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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Sixth Bollywood Monster Mashup Festival This Weekend in Mississauga

Bollywood Monster MashUp

This week-end find time in your busy schedule and join thrilling Bollywood Monster Mashup in Mississauga. Sixth year this festival brings the best to the audience of all ages: music, dancing, spectacular performances, games, activities, delicious food and cheerful atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

This year's Bollywood Monster Mashup introduces special cultural fusion acts to the GTA residents. The festival takes over not one, but two stages at Mississauga Celebration Square on Saturday July 23rd for free, family-friendly fun. BMM is proud to announce Culture Shock Toronto and Bollywood Monster Orchestra: Symphony Nights, which will perform exclusive acts created specifically for the festival.

Culture Shock Toronto has trained rigorously for months and are excited to fuse multiple styles of Indian and North American dance at this year’s Bollywood Monster Mashup. Culture Shock Toronto combines Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, bhangra, waacking and hip hop. The dance troupe has been entertaining and enriching communities across Canada for 15 years.

Prepare to see an equally unthinkable cultural fusion act entitled Bollywood Monster Orchestra: Symphony Nights. This signature performance is a mashup of classical symphony musicians performing popular Bollywood tunes. This Canadian orchestra draws inspiration from all over the world and is renowned for combining Bollywood, classical, Western, jazz, Latin, and other genres. Bollywood Monster Orchestra: Symphony Nights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience created just for the festival.

Bollywood Monster MashUp Family Day

On July 23 the popular KidZone once again makes its annual appearance at the festival. The KidZone is where parents can bring their children to take part in free activities such as mini-car racing, kite-making, tennis, dance and fitness lessons, and more!

Mississauga Bollywood Monster MashUp

The festival culminates with a performance from international Bollywood star Aishwarya Nigam, brought to you by Crown Royal. Aishwarya is the voice behind Salman Khan in "Munni Badnaam Hui" in the hit film Dabangg, as well as the voice of Ranbir Kapoor in Besharam’s hit song "Lut Gaye Tere Mohalle."

Two more amazing performers will join Bollywood Monster Mashup this hot summer week-end in Mississauga: Sanchari Bose and Bishakh Jyoti. On Thursday we had a chance to meet all the performers at media reception and ask some questions about their music, inspiration, struggles and future plans.

Sanchari Bose in Canada

Sanchari Bose is absolutely sweet woman with a wonderful voice. She is looking forward to singing at Bollywood Monster Mashup and loves her audience. Being a voice competition winner, she advises other performers perusing their music career do not give up, be strong and decide what is best for them. Her future plans are continue singing and bring wonderful performances to her audience.

Bishakh Jyoti is talented director, performer, dancer and a creative artist. Looks like what he thinks about, touches and creates become favorite pieces. He has abilities to reflect drama, joy, conflict, love, despair and hope, pain and relief via music to touch the audience’s feelings.

Bollywood star Aishwarya Nigam has an amazing strong voice; we liked listening to him live during the reception. He promises to touch each in the audience with his music performance on July 23 at Bollywood Monster Mashup, and I am sure he will do.

Come out and join this amazing festival with activities for the whole family, Bollywood Monster Mashup is the event not to be missed.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Honda's Junior Red Riders Learn New Skills and Gain Confidence in Off-Road Bike Riding

Junior Red Riders Teddy

When we first watched Junior Red Riders videos, they were very impressive. Designed for kids aged 6 to 12, this program created by Honda Canada emphasizes safety and support from young age producing responsible motorcycle riders. Starting as early as 6 years old, children learn the fundamentals of off-road riding, feel confident about their skills and understand that all riders are parts of one big riding system and responsible for off-road safety, not only own but other riders and participants they meet while driving. Over the years, Honda has built numerous safety features and systems into their motorcycles and now they prepare new generation of responsible riders via Junior Red Riders program.

Junior Red Riders Bikes Junior Red Riders

Honda Indy which takes place in Toronto every year offers motorcycle riding for young children. You can watch and try how young kids under the guidance of the professional instructors teach about motor bikes, engine, speeds change, tricky turns and a safe start. There is also an opportunity to join one of Honda Junior Red Riders camps across Canada designed to teach children safety, off-road tricks and bring the confidence in riding two-wheel motorcycle.

Junior Red Riders Instructions Junior Red Riders Break Time

We had a chance to join Junior Red Riders on Toronto Honda Indy grounds just a day before the main action began. Teddy, who only two weeks ago started riding a two-wheel bike (having extra support before that), was pretty confident about his motor bike riding. He fell few times but was not discouraged to pursue his training. I think the most challenging for him were turns and realizing he is not on a bicycle driven by his legs but on a motorized vehicle. Teddy learned how to change speed sets and do it the right time. The driving outfit of kids can make adult drivers envious as it is designed to maximize child's safety from top to bottom with protection of knees and elbows along with extra chest support. Protective boots perfectly fit child's little feet and help with changing bike modes. A helmet for each child is chosen by instructors for head & neck safety and occasional drops.  

Honda Indy

Last Sunday Teddy with his father and grandfather joined Honda Indy. They were excited to watch races and check the cars they like. Teddy said that they looked like big toy cars as not every day he can see racing cars so close. At Honda Indy our family also visited various workshops to see how mechanics change and repair gear, tires and meet drivers. While Honda Indy is over with spectacular win of Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe, summer is on its peak and children still can learn about safe off-road riding with  Junior Red Riders.

Honda Indy Hockey

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

You Are Invited to the Largest South Asian Festival in Canada - Bollywood Monster Mashup 2016 on July 22 & 23 in Mississauga

Summer is the perfect time for festivals and outdoor activities. The weather, kids out of school, sunny days and warm evenings, everything invites you to be outside and have fun. If you you are in the GTA this July, Canada’s largest South Asian festival, Bollywood Monster Mashup sponsored by TD, brings even more excitement and free fun activities to festival-goers and families for another year in a row. On July 23 the outstanding Bollywood Monster KidZone once again makes its annual appearance at the festival. The KidZone is where parents can bring their children to take part in free activities such as mini-car racing, kite-making, dance and fitness lessons, and more!

Bollywood Monster MashUp

In collaboration with PAMA (Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives) and Heritage Mississauga, the KidZone area presents a variety of free make-it-and-take-it arts and crafts activities. Children are invited to make crafty elephant masks, flyable kites, water colour paintings and windsocks, to name a few. There will also be a section for more adventurous children! Energetic children can make new friends while playing tennis-inspired relay games, sponsored by Mohawk Park Tennis Club. The speedsters of the bunch will be able to burn off any leftover energy by zooming around in a mini-car driving area, sponsored by Toronto Area Ford Dealers.

The family-fun continues with free games and activities that everyone can enjoy! Get your hips moving, feet jumping and body grooving with hula hoop action, bean bag coordination and free Bollywood dance lessons! If this doesn’t work up a sweat, the free Bollywood fitness class instructors will make sure you do.

Former Mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion delightfully describes the Bollywood Monster Mashup as “family-friendly with spectacular entertainment and a huge audience.”

For the first time ever at Celebration Square, a second festival stage is planned to provide more entertainment during the day, and transforms into a remarkable social media stage at 8:00 PM. The social media stage allows festival-goers to meet and get their picture taken with Bollywood Monster Mashup artists. The festival provides a photographer for the social media stage and encourages guests to bring their own camera or phone for their own momento.

Festival-goers who post photos online using #BollywoodMonster are automatically entered into a contest to win a meet and greet with the voice of “Munni Badnaam Hui,” Bollywood star Aishwarya Nigam, brought to you by Crown Royal. Only thirty lucky contestants get the chance to meet the voice of Salman Khan at a secret location revealed after the Bollywood Monster Finale.

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Come out to what’s sure to be the most talked about summer festival of the year! No matter age or background, there’s something for everyone at the Bollywood Monster Mashup. Take part in the food, festivities, arts, crafts, and of course family fun!

For our readers we are excited to giveaway 4 family passes to Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, located at 9 Wellington St. E., Brampton, Ontario. Learn about history of Peel Region and join multiple family-friendly activities from art, storytelling to yoga and play time in PAMA.

Winners need to pick up the passes at Bollywood Monster Mashup, the giveaway ends July 19, 2016.

This giveaway is listed on ContestScoop.com, please visit for more great contests.

For more information, please, visit Bollywood Monster Mashup site, like them on Facebook, follow on Twitter, Instagram and watch great coverage videos on YouTube.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Beautiful Voices of Bollywood Aishwarya Nigam, Sanchari Bose & Bishakh Jyoti Perform First Time in Canada at Bollywood Monster Mashup

Bollywood MashUp

Three Bollywood stars performing at Bollywood Monster Mashup, the largest South Asian Festival in Canada taking place in Mississauga this July! The Festival presented by TD, with attendance over 40,000 people, this year features international Bollywood sensation Aishwarya Nigam, brought to you by Crown Royal, for his first ever performance in Canada. Aishwarya is the voice of Salman Khan in the hit song “Munni Badnaam Hui” from Bollywood movie Dabangg and the voice of Ranbir Kapoor in the hit song "Lut Gaye Tere Mohalle" from the film Besharam. He takes stage on Saturday July 23rd. Fellow superstars, Bishakh Jyoti and Sanchari Bose take the stage on Friday, July 22nd. Thousands upon thousands are anticipating a dazzling show at Mississauga Celebration Square for the sixth annual Bollywood Monster Mashup festival. This year festival brings more beautiful voices, music,dancing, great food, activities and festive mood for everyone. Hopefully nice weather will allow us to enjoy all the performances.

And now learn about the favorites who will be at 2016 Bollywood Monster Mashup in Mississauga:

Sanchari Bose

With Sanchari's natural affinity for crafting and painting, she did not expect to end up a Bollywood singing star. Her musically-inclined parents encouraged her to pursue her creative passions in other ways, and Sanchari soon learned that she was a naturally gifted singer. Positive energy and enthusiasm are driving forces behind Sanchari’s success in Bollywood; And she appreciates hard work and dedication are just as powerful in skyrocketing her career forward.

Sanchari Bose

Sanchari was a contestant on "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" in 2005 and later Adnan Sami's Bol Baby Bol. Following this, she won "Amul Star Voice of India" in 2007 and won Agnee's Rockstar competition. As the date of her Toronto arrival draws near, she is looking forward to all the love that Canada has to offer - and hopes to get a picture in front of Niagara Falls!

Bishakh Jyoti

As a small child, Bishakh threw himself into music and was encouraged to follow his passion and develop his natural talent. The support from his family gave him the courage to audition for “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa", an Indian music reality TV show, where he won in 2007 and took second place in 2011. To add to his list of accomplishments, Jyoti was nominated for Best Music Director at the New York Film Festival and Florence Festival for the film 'Mrs.Scooter'. He was also nominated for a Mirchi Music award for Best Music Director for his compositions in Babloo Happy Hai.

Bishakh Jyoti

One of his favourite aspects of his career is traveling, and he is thankful that through the Bollywood industry, he’s been able to travel across the world and have incredible experiences in other cultures. The most important advice he’s gotten during his travels is “to sing from the heart,” and audiences lucky enough to catch Bishakh’s July 22nd performance will see that he truly does.

Aishwarya Nigam

Aishwarya is excited to headline Bollywood Monster Mashup for his first ever performance in Canada. “I want to transform, change or impact the lives of people through my music,” he enthuses. Aishwarya enjoys his incredibly close connection with his parents. His mother fostered his growth, sharing her love of hit Bollywood singer Mohammed Rafi with him. “She kept a photo of the legend in her prayer room,” he recalls .”He’s definitely influenced my music the most, and I owe that to my mother.”

Aishwarya Nigam

While his mother was his support beam, his father was his driving force. “He protected and guided me,” he asserts. “Whatever I am today is because of my family. To me, both my parents are the definition of true musicians.” And what is the international star looking forward to the most upon his arrival in Canada? “I heard Canada placed third for the cleanest air on the planet,” he says. ”I just want to come and feel the air, breathe it!” He’s also looking forward to trying the staple Canadian diet, consisting of all the maple syrup and poutine he can find.

In addition to Aishwarya Nigam’s much-anticipated performance is the Bollywood Monster Orchestra:Symphony Nights, featuring original Bollywood arrangements composed by Artistic Director Vikas Kohli. A 55 piece orchestra will perform Bollywood classics with a symphonic twist at the Bollywood Monster Finale on Saturday, July 23rd at Mississauga Celebration Square.

Bollywood Monster Orchestra

Hope to see you at Bollywood Monster Mashup on July 22nd and July 23rd!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Meeting Favorites in Real Life and In the Movie, #KungFuPanda3 at The Toronto Zoo

Panda Toronto Zoo

From the time Er Shun and Da Mao arrived from China in 2013, giant pandas became Toronto favorites among kids and adults. Their exhibit at The Toronto Zoo is extremely popular and must see when you visit Toronto Zoo. Er Shun and Da Mao represent endangered giant pandas species and were chosen to join special conservation project. Black and white in markings, giant pandas have unique habits, life and food preferences. They are lovely, can be flexible and clumsy at the same time. Plus everyone wants to see new panda cubs born in Canada Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. They are very cute and funny.

Giant Panda King Fu Panda 3

Giant pandas received huge popularity after the release of Kung Fu Panda 3 movie years ago. Since that time everything related to pandas ignite huge interest. Last week we had an opportunity to attend Kung Fu Panda 3 event dedicated to the upcoming release of Kung Fu Panda 3 movie on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Rhino Toronto Zoo Polar bear

At the day of the event lots of kids from school arrived to the Zoo for educational trip to learn more about nature, animals and conservation work. The line to see pandas were very long so we decided to wait until afternoon. Instead we decided to explore the other areas of the zoo including polar bear, rhino, forest animals and children’s mini-park.

Eagle Toronto Bald Eagle Camel Sloth Toronto Zoo Sloth Zoo

Then we had a BBQ lunch in the Wildlife Marquee at the zoo, the day was very hot so some refreshments helped a lot. After lunch we had an absolutely amazing meet & greet with camel, sloth and bald eagle. The Zoo staff told us interesting facts about animals, their food choices, behavior and environment they live in. Teddy was excited to be close to the animals, even touch them. He said that he can feel how camel breaths when touched its hump. And sloth goes to the “washroom” only once a week and very picky with what it eats.

After the meeting with animals we set up to watch the movie. At first we decided to leave because it was very hot and we already spend much time at the zoo. But luckily the weather became much better and outdoor screening under the tent was fun. We laughed almost the whole movie, it was really funny. The only scene when I almost cried was when friends and family tried to save Po from villain.

Panda Baby Toronto

After the movie we could not wait to see pandas. The line was much shorter and we were eager to learn more about them. The Panda Exhibit is a huge pavilion where you can get lots of information about pandas. Every time we visit the Panda Exhibit, something new and exciting waits for us. Our Toronto pandas are really amusing, same as in the movie. They even move and act the same, can be funny and serious.

You can visit giant panda cubs from 9:00am to 5:30pm daily in the Giant Panda Experience. We wish them growth and more little cubs in the future. I am sure we all going to miss these adorable bamboo eaters when they leave Toronto in 2018.

Teddy Turtle

We spent a nice day at The Toronto Zoo, so next time we see animals on TV, we that they are not only exist in real world but also need our support and protection. Enjoy Kung Fu Panda 3, which is now available On Demand, DVD & Blu-Ray.

KungFuPanda3 Bluray

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Battle of the Black Creek Event at Black Creek Pioneer Village #Toronto

Black Creek

If you want to travel in time to 1860s, Toronto’s premier outdoor living history museum Black Creek Pioneer Village is one of the best places to start. Visitors can explore 40 heritage homes, shops and buildings restored to re-create 19th century living with interpretations how villagers lived, worked, communicated, dressed and celebrated special days. The Black Creek Pioneer Village also hosts special events through the year, and we had a chance to join some of them.

Battle of the Black Creek

This year on Father’s Day weekend we visited The Village to be a part of spectacular event - the Battle of Black Creek - A Revolutionary War Re-enactment that place Loyalists against Patriots in a fight for control of the Village. The whole site was transformed into military camps with tents, soldiers, carts, inspiring speeches and demonstrations. Visitors were invited to walk through the camps and learn about military time of 1770th when the war influenced and put a significant impact on lives of soldiers and their families including women, seniors and children. Scenes form the life and battles during the American Revolution were on-site to show what happened many years ago and how the actions influenced Canadian history. The public was presented what happened to Loyalists, refugees, Native Americans and everyone who were around that time to experience victories and losses, pain and joy.

Recruting Tent Musket Demonstration Recruting outfit

We had a chance to join musket demonstration to see how it works; it was very spectacular and loud by the way. The weapons were not pretty much precise in 18th century and require lots of practice to use them. We also joined the Recruitment Tent to learn what was needed to join the army and how simple but difficult and dangerous military life was. Everything that time was made by hand so to make a pair of shoes, a musket, a uniform, a medication and even a blanket required much time and resources. Medical care was not widely accessible, plus they did not have any antibiotics and many pain relievers to take care of wounded soldiers from the battlefields. We visited Doctor’s Tent on a battle field and saw how medical staff treated patients and performed a field surgery. There were lots of refugees looking for support and settlement.

Teddy Fashion Show military tent

It was nice to join 18th century fashion show where we saw various outfits representing the occupation and social status. The clothes were influenced by surrounding military operations and represented practical purpose. The variety of colorful fabric was very limited and was available to only wealthy people who can afford them.

Black Creek battle The Battle of Black Creek Battle of the Black Creek Native Americans

In the afternoon we joined the Battle of the Black Creek. It was spectacular sequence of military actions across The Village, we followed 18th century soldiers representing different parties in this war for freedom. The participants of the Battle were wearing 18th century costumes, hair styles and camouflage. We saw Loyalists, Native Americans and Patriots participating in military actions along with women and young children helping them. You were able to see soldiers fighting with each other, hear the sounds of firing muskets. The smoke, cry, commands, running soldiers, everything was on the Battle Field. We saw soldiers hiding in the forest, and a regiment setting military spot in the bushes, wounded soldiers (not real ones, do not worry) taken from the field. And finally, flags and drums to celebrate the victory. The whole battle scene was interpreted by a guide who told visitors stories, explanations and interesting facts from 18th century.

Battle of the Black Creek red Battle of the Black Creek wounded Black Creek military camp

During the day the Village offered various activities for children and adults including Track the Yankee Spy to find clues across the settlement and de-code the message or check Cabinet Shop to learn about history of 1860. We spent a great day at the Black Creek Pioneer Village. It was perfect gift for Father’s Day and we learned many interesting things about history, military camps, soldiers and battles. Teddy was dressed up as French musketeer and met French officer at the Village.

Black Creek Teddy Black Creek shop

Though The Battle of Black Creek was held two days only, the Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture throughout the year. For more information, please check Black Creek 2016 Special Events Listings.

Fashion Show

Admission to Black Creek Pioneer Village is $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors; $11 for children (age 5 – 15); free for children 4 and under, and free for members. Memberships are available at the admissions desk. Parking is $7.

Black Creek Pioneer Village Teddy

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Keep Bugs Out and Get Fresh Air in Summer With #InstantBugMesh

Instant Bug Mesh

Bugs, flies and mosquitoes can be really annoying, especially when during summer time when it is hot outside. We open all windows to let some fresh air in when spending time at the cottage. The doors usually need more care because we tend to come in and out more often to take food & drinks, change clothes, go swimming, and participate in other activities. To avoid chasing pesky flies and mosquitoes during days and nights indoor and make our life much easier, Premium Choice Products designed Magnetic Screen Door to keep insects out and fresh air in. It is amazing how simple and helpful bug mesh can be with extra design features. Premium Magnetic Screen Door is quality mesh with magnetic seal in the middle so you can easily walk through and it closes automatically.

Premium Magnetic Screen Door

It looks like real door but let fresh air into the house. I like how easy to install it, just using frame Velcro on top and sides. The bug mesh sides stick pretty tight and overall the quality of mesh is really good. Premium Magnetic Screen Door items do not have “warehouse” smell you get from cheap quality products. I like that the mesh is not plain net, it has vertical lines and they look nice. Premium Magnetic Screen Door has magnet strips in the middle to let you walk hand free, perfect when taking food and drinks for picnic outside. There is a little gap on top without magnet that would be better to have one so the door to close tight.

Magnets Magnetic Screen Door Instant Bug Mesh Door

The door works great for keeping various insects out and some curious pets too. Keep in mind that the Velcro sticks pretty tight to the door frame. Just in case, Premium Magnetic Screen Door pack also includes extra pins, black color. Available via Amazon, Instant Bug Mesh Door is great protection against bugs, flies, mosquitoes and wasps.

Magnetic Screen Door