Touted as the largest festival in North America, the 15th edition of the ‘TD Festival of South Asia’ hosted annually by Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area (GIBBIA) attracted large crowds on July 22 and 23, 2017 on Gerrard Street East between Glenside and Coxwell Avenue.
The festival was attended by Mayor John Tory, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Councillor Mary Margaret-McMohan, Julie Dabrusin – MP Toronto Danforth, Peter Tabuns – MPP Toronto Danforth among other dignitaries.
The free event that is open to everyone featured several special segments – Cricket Open House supported by the Toronto Cricket League, Beer Garden, Bollywood Pop–up Mela, Yoga Studio, Culture Alley, Kids Zone and lots more. There were also performances by various bands, artists, entertainment for children, tasting tables, sidewalk sales, henna art etc.
Chand Kapoor, Chair of the Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area (BIA), extended a warm welcome to everyone to enjoy the Festival of South Asia, which is presented by the TD Bank Group.
The two-day festival showcased music, dance, food and the essence of South Asia. There were also plenty of bargains and takeaways.
Tasneem Bandukwala, BIA Manager, Gerrard India Bazaar BIA, said, “One of the primary objective of the festival is to bring the Bazaar back as well as provide the business owners an opportunity to display their unique products and services. Our vision is to continue to inspire, educate and captivate audiences; to continue to flourish our “Little India”, whilst captivating an audience and leading us all to unite as Canadians. I am confident that our visitors and their families will have a great time at the festival.”
Coinciding with 150 years of Canada, the organizers held a festival launch event offering those in attendance a chance to sample what’s to come with Bollywood dance, South Asian eats and sweets, and live music.
AJ Media Entertainment Inc, provided some great entertainment and performances including a special act by Shiamak Davar Toronto Group, Evolution – a Canadian, World-Fusion music band from GTA which incorporated influences from various styles of popular music. There was Jadoo Entertainment Dance Company, Canada’s Got Talent, and Raptors Half Time Performance. There were also soulful singers as part of the Raghu Gogi team. – CINEWS