News Briefs

The Festival of South Asia runs from noon until 11 p.m. on Aug. 15 and 16 in the Gerrard India Bazaar. Highlights include Afghani, Bengali, Indian, and Sri Lankan cultural performances, including a debut performance of original music by Toronto Tabla Ensemble’s Ritesh Das scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday. ● Wag on the Danforth at […]

Dinner and a movie the start of the Gerrard India Bazaar

About a month before the new apartments in the old Naaz Theatre were finally cued to open, owner Gurnam Multani was upstairs moving Whirlpools. Not hot tubs, he said, but dishwashers, good ones, for the 25 two- and three-bedroom suites he plans to start renting in July. With plaster dust on his pin-striped pants, and […]

Gerrard canoe planted to mark two buried creeks

Most canoes do best when they keep water out, but not the one docked in the Gerrard India Bazaar. Filled with soil and native plants, the bright blue canoe at Gerrard Street and Rhodes Avenue is enjoying a second life as a garden bed. Planted two weeks ago by volunteer “park rangers” working on a […]

World-class tabla school opens up shop on Gerrard

As a teenager in Kolkata, tabla maestro Ritesh Das dreamt of playing Bollywood film scores. By 22, Das was in L.A. and touring with AMAN — a world music group so big they filled half a Boeing 747, bags packed with everything from Balkan balalaikas to Appalachian ‘hee-haw’ banjos. But it was here in Toronto […]

Gerrard and Coxwell gets splash of colours

Franco Rovazzi is painting the town pink – and yellow, blue and green. Rovazzi is co-owner of nine stores in the Gerrard India Bazaar that are getting a major facelift. Besides bright new colours, there will be new signs outside and interior renovations. “We didn’t want to change the character,” Rovazzi said, looking over architectural […]