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In anticipation of a monumental evening of Punjabi music at an upcoming concert in Toronto

In anticipation of a monumental evening of Punjabi music at an upcoming concert in Toronto
In anticipation of a monumental evening of Punjabi music at an upcoming concert in Toronto

The stage is set for a historic musical event as global superstar Diljit Dosanjh prepares to perform at the Rogers Centre on Saturday, July 13, concluding a massive North American tour. Dosanjh’s grand finale in Toronto will break records with some of the largest Punjabi music concerts ever held outside India, celebrating the evolution and acceptance of Punjabi music in Canada.

Praised for his charismatic stage presence, electrifying performances and string of international hits, Dosanjh is expected to deliver a show that will resonate deeply with fans. His tour has sold out stadiums across North America, highlighting the growing influence and popularity of Punjabi music far beyond its traditional roots. Dosanjh’s tour kicked off in Vancouver to an audience of more than 54,000 peoplewith stops in Calgary, Winnipeg and Los Angeles to name a few. He also made a mid-tour stop at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on June 18and reportedly became the first artist to sing in Punjabi on stage at The Tonight Show.

In recent years, Punjabi music has experienced a meteoric rise, driven by a combination of innovative new sounds and an international hunger. In OMNI Television’s special program, “Melas to Mainstream: The Blossoming of Punjabi Music in Canada,” Artists and music industry insiders shared how the genre has transformed from traditional bhangra and folk music to a new, fresh and unique sound that fuses Punjabi lyrics with hip-hop beats.

This extraordinary boom in the music industry is being led by many Canadian-Punjabi artists, including Karan Aujla, AP Dhillon, Shubh and Sukha. The numbers underscore this cultural shift, as British Columbia’s Karan Aujla made history in March by becoming the first Punjabi artist to win the Juno Fan Choice Award. Aujla has three billion views on YouTube and over a billion audio streams. The Canadian music industry has seen a surge in the consumption of Punjabi music in recent years, with streaming platforms reporting exponential growth in Punjabi playlists.

But the rise of this music isn’t just about entertainment; it’s about broader cultural acceptance and recognition. When artists like Dosanjh and Aujla grace mainstream stages with Jimmy Fallon or the Juno Awards, it sends a powerful message of inclusion and belonging. A moment of pride for the community on the world stage.

As Punjabi music continues to rise, artists like Dosanjh and Aujla are paving the way for future generations, inspiring young musicians and expanding the genre’s global reach. The success of Dosanjh’s tour reflects the genre’s growing influence on a cultural shift in the music industry.

If you’re looking for a pair of tickets to see history being made, OMNI Television is proud to announce a special giveaway for the chance to see Dosanjh’s Dil-Luminati concert in Toronto on Saturday, July 13th. For full details, contest rules, and to enter, visit www.omnitv.ca/diljit.

You can watch reruns of OMNI Television’s special program, “Melas to Mainstream: Punjabi Music’s Boom in Canada,” on OMNI 2. To watch in Punjabi, tune in Friday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m., or Sunday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.