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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
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.

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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Drebu’s “the Search” Screening Takes Off on a Resounding Note September 8, 2010

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Drebu successfully launched its “Tibet in Film” series with the exclusive screening of “the Search” by famed Tibetan director Pema Tseden.

Held in the Mascot Cafe in Parkdale, the screening was attended by nearly 30 people. It was the first time that the cafe was hosting a film screening.

The screening kicked off with a live musical performance by Tseten la, a traditional Tibetan musician. With his strong instrument, he played two songs from the region that was the backdrop of the film.

“It was a great event,” remarked Eddie, one of the three owners of this new cafe/art space, at the end. Earlier in the evening, Eddie was asked to share a few thoughts before the start of the screening, where he mentioned that helping Drebu by donating their space was one of the ways in which they wanted to give back to the community. “We want to create a space for beautiful things to grow, and we hope this is one of the ways by which we can accomplish that,” he said.

The movie was well-received by the audience. Owing to the art-house style and deliberate pace of the film, along with the screening location, many of the attendants felt that it was a unique experience. For some, this was the first time they had been exposed to Tibet and Tibetan works of art.

“The opportunity to watch such a film, with an audience dedicated to learning was fantastic,” said Melida. “If there was one critique I could add, it would be to have a roundtable discussion. The message[s] from the film could be made more clear and the discussion could definitely bring more taste to the journey home.”

The money raised from this pay-what-you-can screening will help with the upcoming Culture Days event on Sunday, Sept. 26. The event will feature a live butter sculpture demonstration, Tibetan music and food (courtesy of Tibet Kitchen).

Drebu would like to thank Pema Tseden for blessing us with the screening of his film, the Mascot Cafe for donating space and drinks, Tibet Kitchen for donating the food, our volunteers, and all the participants who came to the screening and generously donated their time and money.

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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Drebu presents: Tibetan Art and Performance at Road to Asia Festival October 24, 2009

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Drebu represents Tibet at the…

Road to Asia Festival 2009

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 & 8

11 am – 5 pm
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto [map]

road to asia 09 poster

We’re excited to announce that Drebu will be participating at the Road to Asia Festival 2009. On Saturday, Nov. 7, we will feature Tibetan dances and songs by Tibetan youth artists who will be playing dranyen and flute. On Sunday, we will be presenting a ritual by Tibetan monks using traditional monastic instruments.

We will also be coordinating Tibetan artists who will be engaging the public, especially children, to paint Tibetan motifs and designs throughout the festival weekend. The artists will also demonstrate Tibetan sculptural art with colorful clay.

JCCC is organizing  a painting contest for children up to 12 years old. Drebu is happy to coordinate the contest for Parkdale area and Tibetan community. Download the copy with instructions below: click on the link; you can print it and let your child colour it.

Please drop off the completed coloring sheet with your child’s name and your email address at Tibet Kitchen (attn: Drebu) by Thursday, Nov. 5th, 6 pm.

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

Children’s colouring sheet with instructions

Winners will be announced by November 13th, Friday via email.

You can also pick up free passes to the festival at Tibet Kitchen. First come first serve. The price otherwise is $5 for each day at the centre. Please spread the word.

So come join us. Enjoy the diversity of our Asian cultures, partake in the activities, have some delicious food, and be proud of the fact that Tibet and Tibetan culture is front and centre in community events such as this.

The road to Asia Festival 2009 is a two-day festival celebrating the richness and exciting diversity of Asian culture. The festival creates a thriving multicultural atmosphere which highlights Asian cultures through traditional Food, Arts and Crafts, Music, Dance and Martial Arts. All under one roof.

The festival is organized by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

Drebu would like to thank JCCC, as well as the following sponsors for supporting our participation at this fun festival, and helping promote Tibetan arts and culture in Toronto:

Mr. Phuntsok,
Sales Representative,
Homelife/Miracle Realty Ltd.

Mr. Tseten T. Badheytsang
Managing Director,

Ms. Purna Ghimery,
Sales Representative,
Homelife/United Realty Inc.

Ms. T. Constance Nakatsu,
Barrister and Solicitor

Mr. Sonam Gyaltsen Shalung,
Sales Representative,
People’s Choice Realty Inc.

Mr. Tenzin Khedup,
Real Estant Agent/Sales Representative
Century 21/People’s Choice

See you there!

Kalsang Dolma and Gelek Badheytsang