About

  • Who is Raaj Brar?  Some people might have their judgements about who I am, only a few really know who I am.  I immigrated with my family to Canada in the early 80s.  I was the youngest in my family and the only boy among 5 girls (sisters).  The environment of the household I grew up in was very unstable.  A lot of violence, mostly from my father against my mother and sisters.  I must of changed 4 to 5 schools per year for the first 3 years being in Canada and had no clue what was going on.  No one in our household exactly cared to know how I was doing or what I was learning at school.  My mother was a strong woman, who lacked education, intelligence and knowledge.  She grew up in a village in India and only went to grade 4.  Her family couldn’t afford to send her to the city for schooling.

    Fast forward this trend for another few years, until I was 8 years old and my mother finally separated from my father.  We spent that summer living on a trailer on a farm in BC.  The whole entire family cramped into a little room.  I remember my sisters crying cause all their nails and hands were ruined due to working in the fields picking fruits so that we can save money to get a proper roof over our heads.  At least the violence was over in our life.  But I felt as lost as ever.  I had no one I can connect with and I felt no one wanted to connect with me.  My sisters had each other to relate with and I had me, myself and I.

    Finally found a school in grade 5 in Abbotsford, BC, called North Popular Elementary.  It was a barn when I went there.  It totally looks cool now.  I was tall then and took interest in music.  And was always doing something to gain more attention towards me.   From there, I found basketball to be my refuge as I pounded the pavement of my driveway till midnight most nights bouncing the ball wanting to dunk it like Jordan.  What I learned through basketball was the foundation layer that I can apply to anything I set my mind to in life.  The mistake anyone can make is to judge me or tell me I can’t.  There are some taunts I just don’t entertain, as they come from people how have achieved nothing in life and are meant as pure evil intentions.

    In 1996 I started to get my feet wet with media, marketing, advertising, branding.  I went on from there to start a few magazines, then online websites and so fourth.  Everything was connected with the idea that what I was doing was connecting with people.  Then everything changed in 2007 with the news that my father passed away.  I didn’t feel anything cause I didn’t know the man.  I only knew the horror he brought in my world as a child.  Outside of that, I didn’t know him or wanted to be anything like him.

    Dark energy, that is what came my way after my fathers death.  My family, friends, everyone I thought I could count on, turned on me.  Mostly for the greed of money.  As for some bizarre reason he left a will and I was the only named beneficiary.  Money does funny things to people.  And I felt I got even more pushed into darkness than I imagined or hoped for.  I am pretty sure I wasn’t the only one that had been down this dark sad ass road.  Well, I didn’t stay there too long.

    I came charging out with a plan of action to make a lot of noise.  I created a lot of buzz with the websites I wanted to create and at one point they were reaching over 400 million people monthly.  I don’t think I stopped moving even to rest for a bit since 1999.  It was a non stop 17 years+.  So this year 2016 is going to be a year I take a easy a bit.  Smell the roses.  Just take everything in, as I know it won’t last too long.

  • In April 2000, I received a letter from the Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien, congratulating on promoting the heritage of Canada. 2016-10-28-00-07-09

    In May 1998 I made a generous contribution to the Burnaby RCMP fund raising efforts.

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    In 2009, I received an award in the “Internet” category from the Canadian Ethnic Media Association for my inspiring series of editorials of young women in the community.

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    In 2015, I along with my business partner Aneliya gave back to “Youth Without Shelter”. Here is their thank you note below: yws-thank-you_page_1

    Our efforts was to give back in a way that makes a difference. Speaking of personal experience as a child jumping from home to home as my parents fought; effected me in ways I can’t even explain. This is just my personal reason. There are so many reasons why our youth maybe without a shelter. I always believed that no matter if you have a lot or just a bit extra. Always give back to the community, cause you never know how your kindness can help someone in ways you can’t imagine.

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    Not everything needs to be tracked and noted down for acknowledgement. I remember moving to Toronto in 2001, with no money, hustling hotel owners to let me stay in their hotel in exchange for marketing their brands; eating the hotel free breakfast everyday of bread, jam and juice. I had first had experience of hard life, eating scraps. But still I had managed to get a roof over my head. There were people worse off than me, so I had nothing to complain about. And still in those times, I made time to drive up in rental cars to give blankets to the homeless in winter living in the streets. I always told them, keep a space for me, cause if things don’t work out, I’ll need a buddy to stay with. That always made them laugh. But I was being serious. I did all this and nobody knew about it for years. And I didn’t want anyone to know about it. Cause the silent energy all around me, knew what I was doing and going through. I came into this world empty handed and I am going to leave empty handed. Everything in between is just a game!

  • In 2009, after the success of my ethnic online magazine. I started a mainstream online fashion magazine called ‘Fashion Style Mag’. That project soon took off and within a year, it had massed over 150,000 followers on Facebook. At one point, the brands that I had built and started were reaching over 400 million people monthly. And Fashion Style Mag Facebook page had over 5.7 million followers, becoming one of the largest Fashion & Beauty online magazines globally.

    Link to the website: www.fashionstylemag.com
    Link to Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/fsm.que

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  • In 2009, while I was launching the mainstream fashion magazine, I was alone, hopelessly in love with the idea of love. Still waiting for my true love to knock on my door. So while I was waiting for all that to happen, I decided to lift myself up by getting creative and started messing with beats of music. One thing led to another and after days or jaming, mixing, editing on my computer. I composed two instrumental songs. The songs were inspired by the idea that even if your not in love yet, you can push it out in different ways. Below is a link to the music. The music in on iTunes, Spotify and every other major label that sells music online.

    Link to preview of ‘Romance & Love

  • I am in the mist of finishing up a book that I have been writing for the past few years. It should be done before the holiday season this year 2016. I will post more on it here when its ready for public release.

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