Tourism Toronto

Tourism Toronto

November 19, 2010 10:38 ET

Indian Festive Fever Grips Toronto Year Round

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2010) - Toronto's farewell party for the year 2010 starts a little earlier this year with an array of Indian extravaganzas from Bollywood dancers to Indian Maharajas all set to captivate the audiences. But the party is far from over as the festive season is spilled over to 2011 with top Bollywood celebrities enthralling the crowd, and beautiful Indian women walking the ramp, are all set to dazzle the locals and visitors alike.

Buoyed up by an increase in tourists from India this year, Toronto is targeting New Delhi and Mumbai to attract more visitors in the coming years. Toronto's tourist traffic through August 2010 from India went up by an estimated 20 percent compared to the same period last year

Toronto will be the only city in Canada and also in North America where some major Indian international events will take place. Upcoming highlights include:

A Canadian exclusive, Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts will be on view from November 20, 2010 to April 3, 2011 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Over 200 dazzling objects are featured, including paintings of spectacular royal processions, ceremonial weapons, elaborate jewellery and prized photographs by artists such as Man Ray and Cecil Beaton. The exhibition is free to visitors 25 years of age and under. http://www.ago.net/maharaja-exhibition

The 12th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards will take place in Toronto (June 23-25, 2010), making Toronto the first North American city to host the glittering ceremony, popularly known as the Oscars of Bollywood. The event, will be attended by top Bollywood stars. Since its inception in London in 2000, the IIFA awards have grown to expect a draw above 500 cine stars and personalities from the Indian film industry and thousands of fans. http://www.iifa.com/web07/cntnt/iifa.htm

The 21st Annual Miss India-Canada event in Toronto on July 23, 2011 is one of the most well-known and eagerly awaited spectacles in the South Asian community. This evening of glamour and style brings together the entire community to be part of this gala event. The celebrity guests at the events are always renowned Bollywood and Hollywood personalities. http://www.missindiacanada.com/

North America's largest South Asian festival, Masala! Mehndi! Masti! (M!M!M! ) from July 22- 24, 2011 presents a wide array of local and global talents on a grand platform. Held at Exhibition Place, M!M!M! has everything - comedy, dance, fashion, film, literary arts, music, spoken word, theatre, visual arts and workshop seminars. http://www.masalamehndimasti.com/2010/

In addition, on February 19, 2011, M!M!M! introduces a South Asian skate party as part of the Harbourfront Centre's 2011 DJ Skate Night program. The event will witness DJs spinning the best in South Asian music. As part of the Winter Festival, there will also be interactive workshops varying from performing arts to culinary demonstrations.

These events will provide a perfect opportunity for South Asians living in North America to visit Toronto and enjoy their glorious culture, customs and practices. 

Toronto is a mosaic of different cultures and ethnic practices. When one visits the city, one is convinced why it has been named the most diverse city in the world. From music scene to food and architecture, Toronto is home to 200 different ethnic origins speaking 130 languages and dialects. Every year Toronto is home to festivities and events, which originated outside the city but have since been embraced as its own.

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Tourism Toronto, Toronto's Convention and Visitors Association, is an industry association of more than 1,200 members established to strategically sell and market the Greater Toronto Region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travelers around the globe. For more information please visit www.SeeTorontoNow.com.

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