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Rahi family videos

Accession consists of home videos documenting Azada Rahi's participation in the Junior Toronto Raptors Dance Pak including rehearsals and performances at the YTV Achievement Awards.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Around 1994, 9-year old Azada Rahi living in a nearby co-op auditioned at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre to be part of the junior Toronto Raptors Dance Pak. The choreographer was Clarence Ford, who auditioned kids, teens and young adults from all over the city, and ran the Pak once the crew was established. He was a delight to work with, was extremely kind, and was great at keeping so many young people organized and focused.

For Azada, the years she spent in the Pak, encountering Canadian athletes and entertainers were "fun and weird". These tapes are the sole recordings of her dancing that she has had access to. Looking back at the footage proved surprisingly, hilarious, and a chance to reflect on herself as an uninhibited young dancer."

Rahi family

Baksh family videos

Series consists of home videos documenting her friends and Guyanese family in Toronto and overseas, including the Mahaica Market in Guyana.

Shenaz Baksh family

Jabbar family videos

Accession consists of digitized home movies from an Indian family in Canada documenting family members visiting Canada. Project and donor contributed description follows: "Sometime between 1987 and 1988, it's the summer season and the Jabbar family welcomes uncles and aunts over for a visit to Canada, staying at their apartment in Scarborough, ON. Family was always welcome at the Jabbar household and they are happy and willing to stay for weeks at a time despite the small space. The footage shows how multigenerational the gatherings are, which included S's grandmother who recently came to live with the family."

Javeed family

Balachandran family videos

Series consists of home movies documenting a Tamile family in their home Scarborough and their hometown of Jaffna in Sri Lanka to witness the cultural practice of thuku kavadi.

Balachandran family

Valcin family videos

Series consists of home videos documenting this Haitian family on holidays in New York City during Christmas in 1969 and digging out their home in the St. Leonard, Montreal after the 1971 snow storm.

Valcin family

Marchant family videos

Series consists of home videos documenting the Latino family and friends in everyday life and at events such as picnics, parties, Christmas, and visiting the CN Tower and Niagara Falls.

Marchant family

Joudaki family videos

Series consists of an Iranian-Canadian family's home video of a father and daughter visiting Iran and includes footage of Shiraz, the Takht-e Lamshid, Isfahan, the Great Mosque (Shah Mosque), and Naghsh-e Jahan Square.

Joudaki family

Burke family videos

Series consists of home videos including footage of donor's Jamaican-Guyanese family including Christmas in 1992 and their vacation in England in 1990.

Burke family

Chan family videos

Series consists of home videos documenting everyday life of the donor's Chinese-Russian family including footage of four RCMP weddings and a dinner, Christmas, Chinese New Year, and children playing with toys.

Azure family

Wong family videos

Series consists of a home movie filmed in Winnipeg documenting a Hong Kong-Chinese family's Red Packet (hóngbāo) ceremony taking place at Mr Wong’s 70th birthday celebration in 2002.

Wong family

Javeed family videos

Series consists of digitized home movies documenting an Indian family in Canada communicating via video letters to family in India. Video letters include Indian nursery rhymes, biryani songs, and footage of children practicing Urdu and memorizing the Quran in Arabic.

Project and donor contributed description follows: "In the Javeed family’s apartment in Scarborough ON, two boys aged between 3 and 7 create a video letters to their grandmother who resides overseas in India. Both boys are born and live in Canada. The videos document shifts in communication technologies, at a time prior to the use of communication apps like WhatsApp, used to keep in touch with family. Scarborough was quite diverse by the early 2000s, and the boys generally felt connected to their peers, although their mother remembers they had experienced racism and some issues at school. She attests that they grew up differently than she did as a first generation immigrant, wherein she felt like an outsider in Toronto in the early eighties. The family had a lot of discussions as they were growing up about these issues, and ensured the boys were familiar with current affairs."

Javeed family

Lo family videos

Series consists of home movies pertaining the everyday of a Chinese family in Regina including footage of family visiting from Macau in the wintertime, children playing and receiving Christmas presents, the family picking fruits and vegetables in the backyard.

Reddick family videos

Series consists of footage captured by an African Nova Scotian documenting the celebrations of and interviews about Kwanza, New Years, and a Christmas tree lighting.

Reddick family

Gros-Louis family videos

Series consists of home movies from a Huron-Wendat family documenting winter in Wendake and a summertime parade in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Gros-Louis family