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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

Ohanami at the MBG!

Arashi Daiko will be welcoming Spring’s arrival with our students this Sunday, May 21st at the Japanese gardens in the Montreal Botanical Gardens. The show should take place around noon if the weather is nice, but come early to be sure to get a good spot! The show is free, but General admission to the Botanical Gardens is required.

Please note that in case of rain, the show will take place in the auditorium.


Journée de la Culture (Culture day)


As part of the activities of Journées de de la Culture 2016 (Culture Day 2016), Arashi Daiko will be opening its doors on October 1st (Saturday) at 10am for the general public to observe our group practice. If you are interested in participating, please follow the instructions below:

Reservation is required


  • Send an e-mail to arashidaikoinfo@gmail.com with the number of people interested in participating
  • In the subject, please mention JOURNÉES DE LA CULTURE
  • We will confirm your registration by e-mail

Thank you and have a great day!

Festival de Percussions 2016

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Photo taken by Lily Pan during the percussion festival in 2013
Arashi Daiko is very happy to be participating in this year’s 15th edition of the Festival International de Percussions. This year, the festival will take place in Verdun at the parc Arthur Therrien. We will be playing this Sunday (July 10th) at 9pm. We will also give a free Taiko workshop for kids from 5:50-6:20 pm. Looking forward to seeing you there! :)

Happy Canada Day !

and Happy Independence Day to our readers in the US! :)


Photo credit: Yumiko Saito

We had a wonderful time again this year at the 3rd Japan Summer festival in West Hartford! Thank you to the Japan Society of Greater Hartford and the city of West Hartford, CT for inviting us and to everyone who came to see the show despite the capricious weather! We managed to play our full set before the rain started but are truly sorry for the inconvenience caused by the time change for anyone who came from far to see us. :( We hope that you were able to see part or most of the show! We are very grateful to the organizers and numerous volunteers for all of their efforts and very warm hospitality. Thank you also to Yumiko Saito for beautifully capturing many great moments from the festival! Please feel free to visit our flickr album for more of her great pictures.

We also had a great time performing at the Lexus Spinelli opening in Lachine and St-Jean celebration in Chinatown. There are a few great videos on Facebook captured by some of the wonderful folks we met during these events. Have a look! :)

This month, Arashi will be collaborating with Komachi Montreal and participating in Montreal’s Canada Day Parade along St-Catherine street between Fort and Peel (Jul 1st starting around 11am). We will also be at the Festival de la SOUPE in Lasalle’s Parc des Rapides July 1st for a brief show at 4pm. July 11th we will be giving a 90min show at this year’s percussion festival in Verdun. Later in the month we will be at the 1001 pots festival in Val-David (July 30th). Please see our calendar page for more details.

We hope to see you soon! Have a great summer! :)

Happy June Everyone!

Arashi Daiko is getting ready to head down to the town of West Hartford, CT to support the 3rd annual Summer Festival organized by the Japan Society of Greater Hartford. This year’s festival is organized to support the earthquake victims in Kumamoto. Mari Miyamoto from NY will be joining the festival to help with fundraising. We will be giving a 1hr performance at the Blue Back Square on Saturday June 11th around 6pm.

On June 19th, our students, Inazuma, will once again be performing to support the cyclists in the Défi Pierre Lavoie! Drop by to support the event and enjoy the sounds of Japanese drums!

Towards the end of the month, on St-Jean baptiste day, we will be helping to celebrate cultural diversity in Chinatown at the Sun Yat Sen Park. Come join us for some great outdoor festivities!

July will be busy as well with the S.O.U.P.E. festival on Canada day, July 1st, that will be held at the parc des Rapides in LaSalle.

July 10th, we will once again be participating in this year’s Festival international de Percussions at the parc Arthur-Therrien in Verdun.

At the end of the month, we will be in Val David for the 1001 Pots festival.

Keep an eye on our calendar page for more events!

See you soon! :)

Arashi Daiko

Thank you!

Many thanks to the Botanical Gardens and organizers of Ohanami for once again putting together this wonderful event and inviting us to play! Thanks too to all of you who came to enjoy the beautiful weather and sound of taiko in the gardens! We had a lot of fun playing with Inazuma and we hope you enjoyed the show! We also had the wonderful surprise visit of Arashi Daiko founders Terry and May. We were so happy to see them. Here are a few wonderful pictures taken by Maxime Plantady during the event including a lovely portrait photo of Terry and May!

Enjoy! :)




Start of the outdoor performance season

Hi everyone!

We hope that you have been enjoying the arrival of spring!

Arashi Daiko’s outdoor performance season will soon begin and we are very much looking forward to playing outdoors and seeing you all. We invite you to come see us and our very talented students, Inazuma, at the Botanical Gardens on May 22nd if you can make it!

Event:      Ohanami at the Montreal Botanical Gardens
Location: Japanese gardens of the Montreal Botanical Gardens
Date:        Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
Time:        around noon, but it’s best to arrive early!
Price:       General admission to the Gardens is required.
*For more details, please see the Montreal Botanical Gardens website.
Don’t forget your sunscreen! :)

Before that, we will be helping out our longtime friends at Festival Accès Asie celebrate their 21st anniversary (tonight! May 12th).  If you enjoy silent films, please come enjoy a special evening of silent films and live music at La Sala Rossa on Thursday, May 12th, 8pm. Admission 10$

We will also be helping to kick off the opening of the Canada-Wide Science Festival at McGill on May 15th.

There will be more outdoor taiko to come throughout the summer so please keep an eye on our performance calendar for more details.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Arashi Daiko

Taiko Workshop for Youth Saturday, April 30th

The Consulate General of Japan in Montreal is organizing a free introductory taiko workshop, offered by Japanese percussion group Arashi Daiko, to participants aged 8 to 18. Along with the workshop, the Tôhoku Rokkon-Sai Festival and the reconstruction process in northeastern Japan following the Great East Japan Earthquake will be introduced. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Advance registration is necessary; please read the instructions below.

Participants’ age: 8 to 18 years old
Date: Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Time option 1): 2:15 pm to 3:30pm
Time option 2): 3:45 pm to 5:00pm
Location: Japanese Cultural center of Montreal, 8155 Rousselot (corner Jarry), Montreal
Price: Free (reservations required)
To register: Send an email to culture@mt.mofa.go.jp with your choice of time option (1 or 2), the parent’s/tutor’s full name, their telephone number, and the participant’s full name and his/her age.

* For the workshop, participants are expected to wear comfortable sports clothes, and they should bring a bottle of water as well as a hand towel.

If you are interested in our adult workshops (generally held in the fall), please make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to be kept informed of upcoming dates. Thank you!