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TD Mosaic – South Asian Festival of Mississauga in its 12th year brings its biggest line up ever. The festival theme,”Ekta” (oneness and Unity) celebrates the spirit of Canada’s 150th by showcasing over 200 artists and performers on two stages at the Celebration Square in the heart of Mississauga. The artists are A list Bollywood, Folk and Popular musicians and singers both international and local. Three of the performers have received highest national arts awards in their countries equivalent to Order of Canada. That includes, Padmashiri Award winner, Kaliash Kher from India, TamghaHusneKarkardigi, Bushra Ansari and Jawed Bashir from Pakistan. From the Academy award winning team of musicians from Life of Pi, Anwar Khurshid joins us with a unique selection of Canadian International artists . “Also in the lineup are Marigya,world music band and traditional Folk Chhau Dance, a collaboration between Indian High Commission Ottawa, Festival of India Ottawa and TD Mosaic Festival. Also performing for the first time on this stage is Arzoo Dance from Ottawa, Irudhya Dance and a colorful collection of artists carefully chosen for the festival.
Earlier in 2017, A native Mohawk Artist from Six Nations Reserve near Kingston, David R Maracle was sent to Lahore, Pakistan on the invitation of Beacon House National University and Rafi peer Theatre. A part of “Ekta” initiative, this trip was organized as a special Canada 150 celebration by CCAI and an effort to highlight the Native Canadian art and culture. As a special recognition of Canada 150 years of confederation, CCAI has made special efforts to engage, support and highlight the indigenous art and culture to the local audience. A very special installation and musical/dance performance is organized by the indigenous artists of Canada to mark the occasion. The audience of RTC and Mosaic festival will be able to interact with the artists and learn the importance of the artistic and cultural origins of Canada.
Mosaic Festival will host the local talent with “Rising Star” musical competition continuing the tradition of highlighting young and upcoming artists and providing them a platform to enhance their skills. Submission of videos has also been opened for online competition selected by the headlining artists with cash prizes offered to the selected submission. The Festival closing highlight is as always a massive dance performance by ShiamakDawar’ own Shiamak Dance Toronto.
Onsite Painting competition, a popular event with both the artists and spectators has been extended to two days, with cash prizes for the first three winners each day. The jury for these competitions comprises of local artists and arts administrators and able members of the audience. This segment is presented with the support of Deserres art supply store.
TD Mosaic Festival reached a new level of recognition, when it received the most prestigious Marty’s arts award by the Mississauga Arts Council as the “Festival of the Year 2017”.
Rock The Coliseum, Indie music Festival completes its 12th year with selection of artists from around Ontario. Submissions were overseen by the festival team and the members of the board and for the first time, RTC presents indigenous artists on its roster as well.
National Bank MISAFF: 3rd Aug 2017 to 6th Aug 2017, Cineplex, Rathburn Rd, Mississauga. Tickets at www.misaff.com
ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP INCLUDES THE AWARD-WINNING RIONE BIANCO FLAG THROWERS OF FAENZA, INTERNATIONAL HEADLINER BOBBY SOLO AND MORE THAN A DOZEN PERFORMERS
MISSISSAUGA, ON – The 2017 edition of Mississauga ITALFEST™ – Ferragosto in the City – expands to two days offering festivalgoers twice the opportunity to experience the culture and splendour of Italy. From Friday, August 18th to Saturday, August 19th, the fifth annual festival, presented by Solmar Development Corp, will take over Mississauga’s Celebration Square to present a taste of Italian arts and heritage and draw in more than 26,000 attendees from Mississauga and surrounding communities. Named a Top 100 Festival in Ontario two years in a row, Mississauga ITALFEST™ offers a variety of family-oriented entertainment.
On Friday, August 18th from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, experience “Under The ‘Sauga Moon” – a Canada 150 celebration featuring Rione Bianco, the world-famous flag throwers, drummers and trumpeters from Faenza, Italy; a cooking demonstration by Chef Christian Pritchard – Aurora Importing’s Executive Chef and Culinary Adventurist; cultural dance groups; an International DJ; dance music star Joée; and the popular Sensation Live Music.
On Saturday, August 19th from 12:00pm to 11:00pm, festival favourites and new attractions hit the main stage including Italian choir Melodie Italiane; organetto player Enzo DiPalma; violinist Daniele Monticelli; dance band Frankie Cole and The Four Wanderers; the Latin sounds of Thiago Derucio; vocalists Angelo Torchia from Italy and Enzo Gusman; the comedic talents of Riccardo Backyardo, The Rolling Stronz and Rosina Parmiggiano; the presentation of the Johnny Lombardi Family Heritage Award and Louis Jannetta Youth Heritage Award; Italian pop singer FreD’Angelo; award winning singer-songwriter/producer Carlo Coppola and a headline performance by legendary Bobby Solo direct from Italy.
Visitors will enjoy Bocce, Scopa and Briscola tournaments, watermelon and pasta-eating contests and more than 50 onsite vendors, artisans and exhibitors.
The Mississauga ITALFEST™ Family Zone, sponsored by Queenscorp Group, will feature the Pizza Nova pizza-making workshop, displays and inflatable challenges from the Raptors On The Go team, Mississauga Steelheads, puppet show, face painters, an Italian youth art and recipe exhibit, and a youth soccer challenge.
The popular Heritage and Cultural Centre, presented by Villa Charities in partnership with Heritage Mississauga, will explore Italian history while spotlighting the region of Naples with displays of art, photography, food demos, tastings, furniture, music and various artifacts specific to the area.
Mississauga ITALFEST™ is a free festival. Tickets to access a limited quantity of reserved seating in front of the stage – “Sweet Seats” – and in the VIP lounge are available for purchase through the festival website at www.mississaugaitalfest.com.
For the full schedule, additional details and announcements, visit www.mississaugaitalfest.com.
Canadian Forces veterans and a friend may ride for free with MiWay on Saturday, August 19 to attend the 96th Warriors’ Day Parade.
“MiWay is once again proud to support the Warriors’ Day Parade and all veterans or serving members of Canadian Armed Forces for the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit.
To receive a free ride on MiWay, veterans must identify themselves to a transit operator by wearing their uniform or displaying a medal or any other item that distinguishes them as a veteran.
The Warriors’ Day Parade is a tradition that originated in 1921. It occurs annually at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto. This year’s event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (1917-2017) and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.
For more information about the Warriors’ Day Parade visit thewarriorsdayparade.ca
Plan your MiWay trip by visiting miway.ca/planatrip or by calling 905-615-INFO (4636) for customized route and schedule information.
The City Centre Transit Terminal Bus Loop will be closed for maintenance on August 12 and 13. MiWay buses will be relocated to platforms on Rathburn Road.
During these two days of maintenance to the bus platform, MiWay services such as ticket sales, customer information and washrooms inside the City Centre Transit Terminal building will be available to customers.
Customers are reminded to cross safely by using the pedestrian signal at Rathburn Road and Station Gate Road.
Drivers may experience minor traffic delays due to rerouting of MiWay buses from the terminal bus loop to platforms on Rathburn Road.
For more information please visit miway.ca/alerts