Canada’s Award Winning South Asian Music Festival
Experience the best in South Asian music, art, food, and culture in a dynamic and exciting environment. Our team is dedicated to creating an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends, and we’re proud to have received recognition as one of Canada’s top festivals.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this award-winning celebration of South Asian youth and culture. Get your tickets now and let’s make DESIFEST 2023 one to remember! #DESIFEST2024
At DESIFEST, we're passionate about music and the arts, and our mission is to create new opportunities for artists and influencers to showcase their talents. With the support of our partners, we're dedicated to promoting and supporting the next generation of South Asian artists and influencers.
Our culture is one of inclusiveness and creativity, where everyone is welcome to express themselves and be a part of the celebration. Whether you're a seasoned performer or just starting out, DESIFEST provides a platform for artists to connect with new audiences and grow their careers.
Our vision for DESIFEST is clear: to become the leading global platform for South Asian arts and culture. We aim to connect artists, creators, and audiences from the diverse South Asian diaspora, fostering a profound sense of belonging and mutual appreciation. DESIFEST stands as a catalyst for positive change and a curator of culture, showcasing the transformative power of art and music that transcends borders, promotes unity, and beautifully documents the rich tapestry of South Asian heritage.
For over 18 years, DESIFEST has been dedicated to supporting young talent in Canada. We've accomplished this by pooling our resources with a variety of partners, including leading brands and government organizations. Our goal is to create opportunities for emerging artists and help them reach new audiences.
With each festival, we bring together young people from across Canada to connect, create, and have fun. We believe that everyone deserves access to a supportive community and the resources they need to grow and succeed.
MORE THAN A FESTIVAL
DESIFEST is more than just a music festival. Our goal is to bring together young talent with experienced professionals to help them grow and succeed. At DESIFEST, you’ll have the chance to connect with industry leaders, learn from their experiences, and get advice on how to take your talent to the next level.
We understand that pursuing a career in the arts can be challenging, but at DESIFEST, you’ll have access to a supportive community that will help you overcome these obstacles. Our festival provides a unique opportunity for young artists to network, showcase their skills, and gain recognition.
A REAL MELTING POT OF CULTURES
DESIFEST is not just for South Asians, it’s for everyone! Our closing festival at Yonge-Dundas Square is a melting pot of cultures and generations, where people from all backgrounds come together to enjoy the music and celebrate diversity.
We expect to have a crowd of nearly 80% South Asian attendees, with a balanced gender representation of 60% male and 40% female. With the festival starting at 11 am and ending at 11 pm, there’s plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere, support young talent, and connect with others.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be a part of something bigger than just a music festival. Join us at DESIFEST 2023 and support young talent while mingling with people from all walks of life. Get your tickets now! #DESIFEST2023
CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES
DESIFEST is all about connecting the South Asian community and celebrating our differences. Fans from Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Windsor, Hamilton, Scarborough, and Durham come together to create a diverse and inclusive atmosphere.
At DESIFEST, we cater to multiple genres of music and languages, including English, Tamil, Punjabi, Hindi, Goan, Urdu, and Bangla, making it the only festival of its kind. With 12 hours of non-stop entertainment, there’s something for everyone at DESIFEST.
Join us in celebrating our differences and connecting the entire community at DESIFEST 2023. Get your tickets now and be a part of this unforgettable experience. #DESIFEST2023
INVESTING IN THE MUSIC COMMUNITY
DESIFEST is dedicated to supporting new ideas in arts and music. Since 2006, we have distributed over two million dollars to support key roles in the industry, including performance fees, production crews, volunteers, creatives, DJs, dancers, and more.
We aim to continue our support for the arts community and increase this figure, but we can’t do it alone. That’s why we rely on the support of our valued stakeholders – artists, audience, vendors, sponsors, and partners. With your help, we can achieve our goal of fostering the growth of the arts community.
SUPPORT THE DREAMS OF OUR COMMUNITY
At DESIFEST, we believe in the dreams of artists and support their aspirations. Throughout the year, we provide funding and showcase opportunities for creators in partnership with our venue partners. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, we have continued to grow and evolve, returning stronger and with even better ideas.
We are committed to helping artists achieve their goals and bring their creative visions to life. So, if you’re an aspiring artist looking for support and opportunities, join us at DESIFEST 2023. We are dedicated to helping you reach your full potential. #SupportTheDreams #DESIFEST2023