What we're about

This group (TIFN) (http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Ismaili-Friends-Network-TIFN/about/) is mostly for Ismaili Singles, who are interested in participating in fun Social events, including Dinning out, Music, Dancing, Concerts, Shows, Bollywood Music parties, Day trips, weekend Cottaging, and other outdoor activities such as snow shoeing, tubing, hiking, etc ..., indoor activities such as bowling, karaoke, billiards, ... and in developing a social network.

• It would suit 35+, but more likely 40+ age group, single, or recently single, .. although some events would be open to attached or married members, where both partners can attend. This is not a dating site, nor is that the intention, ... yes connections may happen, but by any means that is not the primary objective.

• Ismailis come from a world wide Diaspora, specifically from East Africa, South & Central Asia, the Indian sub-continent, Europe and US, and of course Canada.

Connections w/other groups, and about the Organizer, (click link for details):

I am a well-educated, accomplished professional, with experience in many areas (Finance, Accounting, IT, Teaching, Entrepreneurship, etc), yet outgoing with different interests, and passionate about a lot of things, with a natural desire to help others, share my learnings, teach, and to help others do something better.

• Connections with other groups: See details on a separate page for associations with other groups, and more info about the organizer & sponsor of this group. We will also connect with other Meetup groups, and utilize their functions & events to take full advantage of this global community

Objectives and Benefits(click link for details): (http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Ismaili-Friends-Network-TIFN/pages/Objectives_and_Benefits/)

My objective here is to improve communication & interaction within our community members, and also participate with other external communities. We are all outgoing, with many individual interests, but we can do better by involving ourselves in outreach projects and showcase our values & qualities, e.g. by volunteering at Food Banks, helping with the Syrian crises, getting involved in general public Charity events, etc,..

Requirements(click link for details): (http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Ismaili-Friends-Network-TIFN/pages/Meetup_Requirements%3A)

All I ask is that you sign up with at least your real First Name (and Last Initial if FN is common), provide a brief bio, participate, make suggestions, be constructive, and be respectful & courteous of all members.

It is important to be supportive, I understand some of us maybe shy, or reticent to share any information, or pics,.. but we all may have seen each other at JK's, or cultural events.

Wishing you all the Best of Luck

Azeem HALANI, Bsc, MBA, CGA, CPA, CISA

p.s. I am trying to set up my social media sites and blogs, on a variety of educational, social, financial, business, economic and political issues. Any help or expertise anyone can provide would be appreciated.

Upcoming events (5+)

DANCE !! Join 300+ Singles 35+ to music of 70's,80's,90's for a great time.

SinglesParties-Com would like to invite you to a Singles Dance at this large banquet hall. ==> Join 300 other interesting singles who love to dance to the music from the 70's to the present. This is your perfect opportunity to get dressed up, look good and have a great time. (http://www.meetup.com/Singlesparties-com/events/228058593/) The cost is only $15.00. Parking is free . No Jeans.

DANCE !! Join 300+ Singles 35+ to music of 70's,80's,90's for a great time.

SinglesParties-Com would like to invite you to a Singles Dance at this large banquet hall. ==> Join 300 other interesting singles who love to dance to the music from the 70's to the present. This is your perfect opportunity to get dressed up, look good and have a great time. (http://www.meetup.com/Singlesparties-com/events/228058593/) The cost is only $15.00. Parking is free . No Jeans.

Guided Tour of The Ismaili Centre, Toronto

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The Ismaili Centre, Toronto is a new cultural icon in Toronto, internationally recognized, and designed, and built by reputable world class architects. It welcomes visitors every day to events, gatherings and meetings — both public and private — that are hosted at the Centre. In addition, visitors can book guided tours of the building to gain insight into its architecture and function, while learning about the Shia Ismaili Muslim community in Canada and around the world. For more info see Ismaili Centre's, web site: http://www.theismaili.org/ismailicentres/toronto/visiting-toronto Arriving and departing: Situated at 49 Wynford Drive in Toronto, the Ismaili Centre can be accessed by car, transit or on foot. Driving directions: From the southbound Don Valley Parkway, take the Eglinton Avenue exit (after Wynford Drive) and turn right onto Eglinton. Stay in the right lane to turn right onto Gervais Drive. Turn right once again onto Wynford Drive. The Ismaili Centre complex will be on your right. From the northbound Don Valley Parkway, take the Eglinton Avenue exit and turn left onto Eglinton. Continue as above. From Don Mills Road, turn onto Wynford Drive. The Ismaili Centre complex will be on your right. The Ismaili Centre tours are one (1) hour long, and avail between 11 am and 3:15 pm, and are free of charge. Parking charges may apply. Tours can be booked online, and require at least 2 days notice. Booking Online can be done at: https://www-151g.bookeo.com/bookeo/b_tourstoronto_start.html?ctlsrc=1454475757841&src=02h

Visit The Aga Khan Museum

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"The aim of the Aga Khan Museum will be to offer unique insights and new perspectives into Islamic civilizations and the cultural threads that weave through history binding us all together. My hope is that the Museum will also be a centre of education and of learning, and that it will act as a catalyst for mutual understanding and tolerance." [His Highness the Aga Khan] The Aga Khan Museum, in Toronto, Ontario, is a museum of Islamic art, Iranian art, and Muslim cultures of the World. The museum is an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. LOCATION: The Aga Khan Museum is located at 77 Wynford Drive. Wynford Drive is located one light north of Eglinton off Don Mills Road. COLLECTIONS: With artifacts dating from the 8th century through to the 21st century and covering a broad geography from Spain to Southeast Asia, the Aga Khan Museum’s collection encompasses many renowned works of art. Selected works from the Museum’s unparalleled manuscripts, drawings, paintings, decorated ceramics, metalwork, and architectural ornamentation are on display in permanent gallery spaces to inform, educate, and inspire audiences about the arts of Muslim civilizations. https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/collection Current Exhibitions: In addition to displaying the Museum's core collection from multiple perspectives, the Aga Khan Museum features several temporary exhibitions each year that respond to current scholarship, emerging themes, and new artistic developments. https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions Syria: A Living History October 15, 2016, to February 26, 2017 https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/syria-living-history Few countries have captured the world’s attention like Syria has today. Stories of conflict and displacement dominate the media and define people’s awareness of the place. Syria: A Living History brings together artifacts and artworks that tell a different story—one of cultural diversity, historical continuity, resourcefulness, and resilience. Co-Curators Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip, Aga Khan Museum Professor Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, MIT Historian Dr. Ross Burns, Sydney, Australia ================== • Parviz Tanavoli September 13, 2016, to April 30, 2017 Experience the work of Parviz Tanavoli, acclaimed Iranian-Canadian artist at the Aga Khan Museum. Three of Tanavoli’s sculptures — Poet in Love, 2009, Bronze; Big Heech, 2014, Stainless Steel; and Tanavoli’s most recent work, Horizontal Lovers, 2016, Bronze — will be installed in the Aga Khan Park. This installation is not to be missed, as it is the first time that Horizontal Lovers has been on display in public! MEETUP Entrance Fees to MUSEUM: The MUSEUM has free admission on Wednesday after 4pm to 8pm closing Although anyone can arrive after 4pm for free admission, our Meetup event will begin at 5:30, so that we can meet and start the viewing together. Explore the galleries on the main and 2nd floors, and discover the Museum’s collection of manuscripts, drawings, paintings, metalwork, ceramics, and architectural features dating from the 8th to the 19th centuries. General MUSEUM Hours & Visitor INFO: The Museum is closed Mondays, but is generally open Tues-Sun, 10am to 6pm, except for Wednesday Tickets are required for entrance into galleries and for participation in most Performing Arts and Education programs and events. . Full Price $20/adult and $15/seniors Visitors are welcome to relax in the Aga Khan Park or Museum courtyard, view collections in the Bellerive Room, or browse in the Museum Shop without purchasing a Museum admission ticket. Guided Tours: Enrich your experience at the Aga Khan Museum by taking a tour with a knowledgeable Museum guide: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors plus admission. Please book these tours at the Tickets Desk when you arrive at the Museum Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am and 3 pm, plus an extra 6:30 pm tour on Wednesdays. https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/visit/tours MUSEUM ETIQUETTE Visitors, please: - do not touch any of the artifacts or works of art. - do not consume food and drink in the galleries or auditorium. - turn your mobile phone to the vibrate setting in the galleries, and turn your device off in the auditorium. - do not use flash in the first floor (Museum Collections) galleries. - do not take photos in the second floor (Temporary Exhibitions) galleries. - do not use selfie sticks in the Museum. - check large items (e.g., backpacks, umbrellas, and tripods) in the Cloakroom free of charge. - ask at the Tickets Desk before sketching in the galleries. The Museum is monitored by video surveillance. HOW TO GET THERE & PARKING: Please be advised that your trip may be impacted by the current construction for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Getting here: The Museum is at Don Valley Parkway (DVP), and Wynford Drive, on the south side.From Eglinton subway station, the 34C Eglinton East Bus stops on Wynford Drive right at the Aga Khan Museum. (stop: Garamond Court; travel time approx. 25–30 minutes). From Broadview subway station, the 100A Flemingdon Park bus (towards Don Mills and Wynford) stops on Wynford Drive right at the Aga Khan Museum (stop: Garamond Court; travel time approx. 25–30 minutes). From Pape subway station, the 25 Don Mills bus (towards Steeles) stops at Don Mills Road and Wynford Drive (stop: Wynford Drive; travel time approx. 20 minutes). The Museum is a short walk along Wynford Drive (approx. 5 minutes). The east/west pedestrian crosswalk on the north side of Don Mills Road at Eglinton will also be closed and pedestrians are advised to cross at the east/west crosswalk on the south side of the intersection. TTC bus detours and/or bus stops in the Don Mills/Eglinton area may be affected during the construction period. Check TTC.ca (http://www.ttc.ca/) for any service updates before visiting the Museum. Parking: Parking is available in our surface parking lot as well as underground for a flat rate of $10. These fees are in effect Monday to Sunday, 7 am–11 pm. No overnight parking is permitted. All parking fees collected support the operation and programming of the Aga Khan Museum and Park.

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