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EY filmmaker explores 1971 Pakistani massacre

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

East York filmmaker Fuad Chowdhury, whose documentary “Change Your Name Ousama” we wrote about in last year in Issue 027 [see “EY filmmaker offering ‘Islamophobia’ doc to help spark dialogue”] is about to release a new work on another politically charged subject with a showing of “Merciless Mayhem -The Bangladeshi Genocide through Pakistani Eyes” on January 27 at 7 p.m. Based on the events of 1971, when Pakistan was riven by racial, religious and territorial rivalries, the film includes interviews with journalists and former Pakistani military officers who were present during atrocities against the Bengali minority that are said to have killed millions. It is the story, Mr. Chowdhury says in a press release, “of the blood-soaked birth of Bangladesh.” The film, which will be shown at the Mizan Complex at 3000 Danforth Ave., is in English with some...

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CSIS Santa —he sees you…

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017

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East End Arts wants your ideas at community consultations

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

The East End Arts non-profit organization supporting various artistic initiatives in East York and area is holding four upcoming meetings to get the public’s input as to how it should move forward. The meetings take place Tues. Nov. 14 at Crescent Town Club (2A The Market Place, on Crescent Town Road), Wed. Nov. 22 at Community Centre 55 (55 Main St.); Mon. Nov. 27 at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Todmorden Branch (1083 Pape Ave.) and Tues. Dec. 5 at Matty Eckler Community Centre (953 Gerrard St. E.).  All of the meetings take place from 6-8 p.m. except the one in Crescent Town, which runs 7-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided along with children’s activities for those attending with youngsters in tow. The group says it wants the public to “share your ideas about how to unite, inspire and...

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Conference celebrated Bengali writing

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017

More than a hundred writers along with a huge audience crowded under the same roof at the Canadian Bengali Writers Conference held October 14 at Branch 11 of the Royal Canadian Legion on Dawes Road The conference organized by Bengali Literary Resource Centre (BLRC), aimed to connect the Canadian literary world and with literary talents of the Canadian Bengali community. Dignitaries included Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels; John Degen, the executive director of the Writers’ Union of Canada; Mary Osborne, executive director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada; noted Bengali poet Asad Chowdhury; poet Iqbal Hasan; writer Dr. Dilip Chakraborty; Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts; and many Canadian poets and writers including many Bengali writers living in different cities of Canada. Sessions were conducted by Akbar Hussain, Chayan Das, Delwar Elahi, Tasmina Khan, Saria Tanjim Sumona, Arka Bhattacharjee and...

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Cosburn Arts Centre presenting ‘Living History’ of East York Oct. 14

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

The Cosburn Arts Centre is following up on its successful July 15 arts festival with another day of special activities on Sat. October 14 featuring a “pop up museum” of historical displays…

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DEAF exhibitor invited back to prestigious McMichael Gallery show for third time

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017

East Toronto artist Dave Rheaume has been a regular participant at the annual Danforth East Arts Fair the past few years, but few realize just how highly his work is regarded in professional art circles.

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