Previous events

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra

Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON

The Royal Conservatory is bringing together professional musicians from all over the world, all of whom now live in Canada, to create the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra:

  • Padideh Ahrarnejad (Iran) on tar
  • Sasha Boychouk (Ukraine) on woodwinds and ethnic Ukrainian flutes
  • Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk (Canada – Métis) on violin, viola, jaw harp, spoons, and vocals
  • Luis Deniz (Cuba) on saxophone
  • Anwar Khurshid (Pakistan) on sitar, flute, esraj, tabla, vocals, and harmonium
  • Lasso (Salif Sanou) (Burkina Faso) on Fulani flute, kambélé n’goni, tamanin (talking drum), balafon, djembe, doum-doum, and vocals
  • Paco Luviano (Mexico) on bass
  • Aline Morales (Brazil) on Brazilian percussion and vocals
  • Demetrios Petsalakis (Greece) on oud, guitar, lyra, bouzouki, riq, and Greek baglama
  • Matias Recharte (Peru) on drums, percussion, cajón, conga, and timbales
  • Dorjee Tsering (Tibet) on dranyen, flute, piwang, yang chin (dulcimer), and traditional Tibetan vocals
  • Dora Wang (China) on bamboo flute, flute, hulusi, xiao, panpipe, and ocarina
  • David Buchbinder, Artistic Director

Concert with Sultans of String

Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC

Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, Sultans of String inspire with their fiery violin dances and kinetic guitar overlaid with an unstoppable bass and percussive grooves.

Acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create multiple layers and depth of sound. Their new release, Subcontinental Drift is a feast of ragas, reels and rumbas with collaborative contributions by sitar master Anwar Khurshid. Incorporating the virtuosic talent of Anwar Khurshid adds to the Sultans of String's truly global and mesmerizing sound!

Sean Blackman's In Transit Detroit

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The Garden Theatre, 3929 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI

A celebration of Detroit's diversity, shining a light on inclusion through the performing arts.

For the In Transit Detroit shows, we gather talented international artists that are now living in Metro Detroit and integrate them with Detroit’s most mainstream accomplished musicians.

This event will spotlight India with In Transit Detroit.

Massey Hall Band plays Beatles with SitarFusion

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Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E,, Toronto

Calling all Torontonian Beatles lovers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ last Toronto show, in a one-of-a-kind celebration with with Massey Hall Band joining hands with SitarFusion and special guest musicians from Toronto from various musical traditions including soul, tribal, flamenco and world fusion. Watch artists collaborate across the local musical landscape to put unique spins on some of pop music’s most timeless work!

Come watch some amazing Torontonian artists collaborate in this lovely, FREE outdoors concert!

http://www.roythomson.com/eventdetail/TheMasseyHallBand-YDS

Ottawa Chamberfest

La Nouvelle Scène, 333 King Edward Ave Main, Ottawa, ON

Two-time JUNO nominees, the Sultans of String, wind up our 2016 Chamberfringe series with a heady blend of ragas, reels, and rumbas. Special guest: sitar master Anwar Khurshid, whose performances have been featured in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi, Kama Sutra, and Love Guru.

Mis en candidature à deux reprises pour un prix Juno, les Sultans of String, cloront la série Chamberfringe 2016 avec un mélange enivrant de ragas, de reels et de rumbas. Invité spécial: le maître du sitar, Anwar Khurshid, qui a prêté son grand talent aux films couronnés par des Oscars, Life of Pi (l’Odyssée de Pie), Kama Sutra, et Love Guru.

Harbourfront Shield to Shore Music Festival

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Harbourfront Center, Stage in the Round, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Internationally renowned Sitar maestro Anwar Khurshid joins The Paul DesLauriers Band to perform music from their critically acclaimed Enter The Gate album. It's a true "East-meets-West" collaboration that transcends continents and cultures. Born from a mutual love and respect for each other’s music they engage in a musical dialogue that takes the listener on a sensual and exhilarating journey from Delhi to the Mississippi Delta. It’ll be a true fest for the senses! Event link: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate/courses.cfm?id=8347&festival_id=0

Sitar Fusion: Mother's Day Concert & Dance

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Noel Ryan Auditorium (Mississauga Central Library), 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Mississauga, ON

Celebrate Mother's Day with Sitar, Tabla, Dance, Poetry & Songs to welcome Spring!

Enjoy traditional and original music compositions based on classical Indian melodies including the raag Basant (Sanskrit name “vasant”), a raag associated with spring. Enjoy Ghalib’s poetry and music created specially for the season and rhythmic explorations including Teentaal, Jhaptaal, Ektaal and others.

Basant in Indian and Pakistani cultures is a time associated with spring festivities, kite-flying, music and dance. The raag Basant has special significance in the Hindu and Muslim traditions and is part of the Sikh holy scripture. The #SitarFusionMothersDay musical program seeks to evoke the joy and vibrancy associated with spring!

ARTISTS: Anwar Khurshid (sitar & vocals), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Genevieve Beaulieu (dance).

TICKETS: $20 - $35 at http://concert.sitarfusion.ca/

(Ticket sales NOT allowed at the venue due to City restrictions so please purchase tickets in advance online)

Sitar Fusion Performance for Liberal Party Gala

Mississauga

Liberal Party Fund Raiser Gala

Montreal Jazz Festival Paul Deslauriers With Anwar Khurshid

CBC Stage, Montreal

Guitarist, singer and composer Paul DesLauriers is part of Canada's blues elite. He first made a name for himself in the 1990s as part of the group Black Cat Bone for which he was a founding member. A sought after collaborator, he has most notably accompanied Amanda Marshall, France D'Amour, Garou and Nicola Ciccone. In 2006, DesLauriers released the fiery blues-rock album Ripping Into Red. Three years later, he appeared at the Festival alongside singer Dawn Tyler Watson, with whom he recorded the album En duo. In 2010, DesLauriers produced Nos stars chantent le blues à Montréal, an album of blues standards covered by local artists. Three years later, he released two collaborative efforts: Southland, with Dawn Tylor Watson, and Enter the Gate, with the renowned sitar player Anwar Khurshid. The Paul DesLauriers Band came out in 2014.

Valentine's Day Musical Evening at Kamasutra Restaurant

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Kamasutra Restaurant, 1522 Bayview Ave, Toronto

Love is in the air! Celebrate Valentine's Day in musical style with Indian fine dining and a wine bar to accompany the fusion music provided by Anwar Khurshid (sitar), Rich Greenspoon (drums) and Rob Thaller (keyboards).

$65 per couple

Intensive Sitar Workshop - Jan. 2015

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Collective Space (Raw Space Studio), 221 Sterling Rd, Studio 5 (access through 50 Merchant Lane), Toronto

Get a headstart on your musical resolutions for 2015 with this intensive 9 hours Sitar & Indian Classical Music workshop focusing on building a strong foundation for self-practice and understanding the roadmap and milestones for the journey ahead. Intended for beginner to intermediate students interested in playing the sitar, singing or playing tabla accompanying the sitar.

DATES: - 3 sessions on Sundays (Jan 11, Jan 18 and Jan 25) from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

COURSE OUTLINE / REGISTRATION: http://www.sitarfusion.ca/SitarSchool

$60 per session or $150 for all 3 sessions.

Intensive Sitar Workshop - Jan. 2015

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Collective Space (Raw Space Studio), 221 Sterling Rd, Studio 5 (access through 50 Merchant Lane), Toronto

Get a headstart on your musical resolutions for 2015 with this intensive 9 hours Sitar & Indian Classical Music workshop focusing on building a strong foundation for self-practice and understanding the roadmap and milestones for the journey ahead. Intended for beginner to intermediate students interested in playing the sitar, singing or playing tabla accompanying the sitar.

DATES: - 3 sessions on Sundays (Jan 11, Jan 18 and Jan 25) from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

COURSE OUTLINE / REGISTRATION: http://www.sitarfusion.ca/SitarSchool

$60 per session or $150 for all 3 sessions.

Intensive Sitar Workshop - Jan. 2015

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Collective Space (Raw Space Studio), 221 Sterling Rd, Studio 5 (access through 50 Merchant Lane), Toronto

Get a headstart on your musical resolutions for 2015 with this intensive 9 hours Sitar & Indian Classical Music workshop focusing on building a strong foundation for self-practice and understanding the roadmap and milestones for the journey ahead. Intended for beginner to intermediate students interested in playing the sitar, singing or playing tabla accompanying the sitar.

DATES: - 3 sessions on Sundays (Jan 11, Jan 18 and Jan 25) from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

COURSE OUTLINE / REGISTRATION: http://www.sitarfusion.ca/SitarSchool

$60 per session or $150 for all 3 sessions.

Past Concerts

  • Le Festival de Blues de Tremblant w/ Paul Deslaurier's band, Mon Tremblant, Quebec - Jul 11, 2013
  • In-Fusion: Blues music with guitarist Sean Pinchin -  Jun 21, 2013
  • An Evening of Sitar & Dance w/ Genevieve Beaulieu, Indo Canadian Culture Club - May 17, 2013
  • South Asian Heritage Day at Royal Ontario Museum - May 13, 2013
  • Indo-African Collaboration - May 11 2012
  • Sitar and Blues Collaboration at The Inner Garden - Apr 14 2012
  • Living Arts Centre Music Poetry and Painting - Mar 18 2012
  • One World - Mar 10 2012
  • Anwar Khurshid & Paul Deslauriers, Auberge Glen Sutton, Quebec  - Oct 15 2011
  • Indian-Arabic Music Fusion - Oct 08 2011
  • City of Orillia - 2011 Beatles Celebration - Sep 17 2011
  • Classical Music of the East & West (Sitar & Cello) w/ Rachel Mercer, Inner Garden - Sep 10 2011
  • Anwar Khurshid and Sienna Dahlen, Sitar & Jazz - Jul 09 2011
  • OCHO Art Forum - Jun 22 2011
  • Sitar and Blues Collaboration at The Inner Garden -Jun 11 2011
  • Annual York-Noor Concert: Raks-aur-Raag - May 07 2011
  • C27 Metro Box Event - City of Toronto, Metro Hall Rotunda -Apr 05 2011
  • CCA-Canada Charity Fundraising Dinner - Nov 21 2010
  • Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario - Nov 16 2010
  • Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal - Oct 31 2010
  • Thunder Bay Lakehead University - Oct 29 2010
  • Rumi Fest Toronto Sitar and Santoor Collaboration - Oct 24 2010
  • Pickering Flood Relief Fund Raising Event - Oct 23 2010
  • Rakatak CD Release - Oct 20 2010
  • New Market Great Hall York Region Arts Council - Oct 18 2010
  • Ottawa OCFF Showcase - Oct 16 2010
  • Koshish - Musical Night - Oct 10 2010
  • Harvest of Healing Arts & David Hickey's Crystal Journey - Oct 09 2010
  • ROM- Ragamala: Garland of Melodies - Oct 01 2010
  • Ghazals: Javed Mughal and Anwar Khurshid - Jul 29 2010
  • The Attic New Delhi - Jan 06 2010
  • Performance at Central Island St. Andrew's Church - Jun 29 2008
  • Richmond Hill Anwar Khurshid and Faheem Mazhar - Jun 28 2008
  • Mosaic Arts Festival Mississuaga - Jun 21 2008
  • Luminato Festival Rangoli Concert Harbourfront Toronto - Jun 15 2008
  • Naming Ceremony Etobicoke - Jun 08 2008
  • Sitar Performance Scarborough Golf Club - Jun 07 2008
  • Performance for Canada Pakistan Business Council - Jun 06 2008
  • Mehfil in Brampton Anwar Khurshid with Ustad Tari Khan - May 31 2008
  • South Asian Heritage Month Celebration - May 29 2008
  • Sitar Concert Richmond Hill Friends of Ramzan Ali - May 18 2008
  • Friendship Concert Toronto Performance with Ustad Tari Khan - Apr 14 2008
  • Washington DC performance with Ustad Tari Khan - Apr 13 2008
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto - Nov 30 2001