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Toronto to host Bollywood awards show

Backview Bollywood #37 Artwork by Bobby Solanki uploaded by Meena Kadri

Backview Bollywood #37 Artwork by Bobby Solanki uploaded by Meena Kadri

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Toronto (Ontario, Canada) will host the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in 2011.

The four-day event from June 16-19 is claimed to attract over 500 leading names from India’s film industry and a worldwide television audience of over 350 million. Starting with London (United Kingdom) in 2000, these annual Awards events have been held in South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, and People’s Republic of China. IIFA Awards are said to recognize, honor and celebrate the achievements of India’s film industry.

Toronto events will reportedly include IIFA Awards gala, World Film Premiere and Film Festival, Global Business Forum, Film Workshop, Charity Fashion Show and Post Show Party. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, who was in Mumbai (India), reportedly thinks of it as an “honour for us to score this coup”, and adds, “Bollywood is quickly becoming as mainstream as Hollywood”.

Welcoming Toronto’s move to host Awards events, Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was time now for American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize India’s contribution to world cinema and introduce a new award category of “Best Bollywood Film” in Oscars for films made in India. This gesture would bring more credibility to Oscars also in the international arena, as it was long overdue, Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, added.

Toronto is North America’s third largest center for film and television production and home of Toronto International Film Festival. About 600,000 residents of Greater Toronto area have roots in India. Bollywood is said to be producing about double the number of movies than Hollywood and about four billion cinema tickets are sold annually in India.

Mumbai based IIFA endeavors to promote Indian cinema and showcase its talent globally. Its founder-directors are Andre Timmins, Viraf Sarkari, and Sabbas Joseph. Its Advisory Board boasts of big Bollywood names: Amitabh Bachchan (Brand Ambassador), David Dhawan, J.P. Dutta, Jaya Bachchan, Karan Johar, Manmohan Shetty, Pahlaj Nihalani, Ramesh Sippy, Shyam Shroff, and Vinod Khanna.



Nominees for Earthpages’ Very First 2008 Polaris Award!

Okay, things are coming together fast here. We’ve decided that The Polaris Award will be presented to the most promising talent of any age, in any category. Since educational/spirituality web sites are our specialty, it should be no surprise that we might be a bit skewed in that direction, this first time around.

Here’s the current list of nominees. We expect to add more and also invite you to offer a nomination or nominations before we make our final decision, probably later tonight.

  • Galina Pembroke: The webmaster of, Galina is a talented writer, organizer and knows how to get the message across. A champion of animals, natural health and the environment, we believe that New View Magazine is destined for great things under her guidance and direction.
  • Filip Moroz: This Polish blogger at never fails to amaze us. Pushing through language barriers to get his unique message across, Filip combines well-rounded knowledge, wit and razor-sharp insight to further his noble agenda–i.e. SAVE THE PLANET! All we can say is Thank God Filip’s heart is in the right place or else we might all be in trouble!
  • E. Raymond and Janet V. Rock: These Buddhist meditation teachers at are unique in that they’re not hung up on any particular path or ideology. Earthpages has much to thank them for. And we believe they’re just coming into their own, right now!
  • Dr. Darryl Pokea and Jan Jennings: This forward-thinking couple is unique in that they actually DO what they believe in. Darryl and Jan are each persons of many talents, too numerous to list here. And we believe that their influence on the web is far greater than most people would recognize. Their respective websites are and
  • Navniet Mahaajun: Among other things, Navniet is the webmaster at Like a bright celestial body she comes and goes according to her sacred path. Right now she’s not too visible on the web, probably because she’s too busy. But from previous years of higher visibility we believe it’s only a matter of time before she resurfaces and makes her mark toward the harmonious unification of all believers.
  • Patricia F. Hare: Pat is one of the few truly open-minded people in the realm of New Age and Spirituality. She’s a wife, mother, teaches creative visualization classes and is the webmaster of She’s also sharp as a tack and continually has her finger on the pulse of everything about science and spirituality.
  • Steve Hammons: Steve is a freelance writer on matters paranormal, political and just about everything else. A multi-talented person, Steve’s unique ability to bring the unusual down to Earth makes him a prime candidate for the Polaris. Steve’s work can be found in its entirety at American Chronicle.
  • Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls. Shaman Elder Maggie is one of those persons, like all good shamans, who work quietly in the backround to help others and make things go as they should. Her deep wisdom is rare and we believe she’s an important figure in the area of global transformation. She teaches courses on the web and publishes e-books from her web site at
  • Gus St. Anthony: Gus is a man of many talents. He’s probably best known for having the integrity and resolve to question US involvement in the War in Iraq well before it was politically correct to do so. Gus used cartoons to critique the unthinking caricaturisation of everyday Iraqis – and Muslims in general – so prevalent at that time. We don’t know where he is now but one of his pieces can be found here:
  • Stephanie Jacobsen: From the world of science fiction, we were stunned by the performance of Hong Kong-born actor Stephanie Jacobsen who played the new character Kendra Shaw in BattleStar Galactica’s recent Razor movie. Jacobsen charged right into the Galactica scene as if she’d been there a very long time. Impressive, to say the least.
  • Matt Dallas: Again from the world of science fiction, Matt Dallas plays the quietly exuberant Kyle in the ABC TV series, Kyle XY. We think it would be difficult to play a ‘blank slate’ boy created in a high-tech tank. Dallas’ performance is so convincing that the viewer is compelled to see the world in fresh, new ways, as if looking through the eyes of Kyle.

There are many others we could mention, but the list is getting long and we’re running out of time! So if you weren’t nominated this year, remember… there’s always next year!

1 Comment’s Very First 2008 Andromeda Award!

That’s right folks. We’ve made some important last minute changes. What was to be the very first Polaris Award has become very first Andromeda Award.

We’re contemplating what to do with the Polaris Award. Right now we’re thinking we’ll present it for “most promising talent.”

So here it is! Earthpages’ very first Andromeda Award, presented to a living person for outstanding achievement!

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Earthpages’ first annual Halo and Polaris Awards is calling GRAPHIC ARTISTS…

…to design our new awards! These awards will be presented entirely online. Recipients will simply right-click-and-save or possibly watch a special video. The awards should include room for the name of the recipient and the year.

If we do happen to use your original artwork, be sure that we’ll put a visible link back to your website.

Submit/ask questions now as everything’s got to be settled by New Year’s Eve!

–Michael Clark

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Nominations for Earthpages’ first annual Halo and Polaris Awards are still open

The all-new Halo and Polaris Awards will celebrate innovative, forward-looking persons of great achievement. The Halo Awards will for the most part be awarded posthumously. That opens the door to a wide variety of great people whom we’d like to honor. In very rare occasions we might present a Halo to a living person. But as a matter of course living persons will be awarded a Polaris Award.

For this inaugural year there will only be one Halo and one Polaris Award.

The current nominees for the Halo Award are:

  • Terry Fox: Peerless Canadian hero who ran across his country with a prosthetic leg to raise money for cancer research.
  • Rosa Parks: Great American civil rights hero who showed us that sometimes one just has to say “no.”
  • René Descartes: René Descartes spent untold hours trying to figure out the riddle of existence. He pushed the intellectual envelope to new extremes but eventually returned to a faith-based position that did not exclude reason. Often lampooned today for postulating the pineal gland as a mediator between body, mind and soul, one must remember that this was an innovative attempt to explain the relation between body and spirit, and arguably a rational choice, given the medical knowledge of Descartes’ day.
  • Anne Frank: For her courage, insight and grace in the face of prolonged barbarism.
  • William Shakespeare: We don’t need to say too much here. Many believe that Shakespeare is the greatest writer in any language–not just English.
  • Saint Joan of Arc: Joan was condemned for heresy, tried by a sham court and sexually abused in prison. Despite her initial horror, she willingly went to burn at the stake, asking that a crucifix be held in front of her. Later made a saint by the Church, she personifies faith beyond all else.
  • John Lennon: “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” Artist, activist and icon. John Lennon remains influential in so many ways.
  • Helen Keller: After becoming deaf-blind at 19 months, Helen went on to become an author and worldwide speaker and activist.
  • Albert Einstein: Paradigm shifter, galore.
  • Marilyn Monroe: Icon who shone about 10 times brighter than all the others.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach was a Lutheran who gave us music that sounds like it’s from the halls of God.
  • Marie Curie: For overcoming discrimination based on sexism and going on to achieve greatness in science.
  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: Proof positive that you can get results from non-violent resistance to oppressive regimes.
  • Florence Nightingale: A wealthy person who cared for the infirm and became a pioneer in modern nursing and an advocate of the statistical sciences.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.: The great civil rights activist who died for the dream he believed in.
  • Emily Dickinson: Insightful poet who was virtually unrecognized during her lifetime.
  • Hank Williams Sr.: One of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time. A rare combination of humility and genius.

And the current nominees for the Polaris Award are:

  • David Suzuki: Suzuki’s granparents emigrated from Japan and he and his family were interned in a British Columbian camp during WW-II. He nevertheless earned a Ph.D in Zoology and launched a sucessful career in TV broadcasting. Today Suzuki is recognized around the world as a leading figure in education and environmental activism. It’s our opinion that in about 1,000 years posterity will regard him as one of the great sages of the oil age.
  • Oprah Winfrey: Rising up from difficult beginnings, Oprah relied on pure talent and a country that tends to recognize and promote it. Today, she’s one of the most influential and philanthropic persons on the planet.
  • David Bowie: Passed over by a monarchy that doesn’t seem to understand nor appreciate his significant contribution to contemporary culture, Bowie has a loyal following of fans who admire him for artistically going where no person had gone before–and coming out the other side sharper and wiser.
  • Angelina Jolie: We feel that Angelina Jolie’s best role as an actor was in Girl, Interrupted (1999) just before she became hugely famous. But we also feel that she’s peaking as decent human being right now. Jolie donates substantial amounts of her income to charitable causes.
  • Stephen W. Hawking: Professor Hawking is nominated just as much for his intrepid example as for his innovative thought and ability to reach the public.
  • Condoleezza Rice: Overcoming early discrimination on the basis of color, Rice wanted to be a concert pianist but realized that her intellect and political acumen were her greatest strengths. She’s the first black woman to become the US Secretary of State, and a wonderful counterexample to all those hypocritical America-bashers who’d never admit that their own countries are far too culturally backward to permit a black person to high office.
  • The Unknown Student (a.k.a ‘Tank Man’): This courageous soul stopped a row of tanks in Tiananmen Square to make his statement–i.e. mankind over machines and the cowardly leaders who hide behind them.

The winners will be announced New Year’s Eve. Until that time, feel free to nominate anyone for either award!


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