Thursday, 7 July 2011
The 2nd South Asian Canadian Summer Music Festival back in town
‘This is the most amazing night of my life in Fort McMurray,’ squealed a young boy as he danced to his heart’s content. Another bearded man in his 60s danced to a folk tune. Some young girls in psychedelic colours and saree-clad women joined the fold gyrating to the rhythm of the beat. The air was electric with excitement and spectators dwindled as the numbers on the dance floor grew in a frenzy of colour and decibels.
The gathering was incredible. People from all walks of life danced till the wee hours of the morning. McIsland was impeccable in its food quality and service standards. South Asians and Canadians in their gorgeous finery revelled in the entertainment without distinction.
“The entertainment was amazing! The selection of musicians, singers and dancers was wonderful, such a talented group of artists. The meal was delicious, a great opportunity to taste cultural foods - a fantastic array of food choices, something for everyone to enjoy. It was truly a memorable and enjoyable cultural experience. Many thanks to the organizers for providing such a great night of South Asian hospitality, I look forward to the 2011 event!" said Kimberly Timmons, Public Education & Awareness Coordinator, Fort McMurray Victim Services.
That was the reception the South Asian Canadian Summer Music Fest, the first of its kind, last July got from fans of South Asian culture resident in Fort McMurray. Centred around Canada Day, it purports to be a showcase and a beginning of many ventures that will uplift and add colour to the culture scene of Fort McMurray.
Behind the scene are two very self-effacing gentlemen, Paul McWilliams, Director of Advancement for McIsland and Zafar Iqbal, founder of the South Asian Art and Culture Association of Alberta, both very critical and familiar faces on the culture scene in Fort McMurray. Paul is excited about the event and says, “We are honoured to be part of this celebration that reflects the multicultural diversity of the community.”
Zafar adds,”My vision is to promote an inclusive community where every part feels connected in body and spirit.”
Thus once again on the 9th July 2011 to our city comes the 2nd South Asian Canadian Summer Music Fest with renewed fervour, glitz and style to entertain and pleasure the senses. All who are ready to give in, grab your tickets. This event is brought to you in part by Fido and Cellcom Wireless, Rogers’ authorised dealer in Peter Pond Mall.