Canada’s largest South Asian festival #BollywoodMonster Mashup is bringing five days of monstrous fun across the GTA for the seventh year in a row this summer between July 1 and July 22. Known for its world-class performances, #BollywoodMonster Mashup wows audiences of thousands with never-before-seen international talent, interactive family activities, amazing food, and dynamic dancers. This year, the MonstrARTity team is going bigger than ever and will reveal three internationally acclaimed Bollywood singing stars featuring a Mirchi Music Award winner, a Zee Cine Award winner, and the exclusive Canadian premiere of a Bollywood star.
“The team at MonstrARTity is doing an amazing job with five days of #BollywoodMonster Mashup awesomeness! As the largest South Asian festival in Canada we’re excited to bring to thousands of people a whirlwind of world-class entertainment across the GTA,” says artistic director Vikas Kohli. “Free concerts by Bollywood stars, fantastic food, free KidZone, spectacular dancers, cutting edge comedy, film, VIP events and everything fun under the sun.”
Born in 2011, #BollywoodMonster Mashup is produced by MonstrARTity, an incorporated not-for-profit arts organization that creates innovative world-class productions. In addition to #BollywoodMonster Mashup, MonstrARTity produces the award-winning Monster Rock Orchestra, a combo of hit songs + orchestra + lasers for a face-melting show. In the spirit of giving back to the community, MonstrARTity runs the Monster Arts for Youth program, which brings professional artists into the classroom to teach students about South Asian arts.
This year, the team at MonstrARTity is excited to launch the Monster Artist Development program to help develop the professional and artistic careers of local and international musicians.
In addition to the jam-packed music and dance programming, this year #BollywoodMonster Mashup is adding a food festival: The Monster FoodFest is bringing celebrity chefs of national and local acclaim to Celebration Square for bite-sized fun including food demos, samples, and an impressive selection of food and market vendors from around the world.
Monster FoodFest and the free Bollywood concerts are happening during the final two days of the festival at Mississauga Celebration Square.
In addition to the free concert, this year #BollywoodMonster Mashup is giving loyal fans the chance to meet Jonita Gandhi at the exclusive VIP and Media Cocktail Reception which is open to the public for the first time with the purchase of a ticket.
Jonita is the first of three surprise Bollywood stars the festival has revealed. The award-winning singer of “The Breakup Song” has worked with the likes of A.R. Rahman of Slumdog Millionaire fame and recently won the 2017 Mirchi Music Award Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Gilehriyaan” from the film Dangal. Aakanksha Sharma, voice of Sunny Leone in the hit “Main Adhoora,” was the second Bollywood star to be revealed, and is hitting the stage in an exclusive #BollywoodMonster Canadian debut.
“I can’t wait to close the show Friday night at #BollywoodMonster Mashup! I’m excited to connect with the crowd at this massive festival and get a feel for their energy,” says Kamal Khan, “It will be great to reach such a wide audience and be able to perform for so many fans at once.”
Taking place July 20th 6pm at C Banquets in Mississauga, attendees get the exciting opportunity to meet all three Bollywood stars at #BollywoodMonster Mashup’s annual behind-the-scenes party before they hit the main stage at Celebration Square. VIP tickets are available to the public for $75 (free drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment included) and can be purchased on the festival’s website here.
The festival will also see the debut of Bollywood sensation Aakanksha Sharma, the stunning voice of Sunny Leone in “Main Adhoora,” on the main stage at Mississauga Celebration Square July 22 as part of the festival’s free programming. Nominated twice at the 2017 Mirchi Music Awards for Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year for her songs “Tu Alvida” from the film Traffic and “Dhal Jaun Main” from the film Rustom, Aakanksha Sharma is bringing her international star power to Canada for the first time in an exclusive #BollywoodMonster debut. As a seasoned performer, the young singer is set to deliver an unforgettable show to a crowd of thousands at this year’s #BollywoodMonster Mashup after winning Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz and appearing as a finalist on Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar on Star Plus, one of India’s most popular television channels.
Aakanksha Sharma shares the Mississauga Celebration Square stage with Jonita Gandhi. Jonita is the first of three surprise Bollywood stars the festival will be revealing. The award-winning singer of “The Breakup Song” has worked with the likes of A.R. Rahman of Slumdog Millionaire fame and recently won the 2017 Mirchi Music Award Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Gilehriyaan” from the film Dangal. The final Bollywood star is a Zee Cine award-winning singer.
Multi-award winning Bollywood star Kamal Khan is set to appear at Canada’s largest South Asian Festival, #BollywoodMonster Mashup presented by TD. With over 8 million views on YouTube, his hit song “Ishq Sufiyana” from the film The Dirty Picture has stood the test of time and continues to be a fan favourite. Kamal Khan’s hypnotic vocals paired with the song’s bright melody makes it the perfect single to enjoy the summer air and earned the singer a Zee Cine Award for Fresh New Singing Talent, in addition to Male Vocalist of the Year at the Mirchi Music Awards and Best Music Debut at the Global Indian Music Awards. Popular among both critics and fans Kamal Khan’s skilled musicality earned him Favourite Male Singer at People’s Choice Awards India and Best Playback Singer (Male) at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards for the song “Dil De Varke” from the film Fer Mamla Gadbad Gadbad. Following his award-winning singles, the Punjabi singer continues to release hit after hit. His latest songs, “Barsatan” and “Sach” have over 1 million views on the artist’s YouTube channel. Kamal Khan is bringing his irresistible hits to #BollywoodMonster Mashup as the festival’s Friday night closer in a can’t-miss performance!
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