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Singer & Songwriter
Prita was born in Montreal, Canada before moving to Orlando, Florida at the age of fifteen. After living in Orlando for seven years, she returned to Montreal and obtained a degree in psychology at Concordia University. She has since been based between Toronto and Orlando pursuing her singing/songwriting career.
Prita has been singing and writing music since childhood, including the orchestra score for her high school graduation. While living in Florida, she often performed at Disney World, in addition to concerts put on with Valencia College and InTone.
Prita has toured steadily across North America since the release of her debut CD “Spread The Word” in 2009, produced by JUNO Nominated Othentic Productions. She has been featured at shows alongside #1 Billboard artist Jay Sean ; world renowned comic Russell Peters ; Grammy nominee Eric Roberson ; and Michael Jackson tribute group Signature to name a few. Prita was nominated ‘Best Female Act’ at the 2010 Toronto Independent Music Awards, and received a 2010 „Excellence In Entertainment‟ award from the National Association of Indo-Canadians. “Roots”, Prita‟s debut music video and new single, had its world premiere at Tampa‟s 2nd annual India International Film Festival, and also screened at film festivals in Seattle and Vancouver.
Being South Asian, Prita values her cultural heritage as an important influence on her music. She has studied classical Indian music as well as Western music, and strives to create a blend between the two in her songs.
In 2008, Prita followed the lead of her childhood heroine Oprah Winfrey, and became one of 6 students selected to participate in a research study trip to Malawi, Africa. The purpose of the trip was to do grassroots level research on HIV/AIDS, so that they could return to Canada to educate youth about the millennium development goals, and to bring awareness about global issues. For Prita, the trip was a life changing experience.
Prita has since visited numerous Canadian schools and community centres as a keynote speaker to give presentations about HIV/AIDS and life in Malawi. On December 1, 2009 for World AIDS Day 2009, Prita released her interpretation of a traditional Malawi song entitled “May God Be With You” as a free single to help continue her awareness efforts. Prita also premiered a self-directed short film of the same title about her trip to Malawi at FILMI, North America’s longest running South Asian film festival.
Throughout 2010, Prita acted as an ambassador for CANFAR (the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research), appearing in public service announcements and helping raise awareness for the organization at her concerts. Having counted MP Justin Trudeau as one of her supporters, Prita was honoured to be invited to give a special presentation to students at Pierre Trudeau high school in Markham, Ontario on the afternoon of December 1, 2010 for World AIDS Day 2010.
On December 21, 2010, Prita was also invited to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto to sing Christmas carols for patients, as part of Milton restaurateur Troy Newton‟s annual “Troy‟s Toy Drive” in partnership with the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation – which also included a performance by Prita at the Milton Santa Claus Parade.
Prita Chhabra is an honouree at Chirhian Da Chamba-The Birds Nest on November 27th for her single, “Roots” that promotes pride of Punjabi culture and self-confidence in identity, while breaking stereotypes of what a Punjabi-Canadian girl ought to be.
Host, Bollywood Boulevard
As the host of Canada’s leading Bollywood TV show – OMNI Television’s Bollywood Blvd, Veronica Chail has been winning over audiences with her charismatic and infectious personality since she started. Being a self-confessed news, pop culture, fashion and reality TV junkie, Veronica has interviewed the biggest names in Bollywood and has produced numerous interviews with the movers and shakers of the world including politicians, newsmakers, sports heroes, activists, musicians, and Hollywood A-listers. Simply put – Veronica lives and breathes media! She is a creative soul and a humanitarian at heart.
Being in the spotlight isn’t something Veronica sought when traveling the globe with her parents as a child, but it was her calling. Her journey to her dream career began halfway around the world in Sweden where she was born and raised. With no grasp of the English language, Veronica and her family later moved to Stratford, Ontario where she worked at the Stratford Festival of Canada and developed her love of theatre. At home, the Chail family spoke Punjabi, Hindi, and Swedish. Her extensive travel and international experiences led her to pursue a university degree in English and Political Science and a Masters degree in Journalism at the University of Western Ontario.
Veronica enjoys the challenges of wearing multiple journalistic hats. She began her journalism career as news reporter, news writer and entertainment reporter and host at OMNI Television. She moved on to work as a TV producer at CBC for “The Hour” with George Stroumboulopoulos. The first interview she was assigned to produce on the ‘The Hour’ was Hollywood royalty – Michael Douglas! Now, Veronica is back in front of the camera as a vivacious TV host and she also works as a producer and writer. A snapshot of Veronica’s personality is a mix of news, social issues, pop culture, Bollywood and Hollywood.
Veronica Chail will be forever synonymous with the 2011 International Indian Film Academy Awards. She was everywhere and had all angles covered! From hosting daily Bollywood Blvd shows, to the magical green carpet action, to co-hosting events with Shah Rukh Khan and Vivek Oberoi, her interviews and exclusive access to the stars made her your go to person for all things IIFA!
Veronica is passionate about the media’s role in society and is dedicated to giving back to the community by working with a variety of charities and organizations. She is a Canadian Museum for Human Rights Ambassador and is dedicated to anti-human trafficking and human rights initiatives. Veronica also works with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, the Chest of Hope Art Project for breast cancer research and she also makes frequent trips back to the University of Western Ontario to speak to undergraduate and graduate students about career choices and leadership.
Veronica Chail will be at Chirihian Da Chamba – The Birds Nest on November 27 at Dreams Convention Center as an Honouree for her positive representation of South Asian females in the mainstream Canadian media.