April 6, 2016 issue

Community Connection

THE PRANAV HOLI GATHERING: Pranav Hindu Heritage Cultural Centre observed its Holi/Phagwah celebration at the Ashram’s Mandir complex. The Mandir's Heritage Youth Group, parents and devotees came from the Toronto and surrounding areas of Markham, Scarborough, Woodbridge, Brampton, North York and Rexdale to be part of this joyous annual affair. The celebration began with Havan and pravachan by Swami Bhajanananda on the significance of Holi. He reminded the audience of the importance of devotion to God as depicted in the life of the legendary Prahalad. Lively Holi songs were rendered by the Youth Group including Reshmi Geer and Denice Chanderpaul. A spirited session of Chowtal singing by the Heritage Youth Choir was one of the highlights of the program. There was also Tassa drumming and the familiar playing of Holi with coloured powder and abeer. The day's event culminated with a sumptuous vegetarian meal which everyone relished. Picture shows some of the parents and children who took part in the celebrations. (Photo by Ramesh Ramkalawan)
Lawyer Kissoon awarded for teaching excellence by Queen's Faculty of Law
Lawyer Dhaman Kissoon with his Award

Prominent Toronto lawyer and philanthropist, Dhaman Kissoon, who recently celebrated twenty five years at the bar in Ontario was recently presented with the prestigious Stanley Corbett award for teaching excellence. The award was presented by Queen's Faculty of Law where Kissoon has been teaching since 1990. The award was named after Associate Dean Stan Corbett who passed away last year. KIssoon, a three-time winner of the award, spoke highly of Stan Corbett in his acceptance speech. Kissoon taught Corbett in the early 90's.
The present Associate Dean of Queen's Law, Cherie Metcalfe, was lavish in her praise of Kissoon. She recognized his stellar contribution to the Queen's community and the community at large.

Calypso Monarch Competition

The deadline for registration, for anyone wishing to participate in the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) 2016 Calypso Monarch Competition is Saturday April 30th 2016. Entrance and membership fees apply. For further info, contact Dick at 416-284-4021.

VCC upcoming events
Following are upcoming events of the Toronto Arya Samaj.
1. Yajna on April 8-10, 2016 facilitated by Acharya Darshanand (USA). If you know of anyone who would like to be Yajmaan(s) on these dates please have them contact us and we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements.
2. Fundraising Concert on Saturday April 23rd, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m. Special Musical Tribute to Mohammed Rafi by the legendary Mehboob Shaikh, the Canadian Voice of Moh'd Rafi.
For info, call 416-917-3841, 647-292-4370, 905-471-5168 or 416-287-0330.
Documentary on David Record's music career premiers at Cineplex Orion Gate
David Record performing for his audience at Brampton's Cineplex Odeon Orion Gate Cinema.
Brampton’s award winning, internationally touring, Hip Hop artist David Record premiered his new film – "Under Moonlight Documentary" – at Brampton's Cineplex Odeon Orion Gate Cinema on Thursday March 24, 2016.
Special Guests at the event included Catherine Guthrie from G 98.7 FM; Gee Wunder from Much Music; Warren Salmon, Founder and CEO of Black Board International & First Fridays; Saint from Footage TV; and Nikki Clarke, Host Producer at the Nikki Clarke show and President of Ontario Black History Society.
The well-received film was a sold out event. The "Under Moonlight Documentary" drew an audience larger than Batman V Superman's movie. The Documentary is in the preliminary stages to being launched in theatres on dates and at cities matching David Record's Under Moonlight Tour which he is continuing for the remainder of the year.
The film is a behind-the-scene look at Record's touring career and lifestyle within the music industry. Mega rap superstar 50 Cent’s official website (thisis50.com) covered the film's premier and created a Blog about it on March 27, 2016. This is a major nod to Record’s career.
The Documentary is a 50-minute film produced by Rise Again Entertainment Inc., the Record Company founded by David Record. It is directed by Kirk Taylor, Founder of the Brampton-based film company, Taylor Made Productions. The musical score is by Justar Bless, who has produced for multiplatinum selling acts along with David Record’s previous successful song “Submit To Me”, which was aired on Much Music in Canada and Chanel AKA in the UK.
The Documentary is considered to be both inspirational and educational. It features Herb Carnegie who was a prominent Canadian hockey player in the NHL. (David Record wrote the theme song for Herb Carnegie’s foundation Future Aces.) It also sheds light on Record’s views on the importance of education, taking into account that Record was a student at MetalWorks Institute, where he studied Entertainment Business Management that helped his music career to flourish. In addition to its intrinsic value, it's quite entertaining.
Turnout for the film's premier show is an indication of how David Record has been constantly rising in his career. He has collaborated with Grammy and Juno award winning artists on multiple songs such as “I Got Time” and “You are Everything” off his Rise Again Album. He has filmed a commercial with superstar Drake for the MTV Video Music Awards.
Record received the “Arts Acclaimed Citizens Award” from the city of Brampton, where he was honoured by the City’s former Mayor Susan Fennel for his accomplishments, in 2014.
David Record's website: www.davidrecordmusic.com
50 Cent website post: http://goo.gl/JjKKNs
For all booking, interview inquiries or further information on David Record please contact: Destiny D’Andrea / destinydandrea@me.com / (647) 707-1746
Fundraising Gala to assist Guyana in areas of Dental and Oral health
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is hosting a Charity Gala on Friday, May 6th at Le Parc. Beneficiary of this year’s Gala will be a Children and Family Dental and Oral Health Project in Guyana. With a population of 795,400, Guyana is one of the poorest countries on the American continent. According to a report by the nation's Ministry of Health, there are only 55 dentists in the entire country.
Many Guyanese do not have access to a local dentist. So years ago, several Rotary Clubs teamed up together to purchase a dental bus to be able to go outside the main cities. But now, a real need has been identified to assist the health needs of children and families in remote areas than cannot be easily reached by bus. So the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill is teaming up with the Demerara Rotary Club of Guyana to raise funds for the project.
In the past, Galas from the Richmond Hill Rotary have:
• Built school for children in Honduras
• Drilled well for clean water in Kenya
• Provided portable ultra-sound in Uganda
The evening would include cocktails, a sumptuous meal, dancing, silent auction and music from the George St. Kitts Band. There will be a Caribbean theme for the event. An evening of fun, and to raise funds for charity too!
Tickets for the Gala are $100 and can be obtained by calling Glen Waugh at (905) 884-2900 or Gord Vandyke at (647) 400-4725. If you are unable to attend, please consider a donation for the Guyana Family Dental Project – cheques can be made payable to the Richmond Hill Rotary Charitable Foundation, PO Box 30568, 10660 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3C9. The teeth of the people of Guyana are counting on us!
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