The first children’s taiko ensemble in Canada, Chibi Taiko was founded in the fall of 1993 with the goal of passing this unique and dynamic performing art on to the next generation of Asian Canadians. Members range in age from 6 to 23 years old. The group’s philosophy emphasizes cooperation, leadership, responsibility and spirituality in addition to the physical and musical discipline needed to build a cohesive and dynamic taiko ensemble.
The training includes weekly practices and periodic workshops given by special guests. As well, the group regularly performs for events such as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Powell Street Festival, Taiko Jam 2007 at the North American Taiko Conference, corporate events, and fund raisers for numerous charitable organizations. Chibi was featured in a promotional video for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.