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The 2013 Armenian Toronto ACC Summerfest Was A Great Success

This year from July 12, until the 14th, 2013 The Armenian Community Center of Toronto held a huge party under the tent for the Armenian community and this year was the 17th season. This year like from the year our Summerfest have begun, they have become a great success from bringing many known Armenian and International Performers from Dancers, to Singers, Comedians, Radio Broadcasters and so many more surprises that occur each year. The Armenian Summerfest is held at the Armenian Community Youth Center Parking lot.

This year many Armenian singers from Los Angeles, Lebanon, Cambridge Ontario, Montreal, and other places attended and sang at our Summerfest and they are Ararad Aharonian, Khoren Mouradian, Onnig Dinkjian our folk Traditional Singer, Kevork Artinian, Armenchik, and Andy Madadian with their bands that graced our stage with their incredible and beautiful talent in our Armenian Culture singing a variety of songs from slow to fast and while the crowd was dancing traditional Armenian Dances as well as just dancing with family, friends and enjoying our time with our Armenian community. Some of the performers also did a duet on stage as well which blew the crowd away and people were dancing like no tomorrow. We were then Broadcasted live from our Radio Station present and that is Setrak Garabedian who traveled from Montreal, and his radio station is called TrikTrak With Setrak and he updated and tuned those people who were unable to join at the Summerfest across the world so they too can enjoy with us.

The purpose of the Armenian Summerfest is to bring the Armenian community together, to strengthen our bonds, to make new friends, to reuniting people who have not seen each other in a while, and nowadays people meet each other on Facebook and make friends on the social networking site and people connect in person together for the first time or many times before and it makes Summerfest to be a smaller world when people reunite together. People of All ages were in attendance at the Summerfest which made us into one big happy family of our Community. a few thousand people were in attendance this year.

There were many vendors and traditional cultural Armenian and Middle Eastern Food and Desserts for people to enjoy while at the summerfest, there was also a Kids area where there was deflatable playing centers, Along with Cotton Candy, Ice Cream, and So many things to do for people of all ages.

I am glad that I attended all 3 nights and I got to reunite with my Friend whom I call a sister from Montreal, I got to see my friend from Boston who I had not seen since last year, and I saw all my facebook friends and some I met for the first time. It was so incredible and It was special time. I had such a great time and My face was always smiling and I was just so happy all around.

I would like to personally thank the Organizing committee of the Annual Summerfest and I appreciate all the hard work, commitment, dedication, nights and days that are put to pull of a huge event with renting of the big tent, organizing and planning the performers, the food, the communications, advertising committees and so many more things that go into planning an event. Thanks again and I am excited for the 18th year in 2014. Thanks for a fun weekend. Until next time.

Music is A Universal Language

Hello everyone, I don’t think I have ever emphasized my love for music and what is does to me and my soul and how it makes my world so great. Now, music has been part of me since I was a kid, but lately I have been listening to more and more, and plus it depends on the mood I am in that specific day and time of my life, but here are my favourite music genre’s and what the music reminds me of and how it is for me.

Reggaeton/Cubaton/Spanish/Caribbean/Soca/Reggae/Bachata/Salsa/Merengue/ — All these music genres remind me of my travels to The Caribbean, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and when I went on Cruise ships. I have a lot of this type of music and it just makes me feel like I am in tropical destinations around the world and it makes me feel like I am sipping a coconut by the beach, and just hearing this music in the background. It is awesome and great beats to soothe my mood at that point in time.

Armenian/Arabic/Middle Eastern/Greek/Persian/ — Now, this is what I usually listen to and I love this type of music too because it reminds of get together, parties, and outings within my Armenian community and we have all these types of music playing at our parties and among in our homes too. We love our Music and we play all these kinds. I know we are Armenian, but we listen to all these kinds of music and we dance and just have fun with it all. We also have Armenian Patriotic Music as I am sure with Arabic, Middle Eastern, Greek and Persian music too. We play that toward the ending of some parties I attend.

Pop/Alternative/Classic Rock/70’s/80’s/90’s/ — These I listen to when I am in the mood, but mostly I listen to them when I am with other friends and family and with those who like this music like me. Its something I listen to once in a while or a few times a month. Now when I go to parties too and when I hang out with people.

Dance/Freestyle/House/Trance/Rhythms/ — I listen to this a lot too. I have a huge playlist on my Ipod and I listen to it when I am just in the mood. Like I said, I am selective to music as long as it suits what I am feeling that day and when I am happy and jumpy, this is the type of music I get into.

Television Theme Songs are my favourite too.

So you can say I am into mostly everything and there are some types that are not my cup of tea, but I am sure that goes for everyone. I am into Country music too, but I am mostly interested in the ones above. I used to carry a huge cd collection, but now I have them all in my Ipod and carry it around. Times have sure changed, but nothing beats the Cassette tapes and music of the past, but although this time around the music has changed and everything, but music from the past is a whole different story. You could actually hear every word said, and you can actually understand the meaning behind what these artists would say, but then again times have surely changed, technology has changed a lot and advanced a lot. I think now with all this music talk, I am gonna go listen to some now. :)

Have a wonderful day!

The Oscars Are Around The Corner – 85th Academy Awards

It is that time again where the 85th Annual Oscars Academy Awards are on the way this Sunday on February 24th, 2013. The glitz, glamor, dresses, the ambiance, displays, celebrities, artists, and celebrating an evening filled with incredible and great talent that makes television and movies the way they are now. I never miss a year of the Oscars and I always watch it. I make some amazing dishes for dinner and snacking, and prepare for the Oscars. It is a tradition in my family where we watch the Oscars and pick out our nominees and see who will win. I think ARGO is going to win this year. I have this feeling they are. I have never seen the movie yet, but I have heard incredible reviews and read so much about it. I haven’t seen most of the movies that are Oscar Academy nominees, but I plan to watch them. I don’t watch every movie out there, but the ones that are interesting to me. So I will watch ARGO when the DVD comes out.Who do you think the Award should go to for best picture and for best movie of the year? Django Unchanged? Les Miserables? or others?

The only thing is we don’t usually dress up for the occasion, we just have a cozy night in and watch the red carpet preview, then the award itself. Do you think Seth Macfarlane will do a great job as a host? I am confident he will be. I am sure he will add a flare of comedy into his introduction to the Oscar night. It must be an honor to be chosen to be a host for such a huge night in Entertainment. I wish him all the best in that and I am rooting for Seth. Way to go! I also liked it when Ellen DeGeneres Hosted as well. She added so much to it. I don’t know if you remember that year.

Do you have an Oscars Academy awards tradition? What do you do? Do you watch the Oscars? What do you think of the fashions as the years go by? Do you concentrate on everything in the background, and whats happening on camera? I am sure a lot of people do. I am thrilled and excited for Sunday. Are you?

Introducing Adiss Harmandian – An Extraordinary Incredible Talent

Hello, I am here today to introduce to you an Armenian Legendary Singer and performer an extraordinary talent and incredible voice, a dedicated and devoted Armenian who shines to the world and the Armenian community. Mr. Adiss Harmandian was born in Beirut Lebanon on January 14, 1945. Adiss Has been awarded many prestigious awards for his efforts, excellency and dedication to the Armenians and the communities across the world.

Adiss Harmandian has been awarded by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Catholicos of Armenian Cilicia the highest Armenian Diaspora religious award, the “Mesrob Mashdots Medallion” (with the degree of Prince) title for his 40 years of work

  • In 2005 he also received lifetime achievement award by the Armenian Music Awards and a certificate from the Los Angeles Council members for lifetime achievement.
  • Upon the proposal of France’s Armenian community, then mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac honored the popular Armenian singer with a medal for recognition of his contributions.

You can listen to his music here even if you do not understand Armenian you can hear his voice, and the way his voice ignites and touches your heart and among everything else.

http://www.haykakanmusic.com/playlists/adiss-harmandian

Adiss still continues to this day to sing, and grace the large crowds. He has his own restaurant in Lebanon called Adiss Signature. He owns a baklava shop in Encino in California. God bless Our Lovely Adiss Harmandian and may God continue to give him strength, energy and the power to do what he loves is to sing and to perform for everyone. May God bless him always.

Beyonce’s Lip Syncing During President Obama’s Inauguration – No Big Deal

A few days ago during President Barack Obama’s Inauguration celebrations that took place in Washington DC, There were several performers, floats, parades and honouring Martin Luther King on his day, President and First lady dance, among parties, gatherings, and everything else, and it was such a beautiful day honouring The presidents second term into Office. I wish him all the best and congratulations on being the USA President once again, However something has been in the media that I am not really thrilled about and that is poking fun at Beyonce and her Lip Syncing. I know that it is not right to Lip Sync, but that shouldn’t give the right for people to really concentrate on what she did during the ceremonies and the celebration. It doesn’t really matter if she lip synced or not.

Now this day in age the media is so revolved around really pointless things that happen and what celebrities do and how they do it and sometimes its just way too much to really concentrate on bogus and pointless things that cause drama, and that cause the public and media to go haywire and memes, postings, statuses, tweets and other things that are not good and its not cool. I think this world is facing a lot more challenges, problems and issues that media must take control on. Not some Lip syncing performance. Lets focus on getting guns out of our schools, streets, and out of peoples reach, as President Obama had stated and in our society, lets focus on putting 0 Tolerance on bullying, lets focus on stopping wars, lets focus on important things that our society is in dire need of a makeover with all these terrible issues going on, and pointless and terrible crimes committed against humanity. That is what we should focus on changing, fixing and raising awareness on. Not when a celebrity lip syncs. It is very ridiculous and absolutely absurd. The media is what makes celebrities on their flaws and on their highest and lowest moments and when the media gets too involved in their lives, that is what gets them their paycheck to cover news stories that are absolutely ridiculous no matter what it is, no matter how it sounds.

I think it is time to leave these things alone and do something about society, violence, and serious issues. It is very important. Beyonce, don’t worry you did an excellent job and you are an incredible, talented performer and I support you every step of the way. Job well done and congratulations. It was a lovely inauguration. All the best to the next 4 years in office and lets make these changes on society.

 

The Music Of The World, To My Soul – My Favourite Music Of The World

Hello everyone, I don’t think I have ever emphasized my love for music and what is does to me and my soul and how it makes my world so great. Now, music has been part of me since I was a kid, but lately I have been listening to more and more, and plus it depends on the mood I am in that specific day and time of my life, but here are my favourite music genre’s and what the music reminds me of and how it is for me.

Reggaeton/Cubaton/Spanish/Caribbean/Soca/Reggae/Bachata/Salsa/Merengue/ — All these music genres remind me of my travels to The Caribbean, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and when I went on Cruise ships. I have a lot of this type of music and it just makes me feel like I am in tropical destinations around the world and it makes me feel like I am sipping a coconut by the beach, and just hearing this music in the background. It is awesome and great beats to soothe my mood at that point in time.

Armenian/Arabic/Middle Eastern/Greek/Persian/ — Now, this is what I usually listen to and I love this type of music too because it reminds of get together, parties, and outings within my Armenian community and we have all these types of music playing at our parties and among in our homes too. We love our Music and we play all these kinds. I know we are Armenian, but we listen to all these kinds of music and we dance and just have fun with it all. We also have Armenian Patriotic Music as I am sure with Arabic, Middle Eastern, Greek and Persian music too. We play that toward the ending of some parties I attend.

Pop/Alternative/Classic Rock/70’s/80’s/90’s/ — These I listen to when I am in the mood, but mostly I listen to them when I am with other friends and family and with those who like this music like me. Its something I listen to once in a while or a few times a month. Now when I go to parties too and when I hang out with people.

Dance/Freestyle/House/Trance/Rhythms/ — I listen to this a lot too. I have a huge playlist on my Ipod and I listen to it when I am just in the mood. Like I said, I am selective to music as long as it suits what I am feeling that day and when I am happy and jumpy, this is the type of music I get into.

Television Theme Songs are my favourite too.

So you can say I am into mostly everything and there are some types that are not my cup of tea, but I am sure that goes for everyone. I am into Country music too, but I am mostly interested in the ones above. I used to carry a huge cd collection, but now I have them all in my Ipod and carry it around. Times have sure changed, but nothing beats the Cassette tapes and music of the past, but although this time around the music has changed and everything, but music from the past is a whole different story. You could actually hear every word said, and you can actually understand the meaning behind what these artists would say, but then again times have surely changed, technology has changed a lot and advanced a lot. I think now with all this music talk, I am gonna go listen to some now. :)

Have a wonderful day!