On July 17 and 18, come join us and experience the 38th Annual Festival of India (also known as Ratha-Yatra) in the heart of downtown Toronto. This unique festival launches off with a dynamic, high-energy parade down world-famous Yonge Street on Saturday (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then shift over to Centre Island for two more days of festivities, expected to draw close to 40,000 people.

The festival is open to the public and is free for everyone. This year’s events and attractions include an award-winning arts and culture show, Yoga Meltdown—an outdoor yoga festival, a free vegetarian feast, a South Asian Bazaar, and much, much more.

On Sunday July 18, 2010, we are inviting Toronto’s yoga community, from the simply-curious to the seasoned veterans, to come experience a new yoga revolution that has never been seen before.

The picturesque, serene beauty of Centre Island with its lush parks and cool breezes from the lake will form the backdrop for a feast for the senses. Yoga Meltdown will present attendees with a chance to unwind, rejuvenate and invigorate themselves.

This is the very goal of Yoga Meltdown. To provide an opportunity for spiritual seekers, yoga enthusiasts, vegans/vegetarians and anyone who is curious about yoga to come out and deepen their understanding of yoga and its physical, mental and spiritual benefits.

The event will be highlighted by numerous free activities such as:
– Non-stop outdoor yoga classes and demonstrations
– Vegan and vegetarian cooking demonstrations
– Mantra meditation
– Power-packed chanting and kirtan
– A non-stop stage program including drama and theatre
– An all-you-can-eat, free vegetarian feast, presented by Festival of India
– A South Asian Bazaar and much more!


– Saturday Parade: begins at Yonge and Asquith, north of Yonge and Bloor near the Toronto Reference Library. The closest TTC subway station is Yonge/Bloor station.

– Centre Island: festivities on the island are accessible by the Toronto Ferry Docks, located at Bay and Queens Quay. By TTC, take 509 or 510 streetcar from Union station to the ferry docks. (2009: Kirtan Tent)

Thursday July 15 & Friday July 16 @ 10am – 10pm:

2 days of 12 hour kirtan:

Pre-Ratha-Yatra Kirtan Festival with Madhava das and Gopal das!

Festival Of India!!

Hare Krishna Centre 243 Avenue Road, Toronto at Roxborough

Join us for two 12 hour days of blissful kirtan in New Remuna Dham (Hare Krishna Centre),
Experience ecstatic and sweet kirtan leading up to North America’s biggest Ratha Yatra!

July 15th – 10:00am – 10:00pm
July 16th – 10:00am – 10:00pm including a Maha Harinama thru downtown Toronto!

Madhava das is quite famous in the European kirtan scene with his band Gaura Prem
and Gopal das is part of a 24 hour kirtan group on Vrndavana, India!

And the kirtan bliss continues at the Toronto Ratha-Yatra (July 17th and 18th)
with a rockin’ Parade kirtan, Spiritually chaotic kirtan in the Toronto Tunnel,
kirtan on the ferry ride to Centre Island and non-stop kirtan at the Festival site!!!!