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WEEKLY CANADIAN EXPRESS

Leading South Asian English/Urdu Weekly.

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MONTHLY SOUTH ASIAN EXPRESS

A Premium Diary of South Asian Life Style.

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SANGEET STUDIO

Hit Radio Show for South Asians in Calgary.

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A Few SHORT Words About Us

At EMN we provide the South Asian Albertan family with News & Views, Sports & Entertainment, Health & Food, Celebrities, Features and much more. We believe given the size and buying power of this ethnic community, companies searching for growth can no longer afford to ignore South Asian Canadians.

About Us

Express Media Network was established in 2005 by its Founder, Publisher and Editor, Shan Ali. EMN is one of the largest South Asian media network catering to the fastest growing visible minority in Canada.

With EMN’s flagship publications, WEEKLY CANADIAN EXPRESS, quarterly, high gloss entertainment and lifestyle magazine SOUTH ASIAN XPRESS and one of the most popular radio show’s SANGEET STUDIO serves the Indian, Pakistani as well as many more ethnic communities from the South Asian continent. EMN’s success has been a direct result of our innovative marketing approaches, creative presentations & the trust relations with audience and endorsement of choice by the South Asian community.

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South Asian Canadians – Insight

 (Why Ethnic & Multicultural Advertising?)

Mainstream media does not reach the ethnic demographics of Canadian population. Each year, this portion increases by 300,000 new Canadians, which translates to 3,000,000 new consumers in a decade. Estimated population of South Asian Canadians has reached 2.24 million and will continue growing – faster than any other ethnic group.

This lucrative market is where your future customers are. Given the size and buying power of these groups, companies searching for growth can no longer afford to ignore South Asian Canadians.

Ethnic media’s ability to inform, report, educate and entertain Canadians has helped to showcase and preserve diversity of culture, heritage & language within the great Canadian cultural mosaic.

The key benefit is reaching deep into the targeted community. Many ethnic consumers do not have a need to access mainstream media due to availability of key services and information through ethnic media in their first language.

According to Stat Canada, by 2031 one in three Canadians will belong to a visible minority group and one in four will be foreign born. The two most popular languages amongst South Asians are Urdu and Punjabi.

To be a viable commercial force in Canada’s future, you must be able to understand and connect with an audience that is heavily made up of ethnic background. Corporate Canada has already started to take notice that mainstream media platforms can only get as far with certain demographics.

Weekly Canadian Express

Calgary & Area | Edmonton & Area | Fort McMurray

Weekly Canadian Express is one of the largest third language newspapers read by South Asian Canadians from all walks of life. It provides comprehensive coverage on local & global affairs, current events, sports, entertainment, features, finance, personality, food & health and many other topics.

Weekly Canadian Express, based in Calgary & representation in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Fort McMurray and Vancouver has become a household name among South Asian Canadian readers in Alberta.

Weekly Canadian Express reaches thousands of readers & has become an integral part of life for Canadians from Pakistani and Indian heritage. Canadian Express newspaper has a wide & loyal reader base that includes but not limited to educated professionals, entrepreneurs, housewives, senior citizens, new immigrants and second generation South Asian Canadians. In addition to our print newspaper, we also create the Weekly Canadian Express E-Paper emailed to subscribers each week. 

South Asian Xpress Magazine

Alberta’s Favourite South Asian Entertainment Magazine

South Asian Xpress Magazine is a full color, glossy high-end entertainment & lifestyle magazine for South Asian Canadians living in Alberta, published quarterly. South Asian Xpress has three cornerstones that help us accomplish this – Information, Entertainment and Inspiration.

Our magazine provides a tactile response to South Asian reader’s desire for a one stop shop on a variety of content from Bollywood, Cricket, Culture, Food, Fashion & Style, Health & Wellness, Travel, Finance, Technology and much more.  Our diverse editorial content is presented in a clear, concise, informative, entertaining and engaging style. READ LATEST ISSUE.

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Sangeet Studio

Talk. Music. Information

Sangeet Studio is a popular radio show for South Asians living in Calgary and surrounding area broadcasted on 94.7 FM.  It is a full entertainment and information audio magazine bringing music, news, sports, talk shows & interviews of prominent South Asian and Canadian personalities to our listeners with a unique Canadian and South Asian perspective.

Sangeet Studio was conceptualized by EMN Editor & Publisher, Shan Ali who is also the host and producer. He has received many accolades for his outstanding contribution towards ethnic broadcasting and has set new standards in broadcasting journalism.

Some of the Canadian Mainstream and South Asian Community movers and shakers interviewed include: Mr. Jack Layton (late), Mr. Jason Kenney, Premier Ed Stalmach, Premier Jim Prentice, Premier Katharine Wayne, Opposition Leader Brian Jean, PC interim leader Rick McIver, Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Mayor Melissa Blake, TV Anchors Peter Mansbridge & Rex Murphy and Comedian Russell Peters among others.

Entertainment Stars from South Asia that have been in interviewed in our studios include Singers Arif Lohar, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sanam Marvi, Hadiqa Kayani, Abrar ul Huq, Ali Zafar, Atif Aslam, Naseebo Lal, Harbhajan Mann and Sukhwinder Singh, Aftab Iqbal, Om Puri, Jimmy Shergill, Sunil Shetty, Neeru Bajwa and Hassan Nisar. Click here to listen to Sangeet Studio.

OUR TEAM

PASSIONATE. PROFESSIONAL. DEDICATED.

SHAN ALI - EDITOR & PUBLISHER

SHAN ALI

EDITOR & PUBLISHER

Founder and creative mind behind Express Media Network.

M. ZAFAR IQBAL - Hon. Bureau Chief – Toronto

M. ZAFAR IQBAL

Hon. Bureau Chief – Toronto

Zafar Iqbal has been a seasoned spokesperson for this community for the last 30 years.

Dr. Asif Malik - Hon. Bureau Chief – Edmonton

Dr. Asif Malik

Hon. Bureau Chief – Edmonton

Dr. Malik is not just a successful entrepreneur, but also a skillful reporter and columnist.

Renu Dham - Client Coordinator

Renu Dham

Client Coordinator

With extensive experience in the high performance media industry, Renu consistently obtains outstanding results for our client base through media planning and brand development.  

Naveed A. Khan - Production Coordinator

Naveed A. Khan

Production Coordinator

Naveed is one of the original members of our team and a true jack of all trades.

Sangeeta Dham - Contributing Editor

Sangeeta Dham

Contributing Editor

Sangeeta writes on beauty and fashion and she believes that “we are all beautiful, but it’s about knowing what to do in order to let our true selves shine from the inside out."

Hafiz Nasir Iqbal - Graphics/Layout

Hafiz Nasir Iqbal

Graphics/Layout

Hafiz is responsible for creative visual concepts and develops overall layout and production design.

Bryan Sheppard - Photographer

Bryan Sheppard

Photographer

Brian works on a freelance basis providing photography for our events and various media.

EXPRESS MEDIA EVENTS

Express Advertising

Effective, Creative & Affordable

Where there is a need to get accurate, current and reliable information – local or global – EMN is the most trusted source in the market.

The South Asian communities are made of people from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.  South Asian Canadians new to Canada or even long term settled still reach out for ethnic media because the language of content is familiar and readily understood.

Like other new Canadians a substantial majority of the population with South Asian origins live in Greater Toronto area, Calgary & Edmonton and Vancouver area.

Express Media Network (EMN) based in Calgary, Alberta is Canada’s leading South Asian Media Company serving Canadians of South Asian origin since 2005.  We access the South Asian community by print and radio through an extensive and well-researched network of distribution.

Express Media’s flagship publications – Weekly Canadian Express published in Urdu and English, popular and stylish lifestyle magazine South Asian Xpress and a magazine style radio show Sangeet Studio are among the most influential media outlets to reach the South Asian Canadian market.

We can help your company reach out to over 170,000 South Asians living in Calgary & area, Edmonton & area and Fort McMurray.

Delivering your sales message within the context of our highly targeted content is an extremely powerful and effective platform to reach the demographics you want.  Our production team can create, translate and customize your message into Punjabi & Urdu.

We put a lot of planning in crafting and designing your ads to ensure your brand connects with them.

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Our commitment to give back to the community is imbedded in the foundational values of our business through our Community Involvement Strategy. The team of EMN wanted to give the community a voice on matters most important to them beyond our publications and radio show through their active participation, recognition, empowerment and our direct involvement. This gave birth to two signature platforms that represent our personal beliefs and has elevated the prominence of the South Asian Community in Alberta.

 Express Forum

The first concept was to create an opportunity for the community to come together and engage in dialogue about common social issues and collectively search for solutions.  A flagship of EMN established in 2008, Express Forum for the cities of Calgary, Edmonton & Fort McMurray is an independent platform, which champions the role and value of political and civic engagement, integration and assimilation. It creates networking opportunities and helps to keep culture and heritage alive in South Asian Canadian Communities.

We have hosted a number of large political debates to provide information to South Asian Canadians to make informed decisions in provincial & federal elections as well as local   information sessions on community funding for grassroots initiatives, advocacy on domestic violence, poverty and social isolation. Some of our key guests have been: Former Police Chief Rick Hanson, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Mayor Melissa Blake, MP Devinder Shory and MP Deepak Obhrai, Minister of Human Services Irfan Sabir.  Coverage of Express Forums reaches out to thousands of readers through Express Media Network.

South Asian Xcellence Awards

The South Asian Xcellence Awards is one of Calgary’s most prestigious and glamorous gala events in ethnic communities, that celebrates the South Asian heritage and trail blazers in the community.  This biennial event recognizes and honours six Canadians from South Asian backgrounds doing extraordinary work in the categories of: Community Hero, Business Icon, Youth Wonder, Cultural Icon & Media and Journalism.

Some of our renowned recipients to date include Nirmala Naidoo (CBC), Lucy Miller (President United Way of Calgary), Ina Sidhu (CTV Calgary), Manjit Minhas (Canadian Entrepreneur & Television personality).

Funds raised from the gala support other initiatives under our Community Initiatives Strategies like sponsorships of various cultural, musical, informational and fund raising events.  We also provide support to various community groups through media coverage in our various platforms.

REMINISCING WITH THE STARS

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

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    Express Media Network has provided us with exceptional service and has been fantastic in helping translate our advertising to reach various ethnic communities. Their help has made our ads far more effective. Thanks for the exceptional service and results!
    GLENDA MARR, Business Development Manager at Genesis Center
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    T&T Honda and Express Media Network enjoy a close working relationship that has benefitted our business immensely. Express Media`s creative response to our ever changing demands ensures that we are able to deliver our targeted customers at all times.
    BOBBY KHANNA, New Car Sales Manager at T&T Honda
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    I came across your publications few months ago and I was impressed! I was thrilled to see an ethnic publication of this standard. Thank you for helping me put such an effective ad for my dentistry. Loving the overwhelming response from Calgary’s South Asian Community.
    OFFICE MANAGER, Discover Dental
At Express Media We are proud to have worked with 100’s of clients, from start-ups to entrepreneurs and small regional and large national brands.
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Contact Us

  • P.O. Box. 55071 Temple Postal Outlet
    NE Calgary, Alberta, T1Y 6R6
    Canada
  • +1 403 612 6100
    +1 403 800 3656
  • info@expressmedianetwork.ca
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