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

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Michael Moon NOV 20

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Deep Song Trilogy

Saturday, November 20 @ 7:30 pm

2 College Street (at Yonge), Suite 306,
Toronto, Ontario

$15 advance
$20 at the door

Feel free to bring a portable folding chair or backrest.

Come join us for an enchanting evening of sacred songs, meditative music, kirtan chanting and dancing grooves with multimedia projections and refreshments.

Experience the journey performed live for the first time. This is a rare opportunity to hear and see the musicians on Michael's new CD play together including Chris Gartner, Laura Nashman, Jenn Howie, Ruth Finlay, Francoise Roy, Beau R. Lucas and Steve Kaposey.

Deep Song is a double album on one CD. Nearly 80 minutes of music form two suites and combine with Michael's last CD Deep Peace, forming a three part journey - a journey to inner peace.

"You are warmly invited to my ‘Deep Song’ CD launch concert and party."

"Years of loving focus and dedication have gone into the production of this CD and it is with such a huge feeling of gratitude that I invite you to join me in celebrating its completion. I have quite an amazing show planned with many great musicians, beautiful video projections, and some yummy refreshments, I really look forward to sharing it all with you. This is a big moment for me and I would love for you to be a part of it." ~ Michael Moon

Michael's award-winning music is used worldwide in yoga classes, spas, and other therapeutic settings. It is the first choice of music for many alternative healers for their practices. It has also been used to induce sleep,get rid of migraines, and help with meditation.

The new CD Deep Song is filled with the hypnotic magic of past CD’s while adding the elements of Song, rhythm, and poetry to the mix. Imagine a blend of early Pink Floyd, Loreena McKennitt and Leonard Cohen embedded in Michael's unique percussive soundscapes.

Michael is also a published nature photographer and uses the images of nature along with the music to create a multimedia immersion into the exquisite beauty of this living earth.

Deep Song
(from the back cover)

"In the tradition of the troubadours, Michael's songs praising Love, Nature & Spirit, take you on a journey of alchemy. This lush tapestry of purely acoustic sound is woven with marimba, vibes, hammered dulcimer, flute, guitars, cello, and exotic world percussion. Soulful male and female harmonies join in deep poetry and mystic longing. This hypnotic music has a delicate magic and vibrancy that creates an inner sanctuary of peace, gently leading you home to your heart."

The Temple of Sound ::Michael Moon's Sound Healing Music::

Hridaya Yoga Kirtan & Meditation

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Toronto Kirtan + 1 Hr. Meditation Class, Sunday November 7, 2010...

TORONTO KIRTAN 7:30-9:30pm


at the Carrot Common, 348 Danforth Ave., Rm. 212 (upstairs), Chester Subway, Toronto, Ontario

Suggested donation $7

Please bring a meditation pillow.

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

Full Moon Meditation with Yogini Mangala Anshumati, Saturday November 20, 2010


at the Carrot Common, 348 Danforth Ave., Rm. 212 (upstairs), Chester subway, Toronto, Ontario

Please register and provide a telephone number
(416-578-8503 or

Please bring a pillow for meditation

Suggested donation $7

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Kirtan with Jim Gelcer

Saturday, November 6

$ 20 +tax - In Advance (Before November, 5th)
$ 25 +tax - Regular Price/At the Door

Downward Dog Yoga Centre – Downtown Location

735 Queen St. West, 2nd Floor

Toronto, ON M6J 1G1


Jim Gelcer is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed musician and composer. His love of music and yoga led him organically into the world of kirtan, where he is now in demand as a kirtan leader and has just released his first kirtan album, Bhagavan.

Kirtan is an ancient form of call and response singing. The idea behind kirtan is that by repetitive chanting of ancient Sanskrit and other mantras, we open our hearts and reveal our true nature. If you've ever been at a concert where the singer sang a line and then held the mike out to the audience and they sang a line back together, you've experienced a form of kirtan.

Jim artfully combines traditional kirtan with modern influences like jazz and world music into a unique blend unlike anything else you've heard. What happens when you combine a deeply devotional soul with a sophisticated pop music sensibility? At a live kirtan with Jim you may hear mashups of mantras with just about anything from Leonard Cohen to Bob Marley, Bill Withers, or even Black Eyed Peas.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


"True Being Through Chanting" - An Introductory Workshop

Sunday Oct 31 @ 2-4pm
473A Church St, 2nd floor, Toronto (south of Wellesley)

Join devotional chant artist Brenda McMorrow in this special workshop where we will explore the sacred sounds of ancient mantra and the joyous singing of kirtan (a practice of devotional or Bhakti Yoga). A special focus will be put on how this powerful practice serves to remind, awaken and enliven the truth of Who We Are!

Open to people interested in singing, meditation, yoga, sound healing and anyone wanting to try something heart-opening and new! No experience necessary!

Brenda McMorrow shares her special brand of heart-opening Kirtan chant with people far and wide. Her highly anticipated 2'nd album of Devotional songs "Love Abounds" has just been released by White Swan Records (Deva Premal/MC Yogi). 2011 sees Brenda traveling to Bhakti yoga festivals in Colorado, Italy, Germany and California. Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home.


Listen to "SRI MA"

Friday, October 8, 2010

Toronto Kirtan with SHANTALA: Benjy & Heather Wertheimer at the DOWNWARD DOG YOGA CENTRE

Kirtan with Shantala - Benjy & Heather Wertheimer

Saturday, October 23

Sacred chanting (kirtan) has its roots in the sacred music of ancient India. It is growing rapidly in popularity in the West along with the rise of yoga in American culture. Chanting events involve active audience participation and are open to people of all religious backgrounds. The music carries the audience through a journey of etheric beauty, ecstatic percussion, and singing with the devotion of the heart. It is a celebration of life, love, and the beauty of the human spirit.

Award-winning international artists Heather & Benjy Wertheimer as Shantala open hearts around the world with their passionate music. Shantala creates a sublime soundscape of musical harmony between East and West with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics, and exotic instrumentation. Call and response chanting with Shantala is fun, uplifting, and inspiring.

Benjy Wertheimer is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards) and vocalist specializing in Indian classical music. He has played with a diverse range of musicians, including Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. Heather Wertheimer is a nationally award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist.

As Shantala, Benjy and Heather tour throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to sharing the stage and recording studio with sacred music luminaries such as Krishna Das, Deva Premal, and Jai Uttal, they have released a number of critically acclaimed CDs, including their newest, live kirtan release LIVE in love. Other recordings include the popular chanting CD The Love Window and world dance CD Circle of Fire, which reached #1 on the international New Age radio charts in November 2002. Heathers CD Church of Sky was named one of the ten best CDs of 2004 by New Age Retailer Magazine.

"Sri is an intoxicating mix of Eastern and Western a sense of playfulness, devotion and authenticity shines through in each track." - Yoga Journal

$ 20 +tax - In Advance (Before October, 22nd)
$ 25 +tax - Regular Price


735 Queen St. West, 2nd Floor

Toronto, ON M6J 1G1