It's Chinese New Year's Eve and the bazaar is buzzing with activity. People are crowded around idyllic little booths selling trinkets, food and flowers. It's not unlike any other traditional Chinese bazaar at this time of year. However, it's not in China, it's in the heart of the GTA's very own Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, located on Millcreek Drive in Mississauga.
"We see more than 10,000 people during our Chinese New Year activities in just the first two days," says Tracy Liu, a volunteer at the temple since 1997. "Every year we have a different theme, and this year it is ‘Heavenly Blessings and Protection.'"
Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto has seamlessly blended a series of events highlighting traditional Chinese culture and Buddhist customs. Dharma functions are interspersed with lively Lion and Dragon Dances. Blessings and offerings of incense are followed by the appearance of the God of Wealth distributing lucky Red Pockets.
There was even a naming ceremony to bestow Prime Minister Stephen Harper as well as Jason Kenney - the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism - with an official Chinese name.
The Chinese New Year Bazaar boasts not only food stations, an indoor flower market as well as a photo booth, but artful displays which include waterfalls, indoor gardens and a wishing well.
Much to Sergei Vorobiev and his family's delight, they stumbled upon this event by accident, "I heard the temple offers martial arts and other classes so I decided to pop by with my family. We didn't know that this was going on, but we decided to stay and enjoy the festivities. I am loving the food and this experience."
The Temple - a branch of the Fo Guan Shan Temple in Taiwan - was founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun to promote Humanistic Buddhism. Since its inception in 1967, Fo Guang Shan has grown into an international organization. Through educational programs and cultural activities, Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto has fostered the growth of Humanistic Buddhism in this community.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THREE OFFICIAL TICKET OFFICES IN PORT CREDIT
The 2009 Tim Horton's Southside Shuffle(aka The Port Credit Blues and Jazz Festival) kicks off this Friday at 7:30pm at Port Credit Memorial Park when Blackburn takes to the main stage. Roxanne Potvin follows at 8:30pm. And at 10:00pm The Funk Brothers return to the Shuffle for their second year in a row.
On Saturday, Lakeshore Road will be closed between Stavebank and Hurontario for the FREE "Shuffle Alley" -- with dozens of live bands playing from 2:00pm until 6:00pm. If you are going to be anywhere near Port Credit next weekend, don't miss this one! The full schedule is available on the Southside Shuffle's Web site.
Saturday night's headliner is none other than Lighthouse, on the main stage at 10:00pm. Opening up for Lighthouse are Manteca at 7:30pm and David Wilcox at 8:30pm.
On Sunday, Treasa Levasseur will be on the main stage at 4:00pm. Colin Linden follows at 5:30pm and Downchild and Friends close out the show starting at 7:00pm.
(Toronto, ON) The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) announced today that admission to the fair on Friday, August 21, 2009 will be just $1.75 in celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the City of Toronto. The CNE has planned a number of festivities for this special day. In addition to the full 2009 roster of daily attractions (www.TheEx.com), Opening Day will feature free birthday cupcakes for the first 175 people, special ride coupons for $17.50, a variety of concessions and games for $1.75, and the Toronto Song Contest Finals.
The Mississauga Waterfront Festival is again celebrating Great
Canadian Music at Port Credit's Memorial Park, June 13 - 15 Father's
With Matthew Good June 13th Colin James June 14th & Suzie McNeil & Rik Emmett June 15th
TORONTO, May 22 - At Festivals & Events Ontario the festival won
numerous awards including being one of Ontario's Top 100 Festivals for
the 5th year in a row and winning the prestigious Best Overall Media,
Marketing and Promotional Campaign Award. They also won Best
Fundraising Idea for Full Circle, a fundraiser for their Sponsor a
Child Program. The Mississauga Waterfront Festival is again proud to
present an exciting festival weekend with four of Canada's most popular
artists: MATTHEW GOOD, COLIN JAMES, SUZIE MCNEIL AND RIK EMMETT who are enjoying record-breaking CD and Video success and appearing in concert worldwide.
Supporting acts include JOHNNY MAX, THE SPADES, CRASH PARALLEL, BACKDRAFT & Australian newcomer, MARTA.
Attractions include extreme jet-ski & water-ski shows, Purina dog
show, petting zoo, pony rides, carnival, great food, First Nations
Stage, McDonald's Sports Zone, crafters, vendors, BMX competition, YTV
WOW, Mississauga Future Stars Finals, Pizza Nova & Home Depot
workshops & World Vision's One Life Experience.
stage highlights include TOOPY & BINOO, MISS SPIDER, MEET &
GREETS WITH MAX FROM MAX & RUBY & DORA THE EXPLORER, RONALD
MCDONALD AND TRIBUTES TO HANNAH MONTANA AND HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.
A weekend wristband will get you to all concerts, attractions and events! Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors Advance price: $13 for adults and $8 for children and seniors available on our Web site: www.mississaugawaterfrontfestival.com