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Peace Bridge: Fort Erie and Canadian

peace bridge: With help from friends within the Canadian Tamil community, Arulpragasam managed to secure a temporary visa to enter by land via the U.S.-Canadian border at Fort Erie, according to NOW Magazine. After flying to Buffalo this morning, she and her assistant arrived at the Peace Bridge hoping to drive to Toronto. The British-Tamil recording artist real name Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam was detained in a Canadian customs office at the Peace Bridge border crossing in Fort Erie, her manager Christopher Taylor told NOW. She is now en route to Toronto where she is scheduled to attend the Canadian premiere of her documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. at the Hot Docs Film Festival this evening May 2 . The rapper and pop star had originally planned to fly to Toronto from London, England yesterday, but was unable to board the flight due to mysterious stamp on her passport. She was held at the border for some hours until just after 10 am.I'm hosting tonight's premiere and, needless to say, she and I are going to have a lot to discuss. Arulpragasam has previously spoken out about immigration issues when she said her label would not release her album AIM which included a song called Visa because she could not secure a visa for the United States in order to promote it. Over the past four months, Arulpragasam has attended festival screenings of the doc, which was directed by her long-time friend Steven Loveridge, in New York City and Utah. ( As reported in the news.