Toronto Kirtan Community

Toronto Kirtan Community
Kirtan Forever!

~ Connecting & Creating Community for Kirtan Lovers in Toronto and Beyond ~

ALL known kirtans are posted below on this website's Kirtan Calendar, on the left side above the list of links.

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Kirtan opens the heart and stills the mind. It is the yoga practice of ecstatic chanting. Through repeating the Divine Names in Sanskrit, the mind is cleared of worry, doubt, fear and all limiting concepts. The joy of peace and infinite love is given to the practitioner, and transmitted through the world by chanting. This is the practice of bhakti yoga or the yoga of devotion. - contributed by Pat Sandford

“Music that is saturated with soul force is the real universal music, understandable by all hearts.” — Paramahansa Yogananda

“Kirtan is for all people. There are no experts, no beginners. The practice itself is the teacher, guiding us to ourselves. Kirtan allows us to enter into a mystery world—a world where all the logic of our minds, all the condition and learning are left outside. And in this mystery, we create a temple inside of our hearts, a place of refuge, a place of love, a place of just being.” —Jai Uttal

"Chanting is a way of getting in touch with yourself. It's an opening of the heart and letting go of the mind and thoughts. It deepens the channel of grace, and it's a way of being present in the moment." -- Krishna Das

"You start doing chanting as technique. You start to sing ‘Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram.’ You start thinking it means, Honorable Ram, Hail Ram, Hail Hail Ram. Then after an hour you stop thinking about all of that and you are just singing it. You are realizing the aesthetic of the music and how beautiful it is. Then after a while it starts to go deeper until your heart is just singing, it’s singing from inside you. Then there’s a point where true bhakti starts- where dualism ends and you become like the chant. You are in a space where it’s not emotional anymore. It’s moved into the deeper, intuitive quality of love. Touching that love leaves you with trust in the method and trust in where the method takes you—trust in the Beloved and trust in how you get there." –Ram Dass

"If we know anything about a path at all, it's only because of the Great ones that have gone before us. Out of their love and kindness, they have left some footprints for us to follow. So, in the same way that they wish for us, we wish that all beings everywhere, including ourselves, be safe, be happy, have good health, and enough to eat. And may we all live at ease of heart with whatever comes to us in life."
- Kirtan closing prayer by Krishna Das

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thursday May 1st Satsang

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Yeshu Satsang Friday April 18 @ 7pm

Yeshu Satsang

Friday, April 18th, 2014

7 pm

Church of the Resurrection

1100 Woodbine Avenue (north of the Danforth, free street parking)

Toronto, ON, M4C 4C7

Contact: Chris and Miranda at 416 469 1821 or

In India, Yeshu is Hindi for “Jesus.” Satsang means “gathering of the truth.” Typically, satsangs in India are gatherings of people who worship together, often using devotional songs called bhajans and kirtans. You are invited to join us in worshiping Jesus in an Indian way. We’ll be sitting on the floor, with incense, flowers and oil lamps, surrounded by the sounds of sitar, tabla, and other Indian and western instruments. The songbooks provided are in Hindi (with English translations) written so that you can join in. Fruit and Indian sweets (prasad) will be served afterward.

Event Painting: "The Last Supper" by Sister Genevieve

Dear friends,

Yeshu Satsang falls on Good Friday this year, April 18th (the following one is May 23rd). We will be breaking a coconut to symbolize the broken body of Jesus on the cross. As the hard shell of the coconut is hammered we remember the nails that pierced the Lord's hands and feet. As the coconut is cracked, it's water spills out, reminding us of how the soldiers pierced the Lord's side with a spear, and blood and water flowed out, confirming that he had died. The coconut's pure, clean, white flesh symbolizes how Christ's shed blood cleanses us from all sin.

There were two thieves on the cross on either side of Jesus. One mocked him and said "Save us and save yourself." The other said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." Jesus answered, "Today you will be with me in paradise."

You can recognize a person whose life has been transformed by unconditional forgiveness and love and you want to be near them, to let some of their light fall on you. That these incredible gifts come to us through something as simple, lowly, and despised as "faith" is humbling. Fortunately we don't need a lot of faith to believe. God can work wonders with a very small amount of faith, and at the last minute too. Nothing is ever too late for God.

with love,

Chris and Miranda

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Evening of Bhakti Sat April 12, 2014

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Evening of Bhakti - Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 6:30pm!

Are you looking for unforgettable and different moments?  We warmly invite you to come and dive into a transcendent night full of sublime experiences.

Whether you feel stressed, tired of the same old routine, want to improve relationships, feel unheard and lonely, or just curious about healthy life style, want to make new friends, experience a peaceful environment and want to expand your definition of yoga, you can expect an incredible evening of live spiritual music (kirtan), wisdom of the East and more, followed by a vegan dinner!


Our next "Evening of Bhakti" will be taking place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the historic Hare Krishna Centre located at 243 Avenue Road.

Free Admission - Space is Limited!

We look forward to seeing you there! :) Please feel free to bring your family and friends, it is open for everyone!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

28-30 March TORONTO Yoga Show

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Tentative Schedule: the Community Arts Area (aka Toronto Kirtan Community :)  ) has 3 days of kirtan included in the price of admission to the show ($15)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


ANNOUNCING: The 1st annual Wolfe Island Yoga & Bhakti Festival
May 16-19, 2014 Featuring Kirtan Artists:
David Newman
Brenda McMorrow
Lana Sugarman
John de Kadt
Adam Bauer
Lea Longo

A 4 day celebration of love and devotion
Over 17 hours of Kirtan performances & workshops
Daily yoga classes
Delicious local, organic vegetarian cuisine
Come Together & celebrate the call of the heart!

venue: Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada


For bookings or more information email us at or call 613-777-0247 For more information about sponsorship and advertising options, please contact us at the email or number above.

KIRTAN Artists:
David Newman
David Newman or Durga Das, as he is also known, is a Kirtan chant artist, sacred singer songwriter and a practitioner and educator of Bhakti Yoga - the Yoga of Love. David travels extensively sharing Kirtan, devotional music and the spiritual, meditative and musical aspects of Yoga. His music embodies a devotional mysticism, distinctive musicality, po- etic intimacy and a joyous, often ecstatic quality. David is a recording artist for White Swan Records, the author of Merg- ing with Grace, and the founder of The Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife Mira and daughter Tulsi. •

Brenda McMorrow
Warm and inviting, crystalline and pure, Brenda McMorrow's voice expresses the soul of a lifetime seeker and musical pilgrim. Brenda has had a rich and diverse musical career, embracing styles ranging from folk to jazz to bluegrass. She brings all of that experience to her devotional music and singing, making it a heartfelt unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound. Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. A valued musical collaborator, Brenda has accompa- nied Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Shyam Das, Wah!, David Newman, Girish and Dave Stringer. She has been invited to festivals and events across the U.S., Canada, South Korea and Europe as part of her most recent tour schedule.

Adam Bauer
A longtime student of spiritual practice and musical magic, Adam Bauer is an emerging presence in the healing and de- votional music realms. His first solo record, Shyam Lila, will debut in the fall of 2013. A kirtan musician for the past twelve years, Adam played bass with Krishna Das from 2001 to 2008, and with Shyamdas from 2005 until his untimely passing in 2013. He has performed at hundreds of gatherings over the years, sharing stages with Ram Dass, Jai Uttal, Deva Pre- mal and Radhanath Swami, among many others. He has played at Bhakti Fest and at every Omega Ecstatic Chant since its inception in 2004 (except for that lost week at Burning Man in 2006), and has accompanied esteemed singers like Brenda McMorrow, Gaura Vani, Karnamrita, David Newman and the Kirtan Rabbi, just to name a few. Through bhakti yoga, the practice of kirtan and satsang in community, Adam has strengthened his commitment to collective healing and transformation, and has reaped deeply nourishing benefits through these simple yet powerful ancient devotional practices.

John de Kadt
John de Kadtis a perfessional percussionist, poet, and licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. He has studied with percus- sion masters throughout the world and has played ethnic hand percussive instruments for 30 years. He’s performed with, Glen Velez, Eugene Friesen, Robert Bly, Baba Olatunji, Colman Barks, Jai Uttal, Subash Chandran, and many others. John has played on numerous recordings and has released three CD’s: This Rhythm Is Not Mine, Rhythms of the Infinite, and One River co-created with Benjy Wertheimer.

Lea Longo
“If you can imagine it, you can create it, if you can dream it, you can become it.” William Arthur Ward’s inspirational words best describe the path in life that Lea Longo has chosen. The Canadian singer songwriter/Chantress /yogini has always taken an honest approach. Her chill, zen attitude, openness and warm personality underscore her enduring commitment to her craft. The results can be heard on her music reflected upon her life and experiences. Her Kirtan CD, "Peace Chants" is a collection of sanskrit, english and gurmuk mantras blended with world beats, melodic guitars,traditional per- sian and turkish instruments. Lea's voice is captivating and pure, leading the listener to a peaceful and meditative state of bliss.

Lana Sugarman
As a yoga instructor, actor and musician, Lana merges her love for Sanskrit and song with the practice of kirtan (call and response chanting). You can find her creating good vibrations at studios throughout Toronto, sharing the magic of man- tras. She has had the opportunity to sing and play with Brenda McMorrow, Mike Cohen, Swaha, Jim Gelcer, and John William Bauld, and is currently working on her first album.

Weekend Schedule
Friday May 16
4:30 pm Yoga with Darin
6:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Kirtan with Brenda McMorrow

Saturday May 17
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Yoga with Wendy
10:30 am Kirtan with Lana Sugarman
12 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Kirtan with Lea Longo
3:30 pm Kirtan with Brenda & Friends
6pm Dinner
7:30 pm Kirtan with David Newman (Durga Das)

Sunday, May 18
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Yoga with Wendy
10:30 am SELF LOVE, SELF INQUIRY, SELF LESS—Wisdom Teachings and Exchange of Heart with David Newman Join David (Durga Das) for an informal gathering exploring the nature of be- ing, unity, love and self-inquiry. The gathering is offered with the intention of offering insight and inspiration for nourishing one's inner longing for spiritual truth and for living with an open heart. It will comprise wisdom sharings, chanting, Q & A, and discussion.
1:00 pm Lunch
Departure for 3 day package guests
2:00 pm Kirtan with Lea Longo
4:00 pm Kirtan with Adam Bauer
6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Kirtan with Brenda & Friends

Monday, May 19
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Yoga with Lacey
10:30 am Closing Kirtan
12 pm Lunch Departure for 4 day package guests

3 day package includes accommodation, 3 yoga classes, 6 delicious vegetarian meals, ticket to 5 kirtan per- formances & workshop with David Newman (Durga Das) - Self Love, Self Inquiry, Self Less (more information below) as well as the use of Shanti’s amenities (canoe, kayak, infrared sauna, hammocks, wifi, wellness tea bar, meditation garden).
Off site rate includes all of the above excluding accommodation at Shanti Retreat.

4 day package includes accommodation, 4 yoga classes, 9 delicious vegetarian meals, ticket to 9 kirtan per- formances & workshop with David Newman (Durga Das) - Self Love, Self Inquiry, Self Less (more information below) as well as the use of Shanti’s amenities (canoe, kayak, infrared sauna, hammocks, wifi, wellness tea bar, meditation garden).
Off site rate includes all of the above excluding accommodation at Shanti Retreat.

Room Type  3 Day Package (Fri—Sun)
Semi-private $ 495 + HST
Shared          $ 465 + HST
Tent City / Yoga Yurt Slumber Party  $ 395 + HST

Room Type   4 Day Package (Fri– Mon)
Semi-private $ 670 + HST
Shared          $ 640 + HST
Tent City / Yoga Yurt Slumber Party $ 535 + HST

3 Day Pkg  $ 385 + HST
4 Day Pkg  $ 525 + HST

For more information for off site accommodation on Wolfe Island, please visit
Many hotels are also available in Kingston close to the ferry terminal.

Day Pass

Saturday Day Pass includes 2 buffet vegetarian meals; morning, afternoon and evening Kirtan & use of Shanti’s amenities. (10am - 10pm) $100 + HST

Sunday Day Pass includes 2 buffet vegetarian meals, workshop with David Newman (Durga Das), afternoon and evening Kirtan & use of Shanti’s amenities. (10am-10pm) $100 + HST

This beautiful property has stunning views of the St. Lawrence River and sunsets from the waterfront patio are memorable. The inn’s timbered ceilings and wood stove provide a natural country charm. - Commune with mother earth on this waterfront property and enjoy watching the wildlife that lives waterside. You may even be blessed by a visit from our resident heron. Connect with the majesty of the maples, oaks, weeping willows, and extensive gardens that surround us. 

Find Us

A scenic ferry ride will bring you to us…
From Toronto and Montreal it takes about 3 hours to reach the Wolfe Island ferry dock in downtown Kingston where the free ferry (Wolfe Island Ferry) departs hourly.
Coming from Ottawa the drive is about 2 hours.
Americans from New York State can conveniently reach Shanti by ferry (Hornes Ferry) from Cape Vincent, NY. This service operates approximately from mid May to mid October. Otherwise, the 1000 Islands International Bridge is nearby.  Alternatively, there is  a shuttle service available from Syracuse airport and watertown, NY, to Kingston and the Wolfe Island ferry terminal.
Driving Directions
Coming from the East or West on the 401 turn off at exit 623. Travel South on highway 15 until it ends at highway 2. Turn right on highway 2, continue for a few kilometers, cross the drawbridge, after the drawbridge enter the left lane and prepare to turn left into the Wolfe Island Ferry Dock (next to Tim Hortons).
Once you’re on Wolfe Island, we’re only a 5 minute drive away.  We highly recommend setting your tripmeter to zero once you arrive. After leaving the ferry continue straight 100 meters until you reach a stop sign. Turn left and continue 4 kilometers. Along the way you will pass the 9th line. Continue 400 meters past the 9th line and turn left  at Waldo’s Lane. Continue straight 500 meters to reach Shanti. ( You’ve gone too far if you reach the 10th line).
Upon arrival,  please unload your bags at the front of the house, and afterwards park in the designated parking area. Welcome to Shanti!
Wolfe Island Ferry Tips
Durin the peak summer months and holiday long weekends we recommend you arrive one hour before the ferry departs. At other times of the year arrive at least half an hour before. If you’re waiting for the ferry why not enjoy what beautiful downtown Kingston has to offer. Leave your car in the ferry lineup while you enjoy one of the many cafes, shops, and restaurants on Princess Street only a few minutes’ walk away. Once aboard the Wolfe Island Ferry memories of the 401 will be far behind you.
Alternative Travel Options
The most economical way to reach Kingston is by bus. Megabus Bus Line offers exceptional fares from Toronto’s downtown terminal at Bay and Dundas as well as from Scarborough, Whitby, Brockville and Montreal.
You can also reach Kingston by Via Rail
From either the bus or train station it’s a short 15 minute taxi ride ($15) to the Wolfe Island Ferry.
No car, no problem. Call us to arrange a complimentary pick up when you board the ferry.  We’ll look for you at the corner bench next to Fargo’s General Store (this is a 100 meter walk from the ferry).
Contact Shanti – 613-777-0247
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Monday, February 10, 2014

22 March Sat: Come to the Brampton Evening of Kirtan

Dear friends
We would like to invite you for our next candle light kirtan meditation evening. We will open the doors at 7 pm on Saturday March 22.
The address is 6 George St. South, Brampton ONT, 2-nd floor.
Please park in the city hall underground parking - it is free.
For more info, please call Alex at 647.928.4108

Below are some notes from our last session:
Last Saturday we had a lovely and blissful kirtan with some of you. We were a group of approx 25 people all chanting in unison. We did some pranayam, breathing exercise to calm the mind, chanted sacred OM sound and sang and chanted the Divine Mantras. It was personally a very enjoyable event for me. We had a little talk about the principle of "Living Here and Now". We will continue in our next session.

Please see some pics below:

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16mar2014 SIMRIT KAUR workshop & concert in Toronto

Workshop & Concert
"Heart of Compassion / Sound of Love"

"The heart is the seat of compassion. Compassion is the most powerful force in the Universe. Together we will dive into the practices that open us to the heart so that our experience of life is one of depth, fulfillment and core happiness. We will also dive into the sound current while chanting and singing together in an experience of great depth and majesty." - Simrit Kaur

"For Simrit, singing is not a performance, it is a sacred worship of the Divine. Her voice, her music and her teaching reflect this devotion which seems to come from her so effortlessly. This devotion is a gift, a talent beyond any that will lead thousands into the lightness of being and awareness that is so vital to humanity in this day and age".
Snatam Kaur

Visit Simrit's website at for more information on her tour and music including CD's The Sweetest Nectar and The Oracle Sessions.

Sunday March 16, 2014
7:00 - 10:00pm

Yoga Village
240 Roncesvalles, Toronto (see map)

Please bring a mat and seat cushion for yoga and chanting.

$35 + HST ($39.55) in advance / $45 + HST ($50.85) at door

Special Offer!
First 10 people to register themselves and two friends with a payment (i.e. 3 tickets) receive a complimentary Simrit CD!

Ticket Payment Options
1. INTERAC e-Transfer to
2. Cheque to The Wellness Path, mailed to 348 Palmerston Blvd., Toronto ON M6G 2N6
3. PayPal with 3% handling fee

For more details visit our website at
or contact Nirmal at 416-929-9369 or