December 30, 2018

As the year draws to a close, like many others I am pausing to take a look back to the year and celebrate everything that 2018 brought.

The year began with sadness, as I prepared to make one of many tough decisions of the year. My very best friend in the world was my 14...

November 19, 2018

When I was in Grade 8, I began taking oboe lessons in Edmonton (2 hour commute) and my teacher recommended that I audition for the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. I remember being really excited when I got my acceptance letter, but also very nervous. I had never played with...

November 13, 2018

As taiko players, we often participate in multi-cultural events, and I think my favourite part is watching the other performers. 

International Education Week at SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) was held in a huge brick and stone foyer, and the sounded ec...

October 31, 2018

International Education Week at MRU wanted something attention-grabbing to kick off their festival on Main Street on campus, and taiko does a great job at that!

Celebrated all over the world since 2000, International Education Week (IEW) showcases the impact that intern...

October 18, 2018

The Youth and Adult taiko groups were honoured to perform at the Calgary Foundation's Vital City event. We took a few of our favourite pieces and sewed excerpts of them together to create a seamless short taiko package as the opening of the event.

"The Foundation facili...

August 30, 2018

The MRU Employee Awards is a ceremony that honours award recipients and long service milestones. To kick off the ceremony in the Bella Concert Hall, we put together a special taiko program.

Challenge: starting in the dark! Wanting the element of surprise, we began our s...

August 12, 2018

The DragonBoat Festival was a busy day of paddling on the Glenmore Reservoir! We performed a short set on the multicultural stage for Globalfest.

It was a busy day, as I was coordinating drum transport for the Omatsuri Japanese Festival, and also performing Sen no Kaiky...

August 11, 2018

Omatsuri 2018 was one to remember!

Performing with Eitetsu Hayashi and Eitetsu Fu-un no Kai. If you had told me that I would be playing odaiko beside Eitetsu Hayashi, I probably would have laughed at the improbability. There's no way I would have imagined it possible. A...