North America’s Largest FREE South Asian festival heated up the winter with MMM WINTERFEST! A Huge Success…

The Pre-opening Party on Thursday, February 18 at the Gladstone Hotel was co-produced with Tabla-Co-Lab featured ‘The Tabla Guy’ Gurpreet Chana, Usra Leedham and Andrea Lucarelli. Super vibes and the start of a super new MMM tradition!

Friday night kicked off with a Holi musical show featuring Vineeta Dayal, Chitra Mathur and friends, 10 Years of Toronto’s drum n bass band and MMM vets, Lal, was celebrated and MMM Rocks! featured headliners KAZAK with Naomi Zaman, Prita Chhabra and Secret Trial Five. Director Dilip Mehta’s “Cooking with Stella” had a special pre-theatrical release screening and was followed up with a fab Q&A featuring Deepa Mehta and the film’s cast and crew. Dance cravings were doused by a fusion Indo-Persian performance by Ida Mehtafi and Paromita Kar!

Saturday was also packed with great performances! Chef Demos with 5th ElementT’s own Chef Johnee, the MMM Kids Corner featured Arts n Crafts, Kids Bollywood dance classes and story telling! Sama’s Spiritual Concert was a holistic treat and completely uplifting experience with artists from all faiths on one platform, GhuMMMo featured Diya Arts and Entertainment, Merey Ismailova, 7 Arts Dance & Melange Entertainment.

Onkar Singh took us on a personal musical journey through performance and discussion and Dhol Circle had everyone jamming at the biggest interactive Dhol Jam session ever! New sounds were featured in the Urban Youth Showcase programmed by Rosina Kazi: Ayesha, Wardah, Mint N Crow, Blitz and gorgeously re-invigorated Deesha who brought the house down with new sounds from a new album! We saw hilarious short films Rahul’s Arranged Marriage by Director Anant Mathur and When Chotalal Meets Christina by Director Anish Bhavsar! And we were inspired by powerful theatrical performances: Umbereen Inayat’s Meri Kahani and Rasik Arts’ Tea with Tagore! Throughout the day “Fire on Ice” presented Bollywood inspired performances out on the Harbourfront Centre Ice Rink!

MMM Winterfest came to a fitting close with Dhol Circle’s Late Night Party featuring Dhol Circle, all boy Bhangra band Avalla, RnB spinning DJ Double Up and Besharam’s own DJ Amita!