Announcing SHANNON SKINNER LIVE radio on VoiceAmerica

by Shannon Skinner on May 27, 2015

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new radio show, SHANNON SKINNER LIVE on VoiceAmerica Women’s Channel (World Talk Radio), starting Tuesday, June 2 at 7pm EST.


Hosted by Shannon Skinner, SHANNON SKINNER LIVE is a weekly lifestyle show that uncovers the stories and solutions to living an extraordinary life and making this world a better place. Each week features experts, change-makers and visionaries from around the world. We talk about subjects you won’t hear anywhere else! Shannon’s gift is unlocking hearts and opening minds, which she has become known for as host of her own popular television show and online platform,, the ultimate online life-guidance resource for women. When you live your best life, you are changing the world. So tune-in every Tuesday at  7 PM EST/4 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Women’s Channel, listen with a new pair of ears, and turn inspiration into action.

I am looking for guests. If you are an expert, change-maker or activist (women and men), whose mission is to make this world a better place, please drop me an email at




Sampradaya Dance “Nirantara” enchants

by Shannon Skinner on May 22, 2015

I had the honour last night of watching the lovely Lata Pada, perform classical and modern Indian dance with the company she founded, Sampradaya Dance Creations, which celebrates its 25th anniversary. Her most recent production “Nirantara” is powerful, mesmerizing and enchanting. There are only 2 nights that you can see it (May 22 & 23) at the Fleck Dance Theatre at Queen’s Quay.


Lata’s personal story is both heart-wrenching and inspiring at the same time.

On June 23, 1985, Lata lost her entire family, 2 teenage daughters and husband, in the Air India flight 182 disaster when a bomb exploded on board the flight from Toronto to London. Lata was not able to make the flight, as destiny would have another plan for her.  She turned her pain and loss into art and creation, and activism. Just a different form of love.

nirantara Blue - photo by Srivatsa Shandaliya

photo credit: Srivatsa Shandaliya

She has received many awards, including the Order of Canada and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the President of India, and has been the focus of much attention for many years for her artistic work. Read more about her here.

“I feel like I have come full-circle,” says Pada as guests circle around her during her celebratory reception that followed the performance at Queen’s Quay. “To sustain a company for 25 years requires a lot of hard work.”

nirantara Red - photo by Srivatsa Shandaliya

photo credit: Srivatsa Shandaliya

We can only appreciate other cultures when we make choices to experience them. Dance is one of the best ways to do this. This performance is not to be missed (note: Fleck Dance Theatre is in the Queen’s Quay Terminal at Harbourfront).

bhavna raviCelebrating with friends Ravi Kumar and Bhavna Bhatnagar


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Q&A with comedian Jessica Holmes

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Thanks, mom, on this Mother’s Day

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Today is Mother’s Day, when we celebrate our moms by making them breakfast-in-bed, going out for lunch, buying flowers and candies, and doing other special things that show our affection and appreciation. This is the day when we, the children of our mothers, say “thank you” to the women who brought us into the world, […]

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89th Annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Dinner

May 3, 2015

Enjoyed a Friday night out at the 89th Annual The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Dinner at Toronto’s Omni King Edward Hotel. The gala was hosted by The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Toronto as a fundraiser for the Clarendon Oxford & Cambridge Society of Canada scholarships. Raising funds for education is always, in my opinion, a worthy […]

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Eifman’s Anna Karenina ballet mesmerizes

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Tonight, I saw a mesmerizing performance of the ballet, Anna Karenina, choreographed by Boris Eifman, St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet. The ballet is based on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, considered the greatest novel ever written, and is a psychological drama revolving around the love triangle of heroine Anna Karenin and her husband and lover. It is a story that […]

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In Pictures: Rongali Bihu Festival in Assam, India

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Rongali Festival in Assam, India and my unexpected fame

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SHANNON’S TRAVEL BAG: travel tips for women Shannon travels to India, part two in a series of articles.   My unexpected fame at the Rongali Festival in Assam, India I have been traveling across North East India for the past 10 days, with my first stop in Guwahati, the largest city in Assam, a major tea region […]

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