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, September 23, 2011

Sunday Oct 2, 2011 Narayan Jyoti coming to Ottawa

Sivananda Yoga Centre
745, Chemin d'Aylmer, Ste 204
Gatineau (Aylmer)
Quebec J9H 0B8

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

MIRABAI CEIBA's Canadian Tour 2012

  • St. Catherine's, ON - Sep 24 7:30pm

    First Grantham United Church415 Linwell Rd.
    St. Catherine's, ON L2M 2P3
    Tickets are available at:
    The Willow Den: Karel Sukhdeep Singh 905 280 0358 email: or
    Lisa's Yoga: Lisa Devi Kirn Kaur 289 213 8355 email:
    General Seating: Tickets $25.00 in advance
    $30.00 at the Door (children under 12 are free)

  • London, ON - Sep 28 7:30pm

    Aeolian Hall795 Dundas Street
    London, ON N5W 2Z7

  • Toronto, ON - Sep 30 7:30pm

    • General Admission $28.25 advance, $39.55 at door. Premium seating $39.55 advance, $50.85 at door.
      Ticket prices include HST

    This event is being held at Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. Toronto, M4K 1N7. Note, this venue is not wheelchair accessible

    A discount of 10% is available on groups of 10 or more. Call 416.593.4822 ext. 225 for group sales.

    Presented by The Wellness Path: For more information:
    Nirmal Singh 416-929-9369

    Ottawa, ON - Oct 02 7:30pm

    PranaShanti Yoga Centre52 Armstrong Street
    Ottawa, ON K1Y 2V7

    Cost: $30.00 per person in advance, $35.00 per person day of the event. Children under 12 free admittance.

  • "Heart of Healing" Workshop

    in Ottawa, ON - Oct 03


    PranaShanti Yoga Centre52 Armstrong Street
    Ottawa, ON K1Y 2V7

    The Heart of Healing Sacred Chant Workshop


    The intention of this workshop is to awaken the healing energy of compassionate love through chanting and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

    Mirabai Ceiba will take you on a journey through the vibrations of your own voice to penetrate your heart and manifest healing and peace in your life.

    They invite you into a sacred space to bless your ancestors, to heal your lineage and past, and with gratitude walk the distance to heal your destiny.

    "Loving what is now, by loving what has been before."
    ~ Yogi Bhajan


    Artist Website:

    A gentle yet expansive spirit pervades all the music of Mirabai Ceiba. The delicate sounds of harp, piano, and guitar blend with lovingly intertwined voices amid lush celestial soundscapes. Their concerts are group celebrations for peace—joyous and loving occasions that embody the duo's profound belief in music as a universal language uniting all the world's peoples, cultures and traditions.

    Mirabai Ceiba is a duo consisting of guitarist/singer Markus Sieber and singer/harpist/pianist Angelika Baumbach. They come from different parts of the world. Markus is East German. Angelika was born in Tucson, Arizona, and grew up in a small village near Mexico City, the daughter of a Mexican mother and German father.

    Together, Angelika and Markus have forged engaging new style of world devotional music blending Gurmukhi mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition with original songs in English and Spanish that reflect a Native American influence and also draw words of wisdom from Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Guru Nanak and Yogi Bhajan. Through exquisitely crafted recordings like their CD A Hundred Blessings, Mirabai Ceiba weave a beguiling tapestry from these diverse influence and sources. And that's what the music feels like: a beneficent and abundant gift from the universe. In concert, they inspire all present to chant together in a spirit of compassionate love and Oneness.

    Even the name Mirabai Ceiba embodies the influences of both India and Native Latin America. Mirabai (1498-1547) was a Hindu mystical singer. Her songs express the longing of the individual self to be one with the universal self, represented by Krishna. For Angelika and Markus, the name Mirabai "is the exploration, the devotion, the inspiration in all the different aspects of divinity."

    And the Ceiba is a sacred tree of Latin America which is never cut and grows very tall. "We wish our music could be like the Ceiba tree," say Markus and Angelica, "with roots deep in Mother Earth and branches extending far and wide into Father Sky."

Saturday September 24, 2011 SWAHA

Kirtan with Swaha

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Downward Dog Yoga Centre – Downtown Location

735 Queen St. West, 2nd Floor

Toronto, ON M6J 1G1


Join us for a live Kirtan preformance with Swaha (Marla Meenakshi and Ron Reid) joined by special guests Chris Gartner, Morgan Doctor and Genevieve Walker.

Swaha performs music that is both inspired and uplifting. It is an enticing blend of ethereal Sanskrit vocals soaring over rich earthy rhythms.

Frequently travelling internationally and sharing their love of music and the art of yoga, Meenakshi and Ron enjoy the opportunity to dive into the depths of a complete practice with people, filled with Bhakti (devotion), laughter, the beauty of the physicality of the yoga practice as well as the deep philosophical basis for it's existence.

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 24th)
$ 25 + tax - On the day or at the door

Friday September 23, 2011 MICHAEL MOON

Equinox Celebration
with Michael Moon

Friday, September 23 ~ 7:30 - 10:00pm
2 College Street (at Yonge), Suite 306
$25 at the door

Michael Moon Concert & CD Release

Posted by Brian on December 10, 2010

Embracing audience participation right from the beginning, the “electric shaman” opened with a chant of “Om Shanti Om” from his CD “Deep Peace”. Then reverberations of Tibetan and crystal bowls, blending with Didgeridoo and vibraphone, created a magical atmosphere that immediately shifted the group energy into a state of soulful peace. Michael’s beautiful songs followed weaving in and out of sublime, instrumental soundscapes.

From the ancient sounds of the santur, to dreamy guitar leads, the music always had a surprise in store, keeping the full house alternatively dancing and deeply focused. Chris Gartner’s bass held down the groove while the ‘goddesses’ Parvati, Jenn Howie, Ruth Finlay and Francoise Roy sang blissful harmonies complementing Michael’s rich voice. The first set ended with over a hundred voices filling the Sanctuary with the “Goddess Chant”.

During the break there was an abundance of healthy treats, food and drinks. It really felt like a party, especially when Michael began singing his original birthday song. Everybody joined in, as the several people who were celebrating their birthdays, blew out candles on a vegan chocolate cake.

The second set introduced Laura Nashman’s beautiful flute, blending perfectly with the entrancing melodies. The mystical sounds of Michael’s song “Unveil the Night” exploded into a rousing “Om Namah Shivaya” and the crowd went wild dancing and singing. And the drums…when Michael picked up a drum and joined the incendiary Beau Lukes and Steve Kaposey it was impossible to sit. The floor was shaking with all the dancing. A number of sweet, spiritual lullabies followed taking us deep inside and this set ended with the crowd dancing and singing to a rockin’ version of Michael’s song/chant “I Am Whole”.

The show closed with a lovely circle with everyone holding hands and singing a long, playful “Om”. No one wanted to stop. One lone meditater, unable to move, sat in the centre of it all. Definitely, a very magical night at The Yoga Sanctuary.