We are pleased to announce that DESIFEST 2020 will happen digitally! While the world stopped in reaction to COVID-19, music didn’t. With the support of our music community, fans and TD, we were able to continue showcasing music and new artists from across Canada, the US and the globe. Our team invested time and money into technology that has enabled us to bring the same quality music and fan experience via the DESIFEST Facebook page. Since April, over 75 showcases, over 1M in reach and 500k in fan engagement! 


“We jumped into live streaming in April to help fans and musicians continue to utilize our platform for exposure. We didn’t want to let them down. The funding from our presenting sponsor TD and government sources helped us to continue investing in our team, new technology and marketing. We are pleased with what our team has been able to accomplish during these challenging times.” – Sathish Bala, CEO


In June, for six (6) weekends, DESIFEST will host FREE concerts, showcasing chart-topping desi urban music artists. Kicking off the sessions will be Navin Kundra and Parichay; live on DESIFEST Facebook and IG accounts. DESIFEST is hosting a unique Canada Day concert award-winning band, JoSH. JoSH has been a crucial part of DESIFEST history, playing the show in Year 1, Year 10 and now our first digital concert. The concert is happening on July 1st at 6 pm, on the DESIFEST Facebook channel. 


“Through the TD Ready Commitment, we are proud to return as Presenting Sponsor of DESIFEST, especially now. This virtual festival provides an important way of keeping us connected through the celebration of South Asian urban arts and culture. I am thrilled that we can continue to showcase the incredible talents of these artists digitally.” – Naki Osutei, Associate Vice President, Social Impact (Canada), Global Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group.


Visit DESIFEST.ca for more information. Follow us on our social media pages. 

April 2020 – Announcement