Muhtadi Intermational Drumming Festival

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Country and Region CanadaOntario
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Muhtadi Intermational Drumming Festival
9 Benson Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 4C6
Phone: 416-504-DRUM (3786)

Festival Description

The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival is a two-day event that celebrates the drum as a global symbol of cultural unity. This free percussion-based event is the largest of its kind in Canada, offering over 30 live performances that represent more than a dozen world cultures, as well as drumming workshops for all tastes and experience levels.

Festival Dates June 8 - 9, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Alexis Von Kraven (Drumkit)
  • Amadou Kienou (Burkina Faso)
  • Amara Kante (Ivory Coast)
  • Arabesque Drummers (Arabian)
  • Archie Alleyne and Kollage
  • Baque de Bamba led by Aline Morales (Afro Brazilian)
  • Baro Dununba (Traditional West African and Diasporic rhythms)
  • BASS ment Sound Crew
  • Beyond Sound Empijah
  • Creole Drumatix
  • Dande Music Showcase (Zimbabwe)
  • Dhol Circle
  • FND (West African)
  • Green Sky Project (Bulgaria/Iran)
  • Hummingbird Tassa Group (Trinidad)
  • Impact Percussion (Drumline)
  • Isshin Daiko (Japan Traditional)
  • Joaquin Hidalgo (Cuban)
  • Maracatu Mar Aberto (Afro Brazilian)
  • Mark Kelso (Drumkit)
  • Muhtadi & the World Drummers (West African)
  • Njacko Backo & Toumkak Drummers (Cameroon Contemporary African)
  • Northern China’s Waist Drum and Dance Group (China)
  • Northern Legs Southern Fists (Kung Fu, Dragon and Lion Dance Team)
  • Professor Trichy Sankaran (India)
  • Riddim Crew Tassa
  • Sakwithi Drumming Group (Sri Lanka)
  • Samba Elégua (Brazil)
  • Samba Kidz
  • Samba Squad
  • SamulNori Canada (Korea)
  • Snooky Tyne Family Band
  • Steafán Hannigan (Bodhráns for Modhrans! Celtic)
  • T-Dot Batú
  • The Shadow Drummers (Aboriginal)
  • Tsingory Dance and Music of Madagascar
  • Umurisho (Burundi Drummers)
  • Wolara Drum & Dance
  • YoungPete Alexander (Drumkit)
Programming 2013:
  • 50+ Local and nationally touring Master Drummers and Drum Groups on 2 Stages
  • Long & McQuade Drum Zone, interactive area to try many different percussion instruments
  • 2 Areas with Adult beverages sponsored by Amsterdam, Bacardi Breezers, * 20 Beers with more spirits TBA. Drink responsibly!
  • 20+ International Food trucks and vendors Arts, Crafts and Drum booths
  • Childrens Area
  • Drum Clinics


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Practical Info:

  • Woodbine Park
    Lake Shore Blvd. and Cowell Avenue
  • Toronto, ON
  • Hours — 12:00 noon to 8:00pm
    Entrance — FREE
  • For additional information on ticketed events, parade of the drums and other festival artists call +01 416 504 DRUM (3786), or visit


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