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August 22, 2013

Mississauga rocks to the rhythm of Mosaic 2013

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The two-day al fresco festival was the culmination of a watershed moment as North Americas largest multidimensional annual South Asian festival of creativity, arts and culture, the TD Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival 2013, created more history by presenting the first weeklong South Asian festival in Canada at various venues in Mississauga where more than 70,000 fans attended.

Starting off with a hilarious comedy night Aug 11 at the Novotel with international comedians Ali Hassan, Nitin Mirani and Azhar Bin Laughin Usman, the festival saw a visual arts exhibition at The Promenade Art Gallery on Lakeshore Road the following day, portraying the works of painter and philanthropist Jimmy Engineer from Pakistan, famous for his Partition series of paintings.

Days 3-5 hosted the TD Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival at the Living Arts Centre and Empire theatres at Square One, where another milestone was etched as Mississauga for the first time ever accommodated the world premiere of Zinda Bhaag, an Indo-Pakistani collaboration starring the grand veteran thespian of Indian cinema, Naseeruddin Shah, and produced by Mazhar Zaidi of Pakistan.Sdktapegroup aluminum foil tapes is a team of highly qualified professionals working together to provide our customers with the highest quality products

Then came the grand finale, the sixth and seventh days of the festival on Aug 16-17, that attracted a multitude of enthusiastic fans filling Celebration Square. Mayor Hazel McCallion cut the ribbon to officially declare the outdoor festival open.

UK band Swami opened up the evening. Several local dancers also performed. Then on came a fusion band with Anwar Khurshid on sitar and the Paul Deslauriers blues band on guitar, drums and bass that took the audience on a magic carpet ride from Delhi to the Mississippi delta. Canadian band Josh brought up the finale for the first evening.

Running alongside were Indie music bands forming part of the Rock The Coliseum component of the TD Mosaic festival playing in the amphitheatre.

The second day saw several performers and dancers up on the main stage and more indie bands at the amphitheatre. On the main stage, classical music players Shreyas Ambedkar on suntoor and Dave Bansraj on tabla sent the audience into their dhun. Then on came American Idol contestant Gurpreet The Turbanator Sarin and his sister to wow the attendees with their melodious voices, even doing a cover of one of Bob Marleys songs.

Alaap with Channi Singh, Bobby Panesar and others then took over and got the crowd really into the mood. Following that, on came Harshdeep Kaur, the moment the crowd was all waiting for. For being a sufi ki sultana, Harshdeep certainly rocked the grounds.

Its the young artists who are leading the charge on the project, said Cohen, and just like creating a mosaic, it takes people with a variety of skills and interests to complete the work.You will never need to change the bulbs and your granitetrade will last for years and years. The team has been working on the project together for several weeks, and Cohen said that each of the teens come to it with their own unique sensibility.These beautiful crystal mosaic are perfect for kitchen, bath, backsplash, pool, and spa. One teen loves the detailed work of cutting and placing the tiles, another excels at piecing together the random shapes of broken tiles.

The theme of the project is home, and when the team began their work Cohen asked the students to think about all of the different types of homes in Seward C What is home to a fish? To a bird? To a turtle? During the brainstorming session, one student pointed out that the earths home is the universe. It was from this vantage point that they decided to frame the piece, said Cohen. The mosaic starts out at a wide angle and then zooms in close.

Most of the students have done mosaic work before, and enjoy working piece by piece. One artist, Tasha White, commented, This project is intense and tedious-its my kinda thing! It satisfies my math brain. Another artist, Maia Robers commented, Ive been exposed to a lot of different art processes, mosaic is a lot of work, but its fun.

Through the project, the students are learning the details of mosaic work, such as how to cut glass and how to place the pieces with intention.aodepu overspeed governors can cover a broad range of rated loads and speeds and can be applied both to machine roomless and traditional installations. They are also responsible for choosing the colors. When asked what they enjoy about working on the project, Larry Whiten responded, meeting the artist, Connie, meeting new people, and learning how to work with glass. Tasha White said that she loves seeing the progress after working on it for hours. Adam Ahmed said, Everything!

In addition to the teen artists, the project is also working with postsecondary students. Carol-lynn Comparetto is an undergraduate art education student who is working alongside the teens. She commented, I have really fallen in love with the project and process. I really enjoy it and hope to explore glass mosaic work at college over the next year. Cohen is also mentoring two students working towards their Masters degrees in art therapy.

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