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

Friday, July 22, 2011

Toronto's 24 Hour Kirtan Aug 13-14

Live webcast now on:


Opening Ceremony: 9:30am

Start of 24hour Kirtan:

10:00-10:15am: Janardan Das

10:15-11:15am: Nitai Das

11:15-12:00pm: Satyananda Krsna Das

12:00-12:30pm: Sudipta and Group

12:30-1pm: Bharati and Group

1:00-1:45pm: Gaura-Shakti Kirtan Yoga

1:45-2:15pm: Asha-Lata Devi Dasi

2:15-2:45pm: Rupesh Pandey

2:45-3:15pm: Julia

3:15-3:45pm: KrsnaDas Schleusener

3:45-4:30pm: Thakura Das

4:30-5:00pm: Kalindi Dasi

5:00-5:45pm Amala Kirtan Das

5:45-6:30pm: Uttam Sarkar (Uttam Bhakta Das)

6:30-7:30pm: Navayogendra Swami

7:30-8:15pm: Gaura Mani Dasi

8:15-9:15pm: Ajamil Das


10:00 Visvambhar
11:00 Vijay Krishna
12:00 Jagi
1:00 Gopal Trivedi
1:30 Gopi Gita
2:00 Subadra
2:30 Rama
3:00 Bharat Seva Ashram
4:00 Krsna Das
4:30 Satish Prabhu
5:00 Christina
5:30 Jettu
6:00 Thakur
6:30 Kalindi
7:00 Amala Kirtan
7:30 Gaura Mani
8:00 Uttama Bhakta
9:00 Ajamil
End Closing Remarks


The Ashtaprahar Planning Committee is pleased to welcome once again

Vijay Krsna (LONDON, UK)

for Ashtaprahar: Nama-Yagna 2011 - Summer 24-Hour Kirtan Festival !!!

Stay locked on the event page as we release one new artist everyday...

Ashtaprahar... For the Love of Kirtan!


Kalindi Dasi (Dallas, TX)




The Ashtaprahar Planning Committee is pleased to welcome once again...

(Mayapuris Kirtan - Alachua, FL)

***Thursday's Special Announcement ***

Jagannath Kirtan Das

( Jagi Kirtan (Alachua, FL)


The Ashtaprahar Planning Committee is pleased to welcome our mystery guest...

Shakti is Toronto`s very own Kirtan Group! Aside from recently releasing a cd, SWEET SURRENDER, Gaura-Shakti has beome a staple around the Kirtan community in Toronto. Come and see our friends sing the glories of Sri Nam

for Ashtaprahar: Nama-Yagna 2011 - Summer 24-Hour Kirtan Festival !!!

Ashtaprahar... For the Love of Kirtan!

Ashtaprahar: Nama-Yagna 2011

Summer 24-Hour Kirtan Festival

Saturday, August 13 at 10:00am - August 15 at 12:00am

Bharat Sevashram Sangha - Toronto
2107 Codlin Crescent
Etobicoke, ONT

*** ABSOLUTELY FREE FESTIVAL: no admission fee, entire weekend inclusive ***

Summer 2011- Ashtaprahar: Nama Yagna, a nonprofit event is a weekend of celebrated dance, kirtan and unity. The organizing committee is proud to present the second of the series of North America’s largest 24-Hour Kirtans! The 24-hour non-stop kirtan provides an opportunity for different communities to come together as people are united by the beauty and
spirit of the Vedic Indian culture.

We are committed to building a solid reputation within the bhakti-yoga community to ensure a greater success event after event! We are expanding the horizons, by taking this festival to an International level, with artists and guests attending from coast to coast. This summer’s event will be on August 13th, 2011 and is expected to bring in 5000+ attending guests over the duration of the weekend!

Ultimately, our mission is to spread the holy name through congregational chanting, the highest devotional service that can be rendered to Sri Guru and Gauranga. Please help us in our mission by taking part in this event.

Kirtaniya Sada Hari!


Event will consist of 24-Hour Kirtan + Bhajan Sandhya!

*24-Hour Kirtan: Starts 10 a.m. - 10 a.m. Saturday, August 13 to Sunday, August 14th, 2011

*Bhajan Sandhya: Starts at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2011



The Ashtaprahar 2011 organizing committee is proud to present the line-up of official kirtaniyas at this summers grand 24-hour kirtan festival.

★★★ Kirtaniyas ★★★

Introducing for the FIRST time in Toronto...

From across the nation: Calgary, Canada....

The voice behind albums like "Vrndavan Mellows" alongside Sripad Aindra Das...

+-+-+ Nitai Das +-+-+

Alongside the all-star roster of:

Ajamil Das (Toronto, Canada)
Amala Kirtan Das (Dallas, USA)
Anish Pillai (Houston, USA)
Christina Raykha (Toronto, Canada)
Gaura Mani Devi Dasi & Param Das (Vrindavan, India)
Gopal Trivedi (Detroit, USA)
Gopi Gita Devi Dasi & Rupa Madhurya (Dallas, USA)
Haimashini Persaud (Toronto, Canada)
H.H. Gunagrahi Das Goswami (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Krsna Das (Belgium, Europe)
Nittilam Devi Dasi (Montreal, Canada)
Nruhari Das (London, UK)
Radha Govinda Kirtan Mandali (Toronto, Canada)
Rupesh Pandey (Toronto, Canada)
Sanjay Shah (Montreal, Canada)
Sarvajaya Gauranga Das (DC, USA)
Thakur Das (West Virginia, USA)
Uttama Bhakta Das & Damodar Das (Atlanta, USA)

Stay tuned and hold tight for announcements regarding the SPECIAL guest kirtaniya(s) who will be announced soon...

Special Guest Performances by:

Guruji Shri Dev Bansraj, New Vaikuntha Players of NYC and many more!


::: CONTACT US :::


(T) 1.416.679.0967 : Bharat Sevashram Sangha
(T) 1.416.801.1271 : Guest Services
(T) 1.647.928.9860 : Ashtaprahar Hot-Line



Ashtaprahar... For the Love of Kirtan!

‎*** Accommodations! ***

For the weekend of Ashtaprahar: Nama-Yagna 2011, you may need a place to stay…

We have organized FREE accommodations, which will be available on site at the Bharat Sevashram Sangha – Toronto facilities. There are LIMI
TED spaces available so reservations will work only on a first come first served basis.

To avoid disappointment, book now! Information pertaining to guest services and for booking your spot, please contact us at:

*** Hotel Accommodations! ***

If you’re interested in a comfortable room with a bit more luxury, located only minutes away from the Ashtaprahar: Nama-Yagna 2011 venue, you’re more than welcome to contact any of the hotels listed below:

1. Wo
odbine Motel: 7242 Highway 27, Woodbridge ON, L4L 1A5. 905-851-2876/(905) 264-6562

2. Vaughan Inn. 6700 Highway 7, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada L4L 1A5. 905-851-2831

3. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. 6100 Highway 7, Woodbridge, ON L4H 0R2. 905-851-1510

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