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Special citizenship ceremony highlights Canada’s diversity

The 12th annual CIBC Taste of Asia Festival took place in Markham, Ontario, bringing the best of Asian and South Asian culture to Ontarians.

Along with outstanding performances, this year’s Festival featured a special public ceremony co-hosted by CIBC and Citizenship and Immigration Canada for 50 new Canadians, who took their oath of citizenship. 

Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, attended the citizenship ceremony, as part of Canada Day celebrations. 

“We are proud to be presenting sponsor of CIBC Taste of Asia and excited to be co-hosting this year’s special citizenship ceremony,” said Steve Ho, Vice-President, CIBC. 

Canadians of all backgrounds came out and experienced this two-day event that celebrated multiculturalism and showcased the remarkable contribution of Canada’s diverse Asian community. 

This year’s festival featured Chinese, Bollywood, Afghan, and South Asian performances, as well as over 100 food-tasting stations, contests, live entertainment, dancing, Chinese opera, martial arts with the Shaolin warrior monks, and much more. 

“We invited Guo Rong, who sang at the Beijing Olympics and sang with Hu Jin Tao, past president of China, to headline an amazing show,” said festival Chairman Dr. Ken Ng of Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM). “The 12th Annual CIBC Taste of Asia shaped up to be our best year yet.” 

The 2014 CIBC Taste of Asia Festival was a two-day festival of multicultural foods and performances. 


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