Dear 2011: We love you for so many reasons (stargazing, travel, great stories, friendship), and as we start 2012 with smiles and dreams, we embrace the many memories and key moments that emerged in the areas of music, museums and movies (plus more).
Don't worry, Kolaveri Di didn't make the cut.
Canadian Music: Bobbing to Delhi 2 Dublin's Vancouver concert in May, and late night pancakes with the group at Fran's Diner after the Toronto IIFA Awards in June. [Photos: Delhi 2 Dublin at Fran's Diner, post IIFA shows in Toronto]
American Crossover to Bollywood: Akon + Shah Rukh Khan = Bollywood Madness. One of our favourite songs of the year was "Chamak Challo," a Hindi/Punjabi/English tune sung by Akon for the action movie, Ra.One. The movie: not so great.
Remembering MJ, South Asian-style: Jermaine Jackson and Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam sang a tribute to Michael Jackson at the Toronto IIFA Rocks fashion and music event in June.
Breakthrough Museum Exhibit: Bhangra.me at Museum of Vancouver. We're a little biased (our video editor Naveen Girn was the Cultural Researcher, Videographer, Editor and Co-Curator of the exhibit) – but this collection of stories, videos, photographs, instruments and music delved into Vancouver's South Asian history. Our favourite part: seeing how Bhangra music and dance is intertwined with Vancouver's labour history. Farm worker's Unite! [Photo by Maurice Li]
Bollywood in Toronto: To celebrate the Year of India and the IIFA Awards, the Royal Ontario Museum featured a Bollywood Showcards exhibit and a collection of Indian miniature paintings. We hope this continues the trend to present South Asian culture at the city's art institutions.
Best Body Paint is Art Event: Special MAC Cosmetics Typography event at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver. So many beautiful models.
Favourite Movie: We're suckers for a good Rom-com, and have a huge crush on Ryan Gosling (Breaker High love!). Crazy Stupid Love gets our vote, as do somewhat unconventional Indian films, Rockstar and Vidya Balan's acting in Dirty Picture.
Worst Movie Title: Hero Hitler in Love. Sad face. Really Indian cinema?
Best Movie Premiere: Breakaway at the Toronto International Film Festival. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar comes galloping down Yonge Street on a white horse and then lip sync's to songs on stage while Rob Lowe looks on, bewildered.
Farewell 2011. xoxo.