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2015:

FOR RELEASE Tuesday July 28th 2015

Dean Obeidallah ‘Wishes to be your Muslim Friend’

MISSISSAUGA, ON (August 1-2, 2015) – This year Maple Lodge Farms MuslimFest will take place at Mississauga Celebration Square from 10am-11pm and features Dean Obeidullah a popular comedian from the United States. He was on Studio Q yesterday morning discussing the North American Muslim identity with humorous narrative, and will also appear on CTV on Thursday. He will arrive in Toronto on August 1st to perform at 9 pm and currently we are scheduling media opportunities for his appearance.

This past week he co-created and performed in the Muslim Funny Fest, a 3 day sold out show attracting a range of press coverage including NY Times, Katie Couric, WNYC radio, MSNBC, The Daily News, Huff Post and international media attention.

He has also appeared on various shows including ABC’s “The View,” Comedy Central’s “Axis of Evil” special, “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen,” MSNBC, Fox News, BBC, CNN, and PBS. He is also a columnist for The Daily Beast and have written for CNN.com Opinion and The Huffington Post.

MuslimFest will also host live performances by local musicians Yusra and Moez Shihab, Dawud Wharnsby, Native Deen, comedian Preacher Moss along with renowned French light calligraphy artist Julien Breton.

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Dean Obeidallah

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MuslimFest is an annual event put together by volunteers and is hosted in Mississauga, Ontario. The organizers wish to display art and performances with the goal to enlighten and share a unique cultural experience for all audiences to enjoy.

MuslimFest is presented by Maple Lodge Farms and sponsored by: Sound Vision, DawaNet, International compassion group, Mina Halal, Sargent Farm, Watan Kabob, Mango boost, Suffah Academy, Faith of Life Network, Um Anas, Kumon, and TorontoMuslims.com.  Funding for MuslimFest is provided by the City of Mississauga and the Government of Ontario.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Media Relations
Sana Khawaja
pr@muslimfest.com

Communications Officer
Huma Mian
huma@muslimfest.com

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Annual Cultural Festival Returns with All Star Performers

MISSISSAUGA, ON (August 1-2, 2015) – Maple Lodge Farms MuslimFest returns to the Mississauga Celebration Square for its twelfth year.  The event is expected to attract 25,000 visitors and welcomes everyone.  The event showcases traditional and modern forms of performances creating a fusion that can be enjoyed by attendees of all backgrounds and age groups.

MuslimFest begins on Friday July 31st with the first ever Canadian premier of American Sharia, a movie directed, produced and stared by Omar Regan (Rush Hour 2) and features other stars like Golden Globe nominee Eric Roberts and YouTube celebrities Baba Ali and YazTheSpaz. The evening will include a sneak peak at the 2015 Art Exhibit showcasing inspirational pieces and performances by local Talents. Friday’s itinerary aims to stimulate discussion regarding Muslim identity in entertainment and have local performers recognized by their community.

Throughout the weekend the Main Stage will host live performances that includes local musicians Yusra and Moez Shihab, the talented Dawud Wharnsby and the social media sensation Karter Zaher & Jae Deen. A performance by CNN contributor and Comedy Central’s Dean Obaidullah, Allah Made Me Funny’s star Preacher Moss along with renowned light calligraphy artist Julien Breton will conclude the Saturday, August 1st festivities.   Sunday will show host Maple Lodge Farms MuslimFest annual Night of Inspiration concert featuring Native Deen, a hip-hop/musical band group from the United States.

Attendees can also indulge in an international culinary experience and walk through a modern Silk Road bazaar where merchants sell cultural clothes and interior design pieces from across the world. They can get creative at the all-day Arts and Crafts Tent where workshops teach Andalusia inspired Plaster Art, Moroccan inspired Ceramic Pottery , Indian inspired Block Printing, and Persian inspired Geometric Patterning. Attendees may also visit the Amphitheatre for drumming sessions and the central library for workshops for at various times.

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Light Calligraphy by Julien Breton, France

MuslimFest – Highlights at a Glance:

Music: Dawud Wharnsby, Native Deen, Karter Zaher & Jae Deen, Adnan Srajeldin, Khalid Mehmood, Moez and Yusra Shihab, Adnan Srajeldin, Talib al-Habib, Mustaqeem
Art Exhibition: Includes Painting, Drawing, Calligraphy, Printmaking, Photography, Graphics, Sculptures, Jewellery, Ceramics and Glass
Performances:  YazTheSpaz (Hijab fashion), and spoken word by Boonaa Mohammad
Visual Arts Demonstrations: Master calligrapher Haji Noor Deen, calligrapher Umar Uddin, Grafitti artist Javid Jah, Light Calligraphy by Julien Breton
Comedy: Dean Obeidullah, Preacher Moss and Omar Regan
Films: Tug of War, American Sharia and California Muslims
Workshops/ Learning: Drumming, Song Writing /Poetry (Separate Youth oriented workshops), Spoken Word seminars and Turkish Ebru classes

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MuslimFest is an annual event put together by volunteers and is hosted in Mississauga, Ontario. The organizers wish to display art and performances with the goal to enlighten and share a unique cultural experience for all audiences to enjoy.

MuslimFest is presented by Maple Lodge Farms and sponsored by: Sound Vision, DawaNet, International compassion group, Mina Halal, Sargent Farm, Watan Kabob, Mango boost, Suffah Academy, Faith of Life Network, Um Anas, Kumon, and TorontoMuslims.com.  Funding for MuslimFest is provided by the City of Mississauga and the Government of Ontario.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Media Relations
Sana Khawaja
pr@muslimfest.com

Communications Officer
Huma Mian
huma@muslimfest.com

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FOR RELEASE WEDNESDAY July 29th 2015

Lights, Sirens, Action!

MISSISSAUGA, ON– The Canadian premier of American Sharia will be screened July 31st 2015 at 7:00pm at the Noel Ryan theatre at he Mississauga Central Library, 300 Burnhamthorpe Road West. The film is dubbed the first halal comedy/action feature film produced by Halalywood Entertainment with a fast paced, action packed narrative taking aim at identitying politics in the American Muslim context. It is directed, produced and stared by Omar Regan (Rush Hour 2) and features other stars like Golden Globe nominee Eric Roberts and YouTube celebrity Baba Ali.

America Sharia’s narrative is clear: the Muslim community is an equal shareholder of the American dream. The movie tackles Islamophobia by using humour to create dialogue that educates on what faith means to Muslims in America.

Before the premier refreshments will be served 7:30pm at the Glass Pavillion and will be followed by a panel discussion with the cast to discuss the political backdrop affecting the North American Muslim identity.

Earlier this year, Regan told Asian Image, “American Sharia is a Hollywood motion picture that sets out to use comedy to reverse the prejudices held against Islam and help promote the religion in a more positive way. It’s an alternative form of entertainment, during a time where we are surrounded and exposed to increasing negativity and profanity.” Indeed, American Sharia promises action packed comedy that aims to set the narrative straight about Muslims in North America.

Visit the film’s IMDd profile for more details.

For further information or to schedule interviews with any of the artist please contact the representatives listed below.

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Figure 1 Movie Cover for American Sharia Source: IMDb

MuslimFest is presented by Maple Lodge Farms and sponsored by: Sound Vision, DawaNet, International compassion group, Mina Halal, Sargent Farm, Watan Kabob, Mango boost, Suffah Academy, Faith of Life Network, Um Anas, Kumon, and TorontoMuslims.com.  Funding for MuslimFest is provided by the City of Mississauga and the Government of Ontario.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Media Relations
Sana Khawaja
pr@muslimfest.com

Communications Officer
Huma Mian
huma@muslimfest.com

2012:

MuslimFest 2012: Festivity at its finest

9th Annual Maple Lodge Farms MuslimFest anticipates gathering over 10,000 people at Celebration Square.

Mississauga, ON- August, 18, 2012- Art can join people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.  In its 9th year, MuslimFest celebrates the best of Muslim art, culture and entertainment with a greater goal of connecting the Muslim community and our neighbours in Canada.

MuslimFest 2012, Sept 1st-2nd, features Canadian artists, including Irfan Makki, Tom Vandenberg, and Dawud Warnsby, alongside internationally renowned artists who are here specifically to be apart of this extraordinary event. Junaid Jamshed (Pakistan), Baba Ali (U.S.A), Raef (U.S.A), Zain Bikha (South Africa) and others will fill the Square with their melodious voices and keep the crowds entertained.

Boredom is definitely not an option with the buzzing multicultural market, the “Fun Village” for the kids, and the “Rising Talent Show” for our youth. If that weren’t enough, our artists will offer workshops for all to benefit from and enjoy. From drumming, to calligraphy, to cooking demos- it’s all there. This year, MuslimFest is introducing a series of talks, “ArtistsTalks”, by some of the hosted artists, featuring Dr.Naif Al-Muatawa (from Kuwait – creator of the comic series “THE 99” the first Muslim inspired Comic book series).

What better a place than MuslimFest to connect with the broader community through the language of art, humor, and meaningful entertainment; something that can break through even the toughest cultural barriers.

For more information please contact:

Amal Albaz, MuslimFest Public Relations
pr@muslimfest.com, (416) 841-0626

MuslimFest is proudly sponsored by: Maple Lodge Farms, Sound Vision, Western Union, DawaNet, Hygienna, Halal Food Deals, KaraMia, Kamal Halal Vitamin, Human Concern International, MAC’s convenient stores, and Shaworma Express.

MuslimFest is Funded by: The City of Mississauga, Ontario Tourism, Canadian Heritage, and generous donors in the community.

2011:

Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PREPARATIONS IN FULL SWING FOR MUSLIMFEST 2011:

Over 10, 000 expected to gather at Celebration Square for 8th Annual MuslimFest

 

Mississauga, ON – July 3, 2011 – An African American Muslim, Jewish Indian and an Christian Arab walk in to Celebration Square in Mississauga.  At least they in will in a few weeks.

“It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke,” Amer Meknas, MuslimFest Event Director muses, “and we hope that will get the community to take notice.”

In it’s 8th year, MuslimFest celebrates the best of Muslim art, culture and entertainment with a greater goal of bridging the gap between the Muslim community and our neighbours in Canada.  “Art in all forms – visual, performance, comedic, food – brings people together, and that is our focus.  We hope that MuslimFest becomes a vehicle to bring the entire community together to share and learn from one another,” Meknas elaborates.

Funatical: taking Comedy to the extreme is only a part of the plan to bring the community together.  This year’s MuslimFest, July 23-24, 2011, boasts performances and/or hosting by international stars Junaid Jamshed (Pakistan), Le Rappel (France) and HBO’s Def Poetry Carlos Andres Gomez(USA) along side local Canadian talent, Moez Melon (Montreal), Waseem Mo Money (Ottawa) and CBC’s Muhammad Lila (Toronto).

Program Director, Shakera Nagil, says “This family friendly events aims to be a non-stop celebration of Muslim creativity.  Throughout the day there will be opportunities to peruse the festival favourite art exhibit, catch a screening of Fordson or Mooz-lum, and watch up-and-coming talent compete in the Rising Talent competition.

If that weren’t enough, the MuslimFest team is also extremely excited to be moving to Celebration Square in the heart of Mississauga.  “We are really excited to be at Celebration Square! It’s a state-of-the-art facility and just felt like a natural progression for MuslimFest.  Moving to the completely outdoor venue means we are more accessible, both physically and financially, given that all the programming is now at a barrier-free facility and free of charge,” explains Taha Ghayyur, MuslimFest board of director member.

With all the returning favourites, a diverse array of talent  and a change in venue to the newly renovated Celebration Square in Mississauga, thousands of festival goers are expected and MuslimFest  2011 promises to be bigger and better than ever.

For further information please contact Lina Rahman (Director, People Management, MuslimFest 2011)

Tel: 416-575-8842

Email: lina@muslimfest.com

Website: www.muslimfest.com

 

Please Note: A full schedule of events is available on our website.  Any special ceremonies with guest s and dignitaries will be forwarded once this information is confirmed.

MuslimFest is an event focussed on building bridges of understanding and sharing the multicultural heritage of Islam with all Canadians through art, culture, and entertainment.

MuslimFest is grateful to our sponsors: Maple Lodge Farms, Sound Vision Canada, DawaNet, Risala Academy, Blossom Pure, the Ontario Gift of Life Foundation, Soldmates.ca, Human Concern International, Karamia, Faith of Life Network and our Volunteer Champions, Boston Pizza Square One and Muslim Gear.  We are also honoured for the support we received from the City of Mississauga and Ontario Tourism.

 

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MuslimFest 2010:  Comedy, poetry, raw talent and a chance to win $1000 cash!

Only one month remains before the doors of the Mississauga Living Arts Centre swing open to welcome the 7th annual MuslimFest, a celebration of the finest and the brightest in Muslim Arts and Entertainment.

As the Canadian front-runner in the promotion of community bridge building- this year’s MuslimFest promises to be as rich and entertaining as the last.

As always, the feature presentation at MuslimFest is packed with some of the biggest names in Muslim entertainment. This year’s Night of Comedy and Poetry, presented by Maple Lodge Farms, promises to be an explosion of side-splitting laughs as well as emotionally charged spoken word performances.

“We are excited to bring Somalian stand-up comedian Prince Abdi to MuslimFest this year,” says Program Director, Shakera Nagil. “Abdi drew us in with his smart, whacky style and we know the MuslimFest crowd will love him.”

Joining him on stage is Canadian comedian, Hamzah Moin. “Hamzah was a definite crowd pleaser at the show last year,” says Nagil. “We’re happy to have him back once again.”
If MuslimFest is putting on a show, the audience already knows they are going to see something they wouldn’t see at any other Muslim event.

“Bob Cates of Comedy in Motion isn’t like any other stand-up comedian,” says Festival Director, Amer Meknas. “He is a comedian and a circus act all rolled into one!”

For those whose taste calls for something a bit more serious there is a lineup of spoken word artists ready to move the entire room with every word spoken.

“Brother Dash’s style of spoken word poetry really intrigues me,” says Director of Publicity, Zebunnisa Mirza. “I love how he successfully combines academic English, street prose, comedy and raw emotion all together into an energetically delivered poem.”

Age is no limit to talent, and this year’s show is set to prove this statement stronger than ever.

16-year-old Amal Ahmed and 14-year-old Mustafa Ahmed have been invited to perform as part of the MuslimFest Rising Talent in past years. This year, however, they are both joining the main stage in Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts centre to impress the audience with their raw maturity.

“It’s amazing to see some of our young talent graduate to the big stage,” says Nagil. “This year, things are bigger and better. I really hope every aspiring artist out there takes advantage of our Rising Talent stage to showcase their art to the crowds and hopefully win some money too!”

Hosted by MC Hamzah Moin, the new and improved Rising Talent Competition offers artists a chance to compete on stage for a cash prize of $1000. Talented individuals are encouraged to visit the website to acquire more information for enrolling in the competition.

MuslimFest 2010 is set to take place on July 31st and August 1st at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.

Featuring over 52 Canadian and international artists, a food bazaar, hands on interactive workshops, theatrical performances , a Film Festival and inflatable games to satisfy the needs of the youngest of attendees- MuslimFest is an event that will amuse, stimulate and inspire both young and old.

For more information call 1 877 994 3292


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