2006 Calendar of Events, Page 1


2006 Calendar of Events, Page 1


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Gala Concert - Sold Out!


When: April 29, 7:30pm
Where: Theatre, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Admission: $15 includes chance to win a trip for two to Kuala Lumpur via Malaysian  Airlines and sampling of Asian finger foods brought by the Royal Thai Embassy, Malaysian High Commission, Korean restaurants.
Purchase Tickets At: Museum of Civilization or call 819-776-7000, Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset St. W.), Zenteriors (459 Sussex Dr) and Kaedeya-mart (208 Slater St.)

Following the outstanding success of our gala concerts in 2003, 2004 and 2005, we are pleased to be presenting our fourth annual gala in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Civilization on April 29, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

The evening opens to the rousing rhythm of Japanese drums as Oto-Wa Taiko takes to the stage. This is followed by the Royal Thai Embassy’s celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty King Bhumbol Adulayadej, featuring a multimedia presentation by the Thai Association of Ottawa, and a special performance of two of the King’s own jazz compositions by New York-based guitarist Prathan Phakdeephon and Canadian jazz musicians Scott Poll and friends. The festivities continue with a performance of diverse cultural dances by the twelve dancers of the Malaysian Arts and Culture Club of Vancouver; an exciting presentation of the Chinese lion dance by acrobat Hailin Sun of Montreal; a string quartet featuring four young Korean Canadians, and traditional Balinese dance and gamelan music by Montreal’s Giri Kedaton. Following the performances, please join us for a reception in the Marius Barbeau Salon, where you’ll enjoy delectable food samplings graciously provided by the Indonesian embassy, Malaysian embassy, the Thai embassy and local Korean restaurants, as well as refreshments provided by the Chinese embassy and a Japanese tea ceremony presented by Rebecca Lyn Benoit.
 



Turkish Sufi Music Performance and Touristy Multimedia Presentations from Istanbul to Antioch

When: May 3, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe Street
Admission: Free
Presented By: The Canadian Institute of Interfaith Dialog

A performance of traditional Turkish Sufi music along with hymns from the heart of Asia Minor. Hear the mesmerizing tone of century's old rhythms, and experience a multimedia tour of the timeless city of Istanbul, the Bosphorus, the Dardanelles and into the Aegean and Mediterranean regions.
 



What's for Dinner: Korean cuisine with JOY restaurant Chef

When:
May 4 - Noon - 1:00pm
Where: Real Canadian Superstore, 190 Richmond Road, Ottawa
Admission: Free, registration required call 613-722-5890
Presented By: The Real Canadian Superstore
 



What's for Dinner: Vietnamese cuisine with Thuy Nguyen

When: May 4, Noon to 1:00pm
Where: Real Canadian Superstore
Admission: Free, registration required call 613-841-7517
Presented By: The Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society in partnership of Library and Archives Canada
 



Asian Heritage Month Kick-off

When: May 4, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Parliament Hill, Room 200
Admission: Free, registration required call 613-841-7517
Presented By: The Ottawa Asian Month Society in partnership with the Library and Archives Canada

A gathering of parliamentarians, government officials, community leaders, and the general public to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the proclamation of Asian Heritage Month by the Government of Canada. Rahim Jaffer, MP for Edmonton-Strathcona, is the emcee. Portrats of Asian Women in conjunction with the exhibition at the Library and Archives Canada, Asian Women: Many Lives, Many Stories - A Tribute to Asian Canadian Women. Reception and entertainments provided.
 



Classical Indian Dances by the Apsaras Dance Group

When: May 7, 2:00pm
Where: Grand Hall, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier St, Gatineau
Admission: Museum admission fee
Presented By: The Canadian Museum of Civilization
 



Film Screening: Obachan's Garden (followed by Reception)

When: May 8, 7:00pm
Where: Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Admission: Free
Presented By: The Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, Canadian Heritage and National Film Board

To celebrate Asian Women's contributions to Canadian society, we are proud to present Obachan's Garden. This NFB documentary by Linda Ohama chronicles the life of the director's 103 year-old grandmother, from her childhood in Japan to her life in Canada, and is also a personal reflection of Japanese-Canadian history. Linda Ohama and her daughter, Caitlin, will be speaking about the incredible journey of making the film. Library and Archives Canada will also present an exhibition of photos and portraits entitled "Asian Women: Many Lives, Many Stories - A Tribute to Asian Canadian Women".
 



What's For Dinner: Chinese Cuisine with W.C. Yang

When:
May 10, Noon to 1:00pm
Where: Real Canadian Superstore, 190 Richmond Road, Ottawa
Admission: Free, registration required call 613-722-5890
Presented By: The Real Canadian Superstore
 



Music and Dance of Bangladesh

When: May 11, Noon - 1:00pm
Where: Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe Street
Admission: Free
Presented By: Artists from Bangladesh-India-Pakistan and Sri Lanka
 


 
What's For Dinner: Indonesian cuisine with Stephane Faulkner

When: May 11, Noon - 1:00pm
Where: The Real Canadian Superstore, 100 McArthur Ave, Ottawa
Admission: Free, registration required call 613-744-7100
Presented By: The Canadian Superstore
 



Japanese Pavilion, Canadian Tulip Festival

When: May 12-22, 10:00am to 8:00pm
Where: The Major's Hill Park (behind Chateau Laurier), Ottawa
Admission: Visit www.tulipfestival.ca for details
Presented By: The Canadian Tulip Festival Japanese Committee with Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre.
Sponsored By: The Embassy of Japan

The Japanese Pavilion invites you to experience the sights and sounds of Japan. Displays, such as the Japanese floral art of Ikebana, as well as musical and cultural performances, hands-on activities and Japanese cuisine will be featured. There will also be ongoing workshops in Origami and Calligraphy
 



Whirling Dervishes of Turkey

When: May 15, 7:30pm
Where: The Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa
Admission: $30, $40, $50 per ticket
Presented By: The Canadian Institute of Interfaith Dialog

One of the Wonders of Turkey will perform one of the most exquisite ceremonies of spirituality, a mesmerizing seven-century old ritual, incredible performance featuring beautiful costumes, hypnotic live music with flutes, string and percussion, and the amazing sight of the Dervishes whirling on the stage.
 



Literary Celebration of Asian Heritage Month

When: May 15, 7:30pm
Where: Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Admission: $10 / $5 for Festival Members
Presented By: The International Writers Festival

Join the Ottawa International Writers Festival in celebrating Asian Heritage Month with an evening of award-winning literature and discussion. Wayson Choy Trillium Award Winner and bestselling author of The Jade Peony and All That Matters joins some of Canada's most acclaimed writers for an unforgettable evening at the Library and Archives.
 



Film Screening: Chinese Restaurants-Three Continents

When:
May 16, 7:00pm
Where: Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Admission: $10 adult, $5 student w/ valid student ID
Presented By: The Chinese Canadian National Council, Ottawa Chapter.

This film continues Cheuk Kwan's globe-spanning tour of Chinese restaurants with these eye-opening stories from Madagascar, Norway and Canada. In Madagascar, the seamless integration of six centuries of Chinese presence is reflected not only in Restaurant Le Jade's fusion cuisine, but in the faces of the island's large mixed-race population. In Norway, Michael Wong and his wife Ting have opened one of the very few Chinese restaurants inside the Arctic Circle, the Little Budda. In Canada, "Noisy” Jim" ran his New Outlook Café in Outlook, Saskatchewan, for forty years until his recent death. These Chinese restaurants illustrate the wider story of Chinese migration, settlement and integration. The director and writer Mr. Cheuk Kwan plans to attend the screening.



Taste of Asia Festival Launch

When: May 17, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Parliament Hill, Room 200
Admission: Free, registration
Presented By: The Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada and Federation of Chinese Canadians of Markham

A culinary and cultural event to launch the 4th annual Festival in Markham.
 



Film Screening: Nepalese film - Bheda Ko Oon Jasto (In Search of a Song)

When: May 17, 7:00pm
Where: Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe Street
Admission: Free
Presented By: The Nepalese Canadian Association of Ottawa

Bhenda Ko Oon Jasto received a "Special Mention" in the Film South Asia Festival 2003. In search of the folk song Bhendako Oon Jasto, filmmaker Kiran Krishna Shrestha documents the trip. The team manages to locate the village and is blissfully entertained when the villagers sing the song in the original version. What may have started out as a fun road trip turns out to be a special journey where the "artificial" distance between different classes, between rural and urban residents and between different genres of music begin disappearing, at least for a moment.
 



Kolintang: Indonesian Xylophone

When: May 21, 2:00pm
Where: Grand Hall, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Admission: Museum admission fee
Contact: Museum at 819-776-7000
Presented By: Canadian Museum of Civilization
 



Film Screening: 3 Indonesian Documentaries

When: May 24, 6:00pm
Where: Auditorium, Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe Street
Admission: Free
Presented By: The Indonesian Canadian Congress

“Ubat Até Allah Allah, Ubat Sösah Pëyasan Beuna (Prayers For Allah Are The Medicine For The Troubled Heart, Comforting Songs Are The Medicine For Grieving Souls)”. This 15 minute 2005 film by Alex Sihar, in Bahasa Indonesia/Acehnese with English subtitles, documents the power of traditional music as a form of spiritual therapy for traumatized children in Aceh. It focuses on the journey of a wildly popular Acehnese musician, Rafly, and his group KanDe. The musicians visit every camp for Internally Displaced Persons along Aceh’s tsunami-stricken coast, and attempt to lift the spirits of Acehnese children. As Rafly sings, he raises the children’s hope for a better future. “Atjeh Lon Sayang (My Beloved Atjeh)”. This 25 minute 2005 film by Syaiful Halim, in Bahasa Indonesia/Acehnese with English subtitles, is about the tsunami of late 2004, which killed roughly 170,000 residents in Aceh, and turned thousands of children into orphans. This film tells a few stories from the disaster; about the life of a victim, about activities in Islamic traditional education center, and about a few local artists offering “ubat-ate” (comforting songs and prayers) to the children. In this touching documentary, an Acehnese child shares his vision of his homeland. “Kara Anak Sebatang Pohon (Kara The Daughter Of A Tree)”. This seven minute 2005 film by Edwin, the most prolific short filmmaker in Indonesia. Kara is Edwin's eighth film, set on the slopes of the mystical Mount Semeru of East Java, is about the struggle against capitalism and criticizes the growth of the media. “I saw an exploitation phenomenon in my country, especially from the media when the tsunami struck Indonesia. This film was selected for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2005.
 



Samulnor: Korean Percussion

When: May 28, 2:00pm
Where: Grand Hall, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau
Admission: Museum admission fee
Presented By: The Canadian Museum of Civilization
 



Broken English Writing Competition 2006 Awards Night

When: May 29, 7:30pm
Where: Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Admission: Free
Presented By: The Broken English Theatre Company in partnership with CBC, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa-Carleton Immigrant Services Organization, and Ottawa City Magazine
Sponsored By: The Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and City of Ottawa, Ottawa Citizen Literacy Foundation, and Community Foundation of Ottawa

This event honours the winners of the 2006 Broken English Writing Competition, authors of the multicultural stories and poems by first generation Canadians adults and teens in the National Capital Region. Highlights of the evening will be live theatre performances, music, prizes, multicultural displays and much more. The theme of this year’s competition is "HA! HA! HA! Funny Face of Culture Shock".
 



Breakfast Seminar

When: May 31, 7:30am
Where: Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa
Admission: Invitation only
Presented By: The City of Ottawa

Mayor Bob Chiarelli & Senator Vivienne Poy co-host this year’s Asian Heritage Month breakfast. The theme for this event is "Canadian Nationality, Global Citizenship", and the keynote speaker will be Errol Mendes, Senior Advisor, Diversity, Privy Council Office, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa and advisor to the Office of the UN Secretary General on the Global Compact. This event is open to interested university/college students and community leaders from all backgrounds. For further information call Andy at 580-2424 Ext. 14299 or e-mail Andy Kusi
 



Film Screening: The Flory of Persepolis (Film and Art exhibition)

When: May 31, 6:00pm
Where: The Embassy of Iran
Admission: Free

A 30 minutes 2004 documentary directed by Farzin Rezaeian. “Persepolis” is the Greek name for the city and its acropolis that was originally called "Parsa" by the Persians. Parsa was founded around 518 BC by a great visionary, King Darius the Great, who selected the northwestern side of the Mountain of Mercy, near the present-day city of Marvdasht, to build one of the greatest palatial complexes in the world. It was made of giant blocks of stones, covering more than 125,000 square meters. The majestic structures were gradually expanded during the reigns of Darius and his successors, Xerxes and Artaxerxes 1. Thanks to numerous scholarly works and a touch of imagination, the halls and palaces of Persepolis have been recreated in all its dazzling splendor. Perhaps now we can see why Persepolis was once known as "the richest city under the sun".
 



Era 21 Networking Breakfast for Young Canadians

When: June 1, 7:00am
Where: Parliamentary Restaurant, Parliament Hill
Admission: By invitation
Presented By: The Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society in partnership with Senator Poy's Office and J'Nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre
Sponsored By: The Royal Bank of Canada

The breakfast meeting, hosted by Honorary Patron Senator Vivienne Poy, will bring a diverse group of high school students to meet with Parliamentarians and leading community members. They will participate in a panel discussion focused on self-motivation, networking, leadership and cultural fluency in Canada's multicultural reality. About 100 Grade 11 and 12 students of Asian, African and First Nations heritage, and other ethno-cultural communities will be attending this inclusive Asian Heritage Month event.