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Happy Chinese New Year! PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 February 2012 12:56

By: Amy Chow

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.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 February 2012 13:00
The 2009 Southside Shuffle Starts Tonight (And there will be dancing in the street!) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 11:34


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.

Throughout the weekend, additional free shows will be taking place on the Southside Shuffle Southstage, at Dave de Eyre Square (both located in Port Credit Memorial Park) as well as most clubs, pubs and restaurants in Port Credit. And don't miss the Mississippi Jamstage in the Port Credit Legion on Front St. N. The Jamstage is open each night from 10:00pm until 3:00am and you never know who is going to sit in.

Please visit the Southside Shuffle Web site for ticket information.

And try to get some sleep tonight and tomorrow night -- you're going to need it.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 September 2009 23:57
CNE celebrates Toronto’s 175th birthday with $1.75 special admission on August 21st PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 July 2009 17:41

Plenty of festivities commemorate Opening Day

(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 (, 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 award winning Mississauga Waterfront Festival announces its 2008 headliners PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2008 17:06

The Mississauga Waterfront Festival is again celebrating Great Canadian Music at Port Credit's Memorial Park, June 13 - 15 Father's Day Weekend

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.


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:
Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2008 20:48
Bowling for Blues PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 May 2008 00:05
Grab your friends, your family, your neighbours and your co-workers and join us for an evening of Blues, Bowling, Food, Fun and Prizes.

2008 Bowling for Blues will be held Saturday, May 24th at Classic Bowl, Winston Churchill & Dundas, Mississauga.

A Southside Shuffle pre-festival tradition, Bowling for Blues, is a fundraising event benefitting Sick Kids Hospital and The Southside Shuffle.

$50 per bowler or $250 for a team of five.

Pre-registration forms can be found on the Southside Shuffle website,

For $50, you have 2 games of 10 pin bowling beginning promptly at 5 pm (plus the stylish bowling shoe rentals), food, prizes and the Blues party afterwards featuring Chuck Jackson and The Allstars.

Registration, sign in on Saturday, May 24th begins at 4 pm.

Bowling for Blues Saturday, May 24th, 2008 Classic Bowl 3055 Dundas Street West, (Winston Churchill & Dundas, northwest side) (Google Map) Mississauga, Ontario

Visit the newly redesigned Southside Shuffle website for further details,

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2008 20:27

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