Shasta Townsend interviews Brenda about what Kirtan is, how she came to chanting, why Westerners are so drawn to the practice and much more.

Listen to Shasta’s interview with Brenda here: Possibility 101


March 1, 2010

We had a beautiful gathering at the Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto last Saturday night. Thanks to the phenomenal Morgan Doctor and Shannon Kingsbury for lending both their devotion and their talent to the bhav that night. Rishi Kumar took some lovely pics and here are a few of them:

After some wonderful gatherings in Perth, Ottawa, Killaloe, Waterloo and Guelph, the White Swan Records CD re-release of Ameya celebrations continue!

Ameya - 2010 White Swan Records

London ON: Saturday, Feb. 20 7.30 pm – Kirtan – The Lotus Centre 140 Ann St, 519.642.2378 – $15 advance/ $18 day of

Toronto ON: Saturday, Feb 27, 8pm – The Yoga Sanctuary 2 College St. Suite 306 416.928.3236 $15 advance/$20 day of

Kingston ON: Friday, March 5, 7.30pm – Feel Hot Yoga 80 Princess St. 613.547.YOGA (9642) $15 advance/$20 day of

Stay tuned for details on April tour dates in California (these just in: Yoga Soup, Santa Barbara, April 10; Open Secret, San Rafael, April 15; East West Books, Mountainview, April 16; Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica, April 18 and !)

Brenda McMorrow Kirtan - Photo by Rishi Kumar

Feel Yoga - Kingston - Photo and design by Thomas Valentine

White Swan Records releasing “Ameya”

I am very excited to announce that I have signed on with Colorado record label White Swan Records for the re-release of my independent 2008 album “Ameya”!  I’m honoured to be among their fine roster of musicians which includes Deva Premal, Donna DeLory, MC Yogi and the fabulous eccodek! The official US street date is March 6, but the album is available NOW through White Swan’s website , on iTunes, and at all of my upcoming events! I would be oh so thrilled if you could help show some early support for this baby of mine by placing an order and spreading the word!This release contains all of the tracks from the original Ameya album PLUS a sweet new song “Sharanam Ananada” and some great new production on “Loka Samastha” and “Maha Lakshmi”. Once again Ben Leinbach has worked his magic!

And…Ben and I are finishing up my new album of devotional songs, tentatively titled “Love Abounds” and scheduled for  release in June of this year! More details soon…

Ameya Album Cover

Ameya Album Cover

Brenda at Toronto Kirtan Community’s Holiday Kirtan w/ Gaura Shakti, Francesco Jaya, Sitara, Jim Gelcer

Holiday Kirtan Joy!

January 9, 2010

Holiday Kirtan at Yoga Sanctuary photo by Rishi Kumar

Saturday, November 14 8.00 pm

Moksha Yoga Danforth Kirtan – 372A Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON

(w/ percussionist Morgan Doctor!) – 416-778-7744

Saturday, November 28 Noon-10 pm

108 Hanuman Chalisa Yagna


Come at whatever time works for you or for the entire 108 recitations of this sacred 40 verse hymn to Hanuman!

Hanuman is the Hindu Deity who symbolically represents selfless
service, as well as the breath, our constant companion and aid along the spiritual path. He is the son of the wind, the very essence of prana (vital energy) itself. Whenever we need increased power and vitality Hanuman is there for us, we need only remember him. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the Chalisa by heart and to spend a special day with others in pure devotion!

Shangrila Yoga, 111 Mount Pleasant Ave. London, ON

By donation (proceeds to be given to charity)

Bring a Snack to share.

For more info e-mail:

Saturday, December 5 10am – 5pm

London, ON

“EnChanting: Transformation through Poetry, Sound & Song”

Brenda McMorrow and Penn Kemp

A workshop for those who think they can’t sing or write but always wanted to; for those who can sing/write and wanted more; for those wanting to sound out, sing out, write out loud.
Sounding and chanting are freely joyous ways to release creativity and open the heart’s song. Drop the blocks! Write and raise your voice with us!

Invoking Sarasvati, the goddess of creativity, music and poetry, we will create and share chants, poems and songs to, from and for our Mother World.

with Western’s Writer-in-Residence, Penn Kemp
& Devotional Chant Artist, Brenda McMorrow

$60 ($50 if you bring a friend).

Bring a lunch to share potluck. Herbal tea on the house.

Contact to confirm your spot: or

For more info: 519 434 8555

Fall Newsletter '09


Upcoming Kirtans, Workshops & Performances with

Brenda McMorrow  

Toronto:  Wednesday, September 9, Kirtan at 6:45 p.m.

Lecture by Meditation Master Claudiu Trandafir 7.30pm

243 Queen St.W, 2nd Floor 416-271-0746 –


Guelph:  Friday, September 18, 7.30pm

Living Yoga & Health- 105 Wyndham St, 519-767-1041      $15 Advance/$18 Door


Toronto:  Saturday, September 19, 8pm

Rainbow Body Yoga

473A Church St.- 647-427-3669 $15


Sharon:  Sunday, September 20, 3.00 pm

Words Alive Literary Festival

Sharon Temple

w/ Penn Kemp


London:  Saturday, Oct. 3

7.30 pm

The Lotus Centre

140 Ann St,

519-642-2378 –

$15 /$18 Door


Waterloo:  Saturday, Oct. 17

7.30 pm

Community of Hearts Yoga

826 King St. N, Suite 21


$15 Advance/$18 Door


London:  Friday, Oct. 23, 7.00 – 10.00 pm

Bhakti Bliss Workshop –

Exploring the Joyous Practice of Sacred Chant

w/ Melina Bondy

The Lotus Centre – 140 Ann St,


$40 (register w/ a friend at $35 each)

Yoga Festival Toronto

August 28, 2009


Yoga Festival Toronto - Brenda Manderson keyboards/response vocals and Chris Gartner Bass

Yoga Festival Toronto - Brenda Manderson keyboards/response vocals & Chris Gartner Bass

Photos by Lisette St. Louis

Yoga Festival Toronto

August 28, 2009


Yoga Festival Toronto - Christ Gartner, Brenda, Robert Menegoni

Yoga Festival Toronto - Christ Gartner, Brenda, Robert Menegoni