desiFEST 2015 was a roaring success for it’s 9th year!

desiFEST 2015 was a roaring success for it’s 9th year!

For its 9th consecutive year, desiFEST did not disappoint as it illuminated Yonge-Dundas Square for a day full of musical entertainment on May 30th.

desiFEST showcased an array of South Asian influenced genres ranging from Hindi and Hip Hop to Bhangra and soul.
Master D, SatsB, Mickey Singh, Kala Patel, Zack Knight

desiFEST once again fulfilled its mandate to showcase the talents of established and emerging artists on the desi urban music scene.

“Music has the power to connect us in a way like no other and we see that every year at desiFEST.”

“This platform allows artists to share their messages, engage their fans and support the community in a positive environment.  This is why we started, and why we continue to grow desiFEST with the support of our wonderful sponsors and fans,” said desiFEST founder Sathish Bala.   Artists from Canada, the US and the UK ignited the desiFEST stage in front of 40,000 eager fans throughout the day.

Though looming clouds hung overhead, the desiFEST audience was ready to party rain or shine! Visitors enjoyed an array of lunch and dinner options at the food booths, while families with children enjoyed the TD Kids Zone, featuring the ever-popular bouncy castle and craft area. The afternoon also included a visit from Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Coteau who took the stage in front of an attentive audience of thousands, Mr. Coteau expressed his appreciation for the South Asian culture and it’s contributions to the growth of the great city of Toronto and our country.

Lady Pista

Among the 20+ performers at desiFEST this year, were some amazing Canadian talents. desiFEST welcomed the fresh new sound of Toronto’s own Lady Pista and back by popular demand the legendary Shahid Ali Khan who was accompanied on stage by his equally talented son Sajid Ali Khan.  One of the unexpected highlights of the day was a short rain delay that brought a flood of media and artists into the backstage tent area.  Despite the sound of pouring rain, the party continued as Shhahid and Sajid Ali Khan broke into an impromptu performance of “Khina Sona” and “Hanky Panky” as everyone clapped and sang along.  Toronto fans also welcomed R&B and Hindi singer Zack Knight from the UK and heartthrob Mickey Singh from the US with roaring cheers as the crowd danced along with them. The audience also gave a warm welcome to Master D as he performed some of his latest songs from his first solo Bangla album.

As the night sky came over the square, founder Sathish Bala thanked the audience for another great show and promised to meet them back on the stage next year as desiFEST prepares to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary and final show in the square!

Since its inception in 2007, desiFEST Urban South Asian music concerts have been the premier launch pad for emerging and established South Asian artists, as well as brands looking to connect with the Canadian South Asian audience that now forms a large portion of today’s mainstream market. In past years, leading Canadian corporations have formed strategic partnerships with desiFEST in an effort to capture the country’s fastest growing demographic. desiFEST has made an early contribution towards launching the careers of several emerging artists and continues to provide a platform for producers and brand partners that wish to engage second and third generation Canadian South Asians and enthusiasts of Urban and Bollywood South Asian culture.

For more information on how desiFEST played out, please click HERE