Tag: Canada

North America’s Biggest South Asian Music Festival Announces Line-Up

20Apr

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North America’s largest South Asian music concert desiFEST just released it’s 2011 line-up!

With a total of 12 hour chart-topping artists performing from 11 AM to 11 PM on Saturday May 28, 2011 free for audiences at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada. What a lucky bunch!

The artist line-up includes:imagesCA2KAO01
Taz and Stereo Nation, a legendary UK bhangra funk band will be headlining, with exciting South Asian artists from across Canada including Roach Killa, Parichay, KatEyez, Swaras (Toronto) ; The Bilz & Kashif, Prita Chhabra (Montreal) and Ray Gill (Vancouver). UK R&B sensation Navin Kundra will be returning, while Denmark’s Anita Lerche, a household name in India thanks to being the first non-Indian woman to record an album in Punjabi, will be marking her first time debut in Toronto at desiFEST.

Truly a mix of new artists and a tribute to veterans that have been making music for our ears locally and internationally in the music industry.

The concert will also include delicacies in the food market, artisans in the merchant market and a kids zone entertaining kids with fun and games.

“Five years is a great accomplishment for our team and the artists’ community,” expresses Sathish Bala, President and Founder of desiFEST. “The past five years, we have helped create awareness for South Asian music across Canada, and inspired a new generation of youth to continue creating music and showcasing Canada in the global music scene. Our 5 year show is a celebration of veterans and new artists performing on the desiFEST stage, with music that will keep everyone dancing!”

“As a family-owned, proudly Canadian company, Rogers is committed to being present in the lives of the diverse communities who are the fabric of this great country,” says Susan Gordon, Vice President, National Marketing and Marketing Services, Rogers Communications. “Rogers lends its support by sponsoring events like desiFEST, which connects these communities to what matters most to them.”

“We invite Canadians and visitors to Canada across the country to come join us and experience 12 hours of spectacular music, as we celebrate 5 years,” says Kala Patel, Vice President, desiFEST. “desiFEST has been a platform that brings music, culture and diversity all together, helping contribute to building the South Asian music industry.”
“desiFEST” is Canada’s only national South Asian music Festival.

For more information visit desiFEST

UDR Artist of the Week: Humble the Poet

17Aug

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This week’s artist is Humble the Poet, hailing from Toronto! Humble spreads a socially conscious message through his rhymes. He breaks barriers and stereotypes that South Asians go through. But don’t put him in a social activism box, he has several pieces revolving around romance, relationships and human nature.

On August 29th, Humble will be making his way to Sacramento, California to battle California’s very own Mandeep Sethi and several other artist, who recently released “Aisee Taisee” (currently being played on UDR SimplyBhangra Charts show) it’s going to be electrifying seeing these two artists on the same stage.

We will be featuring Humble The Poet on “The Junction” this week… if you are in or around Sacramento…check out this event!

SLUMGODS.COM PRESENTS…

Humble the Poet [ Toronto,ON]
http://www.thepoetproject.com/

VS

Mandeep Sethi [San Francisco, CA]
http://www.mandeepsethi.bandcamp.com/

::LIVE BEATS on the MPC::

Povan Beats [Vallejo, CA]

http://www.povan1.bandcamp.com/

::Special Guests::

Hoodini & King! [Los Angeles, CA]
http://hoodiniandking.bandcamp.com/
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Baagi Gunjiv [LA/Bombay}
http://www.soundcloud.com/baagi

::Holding Down the Cuts::

DJ Rav-E [NSB/San Francisco, CA]
http://www.soundcloud.com/rav-e

TBA

A Legendary Night as Humble + Mandeep + Povan Beats + Hoodini + Baagi get down for the first time together in the United Sates.

SUNDAY AUGUST 29th
SOL COLLECTIVE
2574 21st St
Sacramento, CA 95818

$5 PRE-SALE :: Email slumgods@gmail.com
or RSVP BELOW


UDR Artist of the Week: Swami

9Aug

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Current Members

Diamond “DJ Swami” Duggal – guitar, keys and decks

S-Endz – vocals

Sups – vocals

Liana – vocals

Bobby – percussion

Former Members

Tarsame ‘Speed’ Jarnail – vocals (1999 – 2000)

Kamaljit ‘Kamo’ Bura – percussion (1999 – 2000)

Simon ‘Subs’ Duggal – drums and production (1999 – 2000)

Baba Stormz – bass guitar (2005 – 2006)

Rocky Singh –  drums (2005 – 2006)

Jagz – vocals (2004-2005)

MC Sarpanch – vocals (2004-2005)

The eccentric British Indian pop/alternative/bhangra band – Swami, is Urban Desi Radio’s Artist of the Week. Even though Swami is referred to a Hindu teacher, the name is an abbreviation for “So Who Am I” (something I just learn right now) they been keeping busy these days…they did several shows in Canada this summer (Sugarless Tour)… check out the clips of S-Endz and Diamond at a studio in Toronto.. wicked stuff.

S-Endz and I we had a little twitter banter interview and he revealed the band was working on their next album. They are one of the first groups in the British Desi scene, I recall who really made use out of ustream to connect with their fans… I remember seeing clips of their band practice, it really gave the fans up close and personal insight of what goes on during a Swami Band practice.

I can’t wait for their new album… but still jamming to sugarless (awesome track)

twitter.com/swamimusic

www.swamimusic.com

myspace.com/swamimusic

Be a Canuck and live in Canada!

12Oct

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As an American, I feel envious that Canadians got it so good!

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
1. Vancouver: 1.5 million people and two bridges. You do the math.
2. Your $400,000 Vancouver home is just 5 hours from downtown.
3. You can throw a rock and hit three Starbucks locations.
4. There’s always some sort of deforestation protest going on.
5. Weed.

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN ALBERTA
1. Big rock between you and B.C.
2. Ottawa who?
3. Tax is 5% instead of
the approximately 200% it is for the rest of the country.
4. You can exploit almost any natural resource you can think of.
5. You live in the only province that could actually afford to be its own country.
6. The Americans below you are all in anti-government militia groups.

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN SASKATCHEWAN
1. You never run out of wheat.
2. Your province is really easy to draw.
3. You can watch the dog run away from home for hours.

4. People will assume you live on a farm.

5. Daylight savings time? Who the hell needs that!

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN MANITOBA
1. You wake up one morning to find that you suddenly have a beachfront property.
2. Hundreds of huge, horribly frigid lakes.
3. Nothing compares to a wicked Winnipeg winter.
4. You can be an Easterner or a Westerner depending on your mood.
5. You can pass the time watching trucks and barns float by.

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN ONTARIO
1. You live in the centre of the universe.
2. Your $400,000 Toronto home is actually a dump.
3. You and you alone decide who will win the federal election.
4. The only province with hard-core American-style crime.

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN QUEBEC
1. Racism is socially acceptable.
2. You can take bets with your friends on which English neighbour will move out next.
3. Other provinces basically bribe you to stay in Canada.
4. You can blame all your problems on the “Anglo A*#!%!”

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN NEW BRUNSWICK
1. One way or another, the government gets 98% of your income.
2. You’re poor, but not as poor as the Newfies.
3. No one ever blames anything on New Brunswick.
4. Everybody has a grandfather who runs a lighthouse.

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN NOVA SCOTIA
1. Everyone can play the fiddle. The ones who can’t, think they can.
2. You can pretend to have Scottish heritage as an excuse to get drunk and wear a kilt.
3. You are the only reason Anne Murray makes money.

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
1. Even though more people live on  ;Vancouver Island, you still got the big, new bridge.
2. You can walk across the province in half an hour.
3. You can drive across the province in two minutes.
4. Everyone has been an extra on “Road to Avonlea.”
5. This is where all those tiny, red potatoes come from.
6. You can confuse ships by turning your porch lights on and off at night.

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN NEWFOUNDLAND
1. If Quebec separates, you will float off to sea.
2. If you do something stupid, you have a built-in excuse.
3. The workday is about two hours long.
4. It is socially acceptable to wear your hip waders to your wedding.