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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On FaceBook: 'TorontoKirtanCommunity' group: I post the upcoming week's kirtans, as well as interesting articles, videos, photos, links about events and artists.

On Facebook's 'TorontoKirtanCommunity' page: links and information about kirtan and musicians are posted.



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

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Kirtan Chant & Bhakti Yoga with Francesco Jaya.

What an amazing weekend we had at the Toronto Yoga Show. It was a family reunion, with hugs around every corner... ! Wah!'s Earth Day celebration on Saturday night was warm and ambient, softly lit by candles, smiling faces and warm open hearts. The sweetness continued the next morning with a gentle pranayama and chanting workshop, I know all those present felt much gratitude to be blessed with her special Love energy.

So, here we are still bathing in the gentle after-glow of the weekend, and already there is NEWS of another EXCITING KIRTAN EVENT on the Toronto horizon! Toronto Kirtan artist, Francesco Jaya has just announced that he is celebrating his birthday on Saturday May 8th with a kirtan and party at Vivace Studios and we are all invited!
Please come out and honour Francesco's special day with us! Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased through Francesco's website: or $15 at the door.

Friday, March 12, 2010

WAH! will be at the Toronto Yoga Show! Rumour has it Brenda McMorrow may join her on stage!


Toronto Kirtan Lovers are excited to welcome Kirtan Goddess, WAH! to the Toronto Yoga Show & Conference in 2 weeks, where she will perform on Saturday night March 27th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Our Inside Sources here at Toronto Kirtan Community have received a rumour that our own beloved Brenda McMorrow has been asked to join WAH! on stage! Prepare for a great night of Shakti energy!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mirabai Ceiba: Nectar for the Ears!

Mirabai Ceiba have a new CD available from Spirit Voyage Music, ' A Hundred Blessings'.

Mirabai Ceiba will be making a welcome return to The Yoga Sanctuary on Danforth, Toronto on Friday June 4th. Check out their gorgeous new video for a taste of the musical nectar they will be bringing to us!

About Mirabai Ceiba:

Musical Journey between Worlds.
Original songs and spiritual chants to celebrate the joy of life.
Mirabai Ceiba is a musical project created by Angelika Baumbach from Mexico / U.S. (vocal and harp) and Markus Sieber from Germany (vocal and guitar). They perform a compilation of original songs in Spanish and English as well as newly arranged chants from different traditions of the world and Gurmukhi Mantras. The name Mirabai Ceiba expresses the influences of both India and Native Latin America. The Ceiba is the sacred tree of Latin America, where these trees are never cut but are allowed to grow very tall. "We wish our music could be like that kind of tree, with roots deep in the Mother Earth and branches extending wide into Father Sky. Mirabai is for us the wandering, the devotion, the inspiration in all the different aspects of divinity."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mike Cohen coming to Toronto!

The Toronto Kirtan Community & Downward Dog Yoga Studio are excited to be hosting Mike Cohen at Downward Dog in Toronto on Saturday May 29th! Mike will also be offering a workshop for those wishing to go deeper in kirtan exploration on Sunday May 30th. Details TBA! Stay tuned!

From Mike's website:

What is Kirtan?

Kirtan is a group participatory experience of sacred call and response chanting that will calm your mind, open your heart and build deep connection to yourself, others and the Divine.
Kirtan is a practice that blends East and West. Eastern spirituality is represented by Sanskrit mantras that will calm your mind, open your heart and allow you to connect with Divine energy. Western musical sensibilities are represented by musical influences from uniquely American/Western musical influences such as jazz, funk, soul, rhythm and blues, and rock.
As a form of collective spirituality, in Kirtan we bring our voices and intentions together to cultivate Shakti (Divine energy), allowing each participant to bring more love, freedom and creativity into their life. Kirtan is fun and easy, and no prior experience is necessary.

Kirtan with Mike Cohen is an invitation to sing, clap, meditate and dance together to create deep connection to the secret places of your soul.

Mike on YouTube: