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2021 ARTISTS

Headliners

Raftaar

Raftaar

Born Dilin Nair in Trivandrum, Kerala, Raftaar has been creating waves in Indian music circles since 2013. Rapper/singer, writer, producer, composer and television personality Raftaar is one such example of how success is built with one’s own determination and hard work. 

Raftaar has brilliantly managed to carve his own brand of desi hip-hop catering to the urban millennials and avid music enthusiasts. From testing his rap material on Orkut in his initial days and being employed as a salesman trying to make ends meet, today Raftaar is among the country’s best-known rappers. But the song that really launched him into the rap lovers’ imagination was his debut number Swag Mera Desi. Bollywood took note and Raftaar has had successful collaborations with artists like AR Rahman, Badshah, Vishal Shekhar, Humble The Poet and Sarb Smooth. Fluent in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu rap, he has contributed to films like Bullet Raja, Heropanti, Dr. Cabbie, Tum Bin2, Kaabil, Dangal, Fukrey 2, Bhaiyaaji Superhit and Tiger Zinda Hai.

Aside of his freestyle mixtape ‘WTF – Witness The Future’ and his first solo album ‘Zero To Infinity’, some of his other well charted tracks include Instagram Love, Desi Hip Hop Tere Wargi Nai Ae, Mera Highway Star, Lak Hilaade, Fukra Flow, Sniper, Stand Up, Goli and Happy Single. 

Javed Ali

Javed Ali

Javed Ali is a very well appreciated, prolific Indian playback singer. Born and brought up in Delhi. Javed Ali started singing at a very early age with his father Ustad Hamid Hussian. Javed Ali is widely regarded as the versatile golden voice of all time in the Bollywood film industry. Javed Ali is a singer with a vast repertoire, as he got to sing in different genres of music like classical, semi-classical, Sufi, romantic, ghazal, etc.

His latest release “Ishq Kamaal” from Sadak 2 , the title track of “Khuda Hafiz”, “Naina Lade Ke Lade” from “Dabangg 3” and also the Telugu song “Nee Kannu Neeli Samundram” from “Uppena” are at the top of all the music charts. The romantic singles “Toh Yeh Subh Nahi” & “Rangreziya”, both composed by Javeed Ali, were equally favored by music critics.

He is a regular performer in the Living Legend AR Rahman concerts. He performed with the Legend for “Jai Ho” Concerts, Dubai Sufi Concerts, and has also performed in the concerts “Encore 2018, Celebrating 25years of Rahman” in various cities in India. Javed Ali has performed in different music festivals like DenHaag Festival Holland, San Antonio, Paris, Amsterdam Music festival, BBC London etc. On the 15th of August, 2016 Javed Ali performed at the Headquarters of the United Nation with maestro A.R. Rahman to celebrate India’s 70th Independence Day.

Harshdeep Kaur

Harshdeep Kaur

She’s wowed you with her soulful melodies and her magical voice. The multi award winning sensational Bollywood playback singer Harshdeep Kaur is known for her Bollywood Hindi, Punjabi and Sufi songs. She is popularly known as “Sufi Ki Sultana” because of her soulful Sufi renditions. She has recorded songs for film music in various Indian languages, such as Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Gujrati, Bengali and many more, and is today a leading playback singer of Indian cinema. She has had the privilege of having worked with all the leading music directors in India. She’s one of the very few Indian singers to have sung for a Hollywood movie. Her track R.I.P. composed by AR Rahman was a part of Oscar winner director Danny Boyle’s film 127 Hours.

Katiya Karun from Rockstar, Heer from Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ik Onkar from Rang De Basanti, Zaalima from Raees, Nachde Ne Saare from Baar Baar Dekho, Bari Barsi from Band Baaja Baaraat, Kabira from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Jugni ji from Cocktail, Twist Kamariya from Bareilly ki Barfi and Dilbaro from Raazi are some of her popular songs.

Priyanka

Priyanka

What’s her name? Priyanka! After being crowned the first-ever winner of Canada’s Drag Race, Priyanka has become an international drag sensation, cultural icon and pop princess. Her debut visual EP was released this summer and its lead single “Cake” continues to garner global acclaim. She is the host and star of What’s My Game? on WOWPresents Plus, and the co-host of a new podcast, Famous This Week along with Canada’s Drag Race host and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 finalist, Brooke Lynn Hytes. Priyanka self-produces a weekly YouTube series and is set to tour the UK, U.S. and Canada in Fall 2021. Priyanka is of Indo-Guyanese descent.

Concert Artists

  • Giggle Queens

    Giggle Queens

    Giggle Queens is a choreography/performance duo by Ria Aikat and Jennalee Desjardins. They specialize in fusion dance projects that combine Eastern and Western dance styles such as Bollywood and Bharatanatyam with Waacking and Hip Hop. They also like laughing.

    Giggle Queens has performed in the Culture Shock Canada Showcase 2017, #BollywoodMonster Mashup in 2018 and 2020, the City Dance Corps Annual Showcase, as well as several video/music video works. 

    Giggle Queens are pioneers in fusion, inclusion and positivity; hiring and supporting young dance artists across the GTA. It is their mission to add a layer of comedy and charisma to their dance acts.

  • BollyHeels TO - Anushya & Indiana

    BollyHeelsTO

    We are BollyHeelsTO, a Bollywood fusion dance company, established in 2020, that fuses Indian classical, Bollywood and Western styles of dance, performed in heels. Our inspiration for creating dance works relate to story-telling, from the history of South Asians, to story-telling of individuals in our community. BollyHeelsTO will be bringing you a classic Bollywood piece with a fusion in heels. Our performance will be showcased by some of the area’s best dancers. 
  • Melissa Marie Dance

    Melissa Marie Dance

    Melissa Marie Dance strives to bring young women together to celebrate their West Indian culture through the arts. Our performance this year incorporates some Western dance forms along with our Caribbean styles to fuse together both of our Canadian and Indo-Caribbean heritage. Melissa Marie Dance, a Mississauga and Brampton based team, has been able to reach out to a diverse group of young women through various dance forms such as Bollywood, Soca, Chutney, Hip-hop, Fusion and more through its 2.5 year run. We hope to continue to build the Melissa Marie Dance Family as the months go on. This year we were able to participate in the 2nd annual Kids Help Phone Dance A Thon and raise money for youth in need. Last year, we also participated in the virtual #BollywoodMonster Mashup concert and we received incredibly positive feedback worldwide. We are excited to show the globe what Melissa Marie Dance has in store this year for the 2nd virtual #BollywoodMonster Mashup concert. This performance was put together 90% virtually due to the pandemic. It was a difficult challenge for everyone involved, but we are so proud of all the hard work they have put in and the challenges they have overcome putting together more than one dance routine virtually as a team.
  • Rahul Sathu

    Rahul Sathu

    Rahul Sathu is a singer/music producer based in Brampton, Canada, who is well known for his melodic voice and hit making production skills. His collaborations as a music producer includes Race 3 for Salman Khan, Do Gallan, Like you & Love you Jatta for Garry Sandhu. His most recent collaboration as a singer was with Bollywood superstars like Raftaar, Arjun Kanungo, Ananya Birla, KING.
  • CrossGen band member Ravneel at MonsterWorld Mashup

    CrossGen

    Peel based musicians and singers who decided to collaborate for this year’s festival. Loaded with versatility and a clear vision, this year we are trying to give the GTA a whole new experience.
  • The Band Destiny

    The Band Destiny

    Loud, energetic, passionate and diverse are just some of the many words that describe the band Destiny.
    Destiny is a Brampton based crossover band that was formed in 2007.  Currently the members include; Stephen Nanan (Founder/Keyboards), Curtis B (Vocalist), Kiran Dindial (Drummer), Kamela Singh (Vocalist), Vijai Ramdath (Engineer), Logun (Vocalist), Don (Bassist), Darren Armorgam (Guitarist) and Celine Nanan (Machines). Together they make up Destiny; creating a fusion of music that incorporates genres including Soca, Reggae, R&B, Chutney, Crossover and Indian.
    Destiny not only brings their own energetic vibes to the stage, but also a positive energy allowing them to continuously excel in their performance. Awarded Top Soca band of the year in 2012/2017/2018, they have been blessed with the opportunity to perform for the Vancouver, Toronto, Barrie and Vaughan carnivals, which have resulted in outstanding reviews from all the critics and promoters in attendance.
    They are like a family, a cohesive unit that brings their musical talent together creating music that unifies all people.
  • Pure Soul Energy

    Pure Soul Energy

    Ritu Neb is the founder and director of Mississauga’s Pure Soul Energy Dance Academy. She has received wide acclaim for her deep commitment to the dance and expressive style. Ritu is a professional expressive dance instructor and is able to develop flexibility and mobility in her students. Pure Soul Energy performance group have performed at numerous events like TIDF, Panorama India, TD Mosaic, Festival of South Asia, Taste of India and many more across the GTA in the past 6 years. The group will be performing an upbeat Bollywood dance mix.  The Dance Academy provides classes to seniors, kids, youth & adults.
  • Veils Of Bollywood

    Veils of Bollywood

    Veils of Bollywood is a dance collective specializing in Bollywood and South Asian fusion vocabularies. Founded in 2019 by Rameez Karim, who trained in Mississauga, Veils of Bollywood aims to create art mindfully, showcase its diversity of movement and educate audiences about Bollywood culture. Veils of Bollywood has participated in many events including Calgary Pride, Holi Montreal and Fierté Montreal Pride. The troupe has also performed in various cities across Canada and the United States, including Montreal, Toronto, Dallas, Brossard and Edmonton. Through community outreach in physical and digital spaces, Veils of Bollywood aims to inspire, engage and celebrate cultural dance using performance and art.

  • Frog in Hand Productions Inc.

    Frog in Hand Productions Inc.

    Frog in Hand is a dance-theatre company based in Mississauga. They create works in unusual site-specific places; they perform, create and teach. Their dances for MonsterARTity’s 2021 festival represent a completely unique blend of movement forms, a fusion of cultures and Frog in Hand’s signature fun, physical storytelling. Their first work, led by Ankita Alemona, blends contemporary dance with Kalaripayattu (the oldest martial art form in the world, from Kerala, India). Their second work, led by Colleen Snell, is inspired by the playful energy of Bollywood star Kishore Kumar, and blends jazz with contemporary movement. The performers are drawn from Frog in Hand’s 2021 Summer Company.
  • Mango Lassi - Humza Mian

    Mango Lassi

    Humza A. Mian aka Mango Lassi is a queer Canadian-Pakistani from Peel who currently resides in the GTA. He is a Registered Veterinary Technician who works in the downtown core, and a drag queen who got his start on social media. The focus of his drag is to bring awareness to the existence of queer Desi folk and breaking the chains of toxic masculinity that hold so many queer Desi’s back from expressing themselves. With the help of brands run primarily by PoC, Humza has branched into the world of commercial makeup artistry and is currently focusing on representing brands that encourage diversity and inclusion. His most current drag looks can be seen on his Instagram page (@_humzer) and are heavily influenced by his cultural background.
  • Sanjina

    Sanjina

    Sanjina was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. With a background in acting, dance and entertainment, she moved to the GTA two years ago to pursue her passion as a performer. Sanjina has been doing drag for 2 years now. A powerhouse performer, she breathes dance and lives for the performance. Music is like her puppeteer, a snake charmer in control and when she hits that stage, she hits that stage, all eyes and attention are on her. It’s the full Bollyhood Remix experience baby. She is Toronto’s BollyHood remix item Drag Queen.
  • Miss Shay Dee

    Miss Shay Dee

    For the past 6 years, Miss Shay Dee (born Ivan Bocanegra) has been inspiring and empowering youth and young adults through the art of dance and drag. Miss Shay Dee was born in Mexico and now living in Canada. As a new performer and entertainer, Miss Shay Dee serves all her dancing skills to the show by also promoting her Latina heritage into play. ⁠

    Although her “Miss Shay Dee” persona may imply a sense of “shady”, she is kind, lovable, and always looking to shine a ray of light onto everyone’s day. ⁠

    Miss Shay Dee is a strong supporter of diversity & inclusion, and she is in collaboration with many organizations such as So Fierce Foundation, BollyHeelsTO, The Stem Cell Club, The Concerned Kids +, Drag Academy, Fabulous Me, Jessica Garces Photography & The Haus of ShayDee. ⁠

    Miss Shay Dee is also a recording artist and actress. Her music involves mixes of Pop, Hip-Hop, Latin and most recently Bollywood, where she worked with BollyHeelsTO and many Bollywood Drag Artists. As a BIPOC member, Shay Dee seeks to inspire youth by promoting culture & diversity. Being a Latin queen, she has always felt drawn to the world of Bollywood. Miss Shay Dee has a Bollywood bombshell side to her.

  • Giggle Queens

    Giggle Queens

    Giggle Queens is a choreography/performance duo by Ria Aikat and Jennalee Desjardins. They specialize in fusion dance projects that combine Eastern and Western dance styles such as Bollywood and Bharatanatyam with Waacking and Hip Hop. They also like laughing.

    Giggle Queens has performed in the Culture Shock Canada Showcase 2017, #BollywoodMonster Mashup in 2018 and 2020, the City Dance Corps Annual Showcase, as well as several video/music video works. 

    Giggle Queens are pioneers in fusion, inclusion and positivity; hiring and supporting young dance artists across the GTA. It is their mission to add a layer of comedy and charisma to their dance acts.

  • BollyHeels TO - Anushya & Indiana

    BollyHeelsTO

    We are BollyHeelsTO, a Bollywood fusion dance company, established in 2020, that fuses Indian classical, Bollywood and Western styles of dance, performed in heels. Our inspiration for creating dance works relate to story-telling, from the history of South Asians, to story-telling of individuals in our community. BollyHeelsTO will be bringing you a classic Bollywood piece with a fusion in heels. Our performance will be showcased by some of the area’s best dancers. 
  • Melissa Marie Dance

    Melissa Marie Dance

    Melissa Marie Dance strives to bring young women together to celebrate their West Indian culture through the arts. Our performance this year incorporates some Western dance forms along with our Caribbean styles to fuse together both of our Canadian and Indo-Caribbean heritage. Melissa Marie Dance, a Mississauga and Brampton based team, has been able to reach out to a diverse group of young women through various dance forms such as Bollywood, Soca, Chutney, Hip-hop, Fusion and more through its 2.5 year run. We hope to continue to build the Melissa Marie Dance Family as the months go on. This year we were able to participate in the 2nd annual Kids Help Phone Dance A Thon and raise money for youth in need. Last year, we also participated in the virtual #BollywoodMonster Mashup concert and we received incredibly positive feedback worldwide. We are excited to show the globe what Melissa Marie Dance has in store this year for the 2nd virtual #BollywoodMonster Mashup concert. This performance was put together 90% virtually due to the pandemic. It was a difficult challenge for everyone involved, but we are so proud of all the hard work they have put in and the challenges they have overcome putting together more than one dance routine virtually as a team.
  • Giggle Queens

    Giggle Queens

    Giggle Queens is a choreography/performance duo by Ria Aikat and Jennalee Desjardins. They specialize in fusion dance projects that combine Eastern and Western dance styles such as Bollywood and Bharatanatyam with Waacking and Hip Hop. They also like laughing.

    Giggle Queens has performed in the Culture Shock Canada Showcase 2017, #BollywoodMonster Mashup in 2018 and 2020, the City Dance Corps Annual Showcase, as well as several video/music video works. 

    Giggle Queens are pioneers in fusion, inclusion and positivity; hiring and supporting young dance artists across the GTA. It is their mission to add a layer of comedy and charisma to their dance acts.

  • BollyHeels TO - Anushya & Indiana

    BollyHeelsTO

    We are BollyHeelsTO, a Bollywood fusion dance company, established in 2020, that fuses Indian classical, Bollywood and Western styles of dance, performed in heels. Our inspiration for creating dance works relate to story-telling, from the history of South Asians, to story-telling of individuals in our community. BollyHeelsTO will be bringing you a classic Bollywood piece with a fusion in heels. Our performance will be showcased by some of the area’s best dancers. 
  • Melissa Marie Dance

    Melissa Marie Dance

    Melissa Marie Dance strives to bring young women together to celebrate their West Indian culture through the arts. Our performance this year incorporates some Western dance forms along with our Caribbean styles to fuse together both of our Canadian and Indo-Caribbean heritage. Melissa Marie Dance, a Mississauga and Brampton based team, has been able to reach out to a diverse group of young women through various dance forms such as Bollywood, Soca, Chutney, Hip-hop, Fusion and more through its 2.5 year run. We hope to continue to build the Melissa Marie Dance Family as the months go on. This year we were able to participate in the 2nd annual Kids Help Phone Dance A Thon and raise money for youth in need. Last year, we also participated in the virtual #BollywoodMonster Mashup concert and we received incredibly positive feedback worldwide. We are excited to show the globe what Melissa Marie Dance has in store this year for the 2nd virtual #BollywoodMonster Mashup concert. This performance was put together 90% virtually due to the pandemic. It was a difficult challenge for everyone involved, but we are so proud of all the hard work they have put in and the challenges they have overcome putting together more than one dance routine virtually as a team.
  • Rahul Sathu

    Rahul Sathu

    Rahul Sathu is a singer/music producer based in Brampton, Canada, who is well known for his melodic voice and hit making production skills. His collaborations as a music producer includes Race 3 for Salman Khan, Do Gallan, Like you & Love you Jatta for Garry Sandhu. His most recent collaboration as a singer was with Bollywood superstars like Raftaar, Arjun Kanungo, Ananya Birla, KING.
  • CrossGen band member Ravneel at MonsterWorld Mashup

    CrossGen

    Peel based musicians and singers who decided to collaborate for this year’s festival. Loaded with versatility and a clear vision, this year we are trying to give the GTA a whole new experience.
  • The Band Destiny

    The Band Destiny

    Loud, energetic, passionate and diverse are just some of the many words that describe the band Destiny.
    Destiny is a Brampton based crossover band that was formed in 2007.  Currently the members include; Stephen Nanan (Founder/Keyboards), Curtis B (Vocalist), Kiran Dindial (Drummer), Kamela Singh (Vocalist), Vijai Ramdath (Engineer), Logun (Vocalist), Don (Bassist), Darren Armorgam (Guitarist) and Celine Nanan (Machines). Together they make up Destiny; creating a fusion of music that incorporates genres including Soca, Reggae, R&B, Chutney, Crossover and Indian.
    Destiny not only brings their own energetic vibes to the stage, but also a positive energy allowing them to continuously excel in their performance. Awarded Top Soca band of the year in 2012/2017/2018, they have been blessed with the opportunity to perform for the Vancouver, Toronto, Barrie and Vaughan carnivals, which have resulted in outstanding reviews from all the critics and promoters in attendance.
    They are like a family, a cohesive unit that brings their musical talent together creating music that unifies all people.
  • Pure Soul Energy

    Pure Soul Energy

    Ritu Neb is the founder and director of Mississauga’s Pure Soul Energy Dance Academy. She has received wide acclaim for her deep commitment to the dance and expressive style. Ritu is a professional expressive dance instructor and is able to develop flexibility and mobility in her students. Pure Soul Energy performance group have performed at numerous events like TIDF, Panorama India, TD Mosaic, Festival of South Asia, Taste of India and many more across the GTA in the past 6 years. The group will be performing an upbeat Bollywood dance mix.  The Dance Academy provides classes to seniors, kids, youth & adults.
  • Veils Of Bollywood

    Veils of Bollywood

    Veils of Bollywood is a dance collective specializing in Bollywood and South Asian fusion vocabularies. Founded in 2019 by Rameez Karim, who trained in Mississauga, Veils of Bollywood aims to create art mindfully, showcase its diversity of movement and educate audiences about Bollywood culture. Veils of Bollywood has participated in many events including Calgary Pride, Holi Montreal and Fierté Montreal Pride. The troupe has also performed in various cities across Canada and the United States, including Montreal, Toronto, Dallas, Brossard and Edmonton. Through community outreach in physical and digital spaces, Veils of Bollywood aims to inspire, engage and celebrate cultural dance using performance and art.

  • Frog in Hand Productions Inc.

    Frog in Hand Productions Inc.

    Frog in Hand is a dance-theatre company based in Mississauga. They create works in unusual site-specific places; they perform, create and teach. Their dances for MonsterARTity’s 2021 festival represent a completely unique blend of movement forms, a fusion of cultures and Frog in Hand’s signature fun, physical storytelling. Their first work, led by Ankita Alemona, blends contemporary dance with Kalaripayattu (the oldest martial art form in the world, from Kerala, India). Their second work, led by Colleen Snell, is inspired by the playful energy of Bollywood star Kishore Kumar, and blends jazz with contemporary movement. The performers are drawn from Frog in Hand’s 2021 Summer Company.
  • Mango Lassi - Humza Mian

    Mango Lassi

    Humza A. Mian aka Mango Lassi is a queer Canadian-Pakistani from Peel who currently resides in the GTA. He is a Registered Veterinary Technician who works in the downtown core, and a drag queen who got his start on social media. The focus of his drag is to bring awareness to the existence of queer Desi folk and breaking the chains of toxic masculinity that hold so many queer Desi’s back from expressing themselves. With the help of brands run primarily by PoC, Humza has branched into the world of commercial makeup artistry and is currently focusing on representing brands that encourage diversity and inclusion. His most current drag looks can be seen on his Instagram page (@_humzer) and are heavily influenced by his cultural background.
  • Sanjina

    Sanjina

    Sanjina was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. With a background in acting, dance and entertainment, she moved to the GTA two years ago to pursue her passion as a performer. Sanjina has been doing drag for 2 years now. A powerhouse performer, she breathes dance and lives for the performance. Music is like her puppeteer, a snake charmer in control and when she hits that stage, she hits that stage, all eyes and attention are on her. It’s the full Bollyhood Remix experience baby. She is Toronto’s BollyHood remix item Drag Queen.
  • Miss Shay Dee

    Miss Shay Dee

    For the past 6 years, Miss Shay Dee (born Ivan Bocanegra) has been inspiring and empowering youth and young adults through the art of dance and drag. Miss Shay Dee was born in Mexico and now living in Canada. As a new performer and entertainer, Miss Shay Dee serves all her dancing skills to the show by also promoting her Latina heritage into play. ⁠

    Although her “Miss Shay Dee” persona may imply a sense of “shady”, she is kind, lovable, and always looking to shine a ray of light onto everyone’s day. ⁠

    Miss Shay Dee is a strong supporter of diversity & inclusion, and she is in collaboration with many organizations such as So Fierce Foundation, BollyHeelsTO, The Stem Cell Club, The Concerned Kids +, Drag Academy, Fabulous Me, Jessica Garces Photography & The Haus of ShayDee. ⁠

    Miss Shay Dee is also a recording artist and actress. Her music involves mixes of Pop, Hip-Hop, Latin and most recently Bollywood, where she worked with BollyHeelsTO and many Bollywood Drag Artists. As a BIPOC member, Shay Dee seeks to inspire youth by promoting culture & diversity. Being a Latin queen, she has always felt drawn to the world of Bollywood. Miss Shay Dee has a Bollywood bombshell side to her.

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra: Raags to Riddim

  • BollywoodMonster Orchestra logo

    #BollywoodMonster Orchestra

    The #BollywoodMonster Orchestra is a high-powered combination of traditional Bollywood melodies and Western rock instruments. BMO is as old as #BollywoodMonster Mashup itself, and over the years, it has featured a variety of instruments from numerous cultural backgrounds; from Indian Dhol, to Chinese Zither, to Cuban Congas. #BollywoodMonster Orchestra has brought musicians of all sorts together to perform epic, custom-made arrangements of hit Bollywood songs. 
  • Shelisa Akbar

    Shelisa Akbar

    Shelisa Akbar is a giggling musician from Brampton that has been teaching piano, vocal, and music theory locally, around Brampton as well as Mississauga, for several years at multiple music academies. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree as well as a certificate of Introduction to Commercial Jazz from Humber College. Shelisa is currently working on completing a graduate certificate in music composition. Alongside these multiple commitments Shelisa is undertaking many more musical projects such as forming an EP which involves songwriting, charting, arranging, rehearsals, recording, and editing music. She is also involved in multiple live performance settings such as paid entertainment venues, charitable events, open mic nights, and music festivals throughout the GTA.

  • Darren Armoogam - Black Creek Reign

    Darren Armoogam

    Hey friends, Darren here! I’m excited to be a part of the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra & MAD program this year. I’ll be singing in some of the reggae songs and Bollywood mashups you’re going to hear, exclusively in English.

    As for my background, I’m a full time member of the genre-fluid movement “Black Creek Reign” and the Caribbean stylings of “The Band Destiny”. I’ve taken up duties as a lead vocalist, primary songwriter, co-producer, and multi-instrumentalist in both projects. Black Creek Reign specifically is my pride and joy… I co-founded it after all! I didn’t get my start there though, I’ve been doing this for decades at this point, graduating from both the Ontario Academy of Music and York University’s Fine Arts with Honours program. Luckily enough, I’m also the on-call session musician for both MH Studios, and Cleveland Sound Lab. As well, I do a lot of rehearsing and recording in Mississauga and Brampton. I’m looking forward to showing off what I can do, and learn from everyone in the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra & the MAD cohort, can’t wait to see everyone there!

  • Pratik Peters

    Pratik Peters

    A multi-talented, passionate and versatile singer and music producer who can perform songs of different styles. Continuous practice is the motto of his success. His hard work and dedication has given him great opportunities to work with renowned Bollywood music artists like Vishal-Shekhar, Salim-Sulaiman, Sreeram Chndra, and Bhumi Trivedi.
  • Shirsha Chakraborty

    Shirsha

    Shirsha is joining a group of multi talented artists for 2021’s #BollywoodMonster Orchestra! Singing the Bollywood counterparts of this year’s #BollywoodMonster Orchestra segment, Shirsha is thrilled to take part in such a multicultural celebration of music. Shirsha is a rising artist from Brampton creating unique soundscapes with her influences from various Western and Eastern genres. She has worked with renowned Indian artists like Shankar Mahadevan and Ash King, and Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist Laura Sullivan. She has 2 singles out on all major streaming platforms and aspires to continue making contemporary alt-pop music with splashes of Jazz, RnB, Electronic and Indian influences, written about a variety of important and yet overlooked human emotions and experiences.
  • Dynesti

    Dynesti

    Dynesti dares you to experience yourself at your utmost potential. She does this through innovative and unapologetic music, entertainment, coaching sessions, and workshops. Dynesti is known as a fierce music artist and financial coach with a contagious energy that can transform any space she performs in. Nicknamed “The Dyna” for delivering energy like food for the soul, she in­vites you to sit at the table of the inevitable chaos in our lives through Royal Hip-Hop/Soul with a “dash” of Rudegyal (feminine Caribbean flair). Look out for her debut album entitled “The Dyna” which is being delivered in 5 parts: Say Grace, Breakfast, Lunch, The Last Supper, and Dessert. Say Grace is available now on all streaming platforms. Her music has been featured in major blogs such as All Hip-Hop and Earmilk.
  • Al Beeno

    Al Beeno

    Corrie “Al Beeno” Moody also known as “Prince Yellowman” (and not to be confused with (Winston “King Yellowman” Foster) is a reggae dancehall deejay musician who was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He later moved to  Canada and studied music and fashion in Brampton. His catchy lyrical styles (mixed with hip hop urban beats, also known as ragga) with fast beats earned him the nickname ‘Prince Yellowman’. He is albinistic, hence the nickname “Al Beeno.” By some he is considered as the next generation following popular Dancehall artist King Yellowman who became popular during the early 1980s throughout the 1990s. As a parallel to King Yellowman, Al Beeno managed to use his rare skin condition in order to gain fame.
  • Tim Stokes-Rees

    Tim Stokes-Rees

    Tim has been a drummer for 37 years playing with countless acts in a myriad of styles. He has also produced music for many artists and instructs individual lessons as well as group workshops and performances. Some highlights of his career include performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival, opening for Cindy Lauper at the Milwaukee Pride festival, twice performing on stage at the Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Awards Show and sharing the stage with the Grandmothers of Invention (formerly Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa) just to name a few. Over the past 4 years Tim has been focusing on raising his family and has scaled back his work to a few choice shows like playing with the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra.
  • Olaf Szester

    Olaf Szester

    Olaf Szester is a percussionist/drummer and composer. He currently focuses his energies on freelancing, teaching and exploring a variety of diverse projects. Olaf has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Tom Cochrane, Skydiggers, Great Big Sea, Hey Rosetta and AKON. Currently Olaf is the drummer for the high energy punk alternative band BROOMFILLER, who have released and toured several albums to date and a dark alternative pop band called Gelax. Furthermore, Olaf can be found on the self-titled album of the progressive rock band Duck Duck Goose.
  • Matt Hache

    Matt Haché

    Matt’s introduction to music came at a very young age, learning piano and eventually guitar. He became nearly obsessed with music, sometimes practicing up to six hours per day in his teen years. That passion grew, even through his post secondary years where he studied music and audio production.
    Matt has managed to expand his talents in his university years, playing many genres from Rock, Metal, and Punk music, to Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Motown/RnB. He has played for musicals such as Spring Awakening and Rent, opened for Canadian rockers, “Monster Truck,” and played on musical projects that have climbed high on the iTunes album charts.
    Today, Matt continues to try and diversify his skillset as a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and performer. He is a member of The McCartney Years, one of North America’s biggest tributes to Paul McCartney, where he travels across North America. He is also a member of hard rock outfit Vilivant. Matt continues to follow his musical passion as a performer, writer, and recording engineer.
  • Eran Foster

    Eran Foster

    Eran Foster is an electric and upright bassist currently studying at Western University. He performs a wide variety of genres, from punk to musical theatre, and is very excited to continue expanding that variety with #BollywoodMonster Orchestra.
  • Richard Uglow

    Richard Uglow

    I’ll be playing keys for the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra using a combination of some traditional acoustic Indian instruments like the Shanai along with modern synth sounds. In the past I’ve worked with lots of jazz and pop music. Some of the artists I’ve worked with are Nati Haile, Kaabi Kouyate, and The Funkin Art Souls. This year I’ll be concentrating on original jazz with my wife Jasmin Uglow as well as original folk with Jasmin where I’ll be playing guitar.
  • LoveSounD - Aaron Seunarine

    LoveSounD

    My name is Aaron “LoveSounD” Seunarine, I am a drummer/percussionist, beat maker and music producer. I started playing music at the tender age of 3 and never looked back since.

    At the age of 5, my parents enrolled me in the Humber College Community Music Program where I began my musical journey which led me to taking the Bachelor of Arts Program there, after high school. During and after my time at Humber I learned and played with countless musicians ranging from beginners to absolute pros/legends in the music industry. I later went on to study Audio Engineering and Production at Trebas Institute, where once again I got the chance to network with some amazing figures within the industry and met people that would later guide me to my next musical chapter in life.

    Currently working and educating in Mississauga, I also play drums and percussion in several bands and have been part of over a dozen Steel Pan Competitions (Pan Alive) and Caribana Festivals playing both drums and steel pan. I’ve appeared on YTV’s Treehouse, CBC News, Breakfast Television and a few other shows, while still donating my time to at-risk communities and fundraisers of all sorts.

    I recently got the chance to be a part of the 6ix Stix Bucket Drumming Group for the Toronto Raptors and now I get the chance to play steel pan with the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra and hopefully get the chance to do so in the near future.

  • Mistahsoca - Bhisham Harripersad

    Mistahsoca

    Bhisham Harripersad is a 19-year-old multi-talented musician. He plays a variety of instruments including, but not limited to, harmonium, tabla, steelpan, and sings as well. Of Trinidadian background, Bhisham Harripersad, stage name Mistahsoca, has always had both a passion for music and for bettering himself. Making his #BollywoodMonster Mashup debut, Bhisham will be performing with the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra playing his steelpan. Bhisham was also the recipient of the 2019 NAAC Steel Pan Award. By the words of Mistahsoca himself, he is on a continuously educating journey, as there will always be more to learn, in both music, and life. He also thanks his parents for supporting his musical aspirations, and his family, friends, fans, and non-fans for their continuous support, criticism, and advice that all helps to fuel his journey.
  • BollywoodMonster Orchestra logo

    #BollywoodMonster Orchestra

    The #BollywoodMonster Orchestra is a high-powered combination of traditional Bollywood melodies and Western rock instruments. BMO is as old as #BollywoodMonster Mashup itself, and over the years, it has featured a variety of instruments from numerous cultural backgrounds; from Indian Dhol, to Chinese Zither, to Cuban Congas. #BollywoodMonster Orchestra has brought musicians of all sorts together to perform epic, custom-made arrangements of hit Bollywood songs. 
  • BollywoodMonster Orchestra logo

    #BollywoodMonster Orchestra

    The #BollywoodMonster Orchestra is a high-powered combination of traditional Bollywood melodies and Western rock instruments. BMO is as old as #BollywoodMonster Mashup itself, and over the years, it has featured a variety of instruments from numerous cultural backgrounds; from Indian Dhol, to Chinese Zither, to Cuban Congas. #BollywoodMonster Orchestra has brought musicians of all sorts together to perform epic, custom-made arrangements of hit Bollywood songs. 
  • Shelisa Akbar

    Shelisa Akbar

    Shelisa Akbar is a giggling musician from Brampton that has been teaching piano, vocal, and music theory locally, around Brampton as well as Mississauga, for several years at multiple music academies. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree as well as a certificate of Introduction to Commercial Jazz from Humber College. Shelisa is currently working on completing a graduate certificate in music composition. Alongside these multiple commitments Shelisa is undertaking many more musical projects such as forming an EP which involves songwriting, charting, arranging, rehearsals, recording, and editing music. She is also involved in multiple live performance settings such as paid entertainment venues, charitable events, open mic nights, and music festivals throughout the GTA.

  • Darren Armoogam - Black Creek Reign

    Darren Armoogam

    Hey friends, Darren here! I’m excited to be a part of the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra & MAD program this year. I’ll be singing in some of the reggae songs and Bollywood mashups you’re going to hear, exclusively in English.

    As for my background, I’m a full time member of the genre-fluid movement “Black Creek Reign” and the Caribbean stylings of “The Band Destiny”. I’ve taken up duties as a lead vocalist, primary songwriter, co-producer, and multi-instrumentalist in both projects. Black Creek Reign specifically is my pride and joy… I co-founded it after all! I didn’t get my start there though, I’ve been doing this for decades at this point, graduating from both the Ontario Academy of Music and York University’s Fine Arts with Honours program. Luckily enough, I’m also the on-call session musician for both MH Studios, and Cleveland Sound Lab. As well, I do a lot of rehearsing and recording in Mississauga and Brampton. I’m looking forward to showing off what I can do, and learn from everyone in the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra & the MAD cohort, can’t wait to see everyone there!

  • Pratik Peters

    Pratik Peters

    A multi-talented, passionate and versatile singer and music producer who can perform songs of different styles. Continuous practice is the motto of his success. His hard work and dedication has given him great opportunities to work with renowned Bollywood music artists like Vishal-Shekhar, Salim-Sulaiman, Sreeram Chndra, and Bhumi Trivedi.
  • Shirsha Chakraborty

    Shirsha

    Shirsha is joining a group of multi talented artists for 2021’s #BollywoodMonster Orchestra! Singing the Bollywood counterparts of this year’s #BollywoodMonster Orchestra segment, Shirsha is thrilled to take part in such a multicultural celebration of music. Shirsha is a rising artist from Brampton creating unique soundscapes with her influences from various Western and Eastern genres. She has worked with renowned Indian artists like Shankar Mahadevan and Ash King, and Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist Laura Sullivan. She has 2 singles out on all major streaming platforms and aspires to continue making contemporary alt-pop music with splashes of Jazz, RnB, Electronic and Indian influences, written about a variety of important and yet overlooked human emotions and experiences.
  • Dynesti

    Dynesti

    Dynesti dares you to experience yourself at your utmost potential. She does this through innovative and unapologetic music, entertainment, coaching sessions, and workshops. Dynesti is known as a fierce music artist and financial coach with a contagious energy that can transform any space she performs in. Nicknamed “The Dyna” for delivering energy like food for the soul, she in­vites you to sit at the table of the inevitable chaos in our lives through Royal Hip-Hop/Soul with a “dash” of Rudegyal (feminine Caribbean flair). Look out for her debut album entitled “The Dyna” which is being delivered in 5 parts: Say Grace, Breakfast, Lunch, The Last Supper, and Dessert. Say Grace is available now on all streaming platforms. Her music has been featured in major blogs such as All Hip-Hop and Earmilk.
  • Al Beeno

    Al Beeno

    Corrie “Al Beeno” Moody also known as “Prince Yellowman” (and not to be confused with (Winston “King Yellowman” Foster) is a reggae dancehall deejay musician who was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He later moved to  Canada and studied music and fashion in Brampton. His catchy lyrical styles (mixed with hip hop urban beats, also known as ragga) with fast beats earned him the nickname ‘Prince Yellowman’. He is albinistic, hence the nickname “Al Beeno.” By some he is considered as the next generation following popular Dancehall artist King Yellowman who became popular during the early 1980s throughout the 1990s. As a parallel to King Yellowman, Al Beeno managed to use his rare skin condition in order to gain fame.
  • Tim Stokes-Rees

    Tim Stokes-Rees

    Tim has been a drummer for 37 years playing with countless acts in a myriad of styles. He has also produced music for many artists and instructs individual lessons as well as group workshops and performances. Some highlights of his career include performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival, opening for Cindy Lauper at the Milwaukee Pride festival, twice performing on stage at the Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Awards Show and sharing the stage with the Grandmothers of Invention (formerly Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa) just to name a few. Over the past 4 years Tim has been focusing on raising his family and has scaled back his work to a few choice shows like playing with the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra.
  • Olaf Szester

    Olaf Szester

    Olaf Szester is a percussionist/drummer and composer. He currently focuses his energies on freelancing, teaching and exploring a variety of diverse projects. Olaf has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Tom Cochrane, Skydiggers, Great Big Sea, Hey Rosetta and AKON. Currently Olaf is the drummer for the high energy punk alternative band BROOMFILLER, who have released and toured several albums to date and a dark alternative pop band called Gelax. Furthermore, Olaf can be found on the self-titled album of the progressive rock band Duck Duck Goose.
  • Matt Hache

    Matt Haché

    Matt’s introduction to music came at a very young age, learning piano and eventually guitar. He became nearly obsessed with music, sometimes practicing up to six hours per day in his teen years. That passion grew, even through his post secondary years where he studied music and audio production.
    Matt has managed to expand his talents in his university years, playing many genres from Rock, Metal, and Punk music, to Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Motown/RnB. He has played for musicals such as Spring Awakening and Rent, opened for Canadian rockers, “Monster Truck,” and played on musical projects that have climbed high on the iTunes album charts.
    Today, Matt continues to try and diversify his skillset as a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and performer. He is a member of The McCartney Years, one of North America’s biggest tributes to Paul McCartney, where he travels across North America. He is also a member of hard rock outfit Vilivant. Matt continues to follow his musical passion as a performer, writer, and recording engineer.
  • Eran Foster

    Eran Foster

    Eran Foster is an electric and upright bassist currently studying at Western University. He performs a wide variety of genres, from punk to musical theatre, and is very excited to continue expanding that variety with #BollywoodMonster Orchestra.
  • Richard Uglow

    Richard Uglow

    I’ll be playing keys for the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra using a combination of some traditional acoustic Indian instruments like the Shanai along with modern synth sounds. In the past I’ve worked with lots of jazz and pop music. Some of the artists I’ve worked with are Nati Haile, Kaabi Kouyate, and The Funkin Art Souls. This year I’ll be concentrating on original jazz with my wife Jasmin Uglow as well as original folk with Jasmin where I’ll be playing guitar.
  • LoveSounD - Aaron Seunarine

    LoveSounD

    My name is Aaron “LoveSounD” Seunarine, I am a drummer/percussionist, beat maker and music producer. I started playing music at the tender age of 3 and never looked back since.

    At the age of 5, my parents enrolled me in the Humber College Community Music Program where I began my musical journey which led me to taking the Bachelor of Arts Program there, after high school. During and after my time at Humber I learned and played with countless musicians ranging from beginners to absolute pros/legends in the music industry. I later went on to study Audio Engineering and Production at Trebas Institute, where once again I got the chance to network with some amazing figures within the industry and met people that would later guide me to my next musical chapter in life.

    Currently working and educating in Mississauga, I also play drums and percussion in several bands and have been part of over a dozen Steel Pan Competitions (Pan Alive) and Caribana Festivals playing both drums and steel pan. I’ve appeared on YTV’s Treehouse, CBC News, Breakfast Television and a few other shows, while still donating my time to at-risk communities and fundraisers of all sorts.

    I recently got the chance to be a part of the 6ix Stix Bucket Drumming Group for the Toronto Raptors and now I get the chance to play steel pan with the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra and hopefully get the chance to do so in the near future.

  • Mistahsoca - Bhisham Harripersad

    Mistahsoca

    Bhisham Harripersad is a 19-year-old multi-talented musician. He plays a variety of instruments including, but not limited to, harmonium, tabla, steelpan, and sings as well. Of Trinidadian background, Bhisham Harripersad, stage name Mistahsoca, has always had both a passion for music and for bettering himself. Making his #BollywoodMonster Mashup debut, Bhisham will be performing with the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra playing his steelpan. Bhisham was also the recipient of the 2019 NAAC Steel Pan Award. By the words of Mistahsoca himself, he is on a continuously educating journey, as there will always be more to learn, in both music, and life. He also thanks his parents for supporting his musical aspirations, and his family, friends, fans, and non-fans for their continuous support, criticism, and advice that all helps to fuel his journey.

Family Fun

  • Melissa Marie Dance

    Melissa Marie Dance

    Artist

    Mississauga’s Melissa Marie Dance will be teaching a Soca dance online workshop for kids of any age to follow along to. The workshop is fun, energetic and simple movements that any individual of any age will be able to follow along to. For this workshop, you will require a flag, rag, towel, or any other small cloth to use as a prop with the dance routine. Melissa Marie Dance specializes in Bollywood, Soca, Chutney and Hip Hop dance.
  • Devika Mathur

    Devika Mathur

    Artist

    Devika Mathur has been a professional artist for more than 15 years. She has participated in four exhibitions in New Delhi. Last year she participated in two art fairs in Fredericton N.B. She now lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Devika has more than ten years of experience in teaching art in Fashion, Interior design and Architecture. She inherited fine arts skills from her mother & grandfather, both of whom were artists.

  • Akash Vukoti

    Akash Vukoti

    AMA Guest

    Akash Vukoti is an Indian American child prodigy and TV personality from San Angelo, Texas. Vukoti competed in his first spelling bee when he was 2 years old. He was inducted into American Mensa at the age of 3 and became a Davidson Young Scholar at the age of 5. Vukoti became the first-ever first grader to compete in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the age of 6 years, in 2016. Vukoti later competed in the 2018 and 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bees. He won the 32nd San Angelo Area Spelling Bee again in 2021 and qualified for the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee. Vukoti was featured on several TV shows, such as Little Big Shots in Season 1 (2016), Season 2 (2017) and Little Big Shots UK (Episode 4) in 2017. He was also featured on the Steve Harvey talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Preachers in 2016, Harry show in 2017 and on the Kelly Clarkson Show on November 10, 2020. Akash competed as a Celebrity on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, a spin-off of Dancing with the Stars in the fall of 2018. He has been interviewed on all major TV networks, Electronic, Social and Print media in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and India. Akash has done commercials for IBM, Amazon Kindle and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. He has been featured in the HBO and BBC documentaries in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Vukoti has been featured in the 2020 Netflix Documentary Film Spelling the Dream, which was released in over 190 countries and garnered positive reviews.
  • Devin Ramoutar

    Devin Ramoutar

    Artist

    Devin Ramoutar is a musical teacher who specializes in the intricacies of Indian, Latin, Western, and West Indian percussion. Known for his unique array of percussion instruments ready to spark life into any song, Devin is one of the most sought after percussionists in the GTA.

  • Khaula Mazhar

    Khaula Mazhar

    Artist

    Khaula Mazhar is an award-winning, self-taught Mississauga artist. Her multifaceted work reflects her intrigue with situations, surroundings and our interactions with them. A strong believer that art is good for everyone, for both physical and mental health, she loves bringing art to the community and the community to art. Since starting her career in 2015, she has been involved in many interactive community art events as well as public art projects. She instructs paint sessions to get the community to pick up a paint brush and experience the benefits of a creative activity. She was hired by the City and the Art Gallery of Mississauga in 2017 to bring an interactive mural painting activity to the community and did a similar event at the Waterfront Festival in 2018. Her public art can be seen around Mississauga and in 2019 she was awarded a grant to paint a large-scale mural celebrating Mississauga’s Bee City Status. Her public work covers many themes based around the local community including diversity, conservation and heritage sites. She enjoys creating stories for the community, about the community, to foster pride and spark conversations through her public art.
  • Amara Ramdhanny

    Amara Ramdhanny

    AMA Guest

    Amara Davina Ramdhanny (she/her/they/them) is an Afro-St. Lucian and Indo-Grenadian (Black/Indian of Caribbean descent) Brooklyn-based creative, whose art focuses on/is inspired by bright colors and strong women, specifically women of color. Amara will be featured in an “Ask Me Anything”, answering questions and discussing her art and how it is influenced by her culture.
  • Nimra Bandukwala

    Nimra Bandukwala

    Artist

    Nimra is a Pakistani artist, community facilitator based, and Masters student in Occupational Therapy based in Mississauga and the UK. She co-leads Reth Aur Reghistan, a multidisciplinary project that explores Pakistani folklore through art. She has led arts-based programs for children and adults with disabilities in school and community settings.

  • Alan Faigal

    Alan Faigal

    Artist

    Alan is a Community Outreach Animator for Culture Shock Canada, in that role he has designed and implemented community dance programs for ages 2.5 to 18 and older adults all across Southern Ontario. He performed as a Bollywood Dancer with Lopa Sarkar and Divine Heritage Artistry. Alan has been a movement specialist in the fitness/wellness industry for over 20 years.

  • Shweta Subram

    Shweta Subram

    AMA Guest

    Shweta Subram is an eclectic Bollywood playback singer and independent artist from Canada. She is the female voice behind recently trending Jalebi Baby. Her Bollywood debut was with Ayushmann Khurrana through the title song Dil-e-Nadaan in the movie Hawaizaada and her Kollywood debut was in the movie Maayavan for music director Ghibran. Shweta’s musical career started with a performance at IIFA Awards with Bollywood music directors Salim-Sulaiman. Following this, she has released many originals as well as covers and has collaborated with various artists around the world. Her collaboration with The Piano Guys has crossed 22 million views.

    Shweta is the youngest vocalist of Indian origin to have performed at the esteemed Carnegie Hall in New York, and was honoured as South Asian of the Year 2015 by Zee TV Canada. Now based in Dubai, Shweta has headlined concerts across 75 cities in 12 countries.

  • Ria Aikat

    Ria Aikat

    Artist

    Ria is a passionate dancer and educator who has dedicated her life to fusing teaching and dance. She is the Co-founder of Dance ’N’ Culture – an organization that provides cultural dance programming for schools across the GTA. Ria has over 20 years of dance training in styles including Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, Bhangra, Hip Hop and House, and 10 years in arts education. She has taught thousands of students of all ages across Ontario and is known for her high energy and accessible teaching style. She is also a part-time faculty member at Centennial College, City Dance Corps, and the Pink Studio.

  • Raj Girn

    Raj Girn

    AMA Guest

    RAJ GIRN is a well-respected, multi-award winning media and events entrepreneur, brand strategist, marketing consultant, confidence coach, #1 best-selling author, entertainment personality, activist and philanthropist. For 2 decades, she has been widely recognized as an expert in niche branding, media, marketing, public relations, and event strategy.

    She has worked with a vast array of globally recognized brands (P&G, L’Oréal Paris, Diageo, GoDaddy, Huawei, and many more) and celebrities (Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto, Dita Von Teese, Kim Kardashian, Rohan Oza, Robin Sharma, and many more), where her vast portfolio has been in the niche space.

  • Melissa Marie Dance

    Melissa Marie Dance

    Artist

    Mississauga’s Melissa Marie Dance will be teaching a Soca dance online workshop for kids of any age to follow along to. The workshop is fun, energetic and simple movements that any individual of any age will be able to follow along to. For this workshop, you will require a flag, rag, towel, or any other small cloth to use as a prop with the dance routine. Melissa Marie Dance specializes in Bollywood, Soca, Chutney and Hip Hop dance.
  • Devika Mathur

    Devika Mathur

    Artist

    Devika Mathur has been a professional artist for more than 15 years. She has participated in four exhibitions in New Delhi. Last year she participated in two art fairs in Fredericton N.B. She now lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Devika has more than ten years of experience in teaching art in Fashion, Interior design and Architecture. She inherited fine arts skills from her mother & grandfather, both of whom were artists.

  • Akash Vukoti

    Akash Vukoti

    AMA Guest

    Akash Vukoti is an Indian American child prodigy and TV personality from San Angelo, Texas. Vukoti competed in his first spelling bee when he was 2 years old. He was inducted into American Mensa at the age of 3 and became a Davidson Young Scholar at the age of 5. Vukoti became the first-ever first grader to compete in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the age of 6 years, in 2016. Vukoti later competed in the 2018 and 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bees. He won the 32nd San Angelo Area Spelling Bee again in 2021 and qualified for the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee. Vukoti was featured on several TV shows, such as Little Big Shots in Season 1 (2016), Season 2 (2017) and Little Big Shots UK (Episode 4) in 2017. He was also featured on the Steve Harvey talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Preachers in 2016, Harry show in 2017 and on the Kelly Clarkson Show on November 10, 2020. Akash competed as a Celebrity on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, a spin-off of Dancing with the Stars in the fall of 2018. He has been interviewed on all major TV networks, Electronic, Social and Print media in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and India. Akash has done commercials for IBM, Amazon Kindle and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. He has been featured in the HBO and BBC documentaries in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Vukoti has been featured in the 2020 Netflix Documentary Film Spelling the Dream, which was released in over 190 countries and garnered positive reviews.
  • Devin Ramoutar

    Devin Ramoutar

    Artist

    Devin Ramoutar is a musical teacher who specializes in the intricacies of Indian, Latin, Western, and West Indian percussion. Known for his unique array of percussion instruments ready to spark life into any song, Devin is one of the most sought after percussionists in the GTA.

  • Melissa Marie Dance

    Melissa Marie Dance

    Artist

    Mississauga’s Melissa Marie Dance will be teaching a Soca dance online workshop for kids of any age to follow along to. The workshop is fun, energetic and simple movements that any individual of any age will be able to follow along to. For this workshop, you will require a flag, rag, towel, or any other small cloth to use as a prop with the dance routine. Melissa Marie Dance specializes in Bollywood, Soca, Chutney and Hip Hop dance.
  • Devika Mathur

    Devika Mathur

    Artist

    Devika Mathur has been a professional artist for more than 15 years. She has participated in four exhibitions in New Delhi. Last year she participated in two art fairs in Fredericton N.B. She now lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Devika has more than ten years of experience in teaching art in Fashion, Interior design and Architecture. She inherited fine arts skills from her mother & grandfather, both of whom were artists.

  • Akash Vukoti

    Akash Vukoti

    AMA Guest

    Akash Vukoti is an Indian American child prodigy and TV personality from San Angelo, Texas. Vukoti competed in his first spelling bee when he was 2 years old. He was inducted into American Mensa at the age of 3 and became a Davidson Young Scholar at the age of 5. Vukoti became the first-ever first grader to compete in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the age of 6 years, in 2016. Vukoti later competed in the 2018 and 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bees. He won the 32nd San Angelo Area Spelling Bee again in 2021 and qualified for the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee. Vukoti was featured on several TV shows, such as Little Big Shots in Season 1 (2016), Season 2 (2017) and Little Big Shots UK (Episode 4) in 2017. He was also featured on the Steve Harvey talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Preachers in 2016, Harry show in 2017 and on the Kelly Clarkson Show on November 10, 2020. Akash competed as a Celebrity on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, a spin-off of Dancing with the Stars in the fall of 2018. He has been interviewed on all major TV networks, Electronic, Social and Print media in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and India. Akash has done commercials for IBM, Amazon Kindle and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. He has been featured in the HBO and BBC documentaries in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Vukoti has been featured in the 2020 Netflix Documentary Film Spelling the Dream, which was released in over 190 countries and garnered positive reviews.
  • Devin Ramoutar

    Devin Ramoutar

    Artist

    Devin Ramoutar is a musical teacher who specializes in the intricacies of Indian, Latin, Western, and West Indian percussion. Known for his unique array of percussion instruments ready to spark life into any song, Devin is one of the most sought after percussionists in the GTA.

  • Khaula Mazhar

    Khaula Mazhar

    Artist

    Khaula Mazhar is an award-winning, self-taught Mississauga artist. Her multifaceted work reflects her intrigue with situations, surroundings and our interactions with them. A strong believer that art is good for everyone, for both physical and mental health, she loves bringing art to the community and the community to art. Since starting her career in 2015, she has been involved in many interactive community art events as well as public art projects. She instructs paint sessions to get the community to pick up a paint brush and experience the benefits of a creative activity. She was hired by the City and the Art Gallery of Mississauga in 2017 to bring an interactive mural painting activity to the community and did a similar event at the Waterfront Festival in 2018. Her public art can be seen around Mississauga and in 2019 she was awarded a grant to paint a large-scale mural celebrating Mississauga’s Bee City Status. Her public work covers many themes based around the local community including diversity, conservation and heritage sites. She enjoys creating stories for the community, about the community, to foster pride and spark conversations through her public art.
  • Amara Ramdhanny

    Amara Ramdhanny

    AMA Guest

    Amara Davina Ramdhanny (she/her/they/them) is an Afro-St. Lucian and Indo-Grenadian (Black/Indian of Caribbean descent) Brooklyn-based creative, whose art focuses on/is inspired by bright colors and strong women, specifically women of color. Amara will be featured in an “Ask Me Anything”, answering questions and discussing her art and how it is influenced by her culture.
  • Nimra Bandukwala

    Nimra Bandukwala

    Artist

    Nimra is a Pakistani artist, community facilitator based, and Masters student in Occupational Therapy based in Mississauga and the UK. She co-leads Reth Aur Reghistan, a multidisciplinary project that explores Pakistani folklore through art. She has led arts-based programs for children and adults with disabilities in school and community settings.

  • Alan Faigal

    Alan Faigal

    Artist

    Alan is a Community Outreach Animator for Culture Shock Canada, in that role he has designed and implemented community dance programs for ages 2.5 to 18 and older adults all across Southern Ontario. He performed as a Bollywood Dancer with Lopa Sarkar and Divine Heritage Artistry. Alan has been a movement specialist in the fitness/wellness industry for over 20 years.

  • Shweta Subram

    Shweta Subram

    AMA Guest

    Shweta Subram is an eclectic Bollywood playback singer and independent artist from Canada. She is the female voice behind recently trending Jalebi Baby. Her Bollywood debut was with Ayushmann Khurrana through the title song Dil-e-Nadaan in the movie Hawaizaada and her Kollywood debut was in the movie Maayavan for music director Ghibran. Shweta’s musical career started with a performance at IIFA Awards with Bollywood music directors Salim-Sulaiman. Following this, she has released many originals as well as covers and has collaborated with various artists around the world. Her collaboration with The Piano Guys has crossed 22 million views.

    Shweta is the youngest vocalist of Indian origin to have performed at the esteemed Carnegie Hall in New York, and was honoured as South Asian of the Year 2015 by Zee TV Canada. Now based in Dubai, Shweta has headlined concerts across 75 cities in 12 countries.

  • Ria Aikat

    Ria Aikat

    Artist

    Ria is a passionate dancer and educator who has dedicated her life to fusing teaching and dance. She is the Co-founder of Dance ’N’ Culture – an organization that provides cultural dance programming for schools across the GTA. Ria has over 20 years of dance training in styles including Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, Bhangra, Hip Hop and House, and 10 years in arts education. She has taught thousands of students of all ages across Ontario and is known for her high energy and accessible teaching style. She is also a part-time faculty member at Centennial College, City Dance Corps, and the Pink Studio.

  • Raj Girn

    Raj Girn

    AMA Guest

    RAJ GIRN is a well-respected, multi-award winning media and events entrepreneur, brand strategist, marketing consultant, confidence coach, #1 best-selling author, entertainment personality, activist and philanthropist. For 2 decades, she has been widely recognized as an expert in niche branding, media, marketing, public relations, and event strategy.

    She has worked with a vast array of globally recognized brands (P&G, L’Oréal Paris, Diageo, GoDaddy, Huawei, and many more) and celebrities (Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto, Dita Von Teese, Kim Kardashian, Rohan Oza, Robin Sharma, and many more), where her vast portfolio has been in the niche space.

Hosts

Amin Dhillon

Amin Dhillon

Amin Dhillon is a Canadian on-air host, producer, podcaster, and emcee. Amin has spent a decade covering national news and events for Canada’s Indo-Canadian community. She is also one of Canada’s leading emcees for various cultural and community events. In 2019, Dhillon launched her own podcast and digital series “In Conversation with Amin Dhillon”. With a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion, the podcast has featured politicians, newsmakers, artists, and entrepreneurs with inspirational stories of success and achievement.
Patricia Jaggernauth

Patricia Jaggernauth

With a career of more than 15 years as a professional television host & media heavy weight, Patricia Jaggernauth is an Emmy Award winning & Canadian award winning personality who is celebrated across North America as an exuberant storyteller of live television seen on CP24, Toronto’s Breaking News, working with Toronto #1 news team and #1 morning show across Canada, on CP24 Breakfast as a beloved co-host, LIVE EYE/remote host, weather specialist & special presentation host (lead host of the star studded Caribbean Carnival for 9 Years, St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Pride Parade) broadcasting to millions across the region.
Amish Patel

Amish Patel

Amish Patel is a Canadian Screen Award Winner and Two Time Emmy Nomination Applicant. His life began as a classic fish out of two waters tale. From a young age, he gained perspectives on both Indian and Canadian cultures and learned to deal with discrimination and xenophobia through humour. Amish loved comedy from day one but he still obtained an Aerospace Engineering degree. After literally becoming a rocket scientist, Amish recently booked a leading role on a kids’ comedy show with the Emmy-Award winning Sinking Ship. He has also appeared on Saving Hope, Man Seeking Woman, and Odd Squad. Additionally, as a stand up he has opened for Saturday Night Live alumni Tim Meadows, and Iliza Schlesinger.
Dilshad Burman

Dilshad Burman

Dilshad Burman is an award-winning Canadian media personality & journalist. She moved to Canada from Mumbai, India as a student and has steadily established herself as a media professional. From shooting, producing, writing and editing to on-camera reporting and hosting, she’s done it all over her decade-long career. You can now find her on CityNews and 680 NEWS as a multi-media content creator and reporter.

Dilshad calls herself a born performer and found her love for the performing arts as a young child. But as she studied television broadcasting and began working in a newsroom, she discovered her love for news – it’s immediacy, it’s excitement and most importantly, it’s service to the public.

She says being part of an essential service and providing people with critical information to make important decisions feels purposeful and worthwhile. It also drives her to cover unconventional stories that may not always make mainstream headlines. Dilshad is also proud to be one of the many diverse faces in Canadian media who are changing the landscape and pivoting it towards inclusivity and acceptance.

PAST ARTISTS

2020 Artists ▼

Headliners

Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone forayed into the Indian television industry with “Big Boss” and went on to rule the small screen with “Splitsvilla”. Having worked in an array of Bollywood films like Ragini MMS 2 and Raees, Leone has won the hearts of millions. The actress who donned many hats right from being a movie star, a mother to being an entrepreneur has successfully launched her brands and made them a success story. The baby doll of Bollywood to a doting mother of 3, Sunny Leone has conquered and left a mark on every field that she ventured into. With various features and web films in the pipeline, the actress here is to rule.
The Meet Bros

The Meet Bros

Featuring Khushboo Grewal

The Meet Bros made their unique mark in the Indian Music Industry as one voice catapulting to great fame and are leaving an unmatched legacy in music. They are only a few among others who have revolutionized the music scenes in almost two decades. They have a penchant for mesmerizing their audiences with their musical virtuosity and have given foot tapping music hits like Baby Doll, Chittiyan Kalliyan, Heeriye to name just a few. Although the Indian Music Industry boasts of many successful music directors, Meet Bros have proven that they are poles apart in creating party anthems and enthralling all their listeners. Their aficionado for music is paving the path for establishing themselves as pioneers in showcasing new talents and building a music empire that hasn’t been seen in India yet. As performers on stage, for international and national events, they are a name to be reckoned with due to the energy and vibe they present.
Arjuna Harjai

Arjuna Harjai

Arjuna Harjai is a critically acclaimed composer and singer based in Mumbai, India. He has done some notable work in the industry with renowned directors and producers like Nikhil Advani, Ekta Kapoor, Sriram Raghavan, Sanjay Routary, Vasan Bala, Amit Sharma and more. He is also one of the most popular advertising composers in India. He has collaborated with over 80 brands and created extremely successful campaigns and musical identities for A-list companies. 

Artists

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

The #BollywoodMonster Orchestra is a high-powered combination of traditional Bollywood melodies and Western rock instruments. BMO is as old as #BollywoodMonster Mashup itself, and over the years, it has featured a variety of instruments from numerous cultural backgrounds; from Indian Dhol, to Chinese Zither, to Cuban Congas. #BollywoodMonster Orchestra has brought musicians of all sorts together to perform epic, custom-made arrangements of hit Bollywood songs. 
Wali Shah

Wali Shah

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

As one of RBC ’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, Mississauga native, Wali Shah is a poet and motivational speaker. He’s delivered TED talks, narrated voice overs for commercials, and spoken at hundreds of schools and colleges across North America. Wali’s journey as an artist began in his hometown, as he was named the City of Mississauga’s official poet. Since then, Wali has toured Canada coast to coast as a WE Day performer, worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, and made mama proud by graduating from the University of Toronto. From being featured on TV with Selena Gomez, to inspiring thousands to follow him on social media: Wali uses his platform for positive change. He’s performed for President Barack Obama, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Seth Rogen, and he’s even freestyled with hip hop artist, Kendrick Lamar. 

Matt Hache

Matt Hache

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

Matt’s musical journey began when he took his first piano lesson at 5 years old. After discovering guitar around age 11, he became more and more enamoured with it. He was nearly obsessed with the guitar, taking lessons and practicing every day – sometimes up to 6 hours per day through his teen years. Eventually, Matt made the decision to take the instrument more seriously, spending his post-secondary years at Western University’s Popular Music Studies program.  After Western University, Matt went on to study audio production at The Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART). Today, Matt is a member of The McCartney Years, one of the biggest tributes to Paul McCartney in North America, He plays the part of Jimmy McCulloch, the lead guitarist, and helps to recreate the concert experience of a Paul McCartney show from the 70s. In addition, Matt is a multi-instrumentalist (Guitar, Electric Bass, Vocals, Piano/Keys) and freelances as a producer, recording engineer, and session musician.
Stephanie Braganza

Stephanie Braganza

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

Stephanie Braganza is a powerhouse vocalist whose performances helped her win a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Live Artist. The vocalist has performed in a wide array of settings throughout her career, including a private event at the Art Gallery of Ontario which was attended by former president George W. Bush, and at the MuchMusic Video Awards. An outspoken animal rights activist, her latest music video; “Chains of Silence” has won two 2017 Global Music awards for “Best Female Vocalist” and “Best Music Video,” and has received support from Bif Naked, Tony Kanal (No Doubt) and PETA. In celebration of Canada’s South Asian Heritage Month in May 2017, Stephanie was listed in CBC Music’s top “10 South Asian–Canadian Artists You Need to Hear Right Now”.
Shirsha

Shirsha

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

A rising artist from Brampton creating soundscapes with a blend of pop, jazz, r&b, trap and her Indian influences. She has worked with renowned musicians like Shankar Mahadevan, and Ash King in Bollywood, and Grammy Award-winning bassist Christian McBride and producer Larry Klein. Shirsha released her first 2 English singles “Candour” and “Mirror” mid-2019 on all major streaming platforms, and is currently working hard on creating her debut EP.

Justin Maki

Justin Maki

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

Justin Maki is a Pop/Easy-Listening singer, guitarist, and music artist. Since officially committing to his music career in 2012, he has played over 1,000 shows, released 2 EPs (“The Acoustic Diaries: Fight” and “Long Time Coming”), along with some singles, and has gone on 3 Cross Canada Tours. Justin has also shared the stage with industry heavy-weights like Monster Truck, The Mudmen, and The Sheepdogs.
Pratik Peters

Pratik Peters

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

Pratik Peters is a singer, musician, composer, music producer with the ability to sing in multiple languages with versatility to sing songs from various genres. Continuous practice is the motto of his success. His hard work and dedication has given him great opportunities to work with renowned Bollywood music producers such as Vishal-Shekhar and Salim-Sulaiman. In 2015 Pratik won the Salim Sulaiman Live Toronto contest.
Tim Stokes-Rees

Tim Stokes-Rees

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

Tim Stokes-Rees is a drummer, guitarist and producer. He has performed with various groups playing different genres such as rock, jazz, country, new age, hip hop, EDM and Latin alternative. During his spare time, he is also a music instructor at the Ontario College of Music and Percussion. Tim has performed with the #BollywoodMonster Orchestra for the past four years.
EnKaye

EnKaye

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

EnKaye is a Mississauga based vocal percussionist, or beatboxer, who uses just his mouth and a microphone to move crowds and make magic with melodies and music.

Eran Foster

Eran Foster

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

Eran is currently studying double bass at Western University. A versatile musician, he has performed with pit bands, orchestras, and R&B, rap, rock, and pop groups.
Olaf Szester

Olaf Szester

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

Olaf Szester is a percussionist/drummer and composer. He currently focuses his energies on freelancing, teaching and exploring a variety of diverse projects. Olaf has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists such as Tom Cochrane, Skydiggers, Great Big Sea, Hey Rosetta and AKON.  Currently Olaf is the drummer for the high energy punk alternative band BROOMFILLER, who have released and toured several albums to date and a dark alternative pop band called Gelax.  Furthermore, Olaf can be found on the self-titled album of the progressive rock band Duck Duck Goose.
Jimmy Nguyen

Jimmy Nguyen

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

Musician, keyboardist, producer, composer, song-writer. As a Humber graduate, music has always been a passion of Jimmy’s. He grew up studying classical music before immersing himself in the world of pop/jazz/R&B/funk during his later years. He likes to perform live shows as well as spend hours in the studio experimenting and creating.
Frog in Hand Productions

Frog in Hand Productions

Frog in Hand is a Mississauga-based network of storytellers who contribute to the community by sharing resources, knowledge and experience through creation, performance and education. Our 2020 performance with BMM is presented by the eleven members of Frog in Hand’s 2020 Summer Company. This work is a mix of Bollywood, hip hop and contemporary dance, with choreography by Mississauga’s own Rohan Dhupar.
Giggle Queens

Giggle Queens

Giggle Queens is made up of two long time friends and choreographers: Ria Aikat and Jennalee Desjardins. They love working on nostalgic pop and fusing their styles together, all while laughing their faces off. This year’s performance will be an epic Hip Hop and Bollywood fusion dance.
BollyHeelsTO

BollyHeelsTO

BollyHeelsTO consists of a team of  two South Asian artists with a background in a variety of western and eastern styles of dance who have come together to create in the style of Bollywood Fusion in heels. BollyHeelsTO aims to bring training in Indian and Western styles of fusion dance to the community. With the added technique and skills of dancing in heels, BollyHeelsTO draws on the roots of classical and folk Indian dance with a modern flavour.
N2 The Band

N2 The Band

N2 is a fusion Indo Caribbean Band. They cover all genres but specialize in Bollywood and Hindi remixes.
Melissa Marie Dance

Melissa Marie Dance

Melissa Marie Dance was established in hopes of inspiring self-confidence and discipline while sharing the love for culture and dance. Melissa Marie Dance strives to bring young women together to celebrate their heritage through Bollywood styles of dance and more.
Team NRITYA

Team NRITYA

Team NRITYA is a group of former and present passionate and enthusiastic international students trying to leave a mark of their culture and identity. It gets tough to leave your family, friends, culture and passion behind in between the struggle and hassle to settle down in a foreign country at a young age. The motive of our team is to bring such individuals and spread the beauty garba and bharatnatyam. Our team members have represented Indian folk dances at various international platforms.
The R&B United Band

The R&B United Band

R&B stands for “Rock & Bhangra and everything in between”. It is the most versatile southasian band in Canada with over 20 years of experience in performing with the best artists in some of the best concerts in Canada and abroad. It consists of a strong team of seasoned musicians who are well known for their expertise, versatility and musicality. Led by Founder & Ace Keyboardist Asad Khan, the band always manages to surpass expectations with their outstanding performances. Apart from being exceptional at all forms of southasian music, they’re also well versed in other genres like Rock, Pop, Latin, Jazz, Country etc.
The Mad Band Project

The Mad Band Project

The Mad Band Project is a rotating band under the Madnetism Arts Inc. platform that strives to creatively bring something completely out of the box and more engaging than you can imagine. Every set is pre-arranged, and composed by one of the rotating producers and this year, Saad Arif Tauseef is bringing together some of the best musicians together to showcase musical talent like never before in a multilingual arrangement.
Reign Yash Dance Academy

Reign Yash Dance Academy

Yashwanth Koppala is Mississauga based dancer, Choreographer & founder of Reign Yash Dance Academy. He has over 16 years of dance experience and performed in many reality shows in India. The Reign Yash Academy has  performed at over 100 events within the past two years.  Their  entire team is trained professional dancers expert in dance forms like Bollywood, Bollyhop, Hip-hop, Contemporary, Classical. Reign Yash Academy also provides dance lessons to all age groups from their  dance studios that are located in Brampton, Milton & Mississauga.

Nick Pandya ft. Vedik Vibez

Nick Pandya ft. Vedik Vibez

Brampton native, Nick Pandya is the co-founder and producer of Darshan Entertainment and Dandiya with Pandya. Nick has been a student of music since the age of 9. Performing alongside Shankar Mahadevan, Jonita Gandhi, Chinmayi, Sukhvinder and other Bollywood play singers, Nick has also achieved an award in vocal excellence by Pandit Jasraj.

Devin Ramoutar

Devin Ramoutar

Devin Ramoutar is a Musical teacher, specializing in the intricacies of Indian, Latin, Western, and West Indian percussion. Known for his unique array of percussion instruments ready to spark life into any song, Devin is one of the most sought after percussionists in the GTA.
Amish Patel

Amish Patel

Amish Patel’s life began as a classic fish out of two waters tale. From a young age, he gained perspectives on both Indian and Canadian cultures and learned to deal with discrimination and xenophobia through humour. Amish loved comedy from day one but he still obtained an Aerospace Engineering degree. After literally becoming a rocket scientist, Amish recently booked a leading role on a kids’ comedy show with the Emmy-Award winning Sinking Ship. He has also appeared on Saving Hope, Man Seeking Woman, and Odd Squad. Additionally, as a stand up he recently opened for Saturday Night Live alumni Tim Meadows, and Iliza Schlesinger. 
Nimra Bandukwala

Nimra Bandukwala

Nimra is a visual artist interested in using readily available, found, or recycled materials to create art.
Ria Aikat

Ria Aikat

Ria is a professional dancer and teacher working in the arts for over 10 years and has trained in Bharatanatyam, Bollywood, Ballet, Hip Hop and House. Ria is a part-time faculty member at Centennial College where she teaches Indian dance, as well as a lead educator for Moving EDGEucation. Ria’s passion for urban and Indian dance has inspired her to choreograph and perform Bollywood fusion pieces across the province.

Raheel Patel

Raheel Patel

Raheel is an environment-friendly art educator and curator with leadership experience in art, heritage, education, and community development. Raheel is the sole proprietor of Holy Cow Studio. 

Hosts

Uppekha Jain

Uppekha Jain

Uppekha Jain is a former Miss. India Canada Worldwide and the first Indo-Canadian actress to be featured as a permanent cast of one of India’s longest running, top rated, prime-time daily soap opera’s Saath Nibhana Saathiya (‘Saathiya’.), on StarPlus. She has been a popular face on Indian television for the last 6 years having been featured in over 30 ads, many with A-List Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif. Uppekha is also a sought-after anchor for various live shows across the world and has hosted a slew of awards nights events with A-List Bollywood, and Corporate Giants.
MC JD

MC JD

An award winning MC, MC JD has been in the music industry for over 25 years. He has run the gauntlet in the entertainment industry, from hosting his own TV show, which was broadcast across 7 countries, to currently hosting his own radio show; Live From The Lair on Rukus Avenue Radio (Wed 11PM EST). He is no stranger to the stage, over the course of his career he has catapulted himself as the premiere MC for the special events, mixtapes and guest appearances at events worldwide. He is an established International recording artist with over 100 releases on various labels. In 2012, JD was the recipient of the Citizens Award for Acclaim in the Arts by the City of Brampton. MC JD is currently the CEO of a record label; iSmashhouse. He is active in the community mentoring youth and steadily recording for projects with many top name artists in the Bhangra, Hiphop, Reggae and Drum and Bass industries respectively.
Amin Dhillion

Amin Dhillion

Amin Dhillon is a sought after on-air host, producer, podcaster, and emcee. Amin first graced the stage as Miss India Worldwide Canada before successfully crossing over to the media world. For almost ten years Amin has been a national television host and reporter. From interviewing politicians to celebrities, Amin has brought viewers exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access from all of the biggest events. She’s interviewed stars like Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Neeti Mohan, A.R. Rahman, Neeru Bajwa, Manish Malhotra, Jasmine Sandlas, Lilly Singh, Jaz Dhami, Lara Dutta, and more!   

2019 Artists ▼

Nikhita Gandhi

Nikhita Gandhi

Nikhita Gandhi is an Indian playback singer whose Bollywood breakthrough came when she sang the hit song “Ladio”, composed by A.R Rahman in the film “I”. Since then she’s been singing chart-busters non-stop in the industry. Recently, she paired up with Arijit Singh for the super hit song “Qaafirana” from Kedarnath, winning the Sony MIX Audience Award in 2019 and earning critical acclaim for the song. Nikhita was the voice of Deepika Padukone in the title song for the film “Raabta” for which she also won Zee Cine Awards 2018 for Best Playback Singer – Female. Gandhi took the stage for the first time in Canada at #BollywoodMonster 2019.
Yasser Desai

Yasser Desai

Yasser Desai is a Bollywood singer from Mumbai, India with a charming personality and soulful voice. Over his illustrious career, he has sung more than 200 songs for various Bollywood movies, and he is the only singer to have 3 songs in the Mirchi Top 20 list. His song, “Itna Tumhe Chahna Hai,” from Machine was his first smash hit, followed up by many more, including “Pallo Latke” from the film Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana. Yasser has also won Zee Cine Awards 2019 for Best Playback Singer – Male for his song “Naino Ne Baandhi” from the movie Gold. In 2019, Desai made his Canadian debut at #BollywoodMonster Mashup.
Faisal Butt

Faisal Butt

Faisal Butt is a comic based out of Toronto who performs all over Canada. Faisal’s laid back style made him a hit with audiences and in 2014 he was the winner of the Sirius XM “Top Comic” competition. He has also appeared in the Just For Laughs festival both in Montreal and Toronto. Faisal is also an actor who has appeared on the “Beaverton” as well as “Open Mic”, “Fare Trade” and “Open Heart Burglary” on the Bell Fibe network.  He was also in the Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals, and the  Summerworks, Bordertown and Oddball comedy festivals,he most recently taped an episode for “The Debaters” on CBC.
Jennifer Hsiung

Jennifer Hsiung

Jennifer Hsiung was an international television anchor for China Central Television in Beijing for the past 10 years and recently moved back to her hometown of Toronto. She started pursuing stand-up comedy in China in 2015, and made her Comedy Central debut in season three of “Stand-Up Asia!” when her 15-minute set was featured in the first episode. In 2017, she competed in the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition and was the only female to reach the finals. Jennifer has been delighting and disgusting audiences throughout Asia and North America, with her classy vagina jokes, observations about motherhood, spanking, English cucumbers, Botox, and everything in between.
Foad Hassanpoor

Foad Hassanpoor

Foad HassanPoor is an actor, comic, and writer. He has performed at Just for Laughs in Montreal, Stand Up NBC in NYC, written for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and made appearances in Nikita and American Gods.
Moe Ismail

Moe Ismail

Egyptian-Canadian comedian Moe Ismail has been performing stand up comedy across Canada and the United States for the better part of the last 10 years. Moe’s style can be described as honest, raw, and energetic. He has performed alongside some of the biggest names in comedy and has appeared on the Just For Laughs 42 festival, Sirius XM’s Canada Laughs, MTV, and the legendary Kenny Robinson’s Nubian Show, which has featured acts such as Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock.
Keesha Brownie

Keesha Brownie

Keesha Brownie is one of North America’s candid comedians to watch. Keesha is a Canadian Comedy Award nominee, and has appeared on MTV, CBC: The List, & has performed on various comedy festivals across North America. A unique blend of her Canadian & West Indian Heritage in her piercingly comical style and likeable approach has latched on to this year’s 2019 SiriusXM Top Comic completion, Just For Laughs Festival Montreal 2017, Live Taping for Kevin Hart LOL Network, a regular of Best of Absolute Comedy at Toronto’s annual comedy festival JFL42 and most recently, performed at the official pre-show for the “100% Fresher Tour” with Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider.
Neema Nazeri

Neema Nazeri

Neema Nazeri is a Comedian/Actor based in Toronto. He’s been seen performing on stages such as Yuk Yuks, Absolute Comedy, Corner Comedy Club and many others. He did a month-long tour in Australia for the Fringe Festival and now he’s performing everywhere he can, all while maintaining a strong social media presence.
Amish Patel

Amish Patel

Amish Patel’s life began as a classic fish out of two waters tale. From a young age, he gained perspectives on both Indian and Canadian cultures and learned to deal with discrimination and xenophobia through humour. Amish loved comedy from day one but he still obtained an Aerospace Engineering degree. After literally becoming a rocket scientist, Amish recently booked a leading role on a kids’ comedy show with the Emmy-Award winning Sinking Ship. He has also appeared on Saving Hope, Man Seeking Woman, and Odd Squad. Additionally, as a stand up he recently opened for Saturday Night Live alumni Tim Meadows, and Iliza Schlesinger.
Reign Yash Academy

Reign Yash Academy

Founder of Reign Yash Dance Academy, Yashwanth Koppala is a Toronto-based dancer and choreographer with 14 years of professional dance experience. Yashwanth hails from India and has taken part in several dance reality shows including Dhee 1,2,3, Gharashana and Super Dancers, and even received accolades from celebrities and dance masters. After moving to Canada, he successfully managed to establish himself as a dancer and choreographer, and launch his own dance academy within a short time. In the past four years, Yashwanth has performed in various events across Ontario.
Parichay

Parichay

Parichay is an Indo-Canadian Bollywood music Composer, producer, singer and songwriter. With 3 studio albums under his belt, his biggest break came in 2016 when he became the first ever non-resident Indian to do 4 out of 5 songs in a mainstream Bollywood film for production powerhouse, Tips, including the mega-hit Bollywood track ‘Peene Ki Tamanna’. In addition to collaborating with some of the biggest artists in the Bollywood music industry, he has also worked with Bollywood A-list actors such as Nargis Fakhri and Sonakshi Sinha as well as international artists such as Sean Kingston, Canadian Rap legend, Kardinal Offishall, and multi-platinum, Grammy-winning producer, Boi-1Da.
Waris Virse De

Waris Virse De

Waris Virse De is a vibrant group of Bhangra dancers, based out of Brampton. They consist of various teams ranging from kids to adults performing on Punjabi folk music. They are not only excellent performers themselves but they can also teach Bhangra, musical instruments, and how to tie a turban!

 

Shiamak Showkids

Shiamak Showkids

SHIAMAK Summer Funk is an extremely unique training program for students which teaches them trademark dance styles such as Shiamak Style Contemporary, Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz & Shabop. The students learn a complete dance routine and are trained in the various disciplines of stage performance. They also are exposed to the complete performing arts experience, containing rehearsals, teamwork, discipline, costumes and props, professionalism and the excitement behind performance. The end result; all of the students putting on a show to show their true stardom.
#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

The #BollywoodMonster Orchestra is a high-powered combination of traditional Bollywood melodies and Western rock instruments. BMO is as old as #BollywoodMonster Mashup itself, and over the years, it has featured a variety of instruments from numerous cultural backgrounds; from Indian Dhol, to Chinese Zither, to Cuban Congas. #BollywoodMonster Orchestra has brought musicians of all sorts together to perform epic, custom-made arrangements of hit Bollywood songs.
The Band Destiny

The Band Destiny

Talented, energetic, passionate and diverse are just some of the many words that describe The Band Destiny (TBD). TBD is a Toronto-based West Indian Crossover band that was formed in 2007. They are the three-time winners of the CMEA award for Top Soca Band in Canada. Currently, the members include; Stephen Nanan (Founder/Keyboardist), Curtis B (Vocalist), Kiran Dindial (Drummer), Kamela Singh (Keyboardist/Vocalist), Vijai Ramdath (Engineer), Celine Nanan (Rhythm & Machines), Darren Armoogam (Guitarist/Vocalist) and Logun (Vocalist). Together they make up The Band Destiny, creating a fusion of music that incorporates Soca, Reggae, R&B, Chutney, Hindi Remixes.
Nick Pandya

Nick Pandya

Nick started learning music at the age of 12. He has performed all across North America and parts of Europe and South America. He has also performed alongside various Bollywood playback singers such as Chinmayi (film Guru), Shankar Mahadevan, Rajdeep Chatterjee. Nick has also received an award in vocal excellence by Shree Pandit Jasraj.
Ria Aikat

Ria Aikat

Ria is a professional dancer and teacher working in the arts for over 10 years and has trained in Bharatanatyam, Bollywood, Ballet, Hip Hop and House. Ria is a part-time faculty member at Centennial College where she teaches Indian dance, as well as a lead educator for Moving EDGEucation. Ria’s passion for urban and Indian dance has inspired her to choreograph and perform Bollywood fusion pieces across the province.
Ankita Music

Ankita Music

Ankita is a Toronto-based singer and performer with a wide portfolio in live concerts. Her genre ranges from pop-rock to Bollywood, and is focusing on stepping into the mainstream South-Asian music scene with her line-up or original productions.
City Centre Dance

City Centre Dance

City Centre Dance is Mississauga’s Hottest Drop-In Dance Studio. Located in central Mississauga offering dance classes in styles such as Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz-Funk, Bollywood, Reggaeton, Dancehall, and more from Beginner to Advanced Levels.
Desi Muziko

Desi Muziko

Desi Muziko, a Toronto based leading Indo-Canadian doing Bollywood/Indian music all over North America. Band members have performed in many countries like South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and India.
 Randy Persaud

Randy Persaud

Randy Persaud is a prolific character in the Peel Region who champions many events throughout his community. Charged as the cities’ hype machine, Randy is one of the most sought after hosts, announcers and community producers in the city. A charismatic Rogers Television personality for over 7 years, Randy has hosted a variety of programs from Talk Local, Local Notes, Carassauga Pre-Show, The MARTY Awards Kickoff show and Cable 10 Live. Randy has hosted crowds of over 80,000 for many events including the #BollywoodMonster Mashup, Youth Day and more. In 2016, he won the Creative Community award by the Mississauga Arts Council at the MARTY Awards for his work in the community.

2018 Artists ▼

Aaman Trikha

Aaman Trikha

Aaman Trikha is a playback singer and performer from Mumbai, India. He has recorded songs in more than 10 different languages, including south languages such as Tamil and Malayalam, but is widely recognized as a Bollywood artist. In 2013, Trikha was nominated at the Stardust Awards for Best Upcoming Male Musical Sensation, as well as winning the Best Emerging Singer Award in Lions Club Gold Awards the same year. Trikha released his first solo music video in 2014, titled “Mahiya Tu Hi Tu” and also was the voice of Akshay Kumar for the song “Hookah Bar” in the film Khiladi 786.
Khushboo Grewal

Khushboo Grewal

Khushboo Grewal is a Punjabi film actress, VJ and singer from Chandigarh, India. She got her first taste in the entertainment industry at 15 years old when she finished runner up for Miss India North, followed by reaching the finals in Channel V Popstar in 2002. Later, Grewal became a beloved VJ working for B4u music and her career began to skyrocket from there. Not long after she appeared as the voice of Sunny Leone in Pink Lips (Hate Story 2), which topped the international and national charts.
#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

The #BollywoodMonster Orchestra is a high-powered combination of traditional Bollywood melodies and Western rock instruments. BMO is as old as #BollywoodMonster Mashup itself, and over the years, it has featured a variety of instruments from numerous cultural backgrounds; from Indian Dhol, to Chinese Zither, to Cuban Congas. #BollywoodMonster Orchestra has brought musicians of all sorts together to perform epic, custom-made arrangements of hit Bollywood songs.
Anandita Basu

Anandita Basu

Anandita Basu has been performing in and outside India many times obtaining recognition all over the world, including in Canada, the United States, Suriname, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy. Basu is known for her Sahaja Yoga Meditation, where she brings together music and meditation through the fusion of Sufi and Indian classical vocals. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is known to improve health and helps with stress, anxiety, depression and anger. It also is said to bring peace, joy, balance and harmony to people’s lives.
SHIAMAK Summer Funk

SHIAMAK Summer Funk

SHIAMAK Summer Funk is an extremely unique training program for students which teaches them trademark dance styles such as Shiamak Style Contemporary, Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz & Shabop. The students learn a complete dance routine and are trained in the various disciplines of stage performance. They also are exposed to the complete performing arts experience, containing rehearsals, teamwork, discipline, costumes and props, professionalism and the excitement behind performance. The end result; all of the students putting on a show to show their true stardom.
Tricube Dance

Tricube Dance

Tricube Dance is one of Toronto’s top Bollywood dance companies. They have been featured on CTV, Global, OMNI’s VMix Show, TD South Asian Festivals as the TD Dancers, Smart Centres, McMaster University, Mohawk College and numerous other corporate events. Tricube Dance is known for their signature fusion choreography, which blends the east with the west. They present professional performances, teach group lessons, as well as private choreography for wedding and special events. Tripti Ninan is the artistic director, lead choreographer and experienced performer who has a passion for spreading the love of dance with everyone!
Dhiraj Barla

Dhiraj Barla

Dhiraj Barla is a software developer by profession and a singer by passion. Dhiraj’s musical journey started at a very young age, singing along with the radio as a kid. A good melody with good lyrical value is his greatest inspiration. Dhiraj is a trained Classical Carnatic Singer and enjoys singing various styles of music such as Classical Carnatic, Ghazals, Sufi Music and commercial Bollywood music. He emerged victorious in TANA MAA TV’s Super Singers Contest held in Chicago in 2009 and was a finalist in the first ever Panorama Indian Idol in 2010.
Shobha Shekhar

Shobha Shekhar

Shobha is trained in Carnatic and Hindustani Classical music and also enjoys singing Bollywood Music, Ghazals, Indian folk and Western music. She has sung for many product commercials and released several music albums in various languages in India and Canada. Shobha has performed at many concerts across the globe and also strives tirelessly to use her talent to give back to the community by participating at charity events and fundraisers such as: Canadian Breast Cancer Society Foundation, Handi Care International, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, amongst others.
Rachel Bies

Rachel Bies

Rachel Bies otherwise known as @thehealthybies on Instagram is a passionate holistic nutritionist, culinary and media Personality. Through her platforms, her main goal is to cook, showcase, teach and get you back into your kitchen and in love with real food. Add in natural skincare, travel, health & wellness and she has so much she wants to share with her viewers. Above all else Rachel likes to focus on LOVE, passion and respect for all.
Dilshad Burman

Dilshad Burman

Born in Mumbai, India, Dilshad Burman is an award winning TV host and Canadian media personality based in Toronto. She is well known for hosting the Canadian Screen Award nominated, urban culture show V-Mix on Omni Television throughout its four season run. She also contributed her editing, writing and producing talents to the City TV and Omni Television newsrooms for over six years.
Nancy Majoulian

Nancy Majoulian

Nancy Majoulian is a former business executive, who complemented her business degree with a herbalist & nutritionist diploma. Nancy attributes a large portion of her accomplishments to her health and wellness regimen. Within these two modalities, she currently holds various workshops within the public and private sector all over North America. She is also a faculty member at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition, has made several television appearances to talk about plant-based nutrition. Nancy is also the creator of Gaia LifeForce and the co-producer & host of “Nancy’s Kitchen” where the art of plant-based cooking meets the science of nutrition.
Giggle Queens

Giggle Queens

Giggle Queens is a choreography/performance duo by Ria Aikat and Jennalee Desjardins. They specialize in fusion dance projects, including Bollywood/Classical Indian Dance and Urban Dance. They also really enjoy the art of laughing.

 

Himanshu Merchant

Himanshu Merchant

Himanshu is a talented and versatile singer, songwriter, and composer located in Toronto, Canada and is a part of the collaborative group known as ‘Himmy and the Bollywood Rock Band’. He is known to mesmerize audiences with his powerful voice and intense projection. Himanshu’s command over various styles of singing is evident from the ease with which he sings in various styles of music such as Hindi, Punjabi, Rock, Pop, Bhajans, and Light Classical. He has received several years of vocal training in Hindustani Classical Music.
Desi Muziko

Desi Muziko

Desi Muziko is a Toronto based leading Indo-Canadian doing Bollywood/Indian music all over North America. Band members have performed in many countries like South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and India.
Randy Persaud

Randy Persaud

Randy Persaud is a prolific character in the Peel Region who champions many events throughout his community. Charged as the cities’ hype machine, Randy is one of the most sought after hosts, announcers and community producers in the city. A charismatic Rogers Television personality for over 7 years, Randy has hosted a variety of programs from Talk Local, Local Notes, Carassauga Pre-Show, The MARTY Awards Kickoff show and Cable 10 Live. Randy has hosted crowds of over 80,000 for many events including the #BollywoodMonster Mashup, Youth Day and more. In 2016, he won the Creative Community award by the Mississauga Arts Council at the MARTY Awards for his work in the community.
Triple Goddess

Triple Goddess

Triple Goddess is a dance and poetry collaboration created by Ria Aikat, Reshmi Chetram and Sheniz Janmohamed. A musical  journey that seeks to embody the Goddess’ qualities of wisdom, compassion and grace. Sheniz’s work has been featured at venues around the world, including the Jaipur Literature Festival, TedXYouth and the Aga Khan Museum. Ria is a former artistic director and current dancer for the non-profit dance organization Culture Shock Toronto where she has performed internationally in Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC, and Las Vegas. Reshmi is the Creative Director and Choreographer of Tarana Dance in Toronto where she trains and guides students in the art of dance.

2011-2017 Artists ▼

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

#BollywoodMonster Orchestra

The #BollywoodMonster Orchestra is a high-powered combination of traditional Bollywood melodies and Western rock instruments. BMO is as old as #BollywoodMonster Mashup itself, and over the years, it has featured a variety of instruments from numerous cultural backgrounds; from Indian Dhol, to Chinese Zither, to Cuban Congas. #BollywoodMonster Orchestra has brought musicians of all sorts together to perform epic, custom-made arrangements of hit Bollywood songs.
 
Aakanksha Sharma

Aakanksha Sharma

Bollywood sensation Aakanksha Sharma is the stunning voice of Sunny Leone in “Main Adhoora.” Nominated twice at the 2017 Mirchi Music Awards for Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year for her songs “Tu Alvida” from the film Traffic and “Dhal Jaun Main” from the film Rustom, Aakanksha Sharma is bringing her international star power to Canada for the first time in an exclusive #BollywoodMonster debut. As a seasoned performer, the young singer has been dazzling audiences after winning Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz and appearing as a finalist on Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar on Star Plus, one of India’s most popular television channels.
 
Afsana Dance Group

Afsana Dance Group

Afsana Dance Group is an all female Bollywood and Classical Fusion team founded in 2014 by a group of female university aged students who wanted to dance for a cause. Afsana means a unique story, and this dance group believes that all women should be given opportunities to thrive and achieve their greatest potential to create their own beautiful Afsana, their own unique story. To do this, Afsana performs at community events and donates all proceeds to the Women’s Empowerment International Foundation (WEIF). WEIF is a registered Canadian charity that works in various parts of South Asian communities to support women through education, employment and healthy lifestyle opportunities and focuses on ending childhood poverty.
Aishwarya Nigam

Aishwarya Nigam

Aishwrya Nigam has an extensive background in the music industry. He began his journey by participating in a Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Main Aur Ek Tu – a music competition – on Zee TV in 2016. After winning the competition, Nigam went on to compete in two other singing competitions called Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar and IPL Rockstar where he was one of the top three finalists. Nigam is well-known for the popular hit song “Munni Badnaam Hui” for the movie Dabangg where he sang the voice of Salman Khan. He later ended up winning an award for the song at the 2010 Mirchi Music Awards for male vocalist of the year.
Amish Patel

Amish Patel

Amish Patel’s life began as a classic fish out of two waters tale. From a young age, he gained perspectives on both Indian and Canadian cultures and learned to deal with discrimination and xenophobia through humour. Amish loved comedy from day one but he still obtained an Aerospace Engineering degree. After literally becoming a rocket scientist, Amish recently booked a leading role on a kids’ comedy show with the Emmy-Award winning Sinking Ship. He has also appeared on Saving Hope, Man Seeking Woman, and Odd Squad. Additionally, as a stand up he recently opened for Saturday Night Live alumni Tim Meadows, and Iliza Schlesinger.
Anjelica Scannura

Anjelica Scannura

Anjelica Scannura is a Toronto based dancer. She began dancing at the age of four and has since studied various forms of dance such as ballet, Irish dancing, Flamenco and belly dancing. She has also pursued acting and has made cameos in movies such as Camp Rock, Flamenco movie and Reign.
Aparna Nancherla

Aparna Nancherla

Aparna Nancherla is an American comedian and actress. She began her stand-up career in comedy shortly after graduating college and shortly found herself working as a staff writer for Later Night with Seth Meyers in 2015. Since then she has appeared on Conan and Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and has had a recurring role on popular series, BoJack horseman.
Ash King

Ash King

Ash King is a Bengali singer, song-writer and composer. His first big break in Bollywood was in 2009 when he was invited to sing alongside A.R Rahman on the film Delhi-6 which he recorded in Rahman’s personal studio. Since then, King has gone on to sing for several other Bollywood movies such as Dum Maaro Dum featuring Abhishek Bachchan, and the film Bodyguard which starred Salman Khan. King was also featured on Lady Gaga’s official single for Bad Romance on a remix of Just Dance.
Bishakh Jyoti

Bishakh Jyoti

As a small child, Bishakh threw himself into music and was encouraged  to follow his passion and develop his natural talent. The support from his family gave him the courage to audition for “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa”, an Indian music reality TV show, where he won in 2007 and took second place in 2011. To add to his list of accomplishments, Jyoti was nominated for Best Music Director at the New York Film Festival and Florence Festival for the film ‘Mrs.Scooter’.
Bosco and Caesar Dance Company

Bosco and Caesar Dance Company

BCDC have choreographed innumerable songs and music videos for Bollywood’s A-list actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh and Kareena Kapoor. Their work has been on memorable films such as Mission Kashmir, Partner, Munnabhai M.B.B.S., 3 Idiots, Paa, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Gunday, Queen and Bang Bang.
Culture Shock Toronto

Culture Shock Toronto

Culture Shock Toronto combines Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, bhangra, waacking and hip hop. The dance troupe has been entertaining and enriching communities across Canada for 15 years.
Ferzana Bohra

Ferzana Bohra

Ferzana has won numerous singing competitions such as Panorama India Idol Contest (2010), Swar Sadhana Vocal Contest (2010), and Kalanjali Talent Search (Kuwait, 2005). She has performed with stars such as Shafqat Amanat Ali, and has been invited several times to sing for the Consulate General of India.
Haviah Mighty

Haviah Mighty

This girl BEASTS on the track!” captions the TeamBackPack video that launched Haviah Mighty to two million Facebook views in 2016. Gifted with a name that carries a touch of destiny, Toronto-born, Brampton-raised, Haviah began her artistic journey in 2009, and is since rapidly becoming one of the most thought-provoking, viscerally entertaining and magnetic rap artists in Canada. Her most recent EP, Flower City, which was named one of Complex’s Favourite Canadian Releases of 2017, is a watershed moment in her blossoming career. Haviah’s determination quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Nelly, Desiigner, Kranium, A Tribe Called Red, and Snoop Dogg.
Himanshu Merchant

Himanshu Merchant

Himanshu is a talented and versatile singer, songwriter, and composer located in Toronto, Canada. He is known to mesmerize audiences with his powerful voice and intense projection. His command over various styles of singing is evident from the ease with which he sings in various styles of music such as Hindi, Punjabi, Rock, Pop, Bhajans, and Light Classical. He has received several years of vocal training in Hindustani Classical Music.
Jean Paul

Jean Paul

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, raised in Brooklyn and now a resident of Toronto, Jean Paul is a prominent individual within the comedy industry. Throughout his career, he’s had the opportunity to perform all around the world including prestigious venues such as the Apollo in New York and the Comedy Store in London. Furthermore, Paul has been featured in a various TV shows, including but not limited to being part of the CBC special Thick and Thin, appearing as a guest on CBC’s Strombo Show, taking part in CTV’s a Russell Peters Christmas Special in addition to being a correspondent on Phat TV.
Jeremy Klenynhans

Jeremy Klenynhans

Jeremy is a Humber Music program alumni who landed an endorsement deal with Vater Drumstick shortly after graduation. This led to Jeremy going on tour for nine months around North America. Since then, Jeremy has had the opportunity to play at prestigious events such as the Juno Awards, Much Music Video Awards, the Canadian Country Music Awards and more. Furthermore, through his career, Jeremy has toured alongside artists such as Keith Urban, Snoop Dogg, Billy Talent, Nicky Jam and many more.
Jonita Gandhi

Jonita Gandhi

Mumbai-based Canadian raised singer, Jonita Gandhi is coming home to take Mississauga Celebration Square by storm on July 22 as part of the festival’s free concert. Her recent hit “The Breakup Song” from IIFA (International Indian Film Academy Award) winning film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is the hit song of the summer with over 200 million views on YouTube, and her single “Gilehriyaan” from the film Dangal recently won a 2017 Mirchi Music Award. As Canadian homegrown talent, she made her singing debut in 2013 with A.R. Rahman and her Bollywood debut in the title track of the 2013 hit film Chennai Express starring mega stars Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone
Kamal Khan

Kamal Khan

Kamal Khan is a multi-award winning Bollywood star. His hit song “Ishq Sufiyana” from the film The Dirty Picture is a fan favourite that earned the singer a Zee Cine Award, a Mirchi Music Award and Best Music Debut at the Global Indian Music Awards. Popular among both critics and fans Kamal Khan’s skilled musicality earned him Favourite Male Singer at People’s Choice Awards India and Best Playback Singer (Male) at the PTC Punjabi Film Awards for the song “Dil De Varke” from the film Fer Mamla Gadbad Gadbad. Following his award-winning singles, the Punjabi singer continues to release hit after hit with his latest songs, “Ammi” and “Gal Wakh Hon Wali”.
Lopa Sarkar & Divine Heritage Artistry

Lopa Sarkar & Divine Heritage Artistry

Divine Heritage Artistry by Lopa Sarkar is one of Canada’s most premier dance groups. Their portfolio includes performing at popular and prestigious world events such as the Olympics Hall of Fame Gala Ceremony and the Pan Am Games.
Luksimi Sivaneswaralingam

Luksimi Sivaneswaralingam

Luksimi Sivaneswaralingam is a Canadian playback singer and classical dancer. Her journey began at a young age when she was enrolled in lessons for Carnatic and western vocals, Bharathanatyam, veena, and piano. In 2017, Sivaneswaralingam got her first big break in Kollywood as the voice behind Hansika Motwani in Bogan’s “Senthoora.” The song was an instant hit featuring the singer’s rich vocals and has since earned over 12 million views on YouTube. Since then, Sivaneswaralingam has gone on to win Upcoming Female Vocalist at the Mirchi Awards South in addition to Best Playback Singer Female at the Hello FM awards and South Indian Movie Awards.
MoHit

MoHit

As one half of Bollywood Hip-Hop duo, The Gunsmith & MoHit, MoHit is able to sing in multiple languages, including English, Hindi and Punjabi.  He has performed with stars such as Kailash Kher (2012) and at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (2011).
Monali Thakur

Monali Thakur

Monali Thakur is a Bengali singer and actress. She has sung massive hits such as “Zara Zara Touch Me” and “Khwab Dekhe Jhoote Moothe” from the film Race and “Anjaana Anjaani” from the film Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani. Her songs have been picturized in Bollywood films with Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra.
Motus O Dance Theatre

Motus O Dance Theatre

MOTUS O’s artistic vision is to provide engaging dance theatre works making dance a relevant and significant art form to all sections of society.  The company aspires to provide life-enriching experiences, causing individuals to reflect and respond in a positive way towards each other and the global community.


Nav Nanwa

Nav Nanwa

Nav Nanwa is a media personality/curator based in the Peel Region. He previously was the producer/host of the show “Business Casual” on Rogers TV Peel, where he profiled the local Peel business community, and hot topic issues affecting the business world. Nav had been with Rogers TV Peel for almost four years, where he has covered various local affairs including the most recent Federal, Provincial, and Municipal elections.
Nick Pandya

Nick Pandya

Nick started learning music at the age of 12. He has performed all across North America and parts of Europe and South America. He has also performed alongside various Bollywood playback singers such as Chinmayi (film Guru), Shankar Mahadevan, Rajdeep Chatterjee. Nick has also received an award in vocal excellence by Shree Pandit Jasraj.
Noyz

Noyz

Hip hop artist Noyz strives to represent the diversity at the heart of the Greater Toronto area. His music explores the themes of self-discovery and growth while representing the eccentric energy behind hip-hop park jams. Throughout his career, Noyz has headlined in the United States, UK, and across Canada for popular festivals such as TIFF, SXSW, Canadian Music Week, and NXNE. Complex, VICE, GQ, and the Huffington Post are just some of the platforms he’s been featured on.
Pratik Peters

Pratik Peters

Pratik Peters is a Toronto based singer, musician, composer, music producer with the ability to sing in multiple languages with versatility to sing songs from various genres. Continuous practice is the motto of his success. His hard work and dedication has given him great opportunities to work with renowned Bollywood music producers such as Vishal-Shekhar and Salim-Sulaiman. In 2015 Pratik won the Salim Sulaiman Live Toronto contest.
Prita Chhabra

Prita Chhabra

International recording artist Prita Chhabra will be making a special cameo performance with the Bollywood Monster Choir to sing a 100% original composition by Canadians Vikas Kohli & Vikas Khanna entitled “Dil Yeh”.  The song was written for the Canadian Film Centre film “Shanti Baba Ram & The Dancers of Hope” which has won awards at various film festivals.
Rajdeep Chatterjee

Rajdeep Chatterjee

Rajdeep began his musical career by participating in prominent Indian singing reality shows such as Indian Idol and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs where he was a finalist in both and then went on to win Fankaar, another singing competition. Shortly after, his career took off as he sang the hit song “Aao Ji Bao Ji” from Bollywood blockbuster film “Bodyguard” starring Salman Khan. Chatterjee has gone on to perform over 450 shows worldwide and has performed live alongside popular Bollywood singers such as Anu Malik, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik and more!
Rupan Bal

Rupan Bal

Rupan Bal is an Indo-Canadian Youtuber, actor, director and comedian. After playing several comedic roles in fellow YouTuber Jusreign’s videos, Bal rose to fame primarily within the Punjabi film industry. Since then, he has been featured in two Punjabi movies called “Haani” starring Harbhajan Mann and 22g Tussi Ghaint Ho where he played the lead role. Bal has also expressed interest in directing and has so far co-produced two films.
Sanchari Bose

Sanchari Bose

With Sanchari’s natural affinity for crafting and painting, she did not expect to end up a Bollywood singing star. Her musically-inclined parents encouraged her to pursue her creative passions in other ways, and Sanchari soon learned that she was a naturally gifted singer. This sparked Sanchari to embark on her music career and in 2005, she became a contestant on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Following this, she participated in another singing competition called Amul Star Voice of India in 2007 and won.
Selena Dhillion

Selena Dhillion

Selena Dhillon is an artist raised in Brampton who began using music as therapy to cope with the highs and lows of reality. Embodying soul, jazz, R&B and hip hop through songwriting and dynamic vocal range she shares her art with an international audience. Selena is a voice to heal, love and empower with the philosophy in her universe being simple: it’s all about a vibe.
Shawnee Talbot

Shawnee Talbot

Shawnee Talbot is an experienced singer who began performing across Canada and the USA where she shared the song with Lady GaGa in NYC. Shawnee’s music has been featured on some of television’s top networks including APTN, Global, Disney TV, CTV, and radio stations around the world including CBC, Spotify, SiriusXM, FM radio and more. Exclaim Magazine has named Talbot an “undeniable talent with unique charm.”
The Band Destiny (TBD)

The Band Destiny (TBD)

TBD is a Toronto-based West Indian Crossover band that was formed in 2007. They are the three-time winners of the CMEA award for Top Soca Band in Canada. Currently, the members include; Stephen Nanan (Founder/Keyboardist), Curtis B (Vocalist), Kiran Dindial (Drummer), Kamela Singh (Keyboardist/Vocalist), Vijai Ramdath (Engineer), Celine Nanan (Rhythm & Machines), Darren Armoogam (Guitarist/Vocalist) and Logun (Vocalist). Together they make up The Band Destiny, creating a fusion of music that incorporates Soca, Reggae, R&B, Chutney, Hindi Remixes.
The Mississauga Choral Society

The Mississauga Choral Society

Led by Artistic Director, Mervin Fick, the MCS has been performing for over 35 years and is well-known for developing young artists and commissioning Canadian repertoire.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most coveted and important cultural institutions having hosted iconic concerts for films such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and more. Throughout the years several members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have taken home Juno awards. As of 2019, they had received a Juno award for classical album of the year- large ensemble or soloist(s) with large ensemble accompaniment.
Wali ‘Flo’ Shah

Wali ‘Flo’ Shah

Wali (Flo) Shah was selected as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 in 2014,  Wali Shah is a highly acclaimed Canadian speaker and poet. He is also currently a student at the University of Toronto. Wali combines social issues, experiences, comedy, and his South Asian and Muslim background to bring his work to life.