March 2016


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The Canadian Arab Institute co-presents with the Royal Conservatory of Music:

Simon Shaheen’s Zafir: Musical Winds from North Africa to Andalucia

Saturday, April 16, 2016 8pm - Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 
Tickets: 416.408.0208

Simon Shaheen and his ensemble Qantara, featuring internationally renowned Moroccan singer Nidal Ibourk, Andalucian flamenco dancer Auxi Fernandez, and Andalucian flamenco pianist Juan Pérez Rodríguez, bring to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blend it with flamenco in Zafir. Discover music that was born in Iraq, Palestine, and Syria, blew across the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus, blended with elements of Spanish music, and brought across the sea to North Africa.
Generously supported by Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak
Presented in association with the Canadian Arab Institute and the Toronto Palestine Film Festival 
Media Sponsors: Jazz FM, NOW Magazine
Tickets start at only $35
Call 416.408.0208 or buy tickets online at



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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will join CAI at its first Leadership & Excellence Awards Gala

Honouring those who embody the genius of Canadian multiculturalism: Mary Jo Haddad & Sheldon Levy.  

The Canadian Arab Institute is proud to announce its first awards gala which will take place at Toronto’s most unique historical special events venue, The Carlu, on April 4, 2016. The event will honour Mary Jo Haddad, former CEO of SickKids, for the excellence with which she built an illustrious career as a leading advocate of children’s health, and Sheldon Levy, former President of Ryerson, for his innovation and leadership in city-building, multiculturalism and inclusion.

John Honderich, of the Toronto Star, will engage in a dialogue with the honorees about the transformational potential of diversity and inclusion.

The gala will also shine a spotlight on Canada’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis. We will welcome Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who greeted the first refugees on their arrival in Canada, and Ratna Omidvar, Chair of Lifeline Syria which is coordinating the arrival of privately sponsored refugees.  

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and internationally-renowned Syrian musician Kinan Azmeh will be presenting an original composition to celebrate the cultural contribution of Syrian refugees to Canada.   A portion of the gala proceeds will go to fund mentorships directed at Syrian refugees.  

The evening’s co-chairs, Judith Ramirez and Mohamad Fakih, will welcome over 300 business people, civic leaders, philanthropists and professionals from the Canadian Arab community and beyond. The gala will be hosted by John Moore, host of Moore in the Morning on Newstalk 1010, and soprano Allison Angelo will render a gender-inclusive version of the national anthem.  Get your tickets now!