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Nagata Shachu

Program and component
Engage and Sustain, Artistic Catalysts 

Toronto, Ontario

Field of practice
Music and Sound

Grant amount
$160,000 over four years

Fiscal year

Taiko Drums and Japanese Music Help Celebrate Nagata Shachu’s 25th Anniversary

Five musicians onstage playing traditional Japanese drums (taiko).
A performance of the Nagata Shachu collective in the 2019–2020 season. Photographer(s): David Ohashi

Nagata Shachu, the only Toronto-based collective exclusively dedicated to taiko drumming, aims to broaden its audience, develop its market and expand its school.

Promoting an ancestral artform

Nagata Shachu is the only professional collective in the Greater Toronto Area fully devoted to taiko—the ancestral art of Japanese drumming—and Japanese music. Every year, the collective performs free open-air concerts as part of the Toronto for the Arts in the Park initiative. In the coming seasons, it will hold four large concerts per year, in addition to recording other ones to be disseminated online.

Sparking enthusiasm for learning

Nagata Shachu’s vision includes a search for partnerships, a tour across Canada and abroad, and courses for both beginners and experts through an educational program rolled out in schools.


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