The eighth annual Steveston Dragon Boat Festival takes place on Saturday, August 26.
With an estimated 15,000 spectators on the shores of the Fraser River, this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever with 2000 athletes competing.
The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival promises to be a great day of fun, entertainment and paddling. The event begins at 8am with dragon boat racing beginning and then food, activities and vendor booths open at 9am. By 11am a great mix of entertainment on the main stage begins to celebrate a sizzling summer.
All programs presented by the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival promote diversity and inclusiveness while also paying homage to the ancient activity of dragon boating which has its roots in Chinese culture.
On the evening of September 30th 2017, the Massey Theatre will be transformed into an ethereal courtyard, immersing audiences into the timeless and ancient forms of Indian Classical music and dance. Founded by New Westminster’s globally recognized Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha, the 6th Anniversary Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, which is a tribute to his guru, the late Ghazal Queen Mushtari Begum, is inviting you to experience a journey of emotions through these rare classical arts performed live.
Some of the finest Canadian and Indian artists will showcase their explosive talents at this one of a kind festival. Headlining performances will be given by Western Canadian Music Award nominees Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha. Cassius Khan will showcase his trademark mastery of singing Ghazals while simultaneously playing the Tabla, and the graceful and powerful Kathak dancers Amika Kushwaha and Prajakta Potnis Trehan will enthrall the audience with their difficult and complex Kathak Dance, alongside Sitar Maestro Sharanjeet Singh Mand’s melodious and thrilling Sitar. Ustad Amarjeet Singh, the renowned Tabla maestro, will deliver a powerful Tabla solo recital with Baljit Singh’s sonorous and haunting Dilruba. Mridangam artist Abhishek Iyer and the Chennai based Gold Medal awarded Carnatic Violinist Kaushik Sivaramakrishnan, the young Carnatic music duo from Edmonton, Alberta, will delight the audience with their playful and lilting performance. Dr. Disha Mehta, Cassius Khan’s most gifted protege, will soothe the audience with her silky voice, singing her debut ghazal composition on stage at the MBF.
Each artist will perform exquisite and traditional numbers in their respective art forms. Such will be the passion and enchantment they create, intoxicating the spirit with melodies and rhythms, that undoubtedly, your Ears will begin to see and the Eyes listen!
Tickets are on sale at the Massey Theatre box office in New Westminster. For more information on the Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, or to arrange interviews and press coverage, please contact the organizer, Cassius Khan at Cassius@CassiusKhan.com or by phone at 604 375 6515
Much More Than A Walk – It’s A Celebration
As we near the opening of the GoodLife Family Fitness Autism Centre, Autism Speaks Canada and the Pacific Autism Family Foundation will host a community ’sneak peek’ and preview of this amazing facility during our annual autism walk and festival Oct 1.
Please join us in Richmond on Sunday, October 1 where we expect over 2,000 participants who will be gathering to support the autism community with this exciting FREE, fun, family event.
Autism affects many millions worldwide with 1 in every 68 children being diagnosed. Autism is 4 times more common among boys with 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in every 252 girls.
As well, with a 1,000% increase of diagnosed children over the past 40 years, autism has become a widely discussed topic and has more media coverage than ever before.
ASC is powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum including many devoted corporate providers. Fund raising efforts have generated vital funds for research, family services and advocacy, while also raising awareness of the increasing prevalence of autism. Autism Speaks Canada along with Autism Speaks has grown into North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. In 10 years we have funded $7,400,000M in Science and Research Grants in Canada and in the last 5 years $4,000,000M has been awarded in Family Service Grants, 1.2 million in BC alone. This is why we walk.
Participating provides a great opportunity to support the autism community benefiting a cause that affects all ages, ethnicities and all socio-economic groups. It is an opportunity for you to build new and deeper community networks.
Please check our website for updates to Register; Donate; or Volunteer. You will enjoy all the fun & family events the Walk has to offer plus tour the new autism centre.Punjabi Translation