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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Deepak Obhrai congratulates Canada Post and India Post for joint Diwali stamp

Deepak Obhrai congratulates Canada Post and India Post for joint Diwali stamp


(Ottawa) Hon. Deepak Obhrai, P.C., M.P. today made the following statement:


"I am delighted that Canada Post and India Post today jointly issued two stamps to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. I commend them for this initiative, done in the year of Canada's 150th anniversary.


The first-ever Diwali stamps issued in Canada were unveiled by myself and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2011, at the 11th National Diwali Celebration held in Ottawa.


This year, at the 17th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill on October 18th, I will be joined by Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra and Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup to unveil the new stamps here in our nation's capital. All are welcome to attend."


The 17th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill will be held on October 18th 2017 at the Sir John A. McDonald Building Main Hall, Wellington Street, Ottawa starting at 6.30 p.m.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Get your Culture Days Swag on!

Here comes Culture Days in full force!

Congratulations to the Ontario winners for the Summer Promotional Blitz! The Canada 150 Culture Days t-shirts have been sent out and we are excited to have these activity organizers rock them at their events. If you are in the communities listed above, drop by these events!

Have you got your SWAG ready for Culture Days? Be sure to tag us in photos of your events and of the SWAG around your community at @ONCultureDays!

Above is a behind-the-scenes photo of Ontario Culture Days playing Tetris in the back of our Uber when we were mailing off the lawn signs last week. We'd love to see where they are placed in your community!

Image credits (left to right): I.AM Community Festival, Vaughan, Ontario Culture Days 2016; Toronto; I.A< Community Festival, Vaughan, Ontario Culture Days 2016.  

This year, Ontario has over 1500+ registered events and activities for Culture Days! With all the great programming, use the Bright Spot's Scheduler for easy planning of your weekend. You can…

visit exhibitions such as, Guelph's Canadian, Eh! A History of the Nation's Sigs & Symbols, Oakville's A View of Pico by Three Island Photographers or Toronto's A Living Mosaic: The Cartography of Origins and Settlement. Or you can...

get musical with Karaoke events happening in Sault Ste. Marie and Milton, the Big Ukulele Strum Along in Guelph, or at the Songwriters Round Table in St. Thomas. And don't forget about our...

Youth Arts Ambassadors' programming with the Elemental Festival in Kagawong, the graffiti mural - 'FROM THA STIX' in Springfield, the two row performance in Toronto, and the Living History: A walking tour of Tweed!

Or you can just visit your local library to find various events taking place right there!

Image credits (top down): John Boyle, Dance, Canadian, Eh! A History of the Nation's Signs & Symbols, Guelph; Big Ukulele Strum Along, Guelph; Patricia Mader, Elemental Festival, Kagawong; Sault Ste. Marie Public Library: Sault Ste. Marie.

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The Best Gourmet Mix in the Six is Back; The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo celebrates its 23rd year

The Best Gourmet Mix in the Six is Back
The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo celebrates its 23rd year

TORONTO, Ont. (September 18, 2017)— The biggest food and drink event in Canada is back for its 23rd year, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 16-19, 2017.

Sip and savour through international gourmet cuisine, exotic delicacies, incredible wines, cutting edge cocktails, stunning craft beers and more, as the Six comes alive for four glorious days for the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo.

"Our Expo provides the perfect opportunity to explore and discover what's new in the wine, spirits, beer and culinary delights," says Melanie Klie, Sales and Event Manager of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. "We're very excited to continue bringing the best in gourmet food and wine and satisfying every unique palate that walks through our doors."

Featuring wine, beer and spirits from around the globe, as well as stunning regional wines straight from neighbouring vineyards, the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo has something for everyone. From the beer and wine connoisseurs and food lovers of all kinds, to cooking gurus and home chefs looking to learn something new, guests will be able to sample delectable drinks served alongside fresh, local and international cuisine prepared by top chefs and restaurants.

Satisfy your hunger for a fabulous culinary experience as the Chef Stage will host ongoing, complimentary cooking demonstrations and first-hand culinary training hosted by notable celebrities and accredited chefs. Among these are Chef Emily Richards who will showcase a taste of Ontario presented by the Grain Farmers of Ontario, and you can discover recipes and flavor combinations with Cheese from Switzerland.

Partnered with The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the Expo will also feature its popular Tutored Tastings— a series of 15 interactive and engaging seminars— hosted by some of Canada's wine and spirits leading experts. This year's impressive line-up includes Master Sommeliers John Szabo and Jennifer Huether, Master of Wine Eugene Mynczyk, The Thirsty Traveler Kevin Brauch, and VINES Magazine co-founder Christopher Waters, who are ready to provide this unrivalled opportunity to taste incredible wines and spirits, and learn what makes them so special. 

A definite must-see at the Expo is Mott's Best Caesar in Town National Competition Show. Taking place on the Sunday, guests can watch as top mixologists from across Canada are on site creating their own versions of the delicious Caesar in this live final. Guests in the mood for some additional cocktail education can also check out the Spiritology Pavilion for hands-on lessons from Toronto's top mixologists.

"It can take years for someone to experience all of the unique spirits, wines, beers, and gourmet food that Canada and various parts of the world have to offer," adds Melanie. "We bring together a diverse selection of tastes and some of the best cuisine all weekend long."

Embrace the style and sophistication of a cocktail party paired with unprecedented educational opportunities and compelling feature areas this November.

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo takes place November 16-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building. For more information, please visit www.foodandwineexpo.ca. Stay up to date by following on Twitter and Facebook.
Thursday, November 16, 6pm-10pm (VIP Preview Evening & PRIDE Night Social)
Friday, November 17, 2pm-10pm
Saturday, November 18, 12pm-10pm
Sunday, November 19, 12pm-6pm  (Mott's Best Caesar in Town National Finals)

Admission is restricted to guests who are 19+, with valid photo I.D. No infants or children permitted.

Kate Winslet to be Honored by SAG-AFTRA Foundation with “Actors Inspiration Award”


Event Takes Place Thursday, November 9, in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES (September 14, 2017) – The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced today it will bestow its Actors Inspiration Award to critically-acclaimed actress and philanthropist Kate Winslet, highlighting her career achievements and honoring her charitable work. The nonprofit's Patron of the Artists Awards celebration will also honor director/producer Judd Apatow, Academy Award® winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos for their roles in supporting actors and performing artists in their careers. The event takes place Thursday, November 9, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Academy Award® winning actress Kate Winslet has brought to life some of cinema's most captivating and memorable roles. Her resume consists of critically and commercially acclaimed work including Steve Jobs, Little Children, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Iris, Titanic, and Sense and Sensibility, as well as a span of awards and honors that illustrate her talent and solidify her permanent place in cinema history. A seven-time Oscar® nominee, Winslet earned the award for her role as Hanna Schmitz in Stephen Daldry's 2008 "The Reader." She also won an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the title role in the HBO mini-series "Mildred Pierce." Up next, Winslet will be seen in Hany Abu-Assad's The Mountain Between Us opposite Idris Elba and Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel opposite Justin Timberlake and Juno Temple, both of which will be released this winter.

As one of the most accomplished actors of our time, Winslet has simultaneously used her artistic platform to champion several philanthropic causes. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Actors Inspiration Award recognizes Winslet's dedication and commitment to a broad array of philanthropic activities ranging from global causes like her own Golden Hat Foundation working for children with autism and their families, and more regional charities in the UK such as Cardboard Citizens whose aim is to rehabilitate and provide creative sanctuary for at-risk and homeless individuals, down to very specific fundraising for disadvantaged individuals seeking life-saving cancer treatments.

"We are so proud to honor Kate Winslet with our Actors Inspiration Award. Without a doubt, Kate is an incomparable actress who we admire for her work and contribution to our craft. Yet, what makes Kate this year's honoree is the work she does behind the scenes making a difference in the lives of children and adults living with autism through her Golden Hat Foundation while simultaneously supporting so many other worthwhile charities," said SAG-AFTRA Foundation President JoBeth Williams. "Kate has been a game changer and role model in our industry, setting a sterling example for all artists and leaders to use their influence to give back to the greater welfare of others. We look forward to presenting her with this award for all she has accomplished, and all she has given back."

Leonardo DiCaprio was the first recipient of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Actors Inspiration Award, and previous Patron of the Artists Awards honorees include Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison, and Rob Marshall. The Patron of the Artists Awards event includes musical performances with ticket sales benefitting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Sponsors include United Airlines and Variety.

To purchase tickets, sponsorship packages and for more information, please visit sagaftra.foundation/patronawards.

ctress Kate Winslet to be honored with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Actors Inspiration Award on November 9 in Beverly Hills, CA

About the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
Since 1985, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has granted more than $18.5 million in financial and medical assistance including $7.5 million in scholarships to SAG-AFTRA artists and their dependents. In addition, the Foundation has offered 7,200 free educational workshops, panels and screenings to union performers nationwide and its children's literacy programs have brought the love of reading to more than 300 million children worldwide.

In 2017, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation celebrates 32 years of giving back to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA, their families and communities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and free educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children's literacy programs. The Foundation relies solely on support from gifts, grants and sponsorships to maintain its free programs. Visit sagaftra.foundation.

Connect with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
Twitter: @sagaftraFOUND
Instagram: @sagaftraFOUND
Facebook: facebook.com/sagaftrafoundation
YouTube: youtube.com/sagaftrafoundation
Hashtag: #PatronoftheArtists

Mayor Crombie's 2017 State of the City Address

The State of the City of Mississauga is Strong

This morning, I delivered the State of the City Address at the Mississauga Board of Trade's Annual Mayor's Address Luncheon. 

Our future is bright, proud and promising. We are achieving real results for the entrepreneurs, businesses and people of Canada's sixth-largest City.

There's a buzz about our City. It's being felt around the country. The headlines speak for themselves. All eyes are on Mississauga. But make no mistake: in Mississauga, we don't leave success to chance. We plan for it. We see it through.

It is an honour to serve as your mayor. As we look ahead, there is more to be done. We've only just begun. And I'm ready for the hard work that's ahead of us.

City-Wide Food Drive 
I challenge all residents to participate in the #OneBagChallenge as a part of The Mississauga Food Bank's Annual Thanksgiving Campaign.

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