Lynn’s Comments: I was home on August 4th, 2012 when I got a call and a Facebook message about an opportunity to attend PIFAA 2012 at the Air Canada Centre, as my friend had extra tickets. He asked me if I would like to attend and I said yes to the amazing chance to spend an evening to see Punjabi Film Stars, song and dance. I was resting as I am in the midst of radiation treatment, but conserved my energy and got a drop downtown to meet my friend to attend the actual event.
On my mother’s side, our ancestry is Punjabi and it was nice to go to an event that is connected to 50% of my roots. The awards show was pretty much all in Punjabi so, since I don’t understand the language, I just watched the song and dance, along with the beautiful people in the audience. It was a packed house, and a great turnout— considering it was a first awards show of the Punjabi film industry.
It started at 8pm promptly and during the show, I got up and walked around. I purchased herbal tea and a muffin, as I needed to regain some energy. After watching some wonderful awards presentations and performances, I decided to leave at 10:45pm and call it a night. The show was not yet over, but I ensured that I took care of myself and headed home on the subway.
I was extremely grateful that I received a ticket to attend PIFAA. It was a memorable cultural experience!