Tawoos Presents: Tejas and Mali! Canada Premiere by The Tawoos Initiative

Tejas and Mali are making their North America debut!

$5 in advance, $10 at the door

Doors at 6pm, Show at 6:30pm

// Tejas
Tejas is an original pop-rock artist from Bombay, India whose music has brought together a community of people who appreciate that a singer-songwriter does not need to be defined by a single genre, but a variety of sounds and landscapes that Tejas now uses to define his own signature sounds. Whether it’s a 4-piece horn section, synthesizers, heavy guitars or just a single acoustic guitar, Tejas’ musical adventures have taken him to places that have allowed him to push well past his creative limits, all while keeping one foot firmly in pop-rock. Tejas’ lyrics speak about his own life and stories inspired by his own journey to find his own identity, having lived in multiple cities and having grown up outside his home country and his vocal delivery is pretty sweet too, echoing a blend of Craig David, Sting and Amos Lee. He has played at the biggest festivals in India including Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and Mahindra Blues Festival. Tejas’ unique approach to design and social media along with his signature musical style have grown his sizable fan base over the years to make sure his band sets are packed with manic energy and solo sets are filled with quiet listeners. After releasing his debut EP Small Victories in late 2014, and crowdfunding his new LP in a record-breaking 6-hour window, he now is ready with his follow up and biggest release yet ‘Make It Happen’.

// Mali (Maalavika)
Mali AKA Maalavika Manoj is a Mumbai-based singer-songwriter whose tunes capture the authenticity of classic pop from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Her debut EP Rush, recorded live with some of the most talented musicians from the Indian independent scene such as fellow singer- songwriter and guitarist Tejas, drummer Jehangir Jehangir and bassist Stuart DaCosta, embraces the kind of warm, raw, analog sounds that are rarely heard in contemporary pop today. Put simply, it’s pure, unadulterated music that’s fresh but without the frills. Think back to the Carpenters, Fleetwood Mac and Alanis Morissette, but with lyrics that detail the experiences of a twenty- something woman in urban India. A storyteller as much as musician, Mali’s songs are inspired by people, both those closest to her and those she has encountered and have impacted her.

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Bollywood music fans, don’t miss the excitement, Come see the Biggest Bollywood Singing Sensations performing Live with their Band.

Together for the FIRST BOLLYWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL in toronto witness the Next Generation of Top Bollywood Singers performing the soundtracks of your life!

Bollywood Singers in Concert
Bollywood Music Festa 2018
July 7, 2018 @ Powerade Centre

5 hours of Unforgettable Melodies…

Tickets available on Ticketmaster.ca or
Call 647.812.1123 for Group Discount and Special Seating
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Aruna Antonella Handa & the Sirens + Special Guests at the Monarch May 24


  1. HOGTOWN NEW CHAMBER MUSIC. Never heard of Hogtown New Chamber Music? Well then you really have to come. An evening of original songs & song cycles written by Aruna Antonella Handa.
    2. SIRENS & GUESTSSirens are so fetching & they sing so sweetly & the Guests make music so musically.
    3. WHISKEY & BEER. Thirty (30) kinds of whiskey & 18 craft beer on tap. (To sip while you listen…)
    4. ASIAN STREET FOOD. By Bunz Urban Food. Plus burgers. (To nosh while you listen…)
    5. FREE TURNTABLE FOR EVERY GUEST. (just joking)

BONUS: HISTORY. Not just a bar, but a landmark, the Monarch has been serving customers since 1927. (To admire while you listen…)

Won’t you join us?

(HOGTOWN NEW CHAMBER MUSIC sounds like: Tom Waits meets Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht down a madly painted laneway with the late sun slanting into a cedar shingled garage and Billie & Odetta are singing the blues and Joni’s putting on a harmony meanwhile Nina’s trying on one of Joel Grey’s jackets & Joel’s touching up his eye liner, and Bruce & Nancy are swapping stories on the stoop & Gord’s gone to get some ice cream with Neil and Captain Beefheart’s surfing and Cecil’s playing tag with Buffy who’s whistling around the corner, at least i think it’s her (there are Tiger Lillies) and Leonard? He’s laughing and dancing in the dark. And there’s Stevie & Jane & Chet & Joe & Betty…)

The Sirens are Caitlin Holland (right), Lindsay McDonald (centre) and Jennifer Wakefield (left).
Guests: Raphael Roter (drums) • Chris Adriaanse (upright bass) •Kristian Podlacha (piano) plus surprises.

+ songs from

Info: aruna.ca
Phone: 416.606.0799
photograph on poster by Cher Knightingale
garden photo AA Handa


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Tavern policy is 19+.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Monarch is located on Clinton Street, just south of College. The westbound and eastbound College Street cars stop at Clinton Street. There is a Green P parking lot, just north of College on Clinton (which is one way going north from College, and there is paid street parking along College.

What can I bring into the event?
Your good self, your friends, some money if you’d like to eat and drink. There may be a little merchandise available.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

What’s the refund policy?
All sales are final. That said, if you find yourself in a pickle, get in touch and we’ll work something out. We want you to be happy.


Things To Do In Toronto Performance Music

Aruna Antonella Handa & the Sirens + Special Guests

Organizer of Aruna Antonella Handa & the Sirens + Special Guests at the Monarch May 24


ARUNA ANTONELLA HANDA is a singer/composer working in Toronto. After a hiatus from the (music) stage, Aruna is back in full voice, excited to be sharing her new songs with audiences. She has sung in a variety of contexts in Canada, the US and the UK. Last year, her song cycle Have You Seen My Sister? was selected as part of the program of Independent Projects for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2017. Aruna has been collaborating with the very talented Sirens with whom she is planning to record her song cycle Addiction (and more), collaborating with producer  David Seitz of Shelter Island Sound, NY.

CAITLIN HOLLAND has a voice full of warmth that beckons us to stop whatever we are doing and listen. She performs regularly in a variety of pop and classical ensembles in the city and as a solo act. She studied pop, classical, and jazz singing, earning an advanced diploma in musical theatre performance and ARCT designation in vocal pedagogy. In addition to maintaining a busy teaching studio, she also is the music director at Malvern Emmanuel United Church in Scarborough.

LINDSAY MCDONALD From eight-voice jazz choirs, to contemporary Canadian women’s choirs, musical theatre to rock bands, Lindsay loves to sing the tough parts. As a composer and arranger, Lindsay’s music has been performed across Canada, the UK and Thailand. She has a BMus in composition, a double-major (piano and voice) in jazz and commercial music, and an ARCT in performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Lindsay is thrilled to be singing with the Sirens, and brings her incredible arranging skills to each note.

JENNIFER WAKEFIELD tied her performance degree with music education and when the opportunity came to teach overseas, she worked in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for five years,  immersing herself in local live music. In 2008, she moved to Toronto where she teaches and sings in a variety of choral, backup vocals and duo projects. Recent credits include backup vocals for singer-songwriter Melanie Peterson, vocalist in a Fujiwara dance piece in the Danceworks 40th Anniversary, singer in “Have you seen my sister?” a vocal installation at Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017, soprano in “The Christmas Story” pageant a cappella quartet, and arranger/vocalist and flautist in a Sprig of Rosemary, a Celtic music duo.

RAPHAEL ROTER plays drumset in the 11-piece band, Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, whose first Canadian album was met with critical acclaim. The band has been featured at prominent shows including the Toronto Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival and Afrofest and has played alongside Seun Kuti, and Antibalas & Zap Mama. Raphael has played and recorded with Doug Tielli, Adam Rudolf, Meliani Brulee, Trisha Foster, Patrick Hewan and Aline Morales. Raphael has also directed and conducted the street percussion group Samba Elegua and has toured in Europe and Canada’s east coast with the performing dance group Lila Ensemble.

CHRIS ADRIAANSE plays  upright and electric bass and teaches music in Toronto. He plays with a number of groups and ensembles. He has played with eclectic groups like  Lullaby North (“Walk in Spirals” 2011, “Speak in Tongues” 2013, “Forget in Rhymes” 2015) Lila Ensemble, Tia Brazda, Shaky Knees (“7 Years” 2014) the Doug Tielli Band, The Ryan Carr Band, Crankbox, Astrosurf (“Live Off the Ocean Floor” 2016) the Adriaanse/Stanley Duo, Emily Raquel (“Self Titled” 2015) and with countless groups of jazz musicians and free improvisers in many performance contexts.

SANAZ NAKHJAVANI has performed with different ensembles since 1998 in Tehran and in Istanbul where she performed Mixta, Spanish music with Turkish instruments and free improvisation ensemble and duet of soprano, electronics and kanun. She has also contributed to various albums, the most important of which include Showaname (2012), From Rey to Roum (2013) and Rehavi (2014).


Born 2 Bhang by Born 2 Bhang

It’s back – BIGGER & BETTER!
You asked for it- we delivered! Many of our loyal patrons have asked us to hold TORONTO’S BEST BHANGRA PARTY IN THE CITY in the DOWNTOWN CORE so get ready for a new series of authentic BHANGRA party in TORONTO!
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inside luxurious and Toronto’s hot spot
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Ft. music by the Toronto’s top enteratinment and DJ company: DESI BEATZ feat DJ MANI
…playing the best in authentic BHANGRA, Bollywood and Top 40!
Get ready for a rocking night of dancing!
Dress Code: Dress to Impress!
Bottle Service Available (Only 6 booths remaining)
Please contact us at 437-925-4472 / 647-835-2822 / 647-889-1258 or email us at born2bhang@gmail.com to reserve your booth!
** This is a 19+ event – Government issued ID is mandatory for entry **
Marketing, Promotions and Conceptulaized By:
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Event produced by: Born2Bhang team & Entertainment Guru


Toronto Get Ready!!!
Bollywood Rockstars coming to Powerade Centre on July 7, 2018


For the first time Six Bollywood Singing Icons will be performing LIVE with their Band in a Non Stop 5 hours of Entertainment

Unlimited Entertainment …. Don’t Miss the Excitement

Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.CA
Sponsorship & More Information 647.812.1123

Sumkali – CD Release Party! by The Rumpus Room – Chelsea

An Evening with Sumkali
Saturday, June 2nd
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm | $10 Cover
Indian music traditions meets jazz and funk. Curated and created in the U.S.A.
Sumkali started in 2009 playing a monthly Indian music night at the Crazy Wisdom Tearoom downtown Ann Arbor. The chemistry and intoxicating sound of the group has propelled them to become a premier music group in Michigan. They have worked with the prestigious University Music Society, the North American Bengali Conference, and the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. Their debut C.D. ‘Mandali’ showcases their incredible depth of talent and breadth of musical influence. They will be presenting many pieces from their new album titled “Dha Re Dha”.



desiFEST 2018 presented by TD, powered by TELUS

desiFEST (presented by TD and powered by TELUS) is set to celebrate its 12th year of great music and talent. desiFEST is a free event and we are proud to bring to you the largest South Asian Music Concert on Saturday June 2nd at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto from 11am to 11pm.

Kick off the summer with thousands, celebrating South Asian artists and arts. desiFEST features 12 hours of entertaining musical and dance performances in the heart of downtown Toronto. It gives audiences of all ages and cultures the ability to enjoy South Asian music, arts and culture.

In addition to the amazing talent, enjoy delicacies in the food market, artisans in the merchant market and the ever-popular Kid’s Zone, entertaining kids with a popular bouncy castle, as well as onsite activations.

desiFEST has provided artists a platform to showcase their talent for many years now. It has hosted over 150 artists, recording artists such as; Apache Indian, Taz & Stereo Nation, Mickey Singh, Navin Kundra, Zack Knight, Anita Lerche, Dehli 2 Dublin, Lady Kash, JoSH and many more. This year’s line-up continues to showcase a mix of new artists and veterans, who have had successes over the years locally and internationally in the music industry.

Join us as we celebrate our 12th YEAR!!