Tag: Toronto




Picture 12Another cool gig to add to their resume, the RDB brothers and Nindy Kaur are going to be the Brand Abassadors for IIFA 2011 ( International Indian Film Academy) in North America. Over the last couple of years, RDB has gone Bollywood, working with numerous A-List Bollywood celebrities. They will be kicking off the event with Walk of Fame ceremony alongside the beautiful Bipasha Basu.

Manj is excited to take part in the IIFA festivities, RDB will also be performing at the IIFA Buzz in Brampton, Toronto.

Myself and Nindy Kaur are so excited about bringing Bipasha down and being part of the IIFA Buzz, Brampton. To be brand ambassadors and represent IIFA in Toronto and being the only UK Asian Artist to do so for the first time is overwhelming. We believe RDB and Nindy Kaur is a perfect bridge between Bollywood and Mainstream in the North America market’’.

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



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!

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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

The Celebrity Line up for the Anokhi 5th Annual Gala



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Three weeks today, Toronto will be a buzz when Johnnie Walker presents ANOKHI’s 5th Annual Gala in association with Bisha Hotel & Residences. this much anticipated event will be taking place on Friday February 4th 2011 at the prestigious Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex to celebrate the release of ANOKHI magazine’s 8th Anniversary Collector’s issue and ‘Sexy & Successful List’ of today’s hottest South Asians from around the world.

Anokhi Media Corp. is pleased to honour and showcase today’s South Asian movers and shakers from the fashion, entertainment, media and entrepreneurial industries who will be in attendance from Canada, the US, the UK and India.

The event will showcase a spectacular runaway show by one of India’s most celebrated Bollywood fashion designers, Vikram Phadnis who will be showcasing his spectacular collection for the very first time in North America, followed by an intimate exhibition where attendees will have the rare opportunity to meet the designer and purchase his clothing which will be available for the first time in Canada at this event. In the words of Bollywood star and former Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen: “Vikram has an individualistic style and when he dresses up stars, he keeps in mind their personal style”.

The gala will also host an array of live performances by acclaimed South Asian artists:

International musical artist, Canada’s Raghav: One of “Canada’s best-kept secrets in the Arts” – The Globe and Mail

International celebrity DJ from the US, Donna D’Cruz: “Donna’s enthusiasm and passion about music and life permeates the whole atmosphere” – Deepak Chopra, International Spiritual Life Coach

UK’s hottest musical artist Mona Singh: “She is the Asian Madonna” – Kanya King, Founder of The MOBO Awards

US’s hottest musical artist Tina: “TINA can sing and dance, and her killer abs don’t hurt either!” – New York Post

Celebrated classical Indian dancer, Canada’s Bageshree Vaze: “An absolutely electrifying performer” – Michael Crummey, award-winning author of Galore.

This will be Donna D’ Cruz’s and Mona Singh’s first official performances in Canada, Tina’s and Bageshree Vaze’s first performances at an ANOKHI event, and Raghav’s returning performance through popular public demand.

Also in attendance are well known personalities such as:

One of Canada’s top journalists, CBC News Toronto anchor, Anne-Marie Mediwake: “She is an incredible talent and well loved” – Susan Marjetti, Managing Director, CBC Toronto

Hot international model, Azura: Has Modelled for Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Betsy Johnson & the Late Alexander McQueen.

This glitzy red carpet event will host a two hour awards and entertainment show for five hundred attendees over a four course meal with wine, as well as an exclusive VIP after party thereafter at the same venue. Doors open at 7:15 pm for the show and dinner which will run from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, and at 9:30pm for the VIP after-party, where attendance is expected to increase to over a thousand people.

Anokhi Media Corp. is also a proud supporter of the Canadian Foundation For Aids Research (CANFAR) in its mission to raise awareness and generate funds for research in all aspects of HIV infection and AIDS, and is pleased to provide the attendees with the opportunity to donate at their booth on site. Additionally, a percentage of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated in support of its objectives by Anokhi Media Corp.

UDR Artist of the Week: Humble the Poet



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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!


Humble the Poet [ Toronto,ON]


Mandeep Sethi [San Francisco, CA]

::LIVE BEATS on the MPC::

Povan Beats [Vallejo, CA]


::Special Guests::

Hoodini & King! [Los Angeles, CA]
Baagi Gunjiv [LA/Bombay}

::Holding Down the Cuts::

DJ Rav-E [NSB/San Francisco, CA]


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

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Sacramento, CA 95818

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UDR Artist of the Week: Swami



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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)