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, October 19, 2011

SHANTALA returns to Ontario: Waterloo, Toronto & Guelph on Nov 4-6 2011

Benjy and Heather Wertheimer lead kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide as the duo Shantala, with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation. The weaving of Benjy’s Indian classical singing and instrumentation with Heather’s soaring vocals is freshly original and profoundly moving. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Shantala has performed and recorded internationally .with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. In summer 2008, they were named as one of the top “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.

Please visit to sample tracks off Ocean of Sound, LIVE in love, Sri, The Love Window and many others.

on Friday November 4th
@ 7:30pm

Community of Hearts Yoga
826 King St North, suite 21
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 4G8

The magical sounds of Benjy & Heather will amaze and uplift you.
Featuring Sean Frenette on bass, vocals and three string guitar and Lindsey Stormo contributing vocals

For more info please call 519 880-9339
or email:

pre-purchase - $20.00 / at the door $25.00

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Sacred Chanting with SHANTALA: Benjy and Heather Wertheimer In TORONTO

on Saturday November 5th

@ 8pm

@ Downward Dog Yoga Centre – Downtown Location

735 Queen St. West, 2nd Floor, at Tecumseh,
Toronto, ON M6J 1G1
For more information please email

Featuring Sean Frenette on bass, vocals and three string guitar and Lindsey Stormo contributing vocals content&view=article&id=43& Itemid=19&LocationID=1& TypeGroupID=11&ClassID=1687

$ 20 + tax - In Advance (Before November 5th)
$ 25 + tax - Regular Price

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@ 7pm

105 Wyndham St. N
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4E9


$20 in advance $25 day of

Featuring Sean Frenette on bass, vocals and three string guitar and Lindsey Stormo contributing vocals

Heather & Benjy Wertheimer open hearts around the world with their passionate music. We are very pleased to welcome them back for an evening of spirit and sound. The kirtan is an extension of yoga classes in terms of creating community.

“When people come to sing for an evening of chanting, they're not coming for entertainment. They're coming to enter into a place in the heart. These practices work because these practices work. They work from wherever you are. . . . You don't have to believe anything. You just have to do them."“ Krishna Das

Heather and Benji will have CD’s available for sale.

In any gathering, in any chance meeting on the street, There is a shine, an elegance rising up. Rumi

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