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

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

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!

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!

13th FIP 2014

Arashi Daiko is honored to be participating once again this year in the Festival international de percussions de Longueil. There will be a number of other great taiko groups and artists participating as well, so definitely come and enjoy this 13th edition of the festival! Schedule and other information are online here. Looking forward to seeing you July 6-13, 2014.


O-Hanami picnic under the flowering crabapple trees

Arashi Daiko and its student group, Inazuma Taiko, will be performing!

Date: May 18th, 2014

Time: around noon, but due to any unexpected circumstances that may arise, it’s better to arrive early!

Location: Jardin botanique de Montréal

For more details: http://calendrier.espacepourlavie.ca/o-hanami-picnic-under-the-flowering-crabapple-trees-396662

Don’t forget your sunscreen! 🙂