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

Friday, May 25, 2012

June 9th - An Evening of Bhakti

While we have all become accustomed to seeing the typical images that are conjured up when we think of yoga, it can be an heart-opening experience to learn of bhakti-yoga - the yoga of love. 

We invite you to come and dive into an evening full of divine chants as you learn more about the ancient teachings of the yoga of the heart. The premise of the "Evening of Bhakti" is to hold a spiritually-soaked event for you. Whether you are completely new to the concept of bhakti-yoga or a seasoned veteran, you can expect an incredible evening of chanting, wisdom, dancing and more, followed by a vegan dinner. 

Our special guest of honor, speaker of the night will be Gunagrahi Swami. Gunagrahi Swami is a monk that has been travelling widely in North and South America teaching Bhakti Yoga for more than 40 years. 

Hosted at beautiful Govinda's Dining Hall in Toronto's historic Hare Krishna Centre (243 Avenue Road), we warmly invite your for an evening that will feed the mind, body and soul! 

Free Admission - Donations Accepted. 

Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday, June 9th at 7pm! See you there! :-)

Please register at:

Monday, May 14, 2012


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Aug 3 - 5 2012: 
Kirtan with Shyamdas, Brenda McMorrow, Adam Bauer and friends
Yoga with Darin and Wendy

Darin and Wendy, Shanti Retreat 89 Waldo’s Lane, Box 36 Wolfe Island, Ontario K0H 2Y0
Phone 613-385-9912

Devotional practitioner, translator, author and musician, Shyamdas brings India's ancient Vedic literature and medieval devotional renaissance to life in the West. He has written and translated more than 20 books on Bhakti Yoga and the Path of Grace. Shyamdas specializes in classical temple singing and the mystic poets of North India. As we say in Krishna's sacred land of Vraja, "Jai Shri Radhe!"

Brenda McMorrow is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for it's high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. She has accompanied Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed Kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Wah!, David Newman, Girish and Dave Stringer, and has been invited to Bhakti Yoga festivals and events across the U.S., Canada, Italy and Germany as part of her most recent tour schedule. When not on the Bhakti road, Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home.

A scenic ferry ride will bring you to us…

Shanti Retreat Center is located on beautiful Wolfe Island, near Kingston, the gateway to the Thousand Islands.
To reach us, board the Wolfe Island Ferry conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kingston. It’s a scenic 20 minute free car ferry ride to this island getaway. Enjoy the tranquil 11 acre property where our spacious century inn and cabins are situated on 1000 feet of private shoreline.
Delicious vegetarian meals are lovingly prepared in the Shanti kitchen.

From Toronto and Montreal it takes about 3 hours to reach the Wolfe Island ferry dock in downtown Kingston where the free ferry (Wolfe Island Ferry) departs hourly.
Coming from Ottawa the drive is about 2 hours.

Monday, May 7, 2012


Toronto: Sunday, May 27th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm,
Location: Carrot Common, 348 Danforth Ave.
Room 212 - upstairs
(Chester subway)
$7 Suggested Donation
please bring a pillow or blanket to sit on

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Hridaya Yoga - Yoga of the Heart

Phone      416-578-8503

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

John William Bauld & Bobbyji @ Moksha Brampton

Come sing with JOHN WILLIAM BAULD & BOBBYJI on Saturday May 26th @ 8pm

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In his newsletter, music producer/musician 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

venue:  Moksha Yoga Brampton

50 Peel Centre Drive, Unit 205

Brampton, ONT, Canada
L6T 4G8