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

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ALYSSA COHEN KIRTAN sat april 28th @ 7:30pm

Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 7:30pm until 9:30pm
Alyssa Cohen Kirtan
@ The Centering Space, 59 Cambridge Avenue, Toronto, (Broadview/Danforth area), ON
Alyssa Cohen, Garry Norman (tablas) and Naomi Tessler (vocals) sing their way into spring. Back from a wonderful time teaching yoga and leading kirtan in Jamaica, she is keen to reconnect with the Toronto chant lovers.
Cost: $15 (sliding scale available).
Alyssa Cohen plays uplifting kirtan music that softens the heart and guides people home to themselves. Sanskrit mantras, enlivened with western melodies, are played on an Indian harmonium and accompanied by drums and vocalists.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

JOHN WILLIAM BAULD & BOBBYJI's CD release celebration on Thursday April 26th


California shots from

with CD producer Ben Leinbach and violinist Genevieve Walker

Please join us Thursday April 26th, 2012 from 7:30-10:30pm @ Eatalia for our official cd release/thank you/celebration evening!
527 Brant Street, Burlington. Ontario L7R 2G8

Bhaktifest 2012, iTunes

& CD Release

Posted: April 8, 2012 in News
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It has been a while since I have had a chance to post, and so much has been happening. We officially released our album produced by Ben Leinbach in California , on Tuesday March 27th, and the first run of discs were sold in 3 days! Thank you for all of the support friends, listeners and yoga studios. The music is available through iTunes, and CD Baby.Through the power of the internet, we have been receiving digital downloads from all over North America, and as far away as The UK, Germany, South America & Korea!

More news includes that Krishna Das‘ online radio station has confirmed that they will include the music, which streams on Sirius Xm & through the net, we are so honoured to be a part of this amazing station. Bobbyji and I have been invited to perform at Bhaktifest in both California & the US Midwest, and are thrilled to be a part of this amazing gathering alongside so many artists & teachers, the music has truly become shared internationally. Our cd release evening is scheduled for Thursday April 26th @ Eatalia from 7:30-10:30pm. This evening is more of a thank you to all of the people who have helped make this journey possible, please join us for some great food, music, and celebration. The intention has always been to share music of the heart, and this continually unfolding journey has been such an incredible experience. Thank you friends, those who come to the classes, and enjoy the music -you make this possible ...

by John William Bauld

In his newsletter, Ben Leinbach writes:

-John William Bauld and Bobbyji are two of the nicest chaps you'll ever meet. They also create some beautiful music. They came down from Toronto for three weeks to create this EP of uplifting songs. We had a blast sitting around with acoustic guitars and percussion, arranging the songs, and co-writing a few things together.

John William Bauld and Bobbyji