2017 Toronto Festival of India

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The past four decades have witnessed the Festival of India blossom into one of Toronto’s most dazzling, head-turning summer events. We are excited to announce that the 45th Annual Festival of India (also known as Ratha-Yatra) will be taking place on July 15th and 16th, 2017.

New Location has been found!  Sherbourne Common at the foot of Sherbourne St by Lake Ontario



Dave Stringer, Brenda McMorrow & Swaha July 8th

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Sat Jul 08 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM TORONTO: downward dog’s 20th anniversary celebration with dave stringer, brenda mcmorrow & swaha

Downward Dog Yoga Studio 735 Queen Street West, 2nd floor
Toronto, ON M6J 1G1 at Tecumseh, west of Bathurst
phone: 416.703.8805

We are thrilled to celebrate Downward Dog’s 20th anniversary with all of the people who have been a part of our journey. To kickoff our milestone, we are holding an evening of ecstatic chant and dance with the esteemed Dave Stringer, Brenda McMorrow, and Downward Dog’s own, Swaha! Dave was our very first kirtan artist in our early years and has remained a dear friend to the studio. His energy combined with renowned songstress Brenda McMorrow, and Marla (Meenakshi) and Ron’s band Swaha promises an evening of “off the chart” music. Full of grooves to move, dance, celebrate, and sing your heart out to. We hope that you can come on this very special full-moon evening and join us heart to heart for the culmination of the day’s festivities.

Cost: $30 advanced ticket / $35 at the door

Space is limited, so we advise that you register in advance to secure your spot!

In-Studio Workshops


Sun May 7 Toronto: Gurunam Singh

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Sun May 7 TORONTO: Gurunam Singh “The Grace of God Tour”, Workshop & Concert at Dancemakers Studio 313, 9 Trinity Street, Toronto.
map: https://www.google.ca/…/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89d4cb3d9…

“The Naad of Relaxation” Workshop 3:00-4:30pm, doors open at 2:30pm. “The Naad of Relaxation” Workshop. Using Naad Yoga, The Yoga of Sound, and live music with Gurunam Singh, we will explore techniques to bring the mind and body into a state of calm and balance. There will be a minimal amount of yoga and pranayam at the start of the class followed by lots of chanting, meditations and a deeper exploration of the chakras.

Concert 6:00-8:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm. “The Grace of God Tour” Concert
Come chant your way to peace, bliss, balance and an open heart! Gurunam Singh’s music heals and elevates. His humour and stories soothe the soul. Bless yourself with an evening to remember!

Workshop: 3:00-4:30pm, doors at 2:30pm
Concert: 6:00-8:00pm, doors at 5:30pm
Please bring a yoga mat and cushion!

Workshop: $30 advance / $40 door
Concert: $35 advance / $45 door
Combined Ticket Special: $55 advance / $65 door
Fees & taxes extra
Purchase tickets HERE: https://tickets.brightstarevents.com/…/the-grace-of-god-tou…
For more information contact Nirmal at nirmal@thewellnesspath.ca or 416-716-1402.

BIO: Gurunam Singh’s musical influences range from gospel, folk, and country to classical Indian raag and from traditional Sikh hymns to devotional Hindu chants. His music is deep, heartfelt and accessible to all.
In Gurunam’s teen years he started having powerful experiences when praying. At age 18 Gurunam Singh was gifted a guitar and began composing simple songs, some personal, some devotional. At 22 he discovered Yogi Bhajan and the Sikh Dharma. When faced with difficult times, the teachings of Yogi Bhajan gave him a home; a way to balance himself. They also gave him Sadhana (daily spiritual practice), which has been an immensely powerful force in his life. Gurunam quickly became involved in sacred chant music and soon began leading chants in the pre-dawn early morning ambrosial hours. He spent long periods of time in the solitude of his own home, and was often to be found in the Sikh temple late at night, chanting to God and writing arrangements for devotional songs. Chanting the Sacred brings Gurunam to a blissful, calm state of mind.
Gurunam Singh is a poet, mantra artist, and workshop facilitator. He tours both nationally and internationally, leading Kirtans and Yatras in India every year. He has several CD’s, some of which can be found on the Spirit Voyage label. He has studied with some great ragis such as Bhai Avtar Singh and Ustaad Narinder Singh Ji, both from India, and Dya Singh from Australia.
For more on Gurunam Singh’s music, please visit gurunamsingh.com.

Fri May 12 John Wm Bauld and Shonna Brown

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@   “Silence” – 46 Essex Street, Guelph, Ontario
John William Bauld, Shonna Annapurna Brown and friends will take you on a journey of love and discovery through devotional sounds of kirtan and meditation.
Teachers of Yoga – Acharyas (M.Y.) John William Bauld & Shonna Annapurna Brown travel abroad teaching classical yoga and spreading the love that they hold in their heart for Bhakti music. The debut solo album produced in California by acclaimed Grammy-nominated Ben Leinbach mixes sacred Sanskrit mantra with modern adult contemporary music in English, with the single Nataraja, featured on Kripalu’s latest Seva CD ‘Sounds of Bhakti – Vol 7’. They are the founders of Anandafest which continues their commitment to promoting unity and oneness among all people.
Join us for an offering of relaxation, chanting, movement and music at
 “Silence” – 46 Essex Street, Guelph, Ontario
Doors open at 7:00pm
Kirtan: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
$20 or PWYC


Fri May 12 Toronto Yeshu Satsang

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Dear Friends,
Our next satsang is on Friday, May 12th, and the following satsang is on June 16th. Please note that the July and August satsangs will both be on the beach (including potluck vegetarian dinner!) We’re taking song requests for the beach satsangs, so if you have a favourite kirtan/bhajan from the Kshama Sagar Bhakti Mala booklet, write to us and let us know!
You may have noticed at our last satsang that we are renewing our attempt to provide a devotional atmosphere from the moment you walk into the space, until our chai time, which is the social and fun time.  What this means is that satsang is now a cell phone/device free space. Please power down when you arrive.  While we have allowed photography and video in the past, these things can distract from the devotion in the moment. Please refrain from using devices or cell phones until the chai time after 9 pm, when you may feel free to take pictures.  At some point in the future, if we bring in a professional photographer/videographer to record the satsang, we will give satsang attendees a month’s advance notice, so that people are aware that the satsang (and people attending) will be filmed.
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Chris and Miranda
Friday, May 12th,  2017

7 pm

Church of the Resurrection

1100 Woodbine Avenue

Toronto, ON, M4C 4C7

Contact: Chris and Miranda at 416 469 1821 or chrisdhale@gmail.com

In India, Yeshu is Hindi for “Jesus.” Satsang means “gathering of the truth.” Typically, satsangs in India are gatherings of people who worship together, often using devotional songs called bhajans and kirtans. You are invited to join us in worshiping Jesus in an Indian way. We’ll be sitting on the floor, with incense, flowers and oil lamps, surrounded by the sounds of sitar, tabla, and other Indian and western instruments. The songbooks provided are in Hindi (with English translations) written so that you can join in. Fruit and Indian sweets (prasad) will be served afterward.




Feel free to pass on this invitation to anyone who you think would feel refreshed, or interested in Yeshu Bhakti (Indian tradition of devotion to Jesus.)

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