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If you have any questions that are not answered on our web site, please feel free to use our “Contact” form to send us an email and we will do our best to answer your questions. Enjoy your visit!


What’s New

Registration for the September 2015 Taiko Workshops!

DSC_0137Hi everyone. All our workshops are full for this year.

  • Saturday, September 12th from 10am to 1pm Full!
  • Saturday, September 12th from 2pm to 5pm Full!
  • Saturday, September 19th from 10am to 1pm Full!
  • Saturday, September 19th from 2pm to 5pm Full!

You can still fill out the registration form to be added on our waiting list. Visit our Workshops & Classes page for all the details.  Looking forward to sharing our passion for taiko with you!

Happy August everyone!

We hope you have all been enjoying some summer fun! It’s been a busy, taiko-filled summer for us so far with a jam-packed August ahead!

We had a fantastic time in Val-David at the 1001 pots festival. Many thanks to all the helpful organizers for feeding and hosting us after the show, such a treat! We were thrilled to meet newcomers to taiko and see familiar faces as well during our July shows and we are looking forward to seeing many more of you at our upcoming shows in August!

We will be making a road trip to Gaspé this weekend (Aug 8-9) for the Festival musique du bout du monde and will be back in time to play with our students at the annual Japanese festival on the 15th: Matsuri Japon. Come enjoy some Japanese food, taiko, dance and lots of family friendly activities during the festival! The following day, we will be in Sherbrooke for the Festival des traditions du Monde and later in the month (19th) we will be at the Fêtes gourmandes in Laval.

As always, please see our performances page for more details.

See you out there!

Arashi Daiko

Happy July!

Happy Canada day and Independence Day to our readers in the US!

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Photo credit: Yumiko Saito

We had a wonderful time at the Japan Summer festival in West Hartford a few weeks back. It always warms our hearts to get a chance to speak with members of the audience after the show, so thank you for all of your encouraging comments! We were thrilled to see some familiar faces, including a few wearing our t-shirts! And we are very grateful to the organizers for all of their efforts and very warm hospitality. We look forward to seeing you again next summer perhaps!

We had a fun little trip to Laval at the end of the month to help ring in the summer solstice. We bumped into our good friends Jimmy Chan and his Lion Dance crew who took some photos and videos of the event that you can check out here.

July will be a busy month: we will be in Chambly this weekend (July 4th) to give a free show for the Samedis Percutants at 8pm. The week after, if you haven’t yet had a chance to take a workshop with us, we’ll be giving some mini workshops during the international Percussion festival in the old port, followed by a 75min show at 5:30pm on the weekend of the 12thof July (please see the festival website for price details of workshops and shows). The week following, on the 18th, we’ll be in Montreal North to help them celebrate their multicultural festival (free event). At the end of the month (July 25th), we’ll be in Val David to give a free show for the 1001 pots festival. If you are a fan of ceramic arts, do not miss this chance to take in and purchase works by many talented Quebec artists, including our very own, Yukari Hazama Iverson.

As always, please see our performance calendar for more details.

Hope you are all having a great summer!

Arashi Daiko

Upcoming shows in June and July!

We had a wonderful time performing with our students at Ohanami at the Montreal Botanical Gardens in May and we were thrilled to see many familiar faces and meet many new friends as well! Our thanks go out to the many organizers and volunteers who make this yearly event such a success.

We will be on the road quite a bit in June and July travelling to nearby festivals and events and hope you will stop by and say hi if you are in the area! Before we go, a couple of our members will be on crescent street this coming week/weekend June 4th, 5th and 6th helping Kyozon celebrate their opening.

On June 13th, we will be headed to the Town of West Hartford to help the Japan Society of Greater Hartford celebrate their second annual Japan Summer Festival at the Blue Back Square. We had a great time last year and look forward to sharing our energy with them again this year!

While we are out of town, our students, Inazuma Daiko, will be helping Le Grand défi Pierre Lavoie encourage many hundreds of cyclists travelling a 1000km from Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean to Montreal to raise money to promote healthy life habits and research on hereditary orphan diseases. If you did not get a chance to see Inazuma during Ohanami, don’t miss this chance to hear their thunderously encouraging beats at the old port of Montreal on June 14th!

FESTIVAL On June 20th, we will be in Laval to help celebrate the summer solstice. On July 4th, we will be in Chambly, QC for the samedis percutants. July 12th, we will be back at the Festival International de Percussions which this year will be held in the old port of Montreal. We will be giving a mini 1 hour workshop on the same day at 1pm, so be sure to drop by if you’ve ever wanted to try hitting taiko drums!

logoJuly 25th we will be in Val David helping 1001 pots celebrate their yearly ceramics event. If you are a fan of pottery and ceramics, do not miss the opportunity to discover many beautiful and uniquely crafted pieces by local artists, including our very own Yukari Hazama!

As always, please see our performance schedule for more details on these and other shows.

Looking forward to seeing you out there!

Arashi Daiko

Upcoming May shows!

The 2015 season has officially begun! We were warmly received and had a great time in Quebec City performing at the yearly Nadeshicon event. Thank you to Maxim and all the organizers of the festival for taking good care of us while we were there.

logo_accesAsie1Our show line-up continues as we help the Festival Accès Asie kick off their opening cocktail for their 20th anniversary this Friday, May 1st from 5-7pm at the café du Monument-National (1182 Saint-Laurent boulevard).  Come say hi if you are in the neighborhood!

We will also be helping out our good friend Julie 309Tamiko Manning launch her important production telling stories of second generation Japanese Canadians titled: The Tashme Project that will be presented at the MAI (3680 Jeanne-Mance street) from May 7-17th. Do check it out if you have a chance.

IMG_1979-001On May 17th, we will be back performing with our hard working students at the Montreal Botanical gardens (4101, Sherbrooke street east) for the yearly O-Hanami Flowering Crabapple tree viewing event.

Please see our performance schedule for more details on these and other shows.

We hope to see you out there!

2014 workshops

DSC_0219The 2014 workshops were a success! Thank you to everyone who participated for your interest and enthusiasm! We truly enjoyed meeting you all and hope to be able to see you again sometime soon.

Click here to see some of the photos taken during the workshops. Enjoy and until next time!

Registration for the October 2014 Taiko Workshops is now open!

Here are the workshop dates:
  • Friday, October 24th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm (full!)
  • Saturday, October 25th from 9am to 12pm (full!)
  • Saturday, October 25th from 1pm to 4pm (full!)
Visit our Workshops & Classes page for all the details.  Looking forward to sharing our passion for taiko with you!
The workshops are now full. Thank you for your interest in attending. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please fill out the following form and indicate which sessions you would be available to attend and we will contact you should a spot open up. Thank you.

Free outdoor show at Parc René-Goupil

Continuing as part of Accès culture’s “Hors-les-murs” programming, Arashi Daiko will be performing outdoors again this Friday, August 1st at 7pm in the Parc René-Goupil, corner of Boul. Robert and 25th avenue, east of Pie-IX. Come and see us if you are in the area!

Thank you 1001 pots!

logoWe had a wonderful time up in Val-David last Saturday performing at the 1001 pots exhibit and want to extend our deepest thanks to Kinya Ishikawa, Jonathan and their family for their very warm hospitality. The exhibit is still on until August 10th, so don’t miss your chance to see and purchase some beautiful ceramics by amazingly talented local artists!