NEVEREST: Toronto 2010
Dec 4 @ The Tranzac
On December 4, over 100 people braved the cold Toronto night to attend NEVEREST: a night of music, dance, handicrafts and food from local Toronto and Nepali talent, and all for a good cause. Held at the iconic Tranzac in the heart of the Annex, NCEP’s first major fundraiser in Toronto was a highly successful debut, raising close to $2500, and bringing together a diverse Nepali and Canadian audience who wanted help make education a reality for the children of Nepal.
The venue was brought to life by the displays of beautiful handicrafts from Nepal Handicrafts and no flash photography that lined the main hall, while a slideshow of photos from Nepal looped on one wall. After two of NCEP’s co-founders, Luke and Sandeep, welcomed the audience, up-and-coming Toronto band Marcus & the Mountain kicked off the night with a flourish, storming the stage with an energetic performance. They were followed by an equally enthusiastic performer of a different kind in Sara Khadka, who performed a traditional Nepali dance that tells the story of a child in Nepal who yearns to attend school.
Next up was the rising Nepali-Canadian singer-songwriter sensation, Astha Tamang-Maskey, whose powerful performance was the main event for many in the audience. Having recently released her first English EP, 11:11, and hot on the heels of winning the “Best Pop Female Vocalist” award at Radio Kantipur’s Music Honours (2010), Astha showed just why she continues to make a name for herself. She also generously offered 50% of her CD sales at the event to NCEP.
After Astha, Uttam Makaju and Pradip Banskota delivered a traditional madal (drum) and flute performance, later joined by vocalist Indira Banskota. The audience enjoyed hot samosas and pakoras, kindly donated by Mt. Everest Restaurant, while listening to the wonderful music.
The final act – which followed a brief presentation by Luke and Sandeep – provided a great close to the musical entertainment, as the sublimely talented Sweater Yetis brought the audience to the dance floor with their smooth brand of blues-rock.
All that was left was to name the raffle and silent auction winners. Many audience members left the Tranzac happy, with one of the stunning prizes that was generously donated for the event. Prizes included a set of handmade books from Nepal, donated by Ten Thousand Villages; a selection of beautiful handicrafts from Nepal Handicrafts, free 3-class passes to Toronto Kickboxing and Muay Thai (TKMT), and gift certificates for Mt. Everest Restaurant. In addition, two large canvas prints of breathtaking Nepali landscapes (taken by Luke) were awarded to the highest bidders in a silent auction.
From ticket sales, to donations of prizes and food, to promotions and event organization, NEVEREST would not have been a success without the generosity and hard work of many people. Thanks to the Tranzac for the wonderful venue, to Erin for your excellent event coordination, Anil for helping us engage with the Nepali community and your continued support of NCEP, Sehtu for your videography and production supprt, to our sponsors (who you can read all about in our contributors section below) and – of course – to the audience. We look forward to many more successful events with your help!
The Sweater Yetis
Uttam Makaju , Pradip Banskota, and Indira Banskota
Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit Fair Trade Organization (FTO), a concept NCEP proudly supports. Please visit their stores as they have wonderful, friendly volunteer staff (like Laura and Kate on Queen and Barb on Bloor) and amazing handicrafts from around the world (including Nepal) – perfect gifts for the holidays. Ten Thousands Villages has supported NCEP and NEVEREST by providing no-cost ticket sales service. Thank you TTV!
TKMT is the largest and fastest growing Muay Thai Kickboxing gym in Toronto, promoting health and fitness for all members. The atmosphere is positive, friendly and welcoming and the training highly invigorating. Several NCEP members have attended the classes personally and greatly enjoyed them. TKMT has supported NCEP and NEVEREST by donating free-class passes as raffle prizes. Thanks Neil, Ajahn and the whole TKMT team!
Mt. Everest Restaurant offers a new taste which is reflective of unique Royal Indian and Nepalese cuisine. Born in the mountain of the Himalayas this has become a favorite style of food throughout the world. At NCEP we love their food and often treat ourselves to a meal there while we hold an informal meeting (no NCEP funds are used, members pay out of pocket). Mt. Everest Restaurant has kindly donated appetizers and raffle prizes for the NEVEREST event. Thanks, we greatly appreciate your support!
Located in the heart of Kensington Market, Toronto exists a store that is unlike any other. Nepal Handicrafts carry a large variety of crafts direct from Nepal. Art, jewelery, precious stones, rare artifacts and even clothing, you will find it here. Nepal Handicrafts has supported NCEP and NEVEREST by donating raffle prizes. Thanks!
The Tranzac is a non-profit member supported community organization with a focus on promoting arts, music and theatre. Despite recent financial troubles of their own, the Tranzac has supported NCEP and NEVEREST by providing the venue at a reduced rate. Thanks to everyone at the Tranzac for your generosity!
Two of the founding members, Luke and Sandeep, were interviewed by Mr. Anil Thapa and Ms. Anuradha Upreti prior to NEVEREST on Namaste Radio. Listen to the full program here (note: to catch just the interview, skip forward 12 minutes and 40 seconds).