Taiko Roots – AKA Taiko-palooza


Great show at the Vancouver Ballroom last night as part of the Heart of the City Festival – in order of appearance: Sansho Daiko, Katari Taiko + Sawagi Taiko, Sansho Daiko (again!), Uzume Taiko + LOUD, and ending with the group that represents taiko future – Chibi Taiko – who rocked the house down with the youthful energy and drive. As HOTC Executive Director Terry Hunter said afterwards, there is so much variety between the groups, it’s great to see all the groups on the same stage. Grabbed this photo with my iPhone during Chibi’s set (yup – proud dad). See below for photos from the evening.

Thanks to all who came last night – both drummers and audience alike.


Chris Randle photos, courtesy Vancouver Moving Theatre/DTES Heart of the City Festival

Taiko Roots: in the Heart of the City

Taiko-Roots-PosterFriday, November 1, 8pm
Taiko Roots: in the Heart of the City
Sansho Daiko hosts Katari Taiko, Uzume Taiko, LOUD, Chibi Taiko and Sawagi Taiko in a special performance at the Heart of the City Festival celebrating the roots of taiko in Canada.
Vancouver Ballroom
456 Prior Street (at Dunlevy)
Tickets: $10 suggested donation, available at the door on a first-come-first-served basis.

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2-Day ODAIKO Workshop w/ Kristy Oshiro in East Van


Saturday & Sunday October 12 & 13

Uzume Taiko Studio, Frances Street, East Vancouver

Come and learn how to play the largest drum in a taiko ensemble, the odaiko! The two days of instruction will include basic technique, copious drills, and specific individual feedback. You will learn how to look bigger, sound better, and feel more relaxed and confident when playing the odaiko. Taiko players of all levels are encouraged to signed up, as well as beginners who have never touched a taiko before.

Workshop Dates: Two separate workshop sessions offered. Participants can register for 1 or 2 sessions. Please note that the second session will be a continuation of the first, not a repeat.
Saturday & Sunday Oct 12 & 13, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Cost: $75.00 per single session and $140.00 for two sessions
Location: Taiko Studio, 1254 Frances Street (off Clark)
For more information or to register please email info@uzume.com or call 604.254.8801

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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.


Sansho Daiko to open Nikkei Matsuri

There’s a new festival in town, and Sansho Daiko is opening it! Nikkei Matsuri runs August 31 and September 1 at Nikkei Centre in Burnaby. Styled after a traditional Japanese street festival, Nikkei Matsuri brings a canadian twist and promises to be a great time for people of all ages. Our group will be kicking off the festivities with a half hour set on Saturday, August 31 at 11:45am.