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event director

Assalaamu Alaikum & Peace be on you,

Dearest guests, on behalf of the incredible volunteers and team who are the core of MuslimFest, thank you for joining us for our 19th year! WE ARE SO GLAD TO BE BACK, and bigger and better than ever! Our first full-scale event since the pandemic began, this event was produced with a lot of care – we hope you and your loved ones enjoyed it and were able to make new memories. The last two years, we did not allow the pandemic to slow us down – we got creative and expanded to 5 different cities, bringing adapted versions of our event to ensure that the Muslim community could find celebration and enjoyment in the arts. 

MuslimFest’s journey has been a powerful one. Starting as a small festival that not only  promoted Muslim arts and culture, but put Muslims in the spotlight in a public venue during uncertain times, the event has given the Muslim community a positive platform to communicate their stories in a language that’s universal: art. With the help of the community, sponsors and partners, MuslimFest continues to grow to support artists and youth, and create an international  platform that would highlight Canadian Muslims and the vast diversity of cultures that exist under the banner of Islam. 

MuslimFest’s team is 95% youth – made for the community, it completely runs on the energy and support the community gives it. We extend our sincerest appreciation to Zabiha Halal for their support these past 19 years. We thank the countless groups,  sponsors, community partners and individuals for their support –  We also extend our appreciation to all levels of government that support and fund MuslimFest. We thank Deen Support Services for assisting in building MuslimFest into an accessible event and supporting our commitment to become barrier-free. 

This year’s event features an experiential Palestinian Cultural Pavilion hosted by Palestine House Toronto. With 4 major art exhibits beautifully displaying the 99 Names of Allah, Seerah artifacts, the history of Quran and local artistic talent, we bring our biggest exhibition yet. Our shows feature the poetic Park Bench Chronicles, a Youth Concert, a Night of Nasheeds, and Comedy Under the Stars, that will have you laughing your heart out. We bring out the best in local talent through a Qiraat competition and Battle of the Brushes. Our exciting and vibrant Food District features a gorgeous photo booth and community engagement art activities. 

Our commitment at MuslimFest is to bring a momentous experience for all ages and groups to experience – where memories are made, and we celebrate the artistic expressions of our vibrant community. 

Once again, thank you for your support and for celebrating MuslimFest 2022 with us! We are always eager to hear your feedback and experience of our event. 

Sincerest regards,

Tariq “Big T” Syed
Event Director | tariq@muslimfest.com