It’s hot, hot. August turns the heat on desi festivals and shows in Toronto


Whew! This is quite a line-up of celebrations in August.

The TD Festival of South Asia kicks-off at Little India (1426 Gerrard St. E. Toronto) from 12 noon to 11 p.m. Check out these Desi festivals and concerts in Toronto, August 2015.

The TD Festival of South Asia kicks-off at Little India (1426 Gerrard St. E. Toronto) from 12 noon to 11 p.m. Check out these Desi festivals and concerts in Toronto, August 2015.

Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2
Event: MuslimFestMuslimFest_2015_Flyer-1024x690
Details: August kicks off with the popular MuslimFest, a celebration of Muslim arts, culture, humour, cuisine and more. Festival runs Aug. 1-2 at Celebration Square in Mississauga. Performers include: include Florida’s Yasemin Kanar, aka Yaz, Canadian Writer and Artist Boonaa Mohammed, Hip-hop and R&B trio Native Deen, The band, Joshua Salaam, Abdul-Malik Ahmad and Naeem Muhammad. Stand-up performance by Preacher Moss is also a must-see.

Saturday, Aug. 1
-2015-5-26-11-19-42Event: Chaar Laina with Surender Sharma and Sampat Saral
Details: Surrender Sharma was the king of deadpan delivery and master of humour few decades ago. Guess what? He’s performing at The Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln. in Brampton at 5:30 p.m. courtesy, Indo-Canada Arts Council. Tickets cost $20/person and upwards.
Contact: Here

Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8
Event: Bollywood Monster MashupBollywood Mashap
Details: The 5th annual Bollywood Monster Mashup is back bigger, better and earlier. Organizer are calling on desis to party at the largest South Asian festival in Canada taking place at where else? Mississauga Celebration Square.
This year features: Bollywood star Jonita Gandhi who’s the headline performer on Friday, August 7. Saturday, Aug. 8 will see the first-ever Canadian performance by Ash King.
According to Artistic Director Vikas Kohli, “This year there will be special Pan American fusion acts, a bigger KidsZone, more singers, musicians, dancers and more interactive Bollywood dance lessons”.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Aug. 8
Viva goaEvent: Viva Goa
Details: The Croatian Recreational Park (Father Kamber), 4525 Mississauga Rd. will come alive with all things Goan as part of World Goa Day. Live entertainment, food and music are on the agenda. Action takes take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $7/person. Free for children under 12. First 200 guests will get free Chourico Pao.

Sunday, Aug. 9
Event: Masala Masti Boat Cruisemasala cruise
Details: Omni Promotions Canada & PGA International Inc. are presenting a Masala Masti Boat Cruise IV: a fun-filled family event. Put your dancing shoes on. Cash bar. Boarding time is 12 noon at 242 Cherry St. in Toronto and cruising will happen from 1-5 p.m. Tickets cost $50/person (adults) and $45/person (for a group of 10).
Contact: Here (

MISAFF15+posterEvent: Dhanak (premiere)
Details: Mosaic: South Asian Film Festival of Mississauga (MISAFF) 15 is presenting Nagesh Kukunoor’s film Dhanak. Premiere will feature a talk with the director. Dhanak is the road adventure of an orphan brother and sister pair in search of their dream to meet Shahrukh Khan. The event is taking place at Cineplex Cinemas, 309 Rathburn Rd. W. in Mississauga at 1 p.m. Cost of tickets is $10/person (adults) and $8/child (under 13).
Contact: Here

Friday, Aug. 14 to Saturday, Aug. 15
Event: TD Mosaic 2015Mosaic
Details: Mosaic, an arts festival, has more than 150 artists in over 16 hours of live stage performances, showcasing well-known local and international artists and super stars. The festival is happening at Celebration Square in Mississauga at 6 p.m.
Contact: Here

Saturday, Aug. 15
TD Festival of SAEvent: TD Festival of South Asia
Details: Considered a unique street festival, celebrations will take place at Little India, 1426 Gerrard St. E. Toronto from 12 noon to 11 p.m. Check out exotic cuisines, live entertainment, fashion show, arts & crafts display, fun family activities and much more.
Contact: Here