Our Photo and Non-Fiction Story contest ran from October 30/16 to April 30/17, seeking stories and photos that reflect aspects of the culture, energy and spirit of the Gerrard India Bazaar from 1975 to present day. Our jury included independent representatives from TVO, the City of Toronto Archives and the Gerrard/Ashdale Library. We are proud to announce our excellent nominees that were selected for Best Non-Fiction Story and Best Photo.

On July 22, 2017 at 10:30am the Gerrard/Ashdale library and the Ashdale Writers Group are hosting a reading of the three short story finalists by their authors. The shortlisted photos will also be available for viewing.

On July 22, 2017 between 6:00-6:30pm, the contest winners will be announced on the main stage as a part of the 2017 Festival of South Asia program. The two winners will each receive a $500 cash prize.

The Nominees for Best Non-Fiction Story and Best Photo are:


Sadi Muktadir

Story Excerpt: OLD CREATION by Sadi Muktadir It was always the summer. At least, that’s how I remember it. On that street, all I can recall is the heat, the green leaves overhead, and the whirring of the streetcar as it blurred everything outside on its path to the bazaar. I hated it. The heat…


Wm Perry

Story Excerpt: MY NICEST BAZAAR MEMORY by Wm Perry Being an older, white male working in an immigrant women’s centre in the Gerrard India Bazaar was never part of my life plan. It just sort of happened when I was in my 40s back in the 1990s. It was the most enriching few years of…


Sharman Wilson

Story Excerpt: TANGERINE SUN by Sharman Wilson “Funnel down straight through the clouds Like an ever flowing stream Like an ever flowing stream Take a bite of the fruit of life Cause the fruit of life is sweet Cause the fruit of life is sweet” I was walking along Gerrard Street listening to the song…


Sunny Arora

Photo: RED DANCE © Sunny Arora   Photo: STREET-NO-CAR © Sunny Arora   Photo: INDEPENDENCE DAY © Sunny Arora     About Sunny Arora I moved to Canada from the cool city of Ludhiana in India. I am a Web Developer student who fell in love with concept of capturing light when I first held…


Lara O’Keefe

Photo: COLLECTED ANTICIPATION © Lara O’Keefe   Photo: BEST FOOT FORWARD © Lara O’Keefe     About Lara O’Keefe Lara O’Keefe is a freelance writer/photographer with a love for urban landscapes. A born and raised country girl, she is consistently delighted and surprised by all of the diverse people and places that can be found…