Celebrates the Drum


#MIDF XV launches at the Royal Ontario Museum’s paid Friday Night Live event on June 6.

On June 7 & 8, the festival moves to Woodbine Park where entry is FREE.   

Toronto (Canada) – May 27, 2014 The 15th Annual Muhtadi International Drumming Festival will start off the Summer Festival Season with the launch at the Royal Ontario Museum Friday Night Live paid event on June 6.  This will be followed by the full Free Festival at Woodbine Park, Toronto, ON Canada on June 7th and 8th, 2014.  Welcome to the Festival where all cultures come together, drumming and dancing to one beat!

MIDF XV Features Headliner Will Calhoun (Living Colour) Main Stage Sunday June 8 7 pm 

We are very proud to have Will Calhoun the widely acclaimed Mapex drummer on our Main Stage for this year’s festival in Woodbine Park. In addition to his work with Living Colour, Will has recorded and/or toured with diverse artists including B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Run-DMC and Public Enemy. As a producer, player, and songwriter, Will has worked on Herb Alpert’s Grammy-nominated CD, Colors. He was described by DRUM Magazine as “The Jimi Hendrix of drumming”.

Special Kudos for Will Calhoun’s drumming virtuosity include:

Best New Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine’s Readers Poll

Number One Progressive Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine’s Readers Poll three times

Best Drummer by Rolling Stone Magazine’s Critics Poll

Friday June 6, 7 pm BEATS #FNLROM

MIDF XV is ecstatic to be guests of the ROM to help us launch the festival in style at BEATS on June 6. This forms part of the ROM’s Friday Night Live paid season where you can enjoy all that the museum has to offer but in a distinctly ‘Friday Night’ setting.  The premier social event Torontonians have been waiting for all winter is back – the fifth season of Friday Night Live. BEATS features Amara Kante (Ivory Coast)Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo featuring Dyalis Machado Migeles (Afro-Cuban)Maracatu Mar Aberto (Afro Brazilian)Muhtadi & the World Drummers (West African)Northern China’s Waist Drum and Dance Group (China) and T-Dot Batú (Brazilian Samba Reggae). Friday night revelers will dance their way through the ROM’s collections to the sounds of the city’s hottest DJs. Come experience live performances and Celebrate the DRUM during “A Night at the Museum”.

The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDF) celebrates the drum, its universality as an art form, and its presence in all cultures around the world. Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDFis extremely proud to present the diverse group of Performers comprising the 2014 Lineup. MIDF is the only annual festival in North America celebrating the diverse range of the drum. It is a free festival that is gaining additional recognition year after year. The event promises to be a 3 day family-friendly celebration full of multicultural performances and passionate, artistic people.

More to see and do at #MIDF 2014!

30+ Local and nationally touring Master Drummers and Drum Groups on 2 Stages, including Main Stage acts  Amara Kante (Ivory Coast)Baque de Bamba led by Aline Morales (Afro Brazilian)Baro Dununba (Traditional West African and Diasporic rhythms)Beyond Sound EmpijahDhol CircleFND (West African)Hummingbird Tassa Group (Trinidad)Isshin Daiko (Japan Traditional)Maracatu Mar Aberto (Afro Brazilian)Muhtadi & the World Drummers (West African)Northern China’s Waist Drum and Dance Group (China)Northern Legs Southern Fists (Kung Fu, Dragon and Lion Dance Team)Samba KidzSamba SquadSnooky Tynes Family BandT-Dot BatúTsingory Dance and Music of MadagascarWill Calhoun (Drumkit, Wave Drum, Bamboo Flute)

  • Long & McQuade Drum Zone, interactive area to try many different percussion instruments
  • Main Stage Area with Adult beverages sponsored by Amsterdam, 20 Bees with more spirits Drink responsibly!
  • 20+ International Food trucks and vendors
  • Arts, Crafts and Drum booths
  • Childrens Area
  • Drum Clinics
The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival is organized & operated by the tireless efforts of DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS! We simply could not exist without the hard work, dedication and commitment of our incredible volunteer staff! And a big drum roll to all of our sponsors who are shown below.
The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival continues to provide a kaleidoscope perspective on the Toronto Drumming scene, with its family friendly party festival atmosphere. This year’s festival will be a blast for everyone attending and a great way to experience drumming. Mark your calendars for Friday, June 6th, Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th and get excited to dance into the night with the MIDF line-up, kicking off the summer festival season!
#MIDF 2014 Promo Video muhtadidrum  http://youtu.be/N1NvPwP5YAA


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call 416-848-3838.


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Muhtadi International Drumming is an arts and culture not-for-profit organization that hosts the annual free event held in Toronto in June. The festival celebrates the drum, its universality as an art form, and its presence in all cultures around the world.
Muhtadi International Drumming gratefully acknowledges the assistance and support of: