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Discover trades ‘first hand’ throughout B.C.

Students and apprentices throughout B.C. are gearing up for the 2013 season of Skills Canada BC competitions

February 28, 2013
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Discover trades ‘first hand’ throughout B.C.

February 28, 2013

Hundreds of young spectators at the events, including middle and high school students, will have the opportunity to get some hands-on experience in skilled trades and technology careers.

Skills Canada BC hosts 13 regional competitions and one provincial competition every year. This June B.C. will play host to the national competition. Each competition brings together secondary, post-secondary and apprenticeship students to compete in Olympic-style contests. From baking to welding to 3D computer animations design, competitors put their skills in math and science to the test, and challenge their problem-solving, teamwork and creative thinking skills.

The competitions celebrate and reward students for excellence in their mastery of skilled trade and technology skills in a manner that directly involves industry in evaluating student performance and that helps keeps training relevant to employers’ needs. They also create an interactive and engaging environment for the thousands of young people who will attend the competitions as spectators.

The new Discover Trades and Technologies First Hand program offers students between the ages of 11 and 18 who are exploring future career options an opportunity to try a variety of interactive, challenging and fun activities in a safe and engaging environment. Professional industry representatives and educators will be on hand to guide spectators through a variety of activities while answering questions and sharing their experiences about skilled trade and technology careers.

Winners of the regional competitions in March advance to the provincials in April, where they have the chance of advancing to the Skills Canada National Competition and potentially the WorldSkills competitions. From June 5 to 8, Vancouver will host the national event at BC Place, with over 500 competitors competing in 40 contest areas each vying for a chance at a coveted gold medal.

The national competition, the only event of its kind in Canada, helps to raise the profile of careers in trades and technology, a key element of both the BC Jobs Plan and BC Skills and Training Plan – supporting continued growth of B.C.’s economy.

Skills Canada BC received financial support from the B.C. government this past fall to prepare British Columbia secondary and post-secondary students and apprentices for the 2013 competition season and to provide transportation to the competitions this spring. This is one element in a $1.2-million provincial effort aimed at getting more young people interested in the trades.

This supports several key themes government heard last fall as part of its engagement with British Columbians on Skills and Training, including the need to ensure that today’s students will have the skills they need to fill the jobs of tomorrow.

In addition to hosting regional and provincial competitions, Skills Canada BC links industry, educators and students through annual trade and technology career fairs, the largest of their kind in B.C.

This follows a government announcement yesterday for the YES 2 IT (Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training), a community-based, highly interactive program that gives young students in B.C. a chance to experience skilled trades and make connections with tradespersons in their communities. It is sponsored by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and participating school districts to introduce students to trades at an early age in anticipation that more students will pursue trades training in their senior grades as they work towards graduation.

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Quotes:
Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology John Yap –
“The BC Jobs Plan depends on the energy and talent of a strong, skilled workforce. The accomplishments of all of the competitors serve as a testament to the quality of the post-secondary education and training here in B.C. I’m excited for B.C. to host the 2013 national competition, offering our many talented B.C. students to compete and demonstrate their skills on home turf.”

“The First Hand program is a great opportunity for more students in the K-to-12 system to be thinking about – and get a taste for – careers in the trades.”

Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Pat Bell –
“From bakers, chefs and automotive technicians to heavy equipment operators and construction workers, trades will be in high demand over the coming decade. Our Skills and Training Plan promotes the trades and aims to get more students into technical programs.”

“By 2020, there will be one million job openings and 43 per cent will require trades or technical training. We are investing $75 million in upgrading training facilities, equipment and access to teachers and this will put BC students first in line for jobs that are close to home.”

Don McRae, Minister of Education –
“Congratulations to all of the students who will be taking part in this year’s competitions, and to their teachers. It’s great to see this year’s events will also be providing hands-on trades experiences for younger students who are not competitors. Early exposure to the trades can open up whole new career pathways for young learners and lead to exciting, well-paying jobs in the future.”

Skills Canada BC executive director Amber Papou –
“Skills Canada BC and our many partners, including the Government of Canada, the Province of B.C. and the ITA, are incredibly excited to be able to offer a wide variety of opportunities for B.C.’s youth to experience skilled trade and technology careers.”

“These experiences act as important stepping stones for students by providing them with an environment in which they can engage with industry and educators and at the same time explore skilled trade careers for themselves with hands on activities.”

Learn More:
BC Skills and Training Plan: www.bcjobsplan.ca/skills/bc-skills-and-training-plan/
BC Jobs Plan – Skills and Training: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/skills/
Skills Canada BC: http://www.skillscanada.bc.ca
Skills Canada and the national competition: http://www.skillscanada.com
Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca
Discover Trades: http://www.discovertradesbc.ca
The Industry Training Authority: http://www.itabc.ca

A backgrounder follows.

Contact:
Dan Gilmore
Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology
250 952-6400

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release 2013AEIT0022-000314
Feb. 21, 2013
Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology Skills Canada BC competition dates and locations
Island South:
o March 1, Camosun College, Victoria
o March 8, Belmont Secondary, Victoria
o March 28, Pacific Design Academy, Victoria

Kootenays: March 1, College of the Rockies, Cranbrook and David Thompson Secondary, Invermere

Lower Mainland Northwest:
o March 1, Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver
o March 6, Templeton Secondary, Vancouver
o March 12, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver
o March 14, Howe Sound Secondary, Squamish

Online: March -8, three competitions run virtually provincewide – Mechanical CAD, TV Video Production and Website Design. Students have a five-day window to complete the projects and send them in to the Skills BC office.

Lower Mainland Central:
o March 1, Hugh Boyd Secondary, Richmond
o March 6, Burnaby Central Secondary, Burnaby
o March 8, Cambie Secondary, Richmond
o March 9, Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary, Maple Ridge Peace: March 6 and 7, Northern Lights College, North Peace Senior Secondary, and Dawson Creek Secondary School, Dawson Creek

Cariboo: March 8, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops

Central Okanagan:
o March 8, Okanagan College, Kelowna
o March 7, Mt. Boucherie Secondary, West Kelowna

Northwest: March 8, Northwest Community College, Terrace

Island Central: March 8, Vancouver Island University and Nanaimo District Secondary, Nanaimo

Lower Fraser Valley:
o March 1, Clayton Heights Secondary, Surrey
o March 7, L.A. Matheson Secondary, Surrey
o March 8, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Cloverdale and Enver Creek Secondary, Surrey

Upper Fraser Valley March 14, University of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack

Island North: March 15, North Island College and Timberline Secondary, Campbell River

Provincial competition: Abbotsford, April 17, Tradex

National competition: BC Place, Vancouver, June 5-8, 2013


Contact:
Dan Gilmore
Communications Manager
Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology
250 952-6400
Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Canada’s largest food & cooking festival to highlight a multitude of food options

Gluten free continues to be a top food trend for consumers today.

February 27, 2013
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Canada’s largest food & cooking festival to highlight a multitude of food options

February 27, 2013

That’s why EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival will also be showcasing the best of gluten free options at Canada’s largest consumer food festival, taking place this year on May 24, 25 & 26 at BC Place Stadium.
 
A variety of exciting new exhibitors are offering gluten free products, cooking seminars and much more at the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival.
 
Among the latest exhibitors offering gluten free options are:

•    Green and Blacks Organic Chocolate
•    Larry and Luna’s Coconut Bliss
•    Coconama
•    Daiya Foods
•    Organika Health Products
•    …and many more

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about new exhibitors, products and demos at this year's show!
Follow us on  @EAT-Vancouver and on  EAT! Vancouver

About EAT!:
The EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is Canada’s largest consumer food festival, featuring hundreds of food, beverage & kitchen goods exhibitors along with tourist boards, travel suppliers, wineries, breweries, restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese seminars, cookbook authors & chef competitions. The three-day festival is attended by the travel trade, culinary enthusiasts, and media. Since its inception, the event has been attended by over 230,000 visitors. More details are available at www.eat-vancouver.com

For information regarding exhibiting: Andrew Dunne at 604.210.0220 or adunne@fulcrum.ca.

For information regarding sponsorship: Michael Cronin at 866.688.0504 ext. 114 or mcronin@fulcrum.ca

BC PLACE WILL BE WEARING PINK!

To support the Annual "Pink Shirt Day" for anti-bullying

February 26, 2013
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BC PLACE WEARING PINK TO SUPPORT THE ANNUAL “PINK SHIRT DAY” FOR ANTI-BULLYING

February 26, 2013

The Northern Lights roof lighting display at BC Place will be illuminated “pink” on Wednesday, February 27th in support of “Pink Shirt Day”, an anti-bullying campaign started six years ago by two High School students.

BC Place joins CKNW in urging everyone to wear something pink on February 27th to highlight the key message of Pink Shirt Day, that “Bullying Stops Here”. In the last three years – CKNW Pink Shirt Day has raised more than $280,000 – with net proceeds from activities & t-shirt sales benefiting the CKNW Orphans’ Fund in support of Boys & Girls Clubs Anti-Bullying programs. For more information visit www.pinkshirtday.ca/

BC PLACE WEARING PINK FOR “PINK SHIRT DAY”

Date:        
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Times:    
MORNING - 6.00AM to Sunrise
EVENING - Sunset to 11:00PM


About the “Northern Lights” at BC Place
The stadium roof façade – known as the Northern Lights Display - uses 1700 ‘ETFE’ panels, stacked four rows high, and 6,800 linear feet of energy-efficient LED lights to create customizable lighting displays. BC Place has used the entire roof to promote specific events (orange for BC Lions, blue for Vancouver Whitecaps FC), create seasonal and holiday displays, and generate awareness for community and charitable organizations.
Visit www.bcplace.com/roof-lights for more information.  

For more information about BC Place, follow BC Place on Twitter @BCPlace or visit www.bcplace.com

JAY Z AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ANNOUNCE LEGENDS OF THE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR

Historic Tour Will Visit 12 Cities In North America Including Vancouver

February 22, 2013
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JAY Z AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ANNOUNCE LEGENDS OF THE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR

February 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 22, 2013) - With more than 23 Grammy Awards, 67 million albums sold and two Emmys combined, music icons JAY Z and Justin Timberlake announce 12 once-in-a-lifetime stadium performances.  The Legends Of The Summer tour will begin on July 17th in Toronto, Ontario at the Roger's Centre and continue through August 16th in Miami, Florida at Sun Life Stadium.  Tickets for all dates except New York go on sale to the public on Thursday, February 28th at Ticketmaster.com.  Stay tuned for special New York on sale date announcement.

Beginning today, fans can click here or visit http://on.fb.me/13p2NSi to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available on February 27th.  Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning today, February 22nd at 12 noon local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program.  For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Live Nation mobile app users will have access to presale tickets beginning February 27th.  Mobile users can text “LNAPP” OR 404040 to download the Live Nation mobile app. (Available for iOS and Android.) All presales end at 5 p.m. local time on Wednesday, February 27th.

In addition to the tour start in Toronto on July 17th, Justin Timberlake and JAY Z will take their extraordinary live production to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Hershey, Detroit, Baltimore, Boston, and Philadelphia where they will perform in such legendary stadiums as Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, Rose Bowl and Candlestick Park.

Special VIP packages are available at www.vipnation.com

LEGENDS OF THE SUMMER  tour dates
 
July 17         Toronto, ON             Rogers Centre
July 19         New York, NY            Yankee Stadium**
July 22         Chicago, IL              Soldier Field
July 26         San Francisco, CA     Candlestick Park
July 28         Los Angeles, CA       Rose Bowl
July 31         Vancouver, BC         BC Place Stadium
August 4      Hershey, PA             Hershey Stadium
August 6      Detroit, MI               Ford Field
August 8      Baltimore, MD          M&T Bank Stadium
August 10    Boston, MA              Fenway Park
August 13    Philadelphia, PA       Citizens Bank Park
August 16    Miami, FL                Sun Life Stadium

** All dates on sale to the public on February 28th, except New York. New York on sale information to be announced soon.

All dates are subject to change.
For additional tour and ticket information visit LifeandTimes.com, JustinTimberlake.com, and Ticketmaster.com.  Join the conversation at #Legends.

About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with almost 27 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Artist Nation is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

BARGAINING UPDATE

February 19, 2013
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BARGAINING UPDATE

February 19, 2013

A tentative agreement has been reached between BC Place, operated by the BC Pavilion Corporation, and members of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (GEU) Local 1703. This follows a series of mediated  negotiations between the two parties.

The tentative agreement, which is subject to GEU employee ratification, includes agreement on issues related to:

  • Scheduling
  • Contracting Out
  • Wages


Howard Crosley, General Manager, BC Place said: “We are extremely pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the GEU and look forward to having this ratified by their members.

“We appreciate the efforts of both parties to reach an agreement. We look forward to our upcoming events and to continuing to make the guest experience at BC Place one to be proud of!”
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Upcoming events at BC Place:

BC Home and Garden Show  - Feb 20-24
Whitecaps FC v Toronto FC - March 2
Whitecaps FC v Columbus Crew FC - March 9
PlayDome - March 16-24

BC PLACE GLOWS RED FOR THE KIDS!

BC Place Northern Lights display will be glowing red in support of the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon

February 15, 2013
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BC PLACE GLOWS RED FOR THE KIDS!

February 15, 2013

Vancouver, BC: The Northern Lights display at BC Place will be glowing red in support of the 47th Annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon on February 16th and 17th.  

BC Place is proud to support the Show of Hearts Telethon which raises funds for Variety – The Children’s Charity. Variety’s mission is to raise funds and distribute grants throughout British Columbia to inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children who have special needs.

Variety has presented its signature Show of Hearts Telethon since 1965. Viewers donated almost $7 million last year, making it one of the most successful telethons to date. Watch Global BC on February 16th at 7:00pm & February 17th at 5:30pm, and call 310-KIDS or visit www.variety.bc.ca to donate. 

Lighting Dates:
Friday, February 15 - Sunday, February 17

Lighting Times:
MORNING - 6:00AM to sunrise
EVENING - Sunset to 11:00PM

About the “Northern Lights” at BC Place
The stadium roof façade – known as the Northern Lights Display - uses 1700 ‘ETFE’ panels, stacked four rows high, and 6,800 linear feet of energy-efficient LED lights to create customizable lighting displays. BC Place has used the entire roof to promote specific events (orange for BC Lions, blue for Vancouver Whitecaps FC), create seasonal and holiday displays, and generate awareness for community and charitable organizations. Visit www.bcplace.com/roof-lights for more information.  

For more information about BC Place, follow BC Place on Twitter @BCPlace or visit www.bcplace.com

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HEARTS AGLOW AT BC PLACE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

BC Place will be illuminated “passionate red” this Thursday

February 13, 2013
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HEARTS AGLOW AT BC PLACE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

February 13, 2013

Vancouver, BC: The 36-foot tall Northern Lights display at BC Place will be illuminated “passionate red” this Thursday, to mark the arrival of Valentine’s Day.

Dates:    
Thursday, February 14

Times:       
MORNING - 6:00AM to sunrise
EVENING - Sunset to 11:00PM


About the “Northern Lights” at BC Place
The stadium roof façade – known as the Northern Lights Display - uses 1700 ‘ETFE’ panels, stacked four rows high, and 6,800 linear feet of energy-efficient LED lights to create customizable lighting displays. BC Place has used the entire roof to promote specific events (orange for BC Lions, blue for Vancouver Whitecaps FC), create seasonal and holiday displays, and generate awareness for community and charitable organizations.
Visit www.bcplace.com/roof-lights for more information.


About BC Place
BC Place is the largest sports, exhibition and entertainment venue of its kind in British Columbia, hosting the province’s most notable events including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. An all-new BC Place reopened in September 2011 after completing a major revitalization that included the installation of the largest cable-supported retractable roof of its kind in the world. Today, BC Place is home to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the BC Lions Football Club and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. BC Place is an important generator of economic activity in British Columbia, hosting world-class entertainment events, professional and amateur sport, community gatherings and exhibitions.
For more information, follow BC Place on Twitter @BCPlace or visit www.bcplace.com

BARGAINING UPDATE

February 4, 2013
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BARGAINING UPDATE

February 4, 2013

Vancouver, BC (February 4, 2013): On January 25, BC Place, operated by the BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), was informed of possible job action by members of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) Local 1703. Union members confirmed job action, starting at 9.15am on Monday January 28.

On January 29, BC Place invited members of the BCGEU to re-establish negotiations through mediation.

On January 31, the BCGEU removed all picket lines and employees returned to work. Mediated negotiations began.

On February 3, both parties reached agreement on non-monetary items. Mediated negotiations will resume on February 13, in order to negotiate monetary items.

In the meantime, both parties have agreed that there will be no job action during the mediation process.

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Howard Crosley, General Manager, BC Place said: “We remain committed to reaching a solution that meets the needs of both parties and are encouraged by the progress to date.

   “We look forward to hosting the International Boat Show this Family Day weekend and appreciate the commitment of our bargaining employees to ensure the event runs as planned.”

PREMIER WELCOMES THE TIMES OF INDIA FILM AWARDS TO B.C

Premier Christy Clark announced that Vancouver has been chosen to host the Times of India Film Awards

January 22, 2013
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PREMIER WELCOMES THE TIMES OF INDIA FILM AWARDS TO B.C

January 22, 2013

VANCOUVER – Premier Christy Clark announced today that Vancouver has been chosen as the inaugural host destination of the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA), with multiple events to be held across the Lower Mainland between April 4 and 6, 2013.

“The Times of India Film Awards will be seen by hundreds of millions of people in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and Vancouver will be centre stage,” said Premier Clark. “This is one piece of our government’s outreach efforts in India, opening up new opportunities for trade and investment that will create jobs here at home. This is a tremendous economic opportunity for British Columbia to reach new markets – one that we will take advantage of.” 

India’s middle class is expected to grow to 583 million in the next 15 years from just 50 million today. This growth will unleash enormous buying potential, much of which will be met by global imports. In the first 11 months of 2012, British Columbia saw its exports to India increase by over 104 per cent compared to the same period in 2011.

“The launch of TOIFA coincides with the Times of India Group’s 175 glorious years of thought leadership in the  media and entertainment business. We are now proud to launch TOIFA, a global awards platform conceptualized to bring the film industry closer to fans from across the globe,” said Mr. A.P. Parigi, Board of Directors, Bennett,  Coleman & Co. Ltd, The Times of India Group. “With the Awards being held in Vancouver, British Columbia, it is going to be the beginning of a new collaboration with a destination which is home to the second-largest Indian and South Asian population in Canada.”

“The Times of India Film Awards is a catalyst for building awareness of B.C. to Indian businesses, deepening relationships and kick-starting enhanced trade activities,” said Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “While we’ve already had great success building high-level relationships, we now need to focus on telling Indian businesses and travellers what B.C. has to offer. As the largest media conglomerate in India, the kind of exposure Times Group can offer is unparalleled.”

The Province of British Columbia will provide $9.5 million in matching funding to the Times Group towards producing the event. An additional $1.5 million is being budgeted for various activities in B.C. including hosting the BC-India Global Business Forum, which will be heavily promoted in Times Group’s Economic Times, the second largest financial daily in the world in terms of circulation, after The Wall Street Journal.

The immediate economic benefit of hosting The Times of India Film Awards is estimated to be between $13 million to $18 million of direct spending in B.C. during the event due to tourism and event production.

“India is the fastest-growing nation in the world; it will be the third-largest economy in the world by 2050. The exposure our province will gain in India through this agreement will open the door to significant economic and job opportunities," said Iain Black, president and CEO of the Vancouver Board of Trade. "India is an obvious business ally for us here in B.C., as we have a common bond through language, the Commonwealth, shared culture, and a firm commitment to democracy and open markets.”

As part of the hosting agreement, British Columbia will receive exposure in India through the various Times group platforms profiling and highlighting B.C. as an appealing trade market and tourism destination. Besides a live audience of over 30,000, the TOIFA Awards ceremony will be seen by viewers around the world through a global telecast.

“The economic potential and benefits of showcasing British Columbia as a potential travel, trade and investment destination through the Times of India Film Awards is significant, leadership-oriented towards creating jobs and building our economy," said Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade.

“The Times of India Film Awards is an opportunity to showcase British Columbia as a creative industries powerhouse; as a destination for investment and tourism; and as a partner on economic and social priorities that are common to India and the province,” said Yuen Pau Woo, president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

“I am delighted to be at the launch of TOIFA and in this beautiful city of Vancouver,” said film director and producer Karan Johar. “This is an exceptional concept and a great opportunity for us to connect with all our international fans. TOIFA 2013 will also be celebrated as a centenary milestone to showcase Hindi cinema’s legacy in the last 100 years. The Hindi film industry is no longer confined to the borders of the subcontinent and is rapidly expanding its reach.”

“I am very excited to be part of TOIFA’s launch at Vancouver and represent the Hindi film industry,” said actress Chitrangada Singh. “The atmosphere here is amazing; we are really humbled by the love of our fans.”

“It’s great that The Times of India group has taken such an initiative to merge the boundaries between cinema and people from across the globe,” said choreographer Shiamak Davar. “Not only is it truly rewarding to receive the love and support of our fans, but it also amazes me to see the international recognition and notice that Indian cinema has got today. TOIFA is even more special for me, as Vancouver is my second home so I’m going to have my  dancers from India and Canada coming together for this. I am excited to be part of this grand celebration of talent and creativity at TOIFA 2013.”

A backgrounder follows.
Contact:
Mike Morton
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 588-8380

Laura Ballance
Times of India Film Awards
604 637-6646 (direct)
604 771-5176 (cell)
Laura@LBMG.ca

BACKGROUNDER
The Times of India Film Awards

The Times of India Group is the largest media conglomerate in India with multiple newspapers, magazines, television stations, radio stations and internet websites. Their network reaches an average of 90 million people per day. The Times of India newspaper is the world’s largest English-language daily, with eight million daily readers.

The Times of India Film Awards 2013 celebrations span over a weekend:

  • April 4: TOIFA Music Extravaganza at Pacific Coliseum.
  • April 5: Screenings of popular Bollywood films in multiplexes across British Columbia.
  • April 6: TOIFA Red Carpet and Awards Extravaganza at BC Place

The awards ceremony will have performances by Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, and many more.

Ticket sales for the awards ceremony event begin on Feb. 15 at: www.ticketmaster.ca

The Times of India Film Awards will be held annually at diverse international locations, taking Bollywood Cinema to global destinations and engaging with fans the world over.

For more information on TOIFA visit: www.toifa.com
On Twitter: @toifaawards
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/toifa.awards
On Youtube: www.youtube.com/toifa.awards

Contact:
Mike Morton
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 588-8380

Laura Ballance
Times of India Film Awards
604 637-6646 (direct)
604 771-5176 (cell)
Laura@LBMG.ca

Connect with the Province of B.C. at www.gov.bc.ca/connect