Drumming up Spirit – Tzo’kam & Sawagi Taiko in Concert

Poster reading "Tzo'kam & Sawagi Taiko / Drumming up Spirit / Saturday May 21 doors 7:00 PM show 7:30 PM / the Annex / a reunion of friends in a unique collaboration by indigenous and Asian Canadian artists." The text is superimposed on an octagonal drum featuring a painting of two chickadees on a branch in front of a first nations motif. Below this image is a photo of Sawagi Taiko mid-performance, in front of large taiko drums with sticks and left arms extended straight out.
Update May 20, 2022
We regret to announce that due to COVID-19, tomorrow’s Drumming up Spirit concert, including the live stream, has been CANCELLED.
Refunds have been issued to all ticketholders to the original method of payment through Eventbrite. Please note that it may take 5-7 working days to process.
We thank you for your understanding, and hope to see you at an event in the future.
Saturday, May 21 7:30 PM (Doors at 7:00)
ANNEX Theatre, 823 Seymour (2nd floor)
Sliding-scale tickets ($15-30) for sale below

Join Powell Street Festival Society for this exciting collaboration between Sawagi Taiko and Tzo’kam on May 21 at the ANNEX. 

The two featured groups are multi-generational Indigenous and Asian Canadian artists drawn together by their passion and dedication to traditional music in contemporary times, a community focus, and the power of these shared experiences. Don’t miss Tzo’kam and Sawagi Taiko reunited for this exhilarating performance!

Tzo’kam means “chickadee” and “visitors are coming” in the Stl’atl’imx language. Flora Wallace, from Xaxlip (near Lillooet), along with her children and grandchildren have sung together at community events for many years. Tzo’kam sings songs of the Stl’atl’imx that Flora learned as a child. Today, Tzo’kam continues to teach, share and maintain a tradition kept alive by dedicated elders.

Founded in 1990, Sawagi Taiko is a multi-generational group of women of East Asian and Indigenous heritage, brought together by their shared passion for Taiko drumming. With thunderous drum beats, stirring vocals, and martial-arts inspired choreography, they share the empowerment and exhilaration felt through taiko Sawagi Taiko harnesses the power of the drum to support feminist and social justice ideals.

See Sawagi Taiko in Action: Nobori (written by Lisa Mah, Powell Street Festival 2018)

This event is produced by Powell Street Festival Society in association with DKAM, with support from Canadian Heritage and Vancouver Civic Theatres.

First Sawagi Taiko photo by Adam PW Smith.


Tickets are being sold on a sliding-scale from $15-30 in advance through Eventbrite. Tickets may also be purchased at the door starting at 6:30 PM, space allowing. Discounted tickets available for children under 12. 

Purchase in advance through Eventbrite here