Bringing a Splash of Spiritual Culture to Toronto!
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.
The event will begin with a euphoric parade down world-famous Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then will shift to our new festival site this year – Sherbourne Common, for two days of festivities.
The festival is open to the public and free for everyone. Get more information by checking the links inside the menu above.
Festival of India has secured a partner hotel near the Toronto Airport. Click the button below for more information
Agnideva Dasa was born in Trinidad and Tobago and began publicly performing bhajan and kirtan in the traditional Bengali style in 1972. He is renowned even up till today as one of the most expert and devotional singers.
Bhaktimarga Swami, born in Chatham, Ontario, has been a practitioner of bhakti yoga for over 30 years. Based in Toronto, he is a world-renowned instructor of bhakti yoga and mantra meditation. He is affectionately known as “The Walking Monk” for walking across Canada more than 3 times. With a background in fine arts, Bhaktimarga Swami is renowned for his theatrical productions.
A native of Mauritius, Madhava das learned musical meditation under the direction of the legendary Aindra dasa. While in Vrindavan, India, he played the mrdanga drum for hours on end, day after day, honing his rhythmic skill and sensitivity. You can catch him and his incredible chants as part of the explosive closing kirtans on the main stage on both days of our festival!
Ganga embodies the ritual art form of Odissi dance. Ganga has been immersing in and connecting to the core aspects of Bhakti tradition, cultivating the forms essence with the timeless grace of Devi Movement – empowerment of dance with yogic elements, healing movement, mudra meditation and breath focus.
Jahnavi Harrison was born and raised in a family of English bhakti yogis at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire. She is a multi disciplinary artist, trained in Western classical violin, South Indian dance (Bharatanatyam) and Carnatic music, as well as writing and visual arts.
Due to the continuing flood conditions on Toronto Island Park, the City of Toronto has announced that the Toronto Islands, including Centre Island, have been closed to the public until at least July 31, 2017. These developments mean that the 45th Annual Festival of India, scheduled for July 15-16, 2017 will be forced to take place at some other location in downtown Toronto. We are working closely with the City of Toronto to establish an alternate location for our festival. Once we have a location confirmed, we will announce it here on our festival website. For any media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Festival Announcement - New Festival Site
We are pleased to announce that a new festival site has been selected for this year - Sherbourne Common which is located less than 10min walk from where the Festival of India Parade ends. We are also happy that the festival dates - July 15 & 16th will remain same. We thank everyone including the City of Toronto for helping us secure the location.
Parade is only on Saturday, July 15th 2017 and begins at 11am at Yonge and Asquith, north of Yonge and Bloor
near the Toronto Reference Library. The closest TTC subway station is Yonge/Bloor
station. The parade goes down Yonge street and ends at Queens Quay and Freeland St.
Festival of India Room Rate: $120.00 + tax per night
Complimentary Parking for visitors for Festival of India (Savings of $15 per day)
Transportation to Downtown Options
Airport Shuttle & UP Express
All hotel guests have access to a complimentary shuttle to the Toronto Airport
The shuttle will take the guests to UP Express Train station at the airport and guests can arrive in downtown (Union Station) in about 20 minutes
Cost for UP Express:
$25.00 (one way) – family of 2 adults and 3 children (under 19 years)
$12 (one way) – 1 adult pass
Normally less expensive than a taxi
Approximately $25 to $35 (one way)
flat rate of $55 for a car or $65 for a Van (one way)
20 minute drive to downtown
Special Festival Shuttle
Depending on the number of bookings for festival attendees at the hotel, there may be the option of having a direct festival shuttle between the hotel and the festival. Note: This option will not be available unless there are a certain number of bookings at the hotel
Booking Your Room
Guests can simply call hotel at (416) 798-8840 and mention Festival of India to book the room
Guests can refer to the group reservation WAC: INDIA2017 and book rooms or can speak to anyone at the desk or central reservation