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KNT at ESO’s Free Concert Series for Canada 150

We are proud to be invited by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra to their free concert series in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. On Sunday June 25 we will be at the Legislative Grounds with other performing groups beginning at 7:00 pm.

2017 Annual Performance for Kurimoto Spring Festival

We are excited for our annual performance at the Kurimoto Spring Festival on Sunday June 4! KNT will open and close the day, at approximately 11:15 am and 2:45 pm. This event is a wonderful way to celebrate Japanese culture and enjoy the beautiful Kurimoto Garden. There will be music and cultural demonstrations, snacks and sales booths, art displays and the butterfly house.
For more information, follow the link below!


Jr. Apprentice plays taiko on CBC

Our Jr. Apprentice Emilie is only 16, but she has all ready been playing taiko for 4 years. She graduated from our KNT Kids class and joined the adult class as an apprentice. In this clip she plays her own taiko that she uses to practice with at home. She discusses her mixed French and Japanese Canadian culture.
Way to go, Emilie!



For more information on our KNT Kids program, go here!

Kita no Taiko at Contigo Peru Fundraiser

KNT is happy to perform at the Contigo Peru fundraiser for Peruvian natural disaster relief this weekend. We are proud to support communities as they come together.
Please come by to enjoy performers, food, silent auction, and raffle.
Saturday April 15, 1:00-midnight at the Hellenic Canadian Community Hall. Kita no Taiko performs at 3:30.

New Drum Page

Check out our new webpage devoted to our drums! Our drums are everything to us, and we are proud to own a wide range of equipment and professional-level instruments. You can also learn how we refurbish damaged drum heads on the page.

Meet our drums here! 

Happy Holidays from KNT!

We ended 2016 with a private show for our friends and family who support our taiko habit throughout the years. Best wishes to everyone over the holiday season, and all the best for 2017!

U of A International Students’ Holiday Party

For our last show of 2016, we were excited to attend the holiday party for the U of A International Student group. This is not the first time we have performed there, and every time we are happy by the warm reception of the crowd and the festive atmosphere.

Animethon 2016

Once again we are happy to attend Animethon to perform for attendees. We participated along with other EJCA clubs to provide educational content on traditional Japanese arts and culture.

Kita no Taiko does Heritage Festival 2016!

Kita no Taiko will be at our favourite Edmonton event, Heritage Festival from July 30-August 1, 2016!
Here are our performance times at the Japan Pavilion, near the main entrance.

Saturday July 30 – 12:30, 2:30
Sunday July 31 – 12:30, 4:30
Monday August 1 – 12:30, 4:30

KNT in Lacombe, AB

KNT appears in local newspapers after performing in Lacombe, Alberta for their annual summer celebrations. We are always happy to play in this welcoming, vibrant community, with a thriving twinning community with sister city Rikubetsu in Japan.

KNT does Natsumatsuri!

KNT will be joining the Edmonton Japanese Community Association in the first ever Summer Japanese festival. Thank you to EJCA for the invite, and for the chance to try Bon Odori drumming!

KNT does EPL Summer Starts!

KNT will be at the Whitemud Crossing Library on Saturday July 23 at 11am and Millwoods Library on Sunday July 24, 2 pm 24 to give a performance with educational commentary about our group and the drums. Great for kids!

For more information, please visit here.

Thanks to everyone who made the Red Cross Event great!


We really appreciate everyone who came to our Red Cross fundraiser. We raised $3154.72 to go to the funds for Fort McMurray and Kumamoto Japan. We couldn’t have done it without the help of the volunteers, the amazing performers, and the generosity of the community members. Thank you everyone!

KNT does Kurimoto Japanese Garden Spring Festival 2016!

KNT does Kurimoto Spring Festival



Another Kita no Taiko tradition!  Don’t miss this celebration of Japanese culture in a very special spring setting. Martial arts demonstrations, art displays and demos, dance and music performances, children’s games and crafts, authentic Japanese Tea Ceremonies, Japanese food sampling.

Come visit us Sunday, June 5th at 11:15 am and and 3:30 pm at the Devonian Gardens!

For more information, please visit the University of Alberta website!  Hope to see you there!


Edmonton’s Japanese drumming group building biceps, beats for 30 years


Pick up today’s Edmonton Journal to find Kita No Taiko fresh on the front of the Arts section!  You can read the full article here.
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