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DesiFEST 2011 Announces it's Fifth Anniversary Artist Line-up

Canada is all set to get desiFIED on Saturday May 28, 2011 as desiFEST, Canada’s largest South Asian music festival, is set to blow audiences away for it’s 5th straight year.  DesiFEST, will featur 12 hours of chart-topping artists performing from 11 AM to 11 PM on Saturday May 28, 2011 for FREE for audiences at the Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto.

“We invite Canadians and visitors to Canada across the country to come join us and experience 12 hours of spectacular music, as we celebrate 5 years,” says Kala Patel, Vice President, desiFEST. “desiFEST has been a platform that brings music, culture and diversity all together, helping contribute to building the South Asian music industry.”

desiFEST’s lead-up to its 5th year anniversary event included producing South Asian showcases for both Canadian Music Week and Junofest this past March. This year’s line-up is sure to be a tribute to its five years of inception, with a perfect blend of new artists as well as a tribute to veterans that have been making moves locally and internationally in the music industry.

If you’re wondering which artists will be performing then you’re in luck because we’ve found out the much anticipated line-up.

Headlining the show will be Taz with his legendary UK bhangra funk band Stereo Nation. The group has several albums and hits under their belt (including Bollywood songs like “Daroo Vich Pyar” from Tum Bin and “It’s Magic” from Koi Mil Gaya).

In addition to Taz and Stereo Nation, the show will have an exciting group of South Asian artists from across Canada including Roach Killa, Parichay, KatEyez, Swaras (Toronto) ; The Bilz & KashifPrita Chhabra (Montreal) and Ray Gill (Vancouver).

To add even more spark to the show will be none other than UK heartthrob Navin Kundra who will be returning for the second time at desiFest.  Navin is UK’s hottest artist right now with hits like “Jee Le”, “Tere Liye,” “Tukde Tukde”, and “Mehbooba” among others.

Europe also has additional representation by Denmark’s Anita Lerche, a household name in India thanks to being the first non-Indian woman to record an album in Punjabi.  She will be making her first time debut in Toronto at desiFEST.

As you can tell, desiFEST has music for all your needs – contemporary indo-jazz fusion, global beats, bhangra, etc. – with artists who will definitely deliver cutting edge performances to will you dancing the night away. In addition to the music, included in the celebrations are South Asian delicacies in the food market, artisans in the merchant market and a kids zone entertaining kids with a popular bouncy castle.

“Five years is a great accomplishment for our team and the artists’ community,” expresses Sathish Bala, President and Founder of desiFEST. “The past five years, we have helped create awareness for South Asian music across Canada, and inspired a new generation of youth to continue creating music and showcasing Canada in the global music scene. Our 5 year show is a celebration of veterans and new artists performing on the desiFEST stage, with music that will keep everyone dancing!”

“As a family-owned, proudly Canadian company, Rogers is committed to being present in the lives of the diverse communities who are the fabric of this great country,” says Susan Gordon, Vice President, National Marketing and Marketing Services, Rogers Communications. “Rogers lends its support by sponsoring events like desiFEST, which connects these communities to what matters most to them.”

“desiFEST” is Canada’s only national South Asian music Festival. Creating opportunities for South Asian artists and South Asian inspired music, the event strengthens local communities, inspires youth, and supports the arts community in Canada.  The festival has toured Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver showcasing over 75 incredible artists and over 24 hours of music each year. So, get off your seats and be sure to check out desiFEST!

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