We were informed that Maz Jobrani, well-known Iranian-American comedian will be in attendance and performing at President Obama’s New Year’s party this year taking place on December 2nd.
Maz Jobrani is to be present at Parya Trillium Foundation’s Annual Gala Fundraiser in Toronto, taking place in the next few months. We previously published a report of our talks with him in Salam Toronto, and plan to have yet another meeting to get some updates.
We were informed that Iranian guitarist and Toronto resident, Maneli Jamal has been chosen as a top 12 finalist to be attending London, England’s Guitar Idol competition. You may want to know that ten thousand candidates took part in this competition and only 12 made the finals.
I’d like to congratulate Maneli Jamal for his achievement and success and wish him the best of luck in the upcoming competition in England. Ironically enough, Maneli’s uncle, Kaveh E’etemad Zadeh was a classmate and close friend of mine years ago in Tehran’s Hadaf (3) High School. Maneli is grandchild to one of Iran’s greatest contemporary literature figures, Mahmoud E’etemad Zadeh (M.A. Beh Azin), who’s translated work consists of but is not limited to Romain Rolland’s Jean-Christophe series. It’s been years since I have heard from Kaveh, but I do remember him as a kind and always-smiling basketball enthusiast.
Finally, we were informed that Iranian-Canadian Arash Afrooze, resident of BC has been chosen as a top 20 candidate to be considered for Canada’s Annual Fuel Awards. The award ceremony celebrates Canada’s best and brightest young business minds. We have prepared a story on Arash in this very issue. (page 124)
Maz, Maneli and Arash are only 3 of our community’s young minds.