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Tuesday, May 15, 2018


CANADA, MAY 15, 2018 : A decades long commitment to honing her craft through dedication and perseverance is the ultimate reason behind Shobha Shekhar’s outstanding talent and abilIty. Had it not been for the keen eye and ears of her parents, she would not have begun her formal lessons at the precocious age of three! Having said that, formal training and riyaaz alone are not what makes an artist resonate with an audience! Shobha has worked tirelessly to bring a very traditional art form to a modern audience in an engaging manner a fact that is not easy in the digital, downloadable, auto-tuning era. As an artist, Shobha has had several opportunities to mentor and educate upcoming talent through her various assignments from being in the panel of judges at prestigious music competitions such as CMR Star fest, Super Singers music competition, Indian Idol singing contest and others, she has also been recognized for her contributions to the performing arts and singing with accolades and awards in 2016. This does require true commitment and grit to overcome constant obstacles as well as detectors. Shobha is one of the few artists, in a sea of talent within the South Asian community in Canada, who has experienced performing on a world platform. Shobha has completed over 400 concerts, in addition to lending her voice to several private albums and product commercials in India and Canada. her recent singles "Raahein”, produced here in Canada by Awaazein, almost mimicking her own journey to musical success as well as a beautiful Ghazal, Halat Ye Hai, speaks about her
versatile singing abilities She has also strived relentlessly to create and educate masses through her own music concert compilations in the North Americas - ie, Melange, a fusion project to explore her knowledge and exposure to the various genres of music, as she conceptualized and compiled the presentation content of this concert, She has also collaborated with many veteran musicians and symphony bands across Canada and The Americas as well has shared stage with prolific musicians and singers from the bollywood industry. Most recently, Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai, a tribute concert for India’s original nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar, took place on April 21, 2018 at the Aga Khan Centre in Toronto. The concert, organized by Manoj and Sonia Singh of Devsaiadi, helped to raise funds for Shivas, a non-profit organization that helps children with autism. The timelessness and crystal clear clarity of Shobha’s voice left the audience mesmerized, leaving everyone of all ages
speaking, understanding and communicating in the synchronous voice of music. The audience was transported; swaying to the beat as each toe-tapping note resonated, fondly jogging memories of the Divas of Indian music history. Shobha’s ability to sing in numerous regional languages, English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Punjabi, and Telugu allows for true versatility. This is truly a talent that many aspiring artists dream to attain. Be sure to watch out for this amazing performer as she prepares once again for several high profile summer festivals across the GTA. ABOUT GTA SOUTH ASIAN MEDIA NETWORK Established in 2016, the GTA South Asian Media Network has developed a reputation for expertise in Media Relations, PR and Promotion of those in the arts, media and entertainment industries, as well as in Marketing and Community Outreach. The multi-award winning working brand, Annie J Koshy – Media Consultant, has a vast network, both within the South Asian as well as the mainstream communities and has the leverage to develop meaningful associations amongst individuals, businesses and within the media fraternity. (www.anniejkoshy.com)
Further information aboshobhashekharsid@gmail.comut Shobha Shekhar can be found at 

or email her at singershobha@gmail.com


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Conversion of PIO Card to OCI Card

The Consulate General of India wishes to reiterate that all the PIO card holders are required to convert their PIO cards into OCI cards at the earliest. The Government of India has a scheme of conversion of PIO cards to OCI Cards for which the deadline was extended up to 31 December 2017.
It is also informed that as per the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s guidelines, handwritten PIO cards are not valid after November 2018 and the holders will be denied entry at the Indian Immigration and sent back. 

The service for conversion of PIO to OCI is gratis till 31 December 2017. The  conversion of PIO to OCI after 31 December 2017 will be done against payment of a fee, as prescribed by GOI. All  members of Indo-Canadian community, still holding PIO cards, are therefore requested to convert their PIOs to OCI at the earliest so as to avoid any complications during their travel to India. The community is further advised that conversion of PIO to OCI cards need not require any extra scrutiny or additional documents. For further details, please refer to Consulate website www.cgitoronto.ca .


Stratford Presents Laser Light Shows in Market Square Dec 27 - 31

Laser Light Show Experience in Stratford's Market Square
A free laser light show for all of Stratford and surrounding areas to enjoy in Stratford's Market Square between Christmas and New Year's
Stratford, ON – December 12th, 2017: The Laser Light Show will be a unique, family friendly experience happening in Stratford's Market Square. Taking place nightly December 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th at 7:30pm, as well as December 31st at both 7:30pm and 12:00am, with the earlier scheduled for a special Kid's countdown, and the latter a New Year's Eve countdown.
Each show will be choreographed to music and capture the heritage and beauty of the City Hall building and other historic structures surrounding Stratford's Market Square. There will be no cost to view the Laser Light Show, and each show will run 15 minutes in length. Nu-Salt Laser Light Shows International will orchestrate the shows, providing a premium, fresh experience for the community.
Come down to Stratford's Market Square from December 27th – 31st for a never before seen experience of lights and beauty. The perfect winter outing; gather your family and grab some hot chocolate, while trying something new!  For more information, please visit Strat Fests – New Year's in the Square's Facebook page or follow the link, Stratford's Free Laser Light Show Experience

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jordskott (A Shudder Exclusive Series) - Season 2 Teaser

New York, New York — 5 December — AMC Networks’ premium subscription streaming video service SHUDDER continues to build its offering of thrilling, dark and critically-acclaimed international genre series with premieres of Scandinavian Noir mystery BLACK LAKE debuting on December 21st and Season 2 of acclaimed international thriller JORDSKOTT following on January 18th, 2018.
JORDSKOTT Season 2, which will premiere on Shudder in the US and Canada, sees the return of tough police detective Eva Thornblad (Moa Gammel) in this eerie, Nordic Noir series laced with Gothic menace. Eva returns to her old job in Stockholm in an attempt to put the haunting events that occurred in Silverhojd behind her and begin a new chapter. However, the discovery of a mutilated corpse floating beneath the ice of a suburban lake leads her to believe she is not yet done with her past. JORDSKOTT is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Blending horror and the supernatural psychological thriller genre, BLACK LAKE (produced by Jarowskij, a Banijay Group company) will premiere on Shudder in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. It was the most viewed series when broadcast on MTG’s free-TV channel TV3 in 2016, gaining critical praise. The series tells the mysterious tale of Black Lake, a remote and neglected ski resort which has been closed for years, having been the scene of a horrific crime years prior. Johan (Filip Berg) invites his friends to the abandoned resort, with an idea of reopening it. They are soon gripped by fear, as a series of disturbing events lead to danger, questions on who can be trusted, and ultimately who will survive.
“With a passion for genre across provocative thrillers, suspense entertainment and horror, we’re delighted to expand SHUDDER’s offering of compelling foreign language genre series,” stated SHUDDER’s VP of Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Aurelie de Troyer. “Following its huge success in Sweden, BLACK LAKE takes a fresh and ingenious approach to Scandi Noir, while JORDSKOTT offers an alternative take on the crime drama phenomenon with a captivating second season. The Shudder team is excited to bring these two fantastic series to our members.”
SHUDDER has debuted critically-acclaimed international genre series consistently throughout 2017 including, visionary and thrilling three-part French series, BEYOND THE WALLS, THE VALLEY, a mystery where nothing is what it seems in a small, remote village town in Germany and MISSIONS, an award-winning sci-fi supernatural French and English series exploring a space mission that quickly derails, and becomes an electrifying ‘rescue’ mission to Mars. SHUDDER will also co-produce season 2 of MISSIONS, due to air in 2018.
About Shudder
AMC Networks’ SHUDDER is a premium streaming video service, super-serving fans of all degrees with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering thrillers, suspense, and horror. Home to the largest and fastest-growing human-curated selection of high-quality, spine-tingling and provocative films, TV series, and originals, there’s always something new and unexpected for SHUDDER members to explore. SHUDDER’s expanding library is available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Germany on the web, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox One, and Roku for 4.99/month or 49.99 with an annual membership. Join the SHUDDER community experience commitment-free for 7 days, visit www.shudder.com.
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Pendance Film Festival

Toronto, ON, December 4, 2017– Pensare Films Media proudly presents the Pendance Film Festival, sponsored by Beauty Bar Clinics, Trius Wines, Rolling Picture Company and media sponsors, the GTA South Asian Media Network and NOW Magazine.   This festival is a unique celebration of independent cinema and takes place December 15, 2017 at the Regent Theatre, 551 Mt. Pleasant Rd, Toronto.  The screening will begin at 7:00 pm.

Festival Founder and Director of Pensare Films Media, Robert Misovic, along with his team have created an evening that features a red-carpet reception, a 2.5-hour screening of some of the very best short films from around the world, and finally, a wine and networking gala for industry professionals, media, sponsors, and filmmakers in attendance. 

About the screenings:
Pendance packs a tight mix of some of the best films in the world. The trailers for the films are on their YouTube page and links are on their website; among them are established festival darlings like Cannes Palme d'Or winning film ' A Gentle Night' and Tribeca darling Cul-de-Sac.  There will be special screenings of Oscar winning shorts, and fresh discoveries - world premiere of Uruguayan masterpiece Emma, a Canadian premiere of 'Tsuki' written by Mark Raso, in addition to a world premiere of the Spanish drama, 'William Martin'. Three Canadian shorts will have their premieres at Pendance including the bold short 'Inland Freaks', by fast rising 21-year-old film maker, Kalainithan Kalaichelvan. 

The festival primed to be outstanding, is slated to be one of the most ambitious film festival launches in 20+ years. Tickets can be purchased at:  https://www.universe.com/events/pendance-film-festival-tickets-28G5XQ

About GTA South Asian Media Network
Established in 2016, the GTA South Asian Media Network has developed a reputation for expertise in Media Relations, PR and Promotion of those in the arts, media and entertainment industries, as well as in Marketing and Community Outreach. The working brand, Annie J Koshy – Media Consultant, has a vast network, both within the South Asian as well as the mainstream communities and has the leverage to develop meaningful associations amongst individuals, businesses and within the media fraternity.  (www.anniejkoshy.com)

Contact Information: 
Robert Misovic:  info@pendancefilmfestival.com 647.238.5360


Friday, November 10, 2017

Stratford Christmas Trail marks beginning of holiday season

Stratford, ON: The Stratford Christmas Trail (www.visitstratford.ca/ChristmasTrail) captures the spirit of giving and the joy of checking off that list. Throughout November and running until December 20, twenty-seven shops present fabulous stocking stuffers to delight on Christmas morning. You'll discover unique and individual gift ideas when you stroll our festive streets visiting shops draped in fresh cedar rope and tied with big red bows. Stratford Tourism is making it easy to kick off your holiday shopping with The Christmas Trail, just choose six gifts for $30 (+HS
Here is how it works. Purchase your trail at Stratford Tourism and receive your map and six vouchers to exchange for your choice of unique and distinctive gifts ready for you at  27 stops on the Christmas Trail. Share with friends and family to delight on Christmas morning – or keep a treat for yourself.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dance Premiere Life Eternal explores Immortality & Freedom

​Janak Khendry Dance Company
presents World Premiere of
Life Eternal
- A captivating dance work that explores Immortality and Freedom -

TORONTO (October 6, 2017) - The Janak Khendry Dance Company celebrates its 39th year and Canada's 150th Anniversary with a unique dance creation that reflects on transcending time and space in a journey to love, peace, freedom and happiness. The world premiere of Life Eternal features an outstanding ensemble of 14 dancers, including Artistic Director Janak Khendry who choreographs this captivating dance work, with music composed by Ashit Desai. Life Eternal runs Thursday November 9 to Saturday November 11 at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Life Eternal is rooted in ancient universal truths embraced by Jain, Hindu and Buddhist philosophies of life. Indian classical dance is the medium that the distinguished Janak Khendry Dance Company uses to unravel these teachings.

The art of seduction, adoration of nature and artful loving devotion to a Divine Being are themes that are interwoven into the dance structure. Life Eternal highlights the quest to attain immortality - decoded as total freedom - transcending time and space, accepting nothing after life except eternal calm on the road to that freedom.

The celebrated Janak Khendry Dance Company had its origin in 1978 in New York and moved to Toronto in 1979. The company has created esteemed dance interpretations about major philosophies and religions, exploring Christianity with John Milton's Paradise Lost, Buddhism with Women Liberated, Hinduism with Ganga, Kaal-Time, Gayatri and Upanishad, and Jainism in Panchkalyanaka.

These works have been highly appreciated by the public in India, the United States, South Africa, Mexico, Middle East, Myanmar and, most importantly, in Canada. Company members travel abroad as Indo-Canadian Cultural Ambassadors and de facto propagate the diversity of cultures and the unity of Canadian society.

Janak Khendry, the Artistic Director of the dance company, is an internationally renowned dancer/choreographer, professionally trained in four classical Indian dance styles, ballet and modern dance. He was invited to give five command performances for two past Presidents of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, and was one of five artists invited from across the United States to perform for the Vice-President in Washington, D.C. at the inauguration of the CARE and MEDICARE projects.

As a non-profit, charitable organization, Janak Khendry Dance Company presents socio-philosophical works that benefit numerous communities and provides inspiration and mentorship to younger generations.

Janak Khendry Dance Company presents World Premiere of Life Eternal
Choreographed by Janak Khendry, Music composed by Ashit Desai

Thursday, November 9 - Saturday November 11 at 8pm nightly
At Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., 3rd Floor, Toronto

Tickets are available by calling the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000
or visit Janak Khendry Dance Company's website at www.jkdanceco.org
Regular Tickets are $30 & $35; Students/Seniors/Artsworkers are $25. Groups 10+ are $20.

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