World Music Concert in Port Moody

World Music Concert
Friday, May 6 7:00pm
Inlet Theatre, City Hall
Port Moody, BC


Uzume Taiko is known around the world for its bold musical collaborations and theatrical stage presence. As part of the Port Moody Youth Arts Fest, Uzume Taiko & Friends perform an amazing night of world music and drumming. Boris Sichon, Paul Bray and Kesseke Yeo will join the Ensemble playing a diverse collection of percussive and melodic instruments.

Tickets $5.00 /ticket
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Against the Current – Review & Responses


by Susanne Tabata

Against the Current, a co-production between the Vancouver Taiko Society and the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, took the stage on November 6 at the Japanese Hall on Alexander Street. It was at once a great piece of art and a reminder of the dispossession and reclamation of culture common to First Nations and Japanese Canadians.

While a stripped-down version of this performance work took place this past summer at the Powell Street Festival, it took a seated audience in a quiet historic building to be able to make sense of the story. Two interwoven cultures, both with a common love of the sea; unbowed by past historic injustices; standing together in song, dance, drumming and spoken word.  All on the ground that once was home to their kin – the salmon as a metaphor for the lifecycle and journey home.

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Topham to Tohoku benefit concert

Topham to Tohoku – Rainbow of Hope
A concert in support of Tohoku Rainbow House and 2011 tsunami orphans

Featuring Sansho Daiko, Vancouver Okinawa Taiko & Topham Tora Taiko

Saturday May 23 7:00pm
Topham Elementary School
21555  91st Avenue, Langley, BC

$10 adults $8 students/seniors

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Gulf Islands Taiko Camp 2015

1427296111416The First Annual Gulf Islands Taiko Camp will take place June 19 and 20 on Galiano Island at the beautiful Eagles Nest Retreat. Led by master musician/ percussionist/ taiko player Eien Hunter-Ishikawa, the Taiko Camp workshops will consist of three 2 & 1/2 hour workshops in fue, shime-daiko and atarigane. Whether you’re a relative newcomer to taiko or an experienced performer Eien will help you take your skills to the next level. Affordably priced at $375 US or $450 CDN, which includes two nights accommodation,* continental breakfast+ and dinner Friday night and Saturday night, this is your opportunity for intimate study with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa.  To learn more about Eien, visit his website:

Situated above Active Pass, Eagles’ Nest Retreat visitors are treated not only to some of the most spectacular scenery in BC but daily sightings of eagles and, frequently, killer whales. Amenities include outdoor hot tub, wood-fired sauna, internet and easy access to hiking trails. Depending on numbers, camping may also be available. For photos, visit

Early bird rates of $350 US or $415 CDN are available until April 25, 2015.

For more information or to register contact Jacob Derksen at

*Based on double occupancy.

Kodo in Concert

Kodo Poster MysteryKODO One Earth Tour
Thursday January 29, 2015, 8:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre 650 Hamilton Street

Tickets $69 / $59 / $49  604-569-1144 or 1-855-551-9747
918 Granville Street
INFO: / 604.683.8240

Kodo returns to Vancouver with their groundbreaking new production, Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery, a performance that will take you on a voyage to the extraordinary, to a mystical realm of ancient creatures, legends and powerful taiko music. Directed by famed kabuki artist and artistic director Tamasaburo Bando, Mystery promises to inspire both diehard fans and the uninitiated with Kodo’s heart throbbing beauty and energy.

Sponsored by Caravan World Rhythms, Powell Street Festival & Banyen Books

Katari Taiko’s 35th Anniversary Concert

Saturday, December 6
Doors 7pm / Show 7:30pm
Vancouver Playhouse
600 Hamilton St. @ Dunsmuir
Tickets $25 regular & $15 students/seniors. General Admission. Available online at

KT35_posterKatari Taiko, the first taiko group formed in Canada, is a constantly changing and intensely creative hybrid of Japanese and Canadian music. In celebration of its      35th Anniversary, Katari Taiko is presenting a special concert featuring its own contemporary and traditional music and that of guests, Chibi Taiko, Sansho Daiko, Sawagi Taiko and Vancouver Okinawa Taiko. All of the groups will join Katari Taiko in the premiere of a brand new collaborative work inspired by the return of the wild salmon to the Fraser River.

Katari Taiko has the distinction of being the first taiko drum group founded in Canada.  The group has developed a large and enthusiastic following since its inception in 1979, performing throughout Canada and the US, appearing in numerous festival and theatre settings.

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Sawagi Taiko Beginner’s Taiko Evening Workshop


Monday April 7th and April 14th, 2014
7:00pm to 10:00pm

$55/person ($40 for the underemployed/students)
Open to everyone over 16 years. A maximum of 15 spots are available.
This is a two-evening workshop, and cannot be registered for separately.
Registration confirmed upon receipt of payment.

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Katari Taiko Spring Workshop

KT-LogoONE DAY WORKSHOP: Sunday, February 2, 2014
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.

Please call 604-683-8240 before sending the registration form and payment

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Chibi Taiko turns 20!


Saturday November 30, 7:30 pm
Chibi Taiko 20th anniversary concert
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Ticket prices: $25 adults / $20 seniors and students
Special guest performers: Yoshikazu and Yoko Fujimoto founding members of Kodo, plus Seattle’s Inochi Taiko

information & tickets:

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Osuwa Daiko concert and workshops


Osuwa-Poster-900Osuwa Daiko Concert
Monday, November 4, 7:00pm
Vancouver Technical Secondary School
2600 East Broadway, Vancouver
T: 604.713.8215 | F: 604.713.8214

Osuwa Daiko Workshops
Sunday, November 3, 2013
1:00pm Beginner workshop for general public
3:00pm Workshop for taiko players (or possibly evening)
Britannia Community Centre
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Info: Doug Masuhara

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