'Canada's Drag Race' Winner Priyanka & Bollywood Stars to Perform at #BollywoodMonster Mashup

The 2021 online festival lineup includes Raftaar, Javed Ali, Harshdeep Kaur and more

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Aug 27, 2021

Canada's largest festival celebrating South Asian culture is back for 2021: #BollywoodMonster Mashup presented by TD Bank Group is challenging you to #StayHome for seven days this September with livestream headlining performances by reigning Canada's Drag Race champion Priyanka, as well as Bollywood royalty Javed Ali, Harshdeep Kaur and Raftaar.

The annual festival takes place virtually during the second week of September, with KidZone family fun activities — including dance classes, music, painting and more, plus live interviews and #MonsterArts for Seniors showcases — starting at 4 p.m. ET from September 6 to 9.

Then, they'll close out the week with two grand finale concerts on September 10 and 11 starting at 6 p.m ET, featuring performances by the aforementioned headliners, original Bollywood x Caribbean acts, a special music and dance production entitled "#BollywoodMonster Orchestra: Rags to Riddim," and more. You can embrace the #StayHome challenge further with behind-the-scenes access to the concert series via the #BollywoodMonster Concert AMA. Both the concert and family fun portions of the festival will take place on Facebook Live.

Ahead of September's programming, #BollywoodMonster Mashup presented by TD Ready Commitment's online commemoration of South Asian heritage will kick off on Instagram Live this August 29 at 12 p.m. ET with an interactive meet and greet with Raftaar (Dhaakad from the film Dangal) and Javed Ali (Kun Faya Kun from Rockstar). Did we mention it's all completely free?

This year's #BollywoodMonster Mashup presented by TD hosts are Canadian Screen Award-winning actor/comedian Amish Patel, alongside media personalities Amin Dhillon, Dilshad Burman and Emmy-winner Patricia Jaggernauth.

Festival Executive Director Vikas Kohli said in a statement:

#BollywoodMonster Mashup presented by TD is a party where all are welcome. This year Indians, Pakistanis, Guyanese, Jamaicans and people from all backgrounds are cooking up good times for you. We're going big with Bollywood stars Raftaar, Javed Ali, Harshdeep Kaur and Canada's Drag Race winner Priyanka. We're going interactive with live Q&As, contests, and days of family activities; we've got Bollywood dance meets Backstreet Boys, we've got Chutney meets a brass band, we've got kids' crafts, we've got dance lessons for seniors. Sign up for our Monster Haul for free offers, exclusive invites and to support local businesses while singing and dancing with us.

The festival is presented by monstrARTity, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to sharing the arts with both children and seniors. Their 2018 production of #BollywoodMonster Mashup was rated the No. 1 festival experience at Celebration Square by the city of Mississauga.

Join in on the flavourful fun by signing up at the festival's website and/or RSVPing to the event on Facebook. Again, it's all available free of charge — the #BollywoodMonster is gearing up to be something you maybe wouldn't mind finding under your bed.

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