VTS Annual General Meeting

SAVE THE DATE: Vancouver Taiko Society Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, May 11, 7pm
111 West Hastings Street

Katari Taiko Winter Workshop

Sunday, February 21, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Learn about taiko history, notation, and basic rhythms at this one-day, hands-on workshop. At the end of the workshop, participants will have learned a taiko piece. No previous experience is necessary.

Venue: Taiko Space, Vancouver

Fee: $75 general or $50 for students/ seniors/ unemployed. Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a lunch. Bring soft-soled indoor athletic footwear, or be prepared to go barefoot – street shoes cannot be worn inside the taiko space. Water and juice will be provided.

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North American Taiko Conference in Las Vegas this year!

RegFlyerCPRINTThe North American Taiko Conference (NATC) is a biennial event sponsored by the Taiko Community Alliance (TCA). Started in 1997, the conference was first held in Los Angeles, hosted by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, with the mission of supporting the growth of taiko in North America. The conference has become an essential element of the taiko community, with workshops and discussion sessions for players of all levels. NATC also features public performances featuring a wide variety of taiko groups. The conference is attended by virtually all of the taiko community’s leaders, along with hundreds of players from around the world.

The conference has alternated between Los Angeles Japantown and other West Coast locations. The conference has been held at Sacramento State University, the University of Washington, and Stanford University.

The 2015 conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

NATC Goals
• Build a community of taiko groups in North America
• Share traditions and repertoire
• Support the artistic development of the art-form
• Document North American taiko history

NATC Conference Coordinator: Elise Fujimoto (elise@taikocommunityalliance.org)

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2014 World Taiko Gathering


TAIKOPROJECT is pleased to announce plans for the 2014 World Taiko Gathering, the first-ever convening of taiko groups from all over the world, scheduled for July 18-20, 2014. Presented by TAIKOPROJECT in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Southern California Taiko Community, the 2014 World Taiko Gathering is expected to bring together over 500 participants from taiko groups throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Activities will include three days of workshops, discussion sessions, taiko performances, and community-building activities. worldtaikogathering.com

VTS at Walk for Reconciliation

On September 22, 20 members of the Vancouver Taiko Society gathered together to perform for the Walk for Reconciliation in support of First Nations residential schools survivors. It rained. It poured. But it failed to dampen the spirits of the 70,000 people who took part in the walk. As the walkers entered the finish area we drummed our hearts out for the assembled masses. It was a grand day. We were happy to be there to share the spirit of reconciliation.