Guelph: Christopher Dicran Hale and Ed Hanley – sitar and tabla

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Thursday, October 26 at 7 PM – 11 PM Guelph: Christopher Dicran Hale and Ed Hanley
@  Silence 46 Essex Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H3K8
Artist’s Talk by Ed Hanley at 7pm
Silence Presents: Christopher Dicran Hale and Ed Hanley Concert at 8pm

Chris Hale and Ed Hanley perform the classical and popular music of India, featuring sitar, voice, guitar and tabla. From the slow sensuous, improvisational development of authentic traditional north Indian raga music, to vintage Bollywood love songs sung in Hindi and Urdu, join us for a trip across India, and the ages.

Chris Hale grew up in Nepal and India, speaks fluent Hindi, and has studied classical sitar for over 30 years. Ed Hanley has played tabla for 27 years, and has studied with master drummers in Canada, California and across India.

The show will feature an installation of Ed Hanley’s documentary photography from India, with a focus on Bhopal, as well as the acclaimed series The Longest Train in India, a 4,273km journey across India in 85 hours. Ed will give a short presentation on the photos before the performance.


Christopher Dicran Hale was born in Albany, New York in 1968. Within a year, he accompanied his parents, both of whom were doctors, to a remote mountain village in the country of Nepal. Besides being a pediatrician, his mother was also a concert pianist. The music of his childhood was a combination of western classical music and Nepali folk songs. During his adolescence at Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India, he was introduced to the sitar by his first guru, Ajit Singh. Being involved with the Jazz program there, he also studied several other western instruments and formed his first rock band.

Between 1987 and 1990, he studied jazz guitar and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was during this time that he was influenced by Joseph Gabriel Maneri, one of the leading figures in microtonal music.

Returning to India in 1990 he became the vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Olio. In 1993 he attended Bhatkhande Music College, in Lucknow, to focus on sitar. Christopher toured across India and produced two records with Olio until it disbanded in 1999.

During a trip to England in 1999 he formed the Indian devotional group Aradhna with guitarist Pete Hicks. This partnership prompted a move to New York City in 2000, and a study period with surbahar player Shubha Sankaran. In 2002, sitarist Paul Livingstone introduced Christopher to his current sitar guru, Partha Chatterjee, foremost disciple of sitar master Pt. Nikhil Banerjee. He also had the opportunity to study Hindustani vocal music with Pt. Rajeev Taranath. Christopher continued to tour as vocalist and sitarist with Aradhna from 2000-2012, performing across North America, India, Europe, South Africa, and the Caribbean, and recording and releasing eight albums.

Currently Christopher performs in weddings, corporate gigs, and public shows in Toronto, as well as teaching sitar and Hindustani vocal music from his home where he has lived with his wife since 2004.

Ed Hanley is a multi-dimensional artist – creator, performer, producer, photographer, cinematographer, recording engineer, video editor, educator, and tabla player.

Described as “a remarkable player, both in his musical thoughtfulness and his technical virtuosity” (Halifax Chronicle Herald), Ed’s multimedia work embraces the worlds of music, video and photography. Although best known as a practitioner of tabla (the classical percussion of North India), Ed’s recent work in the visual world (including over 100 music videos) expresses the same joy, dynamism, love of collaboration, and attention to detail as his years of work as a touring and recording musician.

Ed has studied tabla (north Indian classical percussion) for over 27 years with master drummers including Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Taalyogi Suresh Talwalkar in Canada, the USA and on 10 trips to India. He has also studied Carnatic drumming traditions with Sri Karaikudi Mani and Dr. Trichy Sankaran in Chennai and Toronto.

From the Stockholm Jazz Festival and the Jaipur Heritage Festival, to Massey Hall in Toronto and Joe’s Pub in New York City, Ed has been a featured performer at prominent music festivals and concert halls in Europe, India, the USA, and across Canada. As co-artistic director of the Canadian world music ensemble Autorickshaw, Ed has earned two Juno Award nominations, as well as the Grand Prize in the World Music category of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. His work has been recognized and supported by the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, DFAIT, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

Ed has been featured hundreds of times on stage and in the studio with a diverse range of artists – from Loreena McKennitt and the Penderecki String Quartet to Peggy Baker and Trichy Sankaran. His work can be heard on soundtracks for Deepa Mehta (Funny Boy for CBC Radio) and Jonathan Goldsmith (the feature film, Such a Long Journey), as well as in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts.
Ed has performed Dinuk Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto with professional orchestras in Ontario, BC, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

Ed’s documentary video and photography includes works on the continuing aftermath of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Leprosy Stigma and The Longest Train Journey in India, and has been published by the World Health Organization & The Bhopal Medical Appeal, and featured on the BBC, PetaPixel, Phoblographer, Mashable, Mental Floss, BuzzFeed, India Times, Tech Insider, Scroll India, Quartz, Travel + Leisure, Discovery News, France TV, The Better India and more.


Raga Jaunpuri, gat in Chartal ki Sawari (11 beats)

Raga Jaunpuri, drut Tintal:

Raga Bhimpalasi, alap and gat in vilambit Tintal:

Kabhi Kabhi (1976)

Teri Bindiya Re (1973)

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

Kora Kagaz Tha Yeh Man Mera (1969)


Kanyakumari Express timelapse (from the Longest Train in India):

Azan (call to prayer) at Taj-ul-Masajid Mosque, Bhopal

Tabla solo:

Toronto Hare Krishna “Evening of Bhakti”

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“Evening of Bhakti” this Saturday Oct 21st at 4:30pm!
Just a quick reminder, we warmly invite you to our next “Evening of Bhakti” which will be taking place this Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the historic Hare Krishna Centre from 4:30pm to 7:00pm!Our “Evening of Bhakti” will be a great chance to dive into this incredible experience of kirtan (musical mantra meditation), philosophy, food and more!  A wonderful vegan dinner will be served after the program.  Admission is free but donations are encouraged to help support the program.  You can find more information on our website:  Please feel free to bring your family and friends, it is open for everyone!

To help us plan properly for the number of guests attending, registration for the program is mandatory. Please confirm your attendance at:  if you haven’t registered yet.

We look forward to seeing you there!

address:  Toronto Hare Krishna Temple 243 Avenue Road, @ Roxborough/Dupont north of Bloor


Toronto Yeshu Satsang

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Fri October 20 @ 7 -10pm Toronto: Yeshu Satsang
Neighbourhood Universalist Unitarian Congregation

79 Hiawatha Rd.

Toronto, ON, M4L 2X7
Satsang this month is on Friday, October 20th. As many of you know, Yeshu Satsang Toronto has moved to the Neighbourhood Universalist Unitarian Congregation at 79 Hiawatha Road, so be sure to come to this address!

We will be bringing rugs with us, but you will need to bring your own pillow if you wish to be more cushioned. There will be a few chairs for those who need them.

Doors will open at 6:40 pm. Walk through the front doors and up the stairs on the right which lead to the main hall on the second floor. Silent meditation begins at 6:40 pm, so please bring conversations to a close before walking upstairs to the hall. Remember to power down any cell phones or other devices as you enter the building.
Contact: Chris and Miranda at 416 469 1821 or

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.

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,-79.3652332,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x43326a8df757c457!8m2!3d43.6448554!4d-79.3652332


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!

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