone who has emigrated? Can love conquer geography? Jasmine D’Costa elegantly explores these ever-changing human relationships
-- Sylvia Fraser, author of Pandora and The Rope in Water

within the cosmic framework.”
“With a richness of details, Jasmine D’Costa, gently and insightfully, through the eyes of childhood innocence, lifts the veil on a tumultuous time period in India where violence and religious hatred swept through a peaceful, diverse and tight knit community, forever altering the lives of its inhabitants. More than ever and in difficult times, A Matter for Geography is a much-needed glimmer of hope.”
 -- John Calabro, author of An Imperfect Man and The Cousin 

“Jasmine D'Costa's A Matter of Geography is a brave commentary on the place many of us carry in our hearts as home. It leaves us with the question, is there a true sense of shared belonging or are some Indians more equal than others?
-- Shagorika Easwar, Editor, Desi News and CanadaBound Immigrant

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Shab-e She'r Poetry Month Celebration April 25

Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) L
Poetry Month Celebration                                                                                 

Toronto's most diverse poetry reading and open mic series
At Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) we don't just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it.

Please spread the word through social media and any other way you know. Let our event become as diverse as we are.

Featured poets: Diana Manole & Anuj Rastogi

Guest speaker: Jael Richardson

Host: Bänoo Zan

Time: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2N8

Doors open               6:15 p.m.
Open-mic sign-up     6:30 p.m.
Show                         7 p.m.

Admission: $5


Diana Manole Romanian-Canadian writer, translator, theatre director, and scholar, 9 books, organizer of "AlieNation: Performing Canada as 'New Canadian' Poets," at the conference of the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures


Anuj Rastogi Toronto-based writer, spoken word poet & music composer for film scores & studio albums, working on a new studio album, a new Spoken Word EP, his debut poetry manuscript, and two new feature film scores


Jael Richardson  author of The Stone Thrower, shortlisted for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, columnist on CBC's q, two-time TDSB Writer-in-Residence, Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).


St-Stephen-in-the Fields accessibility information:

The venue has a wheelchair ramp entrance and is all on one level; however, the wheelchair ramp door does not yet have a pushbutton, so someone needs to hold the door open. There is one fully barrier-free washroom.

All washrooms are gender-neutral.





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Monday, March 27, 2017

New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Students Produce Original Movie Musicals

While "La La Land" certainly put movie musicals back into the limelight of modern Hollywood cinema, the New York Film Academy Musical Theatre program has consistently continued to keep the genre on the forefront of its curriculum. Since 2012, the program's Two-Year Conservatory has developed original movie musicals in order to prepare students not only for the stage but also for careers in the film and television industry.

"A highlight of this experience is when students go to a professional studio and work closely with the engineer and the film's music director to record their final vocal tracks," said NYFA Chair of Musical Theatre, Mark Olsen. "No other program can provide this level of professional support."

Each film consists of original music and stories that feature collaborations with industry professionals such as Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart and Tony Award-nominee Charlotte D'amboise. While these respected and well-known Broadway names draw attention to each musical, it is the students who remain the stars of the films.

"Musical theatre students get the experience of not only having original material written and composed just for them, but also the opportunity to record that material in a professional studio, and perform to that recording in a movie musical," added David Klein, Senior Executive Vice President of the New York Film Academy. "The education experience in the NYFA Musical Theatre Program is unsurpassed."

Over the past few years, NYFA's movie musicals have touched on a range of topics — from "The Ghosts of Ethan Dean," a cautionary drama about addiction, to "Landed," which follows a group of expats trying to make it in New York. Each film showcases a modern musical paradigm with an edgier subject matter with the hopes of encouraging aspiring performers and theater producers to confront issues that truly speak to millennials.


NYFA's more recent productions of "Seeking Alice," "Landed," "Streetwrite," and "Gingerbread House," have all screened at film festivals across the country, including the Manhattan Film Festival, NewFilmmakers NY, the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival, and others.

"Over the years we have had the honor of screening the great work of numerous New York Film Academy students," said Manhattan Film Festival Director, Philip Nelson. "We are thrilled to celebrate our 11th annual edition with a film program featuring NYFA musicals. The talent speaks volumes of both the students and the entire NYFA organization."

"Landed," by Jason Brewer, is scheduled to screen at the Fifteenth Annual Garden State Film Festival on March 30, and the film will air in the Tampa Bay area later this year on the Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network

"It is an honor and a privilege to be able to present films like 'Landed' by Jason Brewer among the hundreds of true indie films presented at our event each year," said Diane Raver, Garden State Film Festival Founder. "We hold dear the ability to screen films from all nations, cultures, and viewpoints as the epitome of freedom of speech and expression we hold dear."

"Streetwrite" had its premiere at The Cutting Room on Sunday, March 12 and also its East Coast Premiere at The Queens World Film Festival on Sunday, March 19 in the Zukor Theatre at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The film has also been accepted to screen at Cinémonde, a private film series at the Roger Smith Hotel in NYC.

About New York Film Academy

With locations all around the world, the New York Film Academy has grown into an international film and performing arts school with a focus on learning by doing, providing its students with hands-on instruction. Students can choose to enroll in one of the Academy's MFA, MA, BFA, BA, and AFA U.S. accredited degree programs and short-term workshops in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, producing, 3D animation, cinematography, screenwriting, documentary filmmaking, game design, musical theatre, broadcast journalism, music video, graphic design, illustration, and digital editing.

With more than 8,000 students from over 100 countries, NYFA offers courses in New York City, Los Angeles, South Beach (Miami), Sydney & Gold Coast in Australia, Florence, and more.

The New York Film Academy's Florence, Italy location holds film and acting programs in a renovated renaissance era building, across the street from Le Cappelle Medici, moments away from the Duomo.

Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Kevin James, Jamie Foxx, and Jodie Foster are among the many figures in the film industry that have sent their family members to study at the New York Film Academy. For more information, please visit nyfa.edu.

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