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June 1, 2011
Bollywood on stage at Toronto's Economic Development Committee
Toronto will get a taste of the North American debut of the 12th annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, taking place June 23-25, at the City of Toronto's Economic Development Committee meeting on June 2.

Sonay Gabroo Punjab De, a seven member bhangra dance and drum group, will perform while visitors sample traditional Indian sweets by South Asian fusion gourmet chef Veronica Mal. Harold Mah, Event Support Manager for the City of Toronto, and Noreen Khan, IIFA Project Head, will also brief the committee on the IIFA and the City's contributions to the event.

After the bhangra performance there will be speeches about the IIFA, and the City's activities during this event by Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation (MPP Don Valley West), CIBC Associate Vice -President Venki Raman and IIFA Project Head Noreen Khan. OMNI News: South Asian Edition anchor Angie Seth will also be present as an emcee.

Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

A photo opportunity will be available afterwards with all the above participants.

More information on the City of Toronto's IIFA involvement is available at .

The International Indian Film Academy, conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. is supported by key members of the Indian film fraternity. IIFA is the most respected South Asian film academy and its main highlight, the IIFA Awards is one of India's biggest media events. With a viewership of over 600 million worldwide, the IIFA Weekend is the largest celebration of Indian cinema and the IIFA Awards is among the most-watched global events, annually.

From a one night celebration in 2000 at the Millennium Dome, London, the last twelve years have seen the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) movement grow into a cine-packed weekend of film-festivals, workshops, exhibitions, film-showcases, premieres, global business forums and sporting events, all of which climax into the IIFA Awards. The IIFA’s have been celebrated in London, Sun City, Johannesburg, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Amsterdam, Yorkshire, Bangkok, Macau and most recently in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This year, IIFA will celebrate its 12th anniversary in Toronto, Canada from June 23rd - 25th,.2011. The IIFA Celebrations in Canada are presented by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and supported by the Government of Ontario

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