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What’s New

Thank you!

The JCCCM had another successful Bazaar last weekend. Many thanks to all of you who came out to support the JCCCM! We hope that you were able to enjoy some delicious food while you were there and maybe able to pick up a great prize or two as well!

We were also extremely blessed to have the opportunity to spend some time with Tiffany Tamaribuchi, an incredibly talented and inspiring taiko player from Sacramento California. Tiffany shared her passion and soul with us through taiko, song and dance and left us with some very precious guidance and tips for taiko and life that we will continue to reflect on in our practices in the coming year (you can read a bit more about her visit here). Thank you Tiffany, safe travels and looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Japanese Fall Bazaar at the JCCCM

BazaarHi everyone,

This is a quick update to let you know about the upcoming Japanese Fall Bazaar that will take place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center of Montreal (JCCCM) this coming Saturday, November 21st from 11am to 4pm. Please drop by to try some Japanese food and baked goods that you can enjoy in our tea room or take home, and enjoy the opportunity to purchase various Japanese items, books and raffle tickets all in support of the JCCCM! A brief ceremony celebrating the opening of the newly renovated and beautiful Labrecque Hall will also take place Saturday.

As for Arashi, we have been busy volunteering at the recent Mochitsuki, giving workshops and making manju for the upcoming Fall Bazaar and we are very grateful to all students and friends that have also contributed time and energy to events that help support the JCCCM. Thank you!

Our performance season has pretty much wrapped up for 2015, but we are back in training, brushing up pieces for next year’s performance season. We look forward to seeing you at the bazaar and during the 2016 performance season!

Arashi Daiko

Thank you!

A huge thank you to all Arashi Students and friends who came to lend a hand this past weekend during the annual mochitsuki event at the JCCCM! You can read a little bit about this year’s mochitsuki adventures here. We hope you were able to enjoy some mochi in the tea room or purchase some to freeze until New Year’s. Thank you again!

Kaguyahime, Kodo and Mochitsuki!

Hello everyone! We hope you’ve been keeping warm as the fall season has set in with its beautiful colors but also cold reminder that winter will soon follow. We had a few early snowflakes over the weekend here in Montreal, but luckily they melted as soon as they hit the ground.

If you’re looking for activities to keep busy during this fall season, you might be interested in seeing Kaguyahime, a beautiful contemporary dance and taiko interpretation of the 10th-century Japanese folk tale. This production was choreographed by Jiri Kylian, and is danced by Les Grands Ballets with drumming by Kodo, the famous taiko drum group from Japan. It’s on until October 30th at Salle Wildrid-Pelletier, Place des arts and members of Arashi had the wonderful pleasure of watching the debut. You can read about our experience here. Highly recommended for all fans of contemporary dance and taiko!

The other exciting event going on at the JCCCM this month is the annual Mochitsuki or rice pounding event to make mochi (rice cakes), a traditional Japanese New Year’s food item. This year’s event will be held October 24th at the cultural center. If you would like to volunteer, you can sign up here, or show up on the day to enjoy some fresh mochi in the tea room between 1 and 5pm.

Hope to see you there!

Arashi Daiko

2015 workshops

IMG_2479Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2015 round of workshops!

We loved your energy and enthusiasm and hope you left with good memories of your experience!

We have had the very difficult task of selecting new students from the overwhelming list of interested participants and emails have been sent out to everyone that expressed interest to be a Fall 2015 taiko student.  If you did not receive an email, please send us a quick email.

If you did not make it this year, we are very sorry, space is limited and unfortunately choices have to be made, but please know that there is always next year!

Here are a few pictures from the workshops. Enjoy!

Happy Fall and until next time!

Arashi Daiko

End of Season

IMG_2200As the leaves begin to change color and slowly start to fall, and the performance season starts to wind down, we are grateful looking back at another amazing taiko-filled summer season where we had the opportunity to meet many friendly new faces and catch up with wonderful old friends too!

We would like to thank all of the festival organizers and volunteers and ever supportive audiences that we met throughout the season. We will take many wonderful memories with us from this past season to motivate us through the coming winter training months, from precious moments spent by the water in Gaspésie during the Festival Musique du bout du monde, to the very hot and sunny yet enthusiastic crowd in the town of West Hartford to intimate moments in the small church in Val David during 1001 pots and the many other shows and festivals in between. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. We look forward to seeing you again next season!

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!

logo_carreWe 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