Below is an excerpt from an article in the University of Toronto's student newspaper "the Varsity". It is from coverage of Nuite Blanche, an all night art festival in Toronto. Not only was harinam officially part of the event but the city actually provided funding for this rip roaring kirtan in the middle of a commercial office building lobby in downtown where 12,000 people lined up to enter through the doors to participate as they heard, chanted and danced to the maha-mantra... All glories to all the devotees who chanted, participated, volunteered and organized this historic event... a first "city sponsored" massive harinam!
“Eva Kevalam” — we sit on rugs in a lobby at Queen and Yonge and watch seated Hare Krishna chanters, with a harmonium, hand cymbals, and a two-headed drum. I learn This is “kirtan,” an ancient practice requiring audience participation, though the spectator heat sensor projection they’ve used is seriously secondary to the performance itself. I like that some middle-aged mom types have stuck it out until this time to participate from the sidelines.
I hum Hare Krishna all the way home. Everyone on the subway is asleep. Good night.