Hinode Taiko (Rising Sun Drums) of Winnipeg was founded in 1982 by a core group of enthusiasts who participated in a taiko workshop sponsored by the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association. Eager to further this Japanese art form in Manitoba, they formed the first taiko group on the Canadian Prairies.
From its origins, Hinode Taiko has studied with a Who’s Who of taiko performer/teachers from across Canada, the U.S. and Japan. Alone among community-based taiko groups, Hinode Taiko successfully hosted three national Taiko Festivals in the 1990s, bringing all the taiko groups in Canada together to share in performances and workshops. The group has presented guest artists from San Jose Taiko, New York Soh Daiko, leading members of Kodo and On Ensemble of Los Angeles; and was instrumental in realizing the long-held dream of a live Kodo performance in Winnipeg in February 2005.
As performers, Hinode Taiko have received accolades on three continents for their interpretation and display of taiko. They were the only Canadian group invited to perform at the landmark North American Taiko Conference “Taiko Jam” in 1997, and (out of approximately 150 ensembles in North America) the first group ever to be invited back for a repeat performance at Taiko Jam in 2003.
With strong roots in their local Winnipeg community, Hinode performs regularly at select high-profile public engagements, as well as charity and fund-raising events. Their high-energy interactive performance can be seen at a variety of venues ranging from outdoor mainstages and concert auditoriums to community centres and school gyms.
Hinode Taiko incorporated as a not-for-profit charitable organization in 1995; donations are tax-deductible. The group continues to share the art and appreciation of taiko through frequent seminars and workshops.