Gabriola Drum Day returns to the Commons

Andreas Kahre

Lulu Performing Arts Society

Monday, August 20 2012

Drum Day is back! A day of drumming and dancing, workshops and performances for all ages and any skill level, hosted in various locations at the Gabriola Commons. After last year’s success, the Commons designated the last Saturday in August Drum Day, and on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., everyone is invited to join in a celebration of drumming, dancing and the fascinating world of percussion.
Workshops range from Drum Yoga to African and Afro-Cuban Drumming with Voodoo Dave, David Botten’s Introduction to the Cajon (Drumchair), Andreas Kahre’s exploration of Framedrums and Vocal Percussion and Dinah D. (of Kerplunks fame) encouraging the kids to ‘hit the fan.’ Valerie Mermet teaches West African dancing, and we are especially excited that Akihiro Sakurai of the Japanese Ensemble Onga Daiko will teach Taiko drumming and join the evening performance with Afriola and Masamba. Don’t forget the BBQ Qonsort (bring your cooking utensils).
Drum Day is entirely self-supporting, with part of the proceeds going to the Commons. A $30 pass gets you into any workshop as well as the evening performance. Individual workshops are $10, and the concert is $12. Youth (up to 16) pay $5 any time. Volunteers get in free (call us first). Drum Day is organized by Andreas Kahre and Dave McGrath, and co-produced by the Xenographic Society, Lulu Performing Arts and Howard Stiff of Afriola. To find out more, visit www.luluperformingarts.ca or call 250-247-9854.