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“REWA” – “Hope” : a live performance by Choekyi and David December 2, 2012

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DreBu, for the 11th annual  Road to Asia Festival 2012 was fortunate to get Choekyi and David perform a Tibetan song, “Rewa” live on stage at a very short notice. It marked our small contribution in celebration of a diverse Asian arts and culture, an integral part of Canadian (and World’s) Cultural mosaic. This is also the third year of our collaborative work with Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre towards making the festival a more vibrant and complete experience for the participants and visitors. 

Visit our photo album  to view more pictures from the event.

OTibet Song Performance R2A 2012 (640x480)ur special thanks goes to the following:

Christine Takasaki – Festival Co-ordinator at JCCC

Dawa and Tsetan Tashi Badheytsang – Sponsorship for Car and fundraising  sell items

Tenzin Choekyi and David Maranan – Performance artists

Ama Dickyi, Ama Pempa and Namsel: Volunteers

Special visitors: Para & family, Nasreen & friend and Ornella

For any questions or comments please contact us at drebu.org (at) gmail.com

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Kalsang Dolma, Creative & Founding Director

Gelek Badeytsang, Communications & Founding Director

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Tenzin Choekyi and David Maranan performing live at Road to Asia 2012 October 26, 2012

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DreBu is proud to present performance artist Tenzin Choekyi at the annual Road to Asia event by JCCC. It is a weekend of performance, food and music that celebrates diverse cultures of Asia meeting in Canada. Choekyi is accompanied by David Maranan on guitar and they will perform a Tibetan song, “Rewa” (a song by Pemtsi) on Sunday, November 4th.

It is a festive occasion for all ages to come out and have a wonderful time!

DreBu is happy to share some free tickets. Just click on the file below and print it out.

DreBu Free Passes for Road to Asia

Each pass will admit two for either Saturday or Sunday. Feel free to distribute them to your network. See you there!

Five Elements Exhibit & Performance at Road to Asia Festival 2011 April 21, 2012

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At the JCCC’s 11th Road to Asia weekend festival on Sunday November 6, DreBu presented a Tibetan musical performance on main stage showcasing the beautiful five elements Chuba collection. The dance was choreographed by musician/performance artist Tseten and designer/artist Kalsang . The performance team also included 4 youth who worked hard at mastering the steps through a few rehearsal sessions. The outcome was a wonderful performance to an audience of over 300 people. The Five Elements  Collection was  exhibited at the Heritage Display for a month in November. Road to Asia festival weekend was visited by over 300o people. Introduction to the Tibetan performance was made by Gelek, co-founder of Drebu. Our dedicated volunteers at the event were Jamyang Dorjee and Cindy Laparra. Thank you to all our performers and volunteers! To view picture album on facebook, click here. To watch the video of the performance, visit here.

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Five Elements Chuba Collection presented on Oct 1st for Culture Days 2011 in Parkdale October 20, 2011

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In celebration of this year’s Canada Culture Days, DreBu presented “Tibetan Chuba: Ancient Dresses in Modern Times”, on Saturday, Oct 1, 2011. The collection of seven original Tibetan dresses was designed and hand-painted by Kalsang Dolma, a Canadian – Tibetan artist based in Parkdale, Toronto. 

Seven youth models presented the colorful dresses in a series of orchestrated movements and demonstrations. The show was accentuated by the live musical performances of Tsewang and Kunsang.
More than sixty people attended this show through the course of the day. By paying homage to the traditional Tibetan motifs in a contemporary setting, Ms. Dolma hoped to highlight the importance of cultural understandings and community-based arts initiatives.

The event was held at the Parkdale Public Library.

For the photo album on DreBu’s facebook page, visit/click here.

Five Elements Chuba Collection Exhibit Team Oct 1

Presentation Team Members:Kalsang Dolma – Artist/Designer & DreBu’s Founding Director
Gelek Badheytsang – Photographer and DreBu’s Founding Director
Tseten Lhundup – Musician (male)
 Tenzin Choedhen – Musician (female)
Agar Badheytsang – Male Model
Lodoe Gyatso – Male Model
Sonam Dickyi – Female Model

Tenzin Nyidon – Female Model
Jamyang Dolma – Female Model
Tenzin Samten – Female Model
Tenzin Yeshi – Female Model

Comments from Audience and the presentation team members:

 

Chuba Art and Style Demonstration by Kalsang

Fabulous presentation & creations of dress. Thank you for sharing (Ali)
 
Thank you for the experience! It was wonderful ! (Tish)
 
Great Presentation, Kalsang. Very Beatiful. Thank you. Best Wishes (Jennifer)
 
I love it. Keep up your good job for spirit Tibet. Good Luck! (Dadoen Jangdong)
 
This was awesome!! Best of Luck (Lobsang Mentuh and Pemme Mentuh Tulotsang)
 
Congrats on the amazing performance, it was beautiful  – both the dresses and music. Thank you for sharing your talent and ART (Glenys)
 
 

Chuba Models presenting in graceful Walks

 
This was simply an amazing experience. I’ve always dreamt of modelling, walking down the aisle with a beautiful dress. Thank you to acha Kalsang for giving all of us an opportunity to be ourselves and portray our Tibetan culture. (model – Tenzin Samten)
 
 
I had a wonderful time today, at the “Culture Days”. It was a life time memory experience. It was so inspiring to see the art, and being able to wear it was a privelege. Thank you to all audience for making this happen, and Acha Kalsang for her wonderful art (model, Jamyang Dolma)
 
 
This was an amazing experience. Even though I did not model, I still had fun backstage. I can’t wait to experience this in November again. THank you acha Kelsang. (“Teddy” Tenzin Tsetan)
 
 
I really like the chubas. It gave the old chubas a modern twist. Thank you. (Musician, Tenzin Kunsang Choedhen)
 

Five Elements Chuba Collection - Model Girls

 
 
Amazing time with amazing people and beautiful dress! (Model, Tenzin Yeshi)
 
I love all the Chubas. It was fun time. (Model, Tenzin Nyidon)
 
 
Love to being part of this show. I loved everything especially the Chubas. I must say Miss Kalsang, U did a great job. Love it. I really enjoyed a lot. (Model, Sonam Dickyi)
 
 
Love the Chuba. (Tenzin Sungrap)
 
 
The event was awesome, having these events will increase the Tibetan youth’s knowledge about our culture. (Model, Agar Badheytsang)
 
 
The event was successful, unique chuba designs. (model, Lodoe Gyatso)
 
 

Playing Dranyen to the Five Elements Chuba Presentation

 
 Featuring Tibetan Chuba as the art canvas was unique where it encourages younger generation to participate and feel proud of our heritage. All young people as the model volunteers got to wear the Chuba with the orginal paintings by an artist bringing up the value of  traditions in our modern times.  It was great to be part of this live presentation by playing the music and helping co-ordinate graceful Tibetan dance movements into the walks. The visual effect of playing to the beautiful cultural art in focus was unique,special and a feast to the eyes! (Musician, Tseten Lhundup)

THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing you at our next presentation/exhibit in the first week of November at Road to Asia Festival 2011.

Tenzin Khando - Supporter of the Chuba Presentation on Oct 1st - National Culture Days 2011

Our special Thanks to Ms. Tenzin Khando in supporting us with a generous donation towards marketing cost (posters, printing) and honorarium to our musicians. Thank you for your support!

Art and Design of the collection by Kalsang Dolma

Photography by Gelek Badheytsang

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Tibetan Chuba: Ancient Dresses in Modern Times – Culture Days 2011 August 8, 2011

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Blue - Water of the Five Elements Collection by Kalsang

Clouds in Water, a Blue Chuba designed and painted by Kalsang

Drebu will present a live, interactive, fashion, art and live music event in Parkdale Library on Saturday, Oct 1st from 11 to 2 pm; highlighting the importance of connecting with the diverse traditions and cultures that make up the Canadian mosaic.

Models will present a collection of modern Tibetan dresses styled after traditional forms and painted with bold ancient motifs in a contemporary painting medium by Kalsang Dolma, a Canadian Tibetan Artist & Designer . The collection will be presented by models through graceful Tibetan dance movements to live traditional music, along with demonstrations of various styling possibilities.

The online exhibition of the collection (Click here) goes live on September 30th, Friday. It will provide a view of the complete collection and its artistic production process, showing how artistic traditions and heritage tie in beautifully and organically with modern (urban) arts and culture.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the artists and models in a discussion on dress styling, history and meanings behind the painted motif designs.

The presentation highlights the importance of connecting with the diverse traditions and cultures that make up the Canadian mosaic.

This approach in presenting and sharing an integral aspect of our lives to a wider audience will serve to help us appreciate our cultural and artistic diversity through an engaging and innovative process that aims to cultivate a sense of true sharing and inclusion.

The presentation also serves to inspire and encourage our younger generations to have a sense of pride in our arts, traditions and diverse identities.
Open to all age group for a fun and interactive experience!
Program Outline:

11:15 to 12 – First Round
11:15 to 11:30 – Graceful Tibetan Movements to live Music
11:30 to 11:45 – Styling Showcase
11:45 to 12 noon – Public Interaction

12 to 12:45 – Second Round (same itinerary as above)

12:45 to 1pm – Break

1 pm to 1:45 – Third Round (same itinerary as above)

To learn more about  the presentation and Culture Days 2011, please visit online.

DreBu showcases Tibetan art and performance at Road to Asia 2010 February 27, 2011

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Over 3000 people from all over GTA enjoyed Road to Asia 2010 festival during its 10th anniversary weekend on Nov 6th and 7th . DreBu was happy to be part of  the best of Asian cultures sharing our traditions and arts through music, performance and food.

Tsetan Lhudrup was the featured performing artist for the Tibetan cultural music and dance; he performed a couple of popular songs on his dranyen.

DreBu organized an art demonstration using  a cyclindrical pillar-like model (paper board material) where Tibetan architectural and  colorful motifs are put up with  sculptural clay material using the art of Tibetan butter sculpture known as “KarGyen” in Tibetan. Throughout the festival weekend, Ngawang and Kalsang worked on it from scratch; drawing the design sketch first and then laying and filling them out with the colorful clay. The completed peice will be displayed in 2011.

DreBu sold Tibetan momos and noodles to raise funds in order to meet with the participation expenses to pay our artists and performers. The participants were appreciative of the authentic taste of the beef and vegetarian dumplings!

DreBu believes in supporting our professional artists by compensating for their works which encourages them to continue to work in their artistic skills and to pass on the knowledge through sharing with the younger generation members of the communities and the  public at large.

We would like to thank Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre for hosting such an important and wonderful cultural festival which is apolitical by nature and open to all Asian cultures for fostering sharing/collaboration of our artistic traditions contributing to the diversity of Canada and the world. And special thanks to Christine Takasaki for being such an untiring and gracious co-ordinator of this annual event. (photo with Christine!)

Last but not the least, DreBu thank all the volunteers to make our participation at the 10th Road to Asia a success!  Thank you to Jamyang Dorjee, Lobsang Rapten, Norbu Samten Naftel, Tenzin Pelmo, Tenzin Namsel, Norbu Dhundup and Tsering Dickyi.

We look forward to coming back in 2011 with a surprise presentation.

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Road to Asia Festival 2010 October 30, 2010

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DreBu is excited to participate in this year’s Road to Asia festival at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

When: Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7
Where:
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5

Direction by bus:
Take the #100 (Flemingdon) bus
from Eglinton or Broadview subway station

The Road to Asia Festival 2010 is a two-day festival celebrating the richness and exciting diversity of Asian culture, all under one roof. The festival creates a thriving multicultural atmosphere in which individual cultures are highlighted through their traditional Food, Arts and Crafts, Music, Dance and Martial Arts.

Last year’s festival created a rich mix of the cultures of 9 different Asian nations and was visited by approximately 3,000 people. We are hoping to see all of our previous participants returning this year including Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, India, Tibet, Taiwan, and, of course, Japan. We hope to celebrate this fantastic milestone with more of everything that makes The Road to Asia Festival so much fun.

Free advance Tickets! (pay $ 5 at gate)
Each ticket admits two and can be used for either Saturday or Sunday.
Pick up at two locations in Parkdale:

1. Tibet Kitchen 1544 Queen St. W.
416-913-8726

2. The Mascot (Cafe) 1267 Queen St W
(416) 533-2888

Note: Those who live far from Parkdale can email us for free electronic passes.

Hope to see you there! Kalsang & Gelek

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Culture Days Reflections October 30, 2010

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To the folks at DreBu: a fantastic event! Please continue doing all the great work that you are doing. – Bob

Beautiful – thank you for showing us your culture! P.S. We are artists too and have done butter sculpture at the Royal Winter Fair. – Joanne

Very happy and proud to see our culture being represented in this way for the culture days. – Jamyang

Thank you so much for your hospitality and kindness. – Maria

Thanks so much for sharing! Great food. Great music. Beautiful art and great company. I can’t wait to come back and try on more food. Thank you for the beautiful afternoon. – Keane

I enjoyed all your food. More music next time! Food is great! I wanna learn to dance next time. – Robbie

Thank you for showing us an aspect of the Tibetan culture we hadn’t seen before – the butter sculpture. The music was very good too. Susan and Ray

Great job and keep it up! – Palden

 

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Butter Sculpture Art & Music September 13, 2010

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What: Butter Sculpture Demonstration and Live Music
When: Sunday, Sept 26 [12:30 – 4pm]
Where: Tibet Kitchen, 1544 Queen St. W [map]

dreBu is proud to celebrate Ontario’s first Culture Day Weekend by presenting the ancient art of Tibetan butter sculpture. Live demonstration by artists, including hands-on activities for aspiring butter sculptors.

Also featuring a live performance by accomplished Tibetan musician, Tseten.

The event will be capped off by a sumptuous offering of authentic Himalayan cuisine by the most popular Tibetan restaurant in town, Tibet Kitchen.

The event is free and open for everyone. The buffet is $10 per person.

Please bring along your whole family for a fun and delicious Sunday afternoon.

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Asian Heritage Month: Tibetan Performance “DraNyen Shabdro” in Parkdale June 26, 2010

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On Saturday, May 15, Drebu organized a special presentation of Tibetan music, dance and youth breakdancing to commemorate the national Asian Heritage Month in May. This annual event is sponsored by Toronto Public Library all across the GTA. The event in Parkdale was held in Parkdale Public Library since this community is a major Tibetan hub in North America. This was also the first free public Tibetan musical performance arranged by the library. The hour-long event started at 2 pm, and was attended by nearly 80 people.

Kushog Ngawang la

Kushog (Tibetan for monk) Ngawang la recited a prayer called “Mani Monlam”, using the Buddhist ritual instruments Drilbu and Damaru (a bell and a hand-held miniature drum-like instrument). The Drilbu and Damaru’s sound represent the speech/teachings aspect of an enlightened mind to help dispel bad energy while bringing in positive vibes and peace of mind. The prayer was dedicated to universal harmony and to those who suffered in the tragic earthquakes in Haiti and Tibet.

Break dancing youth

Two Parkdale youth, Vinoth and Norbu, performed a break dance routine to Asian beats.

Tseten performing his Dramnyen

Tsetan la, a master traditional Tibetan musician who graduated from the Tibetan Performing Arts Centre in Dharamsala, India, performed three songs on his “Dramnye”, a traditional Tibetan string instrument. This style of performance is also called, “Dramnye Shabdro” meaning “dancing to the sweet and melodious sound”. The first song was titled, “Kalpa Sang So”: a song calling us to remember our past generations and their contributions. He also performed a traditional Western Tibetan song, “BangZoe”: a song about identifying the real treasures in our lives. The last song was, “Dolma Lhakhang” in dedication to the female Buddha and Protectress.

Tibetan Dancers

Two young female performing artists, Tenzin Choekyi and Sonam Choekyi, presented two dances. One demonstrating the lives of farmers working in the fields and another on appreciating nature.

The event concluded with light snacks and refreshments.

All performers received a modest honorarium offered by Toronto Public Library in appreciation for sharing our culture and taking part in keeping the diverse Canadian culture dynamic and thriving.

Thank you to Miranda Huska, Parkdale Library Branch Head in initiating this program. Thank you to Dolkar and Kalsang in volunteering as the gracious ushers for the event. Thank you to Kalden for being the DJ of breakdancing.

Drebu would also like to thank all the performers and the attendants who came out in support of the event to celebrate Tibetan Culture and Asian Heritage as part of Canada!

Drebu organizers with some of the participants and supporters

Kalsang Dolma, Co-founder and Director

Gelek Badheytsang, Co-founder and Director

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