Mosaic festival celebrated its 13th birthday on Aug 3-4, 2018. Mosaic is the longest running and the largest South Asian festival at Mississauga’s Celebration Square that attracts families from across the GTA and surrounding cities and towns in Ontario including a significant number from USA.
TD Mosaic 2018 maintained its status as the largest such festival by presenting an impressive number of activities (including book readings, poetry recital and Film screenings), covering multi art practices including music, dance, folklore, ceramic and pottery, comedy and visual arts. These activities were spread over two weeks culminating at the two day out door festival.
This year the festival presented two events in collaboration with the Mississauga Central Library including book reading by a Canadian author N Sheikh and a conversation with noted Canadian painter Charles Pachter regarding his visit to Bangladesh for his Retrospective show organized by CCAI, in collaboration with Canadian high Commission in Dhaka and Winners Creations Bangladesh, during Dhaka Art Summit. Mosaic presented a media launch for film “Parwaz hai junoon” with lead actors, director and producer in attendance, which was very well received by the local media.
The annual Late Jim Tovey “Service in Arts” award 2018 was given to Brian Crombie for his contribution to arts and artists in the city of Mississauga as the president of Mississauga Arts Council.
Sarmad Sehbai, the well known and acclaimed poet, writer, producer from Pakistan was invited for a poetry recitation and artist in conversation session at the Living Arts Centre. Distinguished writers and poets of Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi language attended the event.
The outdoor festival opened with a tribute to “Carribana” which also went on during the same weekend. Followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday 3rd of August. The Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie , declared the festival officially open. The premier of Ontario sent his best wishes to the festival, read out by Sheref Sebawi, MPP from Mississauga Erin Mills.
The Guinness book of world record holder Vidha Lal and Abhimanyu Lal from Delhi demonstrated their expertise and incomparable skills in Kathak dance. Mohsin Shaoukat Ali performed sufi and folk songs accompanied by western instruments as continuation of Ekta 2018 project. Humera Channa performed as the Friday night headline act and Mohsin joined her again for a finale. The incredible Denique Le Blanc ended the Mosaic 2018 day 1 on the highest possible note with his electric violin and with beautiful classical dance renditions by Vaishali and Hemant Panwar. Jake Dheer from Omni Television and winner of citizen of the year award was the festival MC on Friday. Arshad Bhatti from Radio Pakistan Toronto and Toronto 360 TV introduced Mohsin Shoukat Ali and Humera Channa.
Saturday saw many local upcoming bands and performers including The Mad Band, Hamza Farooqui, Delhi Express, Jadoo and other Mississauga Rising Star performers. Desi Elvis, Lorensz Francke (a regular at the Elvis look alike festivals and winner of two Spirit of Elvis awards) performed many of Elvis’s hit songs on Saturday to the joy of the audience. Shivani and Shalini Dixit of Schon media on Cina Radio 1650 AM, were the Saturday night MC’s for Mosaic.
The headliner for TD Mosaic 2018 was the Bollywood powerhouse Richa Sharma rocked the stage with her energetic 2 and half hours long performance. She incorporated a dance by Vidha Lal and then a duet with Humera Channa as a show of India Pakistan friendship by paying tribute to Lata Mangeshkar and Madam Noor Jahan. The festival ended at a high note with Shiamak Davar Toronto Dance Team performing to the latest Bollywood tunes as the 13th annual grand Finale.
TD Mosaic 2018 enticed its audience with a great food fare where 13 restaurants and food vendors tempted the culinary flavours from South Asia. Vendors selling the traditional jewelry, Clothing and handicrafts are a big attraction for the festival audience. The festival and all its components were completely free and it offered free parking to its patrons. It is estimated that over 60,000 people attended the festival this year. This was TD’s 6th year as Title Sponsor and Greeniche 3rd year as community partner. Festival attendance was boosted due to good weather and despite it being a long weekend, the attendance increased at the event.
The complimentary event of Rock The Coliseum, the indie music festival produced by CCAI also received great accolades this year under the new leadership of the festival director , Demitrius Nath of Mississauga Music.
Mosaic receives funding from department of Canadian heritage, The Canada Council for the Arts, The province of Ontario, The Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and The City of Mississauga and its sponsors include Asian Television Network, Voice Media Group, Jang Canada, Pakistan Post, Urdu Post, Akhbar e Pakistan, Gujarat Abroad, weekly Awaz, Radio Pakistan, Radio Saz o Awaz, Media Mughals, Shon Radio and Shivani and Shalini Dixit, Sunshine Radio, Toronto 360 TV, TAG TV, RawalTV, CanadaOneTV, Outfront Media and many more.
For more information to learn about the festival, please visit www.mosaicfest.com
TD Mosaic 2019: 9th and 10th Aug 2019 at Celebration Square Mississauga. Free Admission