Founded in 2006, DESIFEST Music Festival is one of Canada’s biggest celebrations of South Asian urban culture and beyond – a multi-disciplinary, world-class festival with a positive social and economic impact.

But we are more than just a festival. DESIFEST is a non-profit, youth-powered platform designed to put local artists on the map and unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture, year-round.

Our programs aim to cultivate multi-disciplinary artistic and professional development for young people and artists across mediums. Building careers, fostering community connections and fuelling civic pride – all while contributing to the vitality of the city we love.


Through DESIFEST, we are helping to build local arts communities, inspire youth and support Arts across Canada. In helping foster the artist community, we help artists with various aspects of the industry.


The DESIFEST platform is much more than the music we showcase for 12 hours. It’s an opportunity to break down barriers,
biases, ignorance and cultural beliefs that divide us. Through the power of music, we celebrate as ONE.