Not-for-Profit Organization established on March 1, 2018 


Mission Statement: 

To present, showcase and celebrate Middle Eastern cultures in southern Ontario & Toronto: Music, Art, Dance & Culture. 



To increase access for the Canadian Middle Eastern communities to opportunities where they can participate and feel a sense of belonging. 



Taste of the Middle East Foundation presents & celebrates southern Ontario and Greater Toronto Middle Eastern cultures: Music, Art, Dance, Culture. 


Our mandate is to deliver Middle Eastern experiences: Festivals, Concerts, Art Exhibitions, Virtual Events & Programs, Digital Shows featuring artists and performers from emerging to headliners. 


We are committed to engaging with YOUTH of Middle Eastern heritage and providing them with platforms of expressions to foster a sense of pride and belonging. 


Core Work: 

  1. 1. Community building through unique and unforgettable experiences, heritage-based works, cultural experiences projects and programs designed to connect people and artists with shared interests in music, art, and culture. 

  2. 2. To elevate public appreciation, understanding and participation in Canada’s rich multicultural traditions. We believe that inclusivity strengthens communities and diversity is a core value of Canada

  3. 3. To include and empower the Middle Eastern community by increasing access to the opportunities people need to participate and feel a sense of belonging in their community.. Statistics prove that when people are included and empowered to participate in their community, great things happen. 


Sector Profile: 

Arts, Heritage, and Culture, Festivals, Community Arts, Music, Visual and Performing Arts, Film.


Hamsa Farhat

Founder & Executive Director

Rouba Korkmaz Jordan

Entertainment Manager

Hala Soliman

Marketing Manager

Hisham Farhat

Business Development Manager

Maryam Bayoumi

Festival Director

Alaa Qamhieh

Project & logistics Manager

Kal Juman

Business Development Director

Murad Zughair

Customer Experience Director

Rafic Naamani

Marketing Director - Digital Oak

Courtney DeCaire

Public Relations & Media Director

Naji Rizeq

Operations & Logistics Director

Hassan Mahfouz

Technical Director - Digital Oak


Ali Suliman

Clue Branding

Salima Jivraj

Nourish Food Marketing

Layth Hanna

Creative & Design

Team Leads & Supporting Volunteers

Reem El-Ajou

Ahmad Zaatar

Nick Merzetti

Rand Al Rubaye

Jadd Kabbani aka. Musiqah

Ali Al Lami

Ola Salah

Ahmad Issa

Ali Kheir Eddine

Seevana Hawari

Ali Farhat and Dean Farhat

Lisa Mathura-Matos

College Interns

Dari Arbaeva

Dana Khasraw

Xiruo Cao

Elona Charizai


18 Wynford Drive, Suite 214 Toronto, Ontario, M3C 3S2
Office: 416- 849-8157    |    Mobile: 416-710-8710

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