Thank You!! Thank You!!  

A very special THANK YOU! to all who braved the weather to attend our 18th Annual Muhtadi International Drumming Festival.  We are also very grateful to our funders and sponsors. We will soon begin planning for next year’s festival. Our Theme for next year is Africa-Drums From The Motherland. We welcome submissions from individuals or groups who would like to participate next year. Send videos to info@muhtadidrumfest.com.

Connecting Heartbeats with Drumbeats


For seventeen years the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival has been the place where an eclectic  mix of drummers and drum enthusiasts from many cultures meet for their annual joint celebration of the Drum.

With the slogan Our Drumbeats Connect Heartbeats, this festival has created a unique drumming community from several Nations in Canada. The Festival has spawned numerous unlikely long lasting friendships, and even an interracial marriage conducted at the festival.  Two people who met at the festival came back to get married at the festival. The Festival mirrors the temperament and personality of its founder Muhtadi Thomas. The atmosphere is always warm, inviting and all-inclusive.

Many of the groups that perform at the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival regard this event as an annual opportunity to showcase this important part of their culture outside of their native communities. 

Years ago, Muhtadi, an accomplished and well-travelled percussionist, noticed the commonality and importance of the drum in almost all cultures throughout the world. He also felt that the drum was not getting the respect it deserved.

 He saw Canada, and particularly, Toronto, as fertile ground to plant this international drumming festival. Over the years Muhtadi has curated a selection of groups and performers that range from the Richmond Hill United Church Drummers (mainly made up of Seniors), to the Northern China Waist Drum and Dance Group, to Guinean Master Drummer Amara Kante.

The first festival was held at Queen’s Park in Toronto in the year 2000. Over the years attendance grew from 8000 to as high as 20,000 with fluctuations between. Despite many funding challenges, Muhtadi and his dedicated band of volunteers and performers have maintained an unbroken, seventeen year string of FREE annual festivals.

In a much-understated way, this festival has provided a unique platform for mutual respect, unity and a joyful , multicultural celebration of life in Canada. For the last seventeen of Canada’s 150 years, audiences and performers at the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival have experienced an organic mix of music, mutual admiration of customs and traditions, and love for each other as Canadians.  


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About Us

The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDF), now in its 18th year, is a two day annual event that celebrates the drum, it's presence in all cultures and its cultural relevance today in communities around the world.

9 Benson Ave., Toronto ON M6G 4C6

The 2017 Festival T-shirts are now available!
$20.00 (Small to Extra Large)
$25.00 for (XX and larger)

Call 416-848-3838


Please check out our Volunteer Page and sign-up to be on our Team for 2018.

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