TOIFA (Times of India Film Awards) hit Vancouver tomorrow!!

Posted by: Adhika | Posted on: April 3rd, 2013 | No Comments


Incredibly Canada is going to be quite a Bollywood hot spot starting tomorrow April 4th 2013 to April 6th, 2013 whereby the prestigious media group The Times of India Group will be presenting their Film Award ceremony in British Columbia!! Lucky British Columbians might have a chance to catch glimpses of many Bollywood celebrities!! Excitement is growing around the world for the the inaugural Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Official events get underway this Thursday, April 4th with the Musical Extravaganza at the Pacific Coliseum hosted by Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia. The concert, featuring the choreography of the highly acclaimed Shiamak Davar, will include performances by Kavita Seth, Sunidi Chauhan, Mohit Chauhan, Hard Kaur, Shalmali Kholgade and more.

On Friday, April 5, 2013 the biggest stars in Bollywood will gather at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the inaugural TOIFA Technical Awards and Fashion Gala.  The exclusive event will honour and award the very best for their achievements in Hindi Film.  The TOIFA Technical Awards are being hosted by Bollywood heavyweights, Karan Johar and Chitrangada Singh and will include fashion segments throughout, designed by the one and only Manish Malhotra.

Several Bollywood showstoppers will be wearing one-of-a-kind designs by Manish during the fashion gala including: Urmila Matondkar, Raveena Tandon, Ileana D’Cruz, Nargis Fakhri, and Sonal Chauhan.


The Red Carpet gets rolled out Saturday, April 6th at BC Place – where the best of Bollywood will be honoured at the inaugural TOIFA. The highly anticipated event, drawing attention from around the globe, includes performances and appearances from the world’s most well recognized Hindi film stars. Bollywood celebrities expected to hit the official red carpet ceremony include Ranbir Kapoor, Anuskha Sharma and Boman Irani, hosts for the evening.  The beloved Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra will all deliver incredible performances throughout the night.


Other Bollywood stars making their way to Vancouver include Nargis Fakhri, Madhur Bhandakar, Prabhudeva, Shreyas Talpade, Annu Kapoor, Gauri Shinde, Anurag Basu, Asin, Madhavan, Kabir Khan, Mini Mathur, Sudhir Mishra, Jimmy Shergill, Harman Baweja and many more.

About TOIFA:

The TOIFA are a smart choice awards with a global IPR envisioned to felicitate outstanding movies and personalities in the Hindi Film Industry. These awards shall be held annually at diverse international destinations, thus taking the charm of Hindi Cinema to global destinations and engaging with the audiences worldwide. TOIFA is a popular choice award where Hindi film fans across the world vote on the nomination categories to determine the winners. The first ever TOIFA will be hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from April 4 to 6, 2013.  For further information log on to


Here  is the official Press Release of the event for your reference:

The Times of India partners with British Columbia, Canada, to host TOIFA Vancouver ‘2013

~ Awards to honor exceptional cinematic talent and promote the Hindi Film Industry across the world ~

Mumbai, January 29th, 2013: The Times of India Group brings, to fans worldwide, a global and democratic award – the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) that honors and recognizes excellence in Hindi Cinema. Felicitating the best from the field of acting, direction, music, choreography and scripting, the awards will be held annually at diverse international destinations, thus taking the charm of Hindi Cinema overseas. In its first year, TOIFA partners with British Columbia to hold the prestigious awards in Vancouver, Canada, from April 4 – April 6, 2013.

Talking about the launch of TOIFA, Mr. Vineet Jain, MD, Times of India Group said, “Times of India Film Awards is yet another step in getting closer to millions of Indians across the globe. The Times of India Group has always been at the center of the readers’ mind and heart. As we celebrate our lineage of 175 glorious years of thought-leadership in the media, TOIFA will extend this to a worldwide audience. The awards come at a time when Hindi Cinema celebrates a centenary milestone of offering versatile entertainment. We are happy to have the first edition of these awards at Vancouver and we look forward to taking these awards to various global destinations over the coming years, and creating stronger bonds for Indians through the Hindi Film Industry. I thank all our supporters and stakeholders who have helped us push the boundaries of creativity to make this landmark event possible”.

TOIFA 2013 will be held in Vancouver, a city which has been consistently ranked as one of the “Best cities to live in” and boasts of a rich heritage of films and entertainment, making it an ideal destination to host the Times of India Film Awards. The demographics and cultural background that the city boasts of, makes Vancouver the perfect host for TOIFA 2013.

Talking about this association, Premier Christy Clark said, “On behalf of the beautiful province of British Columbia, I am pleased and proud to welcome the Times of India Film Awards to Vancouver. Travelers and investors alike from India will feel welcome, as Vancouver is home to one of the largest and oldest South Asian communities in Canada. My sincere thanks to the Times of India Group for the honor of choosing us as their inaugural destination for TOIFA. As we celebrate the best of Indian Cinema, we look forward to showing India what B.C. has to offer.”

Celebrating the centenary milestone of Hindi Cinema on a global platform, TOIFA will connect the international film communities and act as a gateway to the glittering world of showbiz. The awards give fans a chance to vote for their favorites that have demonstrated exceptional work spread across 14 different categories. Inspired by the core values of the Times of India Group, the specially designed TOIFA trophy represents innovation, integrity, credibility and strength.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch of TOIFA, Shah Rukh Khan said, “It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of the launch of the Times of India Film Awards today. Awards are a representation of our hard work and effort that we put in to entertain our audiences. I am delighted that The Times of India Group has taken a step towards bridging the gap between us and our fans worldwide.”

He further adds, “As a part of our work, we get the opportunity to shoot films across several international locations and it is a great experience to meet fans around the world. I have always been amazed by the love and fan following for Hindi Films in Canada and I am looking forward to the awards weekend being held in Vancouver.”

Jim Nickel, Deputy High Commissioner and Acting Consul General of Canada in India said, “Hosting the Times of India Film Awards in Vancouver will showcase Canada’s vibrant cultural sector and will promote Canada as a competitive destination for film production and collaboration. The Times of India Film Awards will further connect the Canadian and Indian film industries and will also deepen the already strong people to people ties between our two countries. The awards and surrounding events will provide the opportunity to feature Canada and what it has to offer to business and to visitors.”

Also present at the occasion, one of India’s best known Choreographers Shiamak Davar said, “It is indeed remarkable that Times of India has taken this great initiative by launching TOIFA. It is always motivating to receive recognition from our fans and the fraternity. It has been amazing to see the international recognition that Hindi Cinema has got over the years. Coming from a creative background, I’m sure that TOIFA will recognize the deserving and use this platform to nurture creative and latent talent in India. Looking forward to a great awards weekend in Vancouver.”

The Times of India Film Awards 2013 celebrations span over a weekend from April 4 – April 6, 2013.

April 4: will see leading musicians from the Hindi Film Industry regale audiences with a concert at the Pacific Colliseum

April 5: will hold film screenings of popular Hindi films across multiplexes in British Columbia for the public. This will be followed by the TOIFA Nomination Gala & the Technical Awards

Building the excitement ahead, the weekend culminates into a grand awards ceremony at BC Place on April 6, 2013. The evening will see power packed performances by Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra and many more leading celebrities and the film fraternity in full attendance

Event is conceptualized, scripted, directed and managed by India’s Premier Event Management Company, The Cineyug Group of Companies

Ticket sales for the awards ceremony event begin on February 10th 2013 on

Holiday Amidst the Stars with our TOIFA Package: Brush shoulders with your favorite stars as you holiday in Vancouver and surrounding areas of British Columbia. With its scenic beauty, outdoor activities, dinning and shopping options and music and theater, Vancouver is one of the world’s most spectacular cities to holiday in. The TOIFA package aims to target the Hindi Cinema lovers who are also looking for a good destination to vacation in. Besides providing an opportunity to enjoy the three day TOIFA weekend, this package offers most enthralling experiences such as Whale watching, Whistler Bungee, Trekking trails, and scenic Butchart gardens. The TOIFA tour covers the ‘must visit’ regions i.e. Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler in British Columbia Province.

Details of the TOIFA Package can be found on our official website Booking queries can be sent to post 5th Feb 2013.

Voting Opens in the First Week of February ‘2013: You can now log on to to vote for your favorite stars. You can also book your tickets, customized travel packages to TOIFA and find all the information related to the awards and British Columbia on the TOIFA official website.

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About TOIFA:

The TOIFA are popular smart choice awards with a global IPR envisioned to felicitate outstanding movies and personalities in the Hindi Film Industry. These awards shall be held annually at diverse international destinations, thus taking the charm of Hindi Cinema to global destinations and engaging with the audiences worldwide. TOIFA is a popular choice award where Hindi film fans across the world vote on the nomination categories to determine the winners. The nomination process is driven by audit partners in conjunction with the Honorary Advisory Board Members. The first ever TOIFA will be hosted at Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada from April 4 to 6’ 2013. For further information log on to

About British Columbia:

Blessed with breathtaking landscapes, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is home to a geographical diversity that lends itself to a vast array of activities and adventures. From sophisticated cities to breathtaking scenery, there is something for everyone in BC. British Columbia is also one of North America’s most competitive and dynamic places to do business. Strategically located at the commercial crossroads between the Asia-Pacific region and North America, British Columbia is Canada’s Pacific Rim province. Companies in British Columbia benefit from low taxes, competitive operating costs, stable labor conditions and an exceptional multicultural work force that is well educated, highly skilled and productive. For further information log on to

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