August 20, 2023

Raging For Change

Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers


North American Taiko | Japanese Taiko drums will echo across the harbour with nine performers playing rhythms of social change.

Raging for change

Photo by ImaJing


Throughout their powerful performance, the womxn of RAW show their strength and vulnerability through the modern interpretation of traditional Japanese taiko drumming. 

Sun Sun Sun
Doko Kara
Yatai Bayashi

About Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers 

Raging Asian Womxn Taiko Drummers (RAW) is a Toronto-based performing arts ensemble made up of East and Southeast Asian womxn (people who identify as women, non-binary, and gender-queer). Formed in 1998, Raging Asian Womxn carry on the diasporic Taiko tradition that grew from Asian American and Asian Canadian mobilization in the ’60s and ’70s. One of the few all-Asian, all-womxn Taiko drumming groups in the world, RAW is a critical response and challenge to systemic and internalized oppressions. RAW plays large Taiko drums as creative resistance for social change, carving space for self-expression, education and community building.   

RAW has performed at a wide variety of events, including Pride celebrations in Toronto and Buffalo, the Dim Sum Chinese Festival (part of Harbourfront Centre’s World Routes Summer Festivals), Muhtadi International Drumming Festival in Toronto and Tobago, Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, Toronto’s WinterCity Festival, Labour union conventions, International Women’s Day events, art festivals, social justice events and more. 

Young Park
Stephenie Hui
Jody Chan
Wy-J Kou
Adrienne Mark
Yang Chen
Denice Badua
Rae Bariliea
Courtney Ayukawa

Access Info

The Toronto Music Garden is a wheelchair accessible park. Summer Music In The Garden concerts include 8 reserved spots for accessible seating on a first come, first served basis. As these performances take place in a park, they are inherently relaxed performances by nature.

Dates & Times

August 20
60 mins


Toronto Music Garden

Wheelchair accessible


Between Lower Spadina and Dan Leckie Way

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