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

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

TORONTO Hridaya Kirtan Sunday Oct 3rd

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Toronto Kirtan + 1 Hr. Meditation Class, Sunday October 3, 2010...
at the Carrot Common, 348 Danforth Ave., Rm. 212 (upstairs)

PLEASE NOTE, Door opens 7:15pm for Kirtan as we have a 1hr Meditation Class prior to the Kirtan.
*If you wish to join us for the Meditation, please arrive by 6:00pm.*
For inquiries contact 416-578-8503 or

Yoga of the Heart - Come for an evening of chanting, meditation and inspiration with students of spiritual teacher Yogini Mangala Anshumati. Let music move you to stillness - Kirtan is the joyful singing of ancient Sanskrit Mantras that naturally leads to meditation. Anyone can participate and enjoy this simple practice of call and response chanting. Prior musical or meditation experience is not necessary.

OTTAWA: Saturday night kirtan with Sat Jot Singh

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Musical Samples Found Here:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

DHVANI kirtan in Oakville - west of Toronto on Friday October 1st

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Welcome LEA LONGO from Montreal & Bhakti Fest to Toronto!


Celebrating the new CD, "Peace Chants", you will be embarked on a meditative path with Lea's soothing voice and Rad's infectious guitar playing...performing and sharing devotional sanskrit, english and gurmuk mantras, you will be captivated by the sounds of this Bhakti Yoga- Kirtan!

"PEACE CHANTS", the new CD from Lea Longo, a Montreal kirtan chant artist who has found her musical path and yoga while chanting the names of sacred Gods years back in India...

Lucky are those who has found their destiny, but it is not always the case when we are strutting through from day to day, paying the bills, checking off the "TO DO" list and so on etc... Do you have an inner place where you would like to go to and just stop all the mind chatter? Don't we all need a break?

Now, we don't need to all to go to India to find our inner peace.... Lea was strangely enough: "searching for my yoga and upon searching on the internet, I found this yoga chanting group so my gut told me to go...I never thought it would completely transform me from personal to musical as well. Now I chant all the time in my kirtans and on my recordings... it's amazing!"

But you can get the same feeling while relaxing at home or driving in your car listening to this music on your own time and find your inner peace...

"PEACE CHANTS" is a CD of sanskrit and gurmuki mantras blended with turkish and persian instruments, sitar, and modern guitar effects for a complete eastern/western feel. Lea's voice is soothing and mystifying. An Album to Own!

A Special Kirtan Evening with LEA LONGO & RAD in TORONTO!


Time: 7:30 pm

Tickets:$ 20 Pre-Register

$ 25 at the Door

Location: Lotus Yoga Centre

100 Harbord Street, Toronto

Cheques made to The Wellness Path and mailed to 348 Palmerston Blvd.,TO, ON M6G 2N6

For more information, contact Nirmal @ 416-929-9369 or


(Nam Jiwan Kaur) is her spiritual name...Lea is a Kirtan chant artist, singer/songwriter and a Kundalini Yoga teacher. Lea travels with her musician Rad, sharing the Bhakti Yoga & devotional song mantras from her CD's, ZEN VOYAGE and new release , PEACE CHANTS.

Lea’s voice has been described as “spiritually rewarding, soothing and mystifying. With a Bachelor of Jazz studies, you can hear some of her jazzy influence in her voice and kirtans. But this singer/songwriter is no stranger to other musical genres, successfully having most of her songs from one of her previous albums, “Miserably Happy” in various popular movies and TV shows as “Cheaper By The Dozen”, “She Drives me Crazy”, “Dawson’s Creek”, “Party Of Five”, “Summerland”, Felicity”, “North Shore, and many more. She was also the Grand Prize Winner in the Canadian National Songwriting Competition, which was picked out of the other 11 finalists and thousands of entries throughout Canada.

It is in 2006 where Lea travels to India and discovers music mantras chanting with true chanting masters. This is where Lea’s transformation happens and it is at that moment when she decides to pursue world-ambient “Yoga Chanting” to a more profound level. Moreover, upon her return, Lea decides to become a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and teaches mantra meditation to deepen her yoga practice and musical expression.

In 2007, Lea co-produces and releases ZEN VOYAGE -an ambient music CD showcasing her soothing and velvety voice featuring 10 sacred mantras based on Sanskrit texts. Well received in the new age world, Anne Williams from the New Retailer Magazine quotes: “wonderful CD for anyone who enjoys chant but is looking for a new sound. Very nicely arranged and performed”.

Her new CD, "Peace Chants" is a collection of sanskrit, english and gurmuk mantras blended with world beats, melodic guitars,traditional persian and turkish instruments. Lea's voice is captivating and pure, leading the listener to a peaceful and meditative state of bliss.

Monday, September 6, 2010

LOVE ABOUNDS!! New CD from Brenda McMorrow

Kirtan & CD Release Party with Brenda McMorrow. Featuring Marla Meenakshi Joy, Morgan Doctor, Chris Gartner, Sitara and Shannon Kingsbury!

Saturday, September 25 - 8:00 pm

Downward Dog Yoga - 735 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON

$20 advance/ $25 at the door.

Come celebrate the exciting White Swan Records release of Brenda's second devotional chant album "Love Abounds"! Brenda's celebration tour begins in Joshua Tree, California at Bhakti Fest where she will perform alongside acts such as Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Dave Stringer, Wah! and many others. The second stop on her tour at Downward Dog is sure to be a special one!

About Brenda:

Canadian Devotional Chant artist, Brenda McMorrow, began her musical career in the early 1990’s as a singer/songwriter. She co-founded the London, Ontario folk/rock band Julia Propeller – a campus radio and CBC favourite – which opened for and shared festival rosters with acts like Ani Difranco, Blue Rodeo and Bruce Cockburn.

Brenda’s rich musical exploration led her from folk to bluegrass to jazz and now - as meditation, yoga and expanding consciousness have become integral parts of her life – her true heart offering is to share her unique blend of original melodies, world beats and sacred Indian devotional chants.

Brenda collaborates with producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal/Deva Premal) and travels the world sharing her love of Bhakti! 2011 will find Brenda at Bhakti festivals in Europe (details to be announced soon).

"The beauty and sacred power of ancient Sanskrit chant form the foundation for this contemporary suite of folk-influenced songs rich in acoustic and ambient electronic textures. Produced by the esteemed Ben Leinbach (Deva Premal/Jai Uttal), these songs of devotion, expansion and infinite possibility lead us to the essence of who we really are -- that place where love abounds. Featuring: Grammy winning cellist David Darling, bansuri master Manose and Juno-nominated global electronica visionary Eccodek."

For more information about Brenda visit:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Ticket information:

Advance: $55 /$45 /$25

Door: $65 /$55 /$35

HST tax not included

All tickets are reserved seating.

Tickets available online, by phone, or in person at UofTtix box office. or 416-978-8849

For more information, call Nirmal at 416-929-9369

or email

Deva Premal and Miten met in India in 1990 . and soon began a journey into love and creativity that has taken their inspiring blend of song, mantra and meditation to a worldwide audience. They have released a string of acclaimed CDs with international sales of nearly one million, and their concerts and ecstatic chant workshops are met with rave reviews all over the world.

Their 2010 tour includes 60 concerts with visits to Australia, Scotland, England, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, France, Spain, Sweden, Russia, and a US tour with fellow chant master Krishna Das. On this tour they are accompanied by Nepalese flute maestro Manose

SWAHA Kirtan Sat Sept 11 2010 at the Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Join us for en evening of sacred chants, dance, laughter and Divine play with Swaha (Marla Meenakshi and Ron Reid), Chris Gartner and more!

Honouring the "name" we voyage together into a blissful realm. Bring friends, family and loved ones to share in the ancient tradition of song and community intention.

Swaha's Cds entitled 'Salutations', 'Vishnu's Dream' and 'Bolo' are available for purchase at both our studio locations as well as on the Swaha website, cdbaby and itunes. Their latest track, released July 2010 titled 'Shanti Pulse' is now available for purchase exclusively online! Visit at for full details.

"[Meenakshi's] open-hearted chanting soothes the heart and frees the spirit." ~Krishna Das

$ 20 +tax - In Advance (Before September 10th)
$ 25 +tax - Regular Price/At the Door


416-703-8805 |

735 Queen Street West, Toronto On. M6J 1G1

SWAHA's kirtan in April 2010

SEVARA in concert for Yogi Bhajan's Arrival Celebration on Sat Sept 11 2010

An Enchanting Evening

Chanting with SEVARA to Celebrate Yogi Bhajan Day

Saturday, September 11, 7-8:30 pm

Guru Ram Das Ashram


Join for a an evening of chant where it all began – at Guru Ram Das Ashram. September is the 42nd anniversary of Yogi Bhajan's arrival here in Toronto where he first began to teach Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness.

Johannes Linstead, also known as “SEVARA” is an award-winning musician whose recordings of Latin guitar and world music have charted in the Top Ten on Billboard in the US. He is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, Reiki healer, Qi Gong practitioner, and certified Sensory Healer. He also writes and records under the name SEVARA. SEVARA is derived from Seva Singh and Ra – the Sun aspect. The name ‘Seva Singh’ literally means ‘Lion of Devotional Service’, and was bestowed upon Johannes by Kundalini Yoga master, Yogi Bhajan. Johannes' latest CD, Mistico, recently won two ZMR Music awards in the US: "Best World Album" and "Best Instrumental Album - Acoustic." He is currently in the studio finishing his first yoga album which will be released this summer.


contacts above for the location of this kirtan


Mike Cohen was recently in Toronto for a 5 day visit, connecting with the Toronto Kirtan Community, offering a multitude of wisdom and gifts in many forms, including Somatic Bodywork sessions at the Yoga House in the east end, where we were embraced by the loving care of Celeste and Manny, who provided amazing home comforts and dietary delights. Home-made ice-cream, chocolate, coffee, and fresh fruits and vegetables were among the many wonderful foods that were constantly available to provide us with delicious nutritious healing energy.

Mike played at two of Lana Sugarman's yoga classes at Buddha Body Yoga Studio at Church/Wellesley. The combination of Mike's powerful music and Lana's sensitive, intuitive directions in where and how to move the body made for a sweet morning. In the afternoon, Mike led an inspirational Skills Building workshop, supported by the phenomenal drumming skills of Morgan Doctor, and the sublime vocals and guitar of Brenda McMorrow. We focused on leadership skills, musicanship and the community building aspects of kirtan.
During the course of the afternoon, an abundance of LOVE, SPACIOUSNESS & ALIVENESS was created. Judging by the sound generated from our collective 18 voices it is apparent that Toronto already has a very power-full kirtan community, but I happen to KNOW that it's still in it's infancy and has INFINITE potential.
Many thanks to MIKE for sharing his gifts, his assistant BROOKE for co-ordinating the events, and we look forward to their next visit in OCTOBER!