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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Signing of the Asian Heritage Month Declaration by the Senate of Canada
A Motion proposed by The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada

Senate signing of Asian Heritage Month Declaration
The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy signing Asian Heritage Month Declaration

Asian Heritage Month Declaration
Senate of Canada | Declaration of Asian Heritage Month, May 21, 2002. Click here to enlarge image. The Motion was passed in December 2001.

Music Videos by Professional Asian Canadian Artists

Chan Ka Nin

Chan Ka Nin
Photo by Bo Huang

Bios:
Chan was born in Hong Kong and moved with his family to Vancouver in 1965. At the University of British Columbia, he studied composition with Jean Coulthard at UBC, Bernhard Heiden at Indiana University where he eventually obtained his Master's and Doctoral degrees in music. Since 1982, he has been teaching theory and composition at the University of Toronto.

Twice winner of Juno Awards for Best Classical Composition, composer CHAN Ka Nin's works have been performed by ensembles and artists from Canada, United States and around the world. In 2001, his opera Iron Road, written with librettist Mark Brownell, won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical. In 2002, his chamber work Par- çi, par-la, which was recorded by Ensemble Contemporain du Montréal, has won the Juno Award for Best classical composition. In 2017, Sinfonia Toronto's commission work My Most Beautiful, Wonderful, Terrific, Amazing, Fantastic, Magnificent Homeland was recorded by the Toronto Symphony on their CD Canada Mosaic SESQUIES. In 2018, the Dragon’s Tale was awarded the Kathleen McMorrow Award, which recognizes the presentation of contemporary classical music by Ontario composers. His new work, Pikä Talvi, (long winter) was premiered by percussionist Antti Ohenoja and a string quartet in Helsinki in January 2022. This June, his Pandemic Diary will be premiered by Elite Artists Trio in Taiwan. His Harp Concerto will be premiered in Toronto this November, and performance again by the City Chamber Orchestra from Hong Kong in 2023


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Alice Ping Yee Ho


Alice Ping Yee Ho
Photo by Bo Huang

Music video: The Weeping Woman

Bios:
Alice Ho is an acclaimed Hong Kong-born Canadian composer. She has received numerous national and international awards including the 2019 Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize, Louis Applebaum Composers Award, K.M. Hunter Artist Award, top prizes at 2014 Prince Edward Island Symphony Composers Competition and Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Friendship Orchestral Composition Competition, 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award (“Outstanding Original Opera” for her opera “Lesson of Da Ji “), 2013 Boston Metro Opera International Composition Competition , and Luxembourg Sinfonietta International Composition Prize.

Her works have been performed by many major ensembles including the Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Victoria, Hamilton, and Windsor Symphonies; the Finnish Lapland Chamber Orchestra, China National Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Radio Choir, Estonia’s Ellerhein Girls Choir, Luxembourg Sinfonietta, and Amsterdam’s Nieuw Ensemble.

A twice JUNO Award Nominee (2015 and 2018), she has an impressive discography released on the Centrediscs, Naxos, Marquis Classics, Blue Griffin, Electra, Leaf Music, and Phoenix labels. She has six solo discs devoted to music written for different genres, including two recent releases of her children’s opera "The Monkiest King" with the Canadian Children's Opera Company on Centrediscs, and “Venom of Love” (electronic ballet music) on Leaf Music.

A noted classical pianist, she had performed in many new music festivals, including a solo piano recital recorded by CBC Radio 2 in which she premiered Tan Dun’s solo piano work “Traces II”.

Alice Ho’s website: https://www.alicepyho.com/

Program:
The Weeping Woman
including introduction by Alice Ping Yee Ho

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Mushtari Afroz


Music video: SOM


Mushtari Afroz

Bios:
Mushtari is a GTA based dancer and choreographer with training in North Indian classical dance form ‘Kathak’ and has been practising within the South Asian diaspora since early 2000 following her immigration to Canada from Bangladesh. While her movement vocabulary is rooted in the classical form, her work is rooted in the essence of ‘Now’ that manifests itself through conceptual wit, physical rigor and poetic metaphors.

Program:
SOM
Music video: SOM



A space of destruction
Is the space of new creation
An end
Is the point of a new beginning
A death
Is the passage to a new life
And a collapse
Is a catalyst to ‘rise again’
SOM evokes this inseparability and the constant dialogue between the opposite forces in nature that define our existence. Through the poetic verses of Late Kazi Nazrul Islam - the National poet of Bangladesh - I invoke Lord Shiva – the embodiment of the forces of destruction as well as of creation – during our prolonged time of crisis with an urgent request: Please stop your dance of darkness and begin your dance of new light.

Credits:
Song Written and Composed by: Kazi Nazrul Islam
Concept, Choreography, Performance and Narration: Mushtari Afroz
Vocal and Music Arrangement: Tanveer Alam Shawjeeb
Sitar: Nishit Dey
Tabla, Pakhawaj and Bol Padhant: Pallab Sanyal
Film and Post-production: Inner Space Studio, Toronto (https://www.innerspacestudio.ca/)
Research & Creation phase of this work was made possible in 2020-2021 by the support from Canada Council for the Arts.
Website: http://www.ojanaprithibi.me/mushtari-afroz/

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Patty Chan
A Mid-Autumn Festival Offering - the Legend of Chang’e, Immortal Goddess of the Moon


Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IDN8ab3eWs

Bios:
PhoeNX Ensemble
PhoeNX Ensemble is a cross-cultural mixed chamber ensemble which blends traditional East Asian and Western instruments. Its vision is to explore, promote, and expand the East/West mixed-musical medium through performances, educational workshops, commissioning, and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

This multi-layered instrumental palette merges together the rich musical histories and influences of the East and West, giving rise to an altogether new canvas of limitless sound potential and musical story-telling.

Founded by leading erhu musician Patty Chan, Director of Centre for Music Innovations and Past-President of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, in collaboration with Sanya Eng, an internationally acclaimed Toronto-based harpist, PhoeNX Ensemble is rooted in the heartfelt hopes of sharing inspirational narratives through a mixed ensemble sonority.

Each concert has an arc of experience. Programmes are based upon compelling stories of true history, traditional mythology, or tales of life-lessons learned through fables. With music ranging from time-honoured, Eastern-oriented classics to freshly commissioned contemporary new music, the audience is treated to a journey across cultures, languages, borders, and time…. and ultimately: a journey of hope and inspiration.

Program:
"A Mid-Autumn Festival Offering - the Legend of Chang’e, Immortal Goddess of the Moon"
PhoeNX Ensemble offers a retelling of the tale upon which is celebrated during every annual Mid-Autumn Festival: the Legend of Chang’e, Immortal Goddess of the Moon. Through music, dance, and narration you will be transported to a world of power, passion, greed, sacrifice, and eternal love.
PhoeNX founders:
Patty Chan
Sanya Eng

Composers (in order of performance):
Grace Lizan Currie (CA)
Andrew Gosse (CA)
Jérôme Langlois (CA)

Musicians:
Patty Chan, erhu
Sanya Eng, harp
Lina Cao, guzheng
Ryan Scott, percussion

Narrator:
Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster

Choreographer:
Emily Cheung

Dancers:
Jessica Gomes, Chang’e
Zachary Cardwell, Hou Yi and Peng Meng

Videographer and editor:
Taylor Long

Sound engineer:
Dennis Patterson

Photographer:
Dahlia Katz

Translator:
Angela Howell

This project was made possible with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council
Website:
https://phoenxensemble.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IDN8ab3eWs

"Finding Belonging" | A short documentary that explores the history and legacy of the Chinese Instrumental Music Group of Toronto (CIMGOT), Toronto’s first traditional Chinese orchestra (1969-1987). This film was created using the collected archival materials of the orchestra’s activities, the recorded interviews with the founders and members of the orchestra, and Patty Chan's autoethnographic observations and experiences.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYvbxoqBlCo

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Vania Chan


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Renee Fajardo


Music video: https://youtu.be/jenW9zOu5_E


Renee Fajardo

Bios:
Born and raised in Manila, Filipino Mezzo-soprano Renee Fajardo has performed on the opera stage and as a solo recitalist in the Philippines, UK, Europe, and Canada.

Her operatic roles include Popova in The Bear (U of T Opera), Donna Anna in Don Jo (Grimeborn Opera Festival), Public Opinion in Orpheus in the Underworld (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), and Fanny Price in the Canadian premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (U of T Opera).

Winner of the Metcalf Performing Arts Grant, Renee was the 2021/2022 Producing Intern at Against the Grain Theatre. Passionate about ensemble performance and equitable community engagement, she also sang with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and currently serves as mentor for opera education collective Opera InReach.

Renee holds a Master’s degree in Opera Performance from University of Toronto, and a first-class Bachelor of Music degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She will be premiering the role of Euryale for Toronto-based OperaQ’s film, Medusa’s Children, in Summer 2022.

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ReneeFajardoMezzo/

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Bobby Ho


Music video: https://youtu.be/OsuHy0_wl-U

Apex Predators
Horse Lantern Dance (馬燈舞)


Music video: https://youtu.be/DNxXaQjAjf4

Flying Dragon Leaping Tiger (龍騰虎躍)


Bobby Ho

Bios:
Bobby was first introduced to the drum kit in 2002, and eventually became obsessed with drumming when he began forming his own bands and participating in extra-curricular music ensembles. Since then he decided to supplement his musical horizon by composing and arranging music for percussion ensembles, orchestras, choirs, symphonic bands, and his personal rock bands. Although he has been attending Chinese music concerts since he was a child, Bobby did not become actively involved in Chinese music until 2012. That year he joined the Apex Martial Arts Academy in Toronto to learn wushu and sanshou, not knowing that this is where his journey as a Chinese percussionist would begin. The martial arts school had a drumming ensemble called the Apex Drumming Team, a group of youth that specialized in lion dance drumming.

After witnessing the ferocity of the drumming team through shared community performances with the Toronto Chinese Orchestra (TCO) Bobby was invited to join the TCO not as a performer, but as a composer. He debuted his first composition for Chinese drums, Legend of Jade Dragon, in 2013 with the TCO percussion ensemble. Since then, he has been performing with the TCO and has been appointed the section principal for their percussion section. He has arranged collaborations between the TCO and the Apex Drumming Team to perform his second composition, Wild Game, and renowned Chinese percussion songs, such as Flying Dragon Leaping Tiger and Emperor Qin Musters Army. Bobby was invited to Taiwan as a soloist to collaborate with the Taoyuan Chinese Orchestra in the 30th Taoyuan Chinese Music Festival in the summer of 2018, and has also collaborated with the Edmonton Chinese Orchestra, Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, and Xian-Se Gong Chinese Orchestra.

Despite his love for music, Bobby earned his master’s degree in Professional Education, specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis. In addition to teaching and performing drums part-time, Bobby is the founder and Clinical Director of Apex Educational Consulting Services Inc., which offers behaviour therapy for individuals diagnosed with autism and various developmental delays.
Program:
Song 1: Apex Predators
Song 2: Horse Lantern Dance (馬燈舞)
Song 3: Flying Dragon Leaping Tiger (龍騰虎躍)

Program Notes:
Apex Predators
by Apex Drumming Team
Performed by Apex Drumming Team

Apex Predators showcases traditional lion dance percussion and rhythm outside the context of the lion dance. Such patterns include “High Lion” at the beginning of each section, which is typically used to signal the lion to socialize, and “Seven Star” to signal the end of a section. Due to the widely practised art of lion dance, compared to Chinese orchestral percussion, in Canada, lion dance drumming remains the most well-known form of Chinese percussion in Canada.
Horse Lantern Dance (馬燈舞)
by Zhengui Li (李真貴)
Performed by Apex Drumming Team


The piece is written for a percussion trio that expresses the lively scene of three horses dancing around lanterns on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month.
Flying Dragon Leaping Tiger (龍騰虎躍)
by Li Minxiong (李民雄)
Performed by the Taoyuan Chinese Orchestra
Conductor: Dr. Chih Sheng Chen (陳志昇)
Soloist: Bobby Ho

One of most renowned percussion concertos of Chinese orchestral music, Flying Dragon Leaping Tiger (龍騰虎躍) depicts a dragon and tiger chasing and playfully fighting each other. The main melody was inspired by a song from the Zhejiang (浙江) province of China called Dragon Head Dragon Tail and was reinterpreted for the characteristics of the flower drum and paigu.
Website:
www.apexed.ca
Contact Information:
Email: bobbyho06@hotmail.com

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Ron Korb


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Derek Kwan


Music video: https://youtu.be/ArexKfkdNKM



Bios:
Derek Kwan is a theatre performer/creator working at the intersection of various forms including opera, clown, and puppetry. His performing career has taken him across Canada and around the globe. Recently, he digitally hosted the WeeFestival; as a Therapeutic Clown, he participates in MABELLEarts’ food security program, MABELLEpantry; and performed in Factory Theatre’s audio drama series, You Can’t Get There From Here, Vol 1 & 2. Performance highlights include: The Tempest (Citadel Theatre); The Cave (LUMINATO 2019); Blood Weddings (Modern Times/Aluna); Mr. Shi and His Lover I (Tarragon/NAC), Claudia (Theatre Ignite, Taipei); The Curious Voyage (Talk is Free Theatre/London, England). He is the Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre, and the Interim Co-Executive Director for Red Nose Remedy.

Program:
Excerpt- Lenski’s Aria from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Oregon
Die Krähe from Schubert’s Winterreise
Excerpt- from Clérambeau’s Orphée
Blessing the Boats, by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lucille Clifton


Website:http://www.derekkwan.net/

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John Lee

Music video: https://youtu.be/TwMMOOHmX4k


Bios:
Haneum is a Traditional Korean and Jazz fusion band. Formed in 2018 by members of the Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada, Haneum's goal is to make and perform music that represents the Korean-Canadian identity.

Program:
Onara, Happiness

Website: https://www.instagram.com/koreanmusic_canada/

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Sharon Lee


Music videos:
https://youtu.be/V9HW1kjJSFk
Kachi (New Years Song) - Traditional Korean
JOY for solo violin and string orchestra - Kevin Lau (Hong Kong born Canadian composer)
https://youtu.be/i2eRLlcPwLk
Arirang - Traditional Korean
Pining for Diamond Mountain - Post Korean War art song, music by Choi Young Sub, lyrics by Han Sang Uk

Bios:
Korean-Canadian violinist Sharon Lee is Co-Artistic Director of Toronto Concert Orchestra, and Music Director of the Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra. Sharon had her concerto debut with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra at the age of ten, and is a recipient of the Ontario Arts Council's Orford Quartet Award. Invited to join the studio of the late Prof. Lorand Fenyves at the tender age of sixteen, Sharon performed at the Fenyves Memorial as his final pupil.

Program:
Kachi (New Years Song) - Traditional Korean
JOY for solo violin and string orchestra - Kevin Lau (Hong Kong born Canadian composer)
Arirang - Traditional Korean
Pining for Diamond Mountain - Post Korean War art song, music by Choi Young Sub, lyrics by Han Sang Uk

Website: sharonleemusic.com


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Sodam Lee Milavic


Music videos:
The Loom Song https://youtu.be/Lvj6xv4Ts0M
Pear Blossom Rain https://youtu.be/fME4oaCnoMM
Longing


Sodam Lee

Bios:
Sodam Milavic is a lyric coloratura soprano who has a warm and colorful voice. Sodam has performed opera leading roles including Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and she also has achieved success as a soloist in oratorios and mass settings including F.Poulenc’s Gloria, and R.V.Williams’ Dona nobis pacem.

She won the People’s Favorite Choice Award in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions and many other competitions. Sodam started to pursue opera with her father, Euichun Lee.

She completed her Master’s in Opera at University of British Columbia under the guidance of professor Nancy Hermiston and her bachelor’s at Kyungpook National University in South Korea also in Opera under the guidance of professor Soyoung Yoo.

Currently, she performs as a professional opera singer and teaches voice not only operatic vocal but also musical and pop vocal, and piano as well.

Program:
The Loom Song
Pear Blossom Rain
Longing

Facebook: sodam.lee.opera | Instagram:sodam.lee_opera

Contact Information: Sodam.lee93@gmail.com

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Stephanie Nakagawa


Stephanie Nakagawa

1. 早春賦 Sōshunfu | An Ode to Early Spring by Akira Nakada

https://youtu.be/7MU5-Fc6q74

2. 荒城の月 Kōjō no tsuki| The Moon Over the Ruined Castle by Rentarō Taki

https://youtu.be/nSCG-sQVpQk

3. Ninety-Nine Sandy Beaches by Hirai Kozaburo

https://youtu.be/s7lyu98Kc0U

4. からたちの花 Karatachi no hana | The Karatachi-orange flowers by Kōsaku Yamada

https://youtu.be/CPzjxMM0pSE


Bios:
Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa
Soprano, Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa, is a fourth-generation Japanese-Canadian from Vancouver, BC. She has a great passion for Canadian opera. Her outstanding contribution to the field and her research work, A Canadian Opera Aria Anthology for Soprano, has been recognized by the Canadian Music Centre with the Barbara Pentland Award of Excellence.

Stephanie completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice and Opera from the University of British Columbia, where she was also awarded the UBC Public Scholars Award, UBC Wesbrook Scholar, Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship, UBC Medal, Canada Millennium Scholarship, and the BMO National Scholarship. In addition, Stephanie holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Music in Opera from UBC, and ARCT Performance Diplomas in both piano and voice. She was also awarded the Voice National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Stephanie is an active performer and recitalist, and has performed across Canada and internationally. In addition to performing, Stephanie loves working with young aspiring singers as a teacher and adjudicator. She is also the music director and conductor of the Vancouver women’s chamber choir, Coro Cantare.

https://japanesecanadianartists.com/artist/stephanie-eiko-nakagawa/

Program:
1. 早春賦 Sōshunfu | An Ode to Early Spring by Akira Nakada

https://youtu.be/7MU5-Fc6q74


春は名のみの,
風の寒さや
谷の鶯
歌は思えど
時にあらずと
声も立てず
時にあらずと
声も立てず

春と聞かねば
知らでありしを
聞けば急かるる
胸の思いを
いかにせよとの
この頃か
いかにせよとの
この頃か

An Ode to Early Spring by Akira Nakada

People say that spring has come,
But the wind is rather cold
The bush warblers in the valley
Are ready to sing their songs
But they cannot sing their songs
In such cold weather
But they cannot sing their songs
In such cold weather.

I wouldn't have known spring
Had come if someone hadn't told me
So I decided to hurry to tell
My true feelings to my love
But would she receive my love
With her warm heart?
But would she receive my love
With her warm heart?

2. 荒城の月 Kōjō no tsuki| The Moon Over the Ruined Castle by Rentarō Taki

https://youtu.be/nSCG-sQVpQk

春高楼の 花の宴
めぐる盃 かげさして
千代の松が枝 わけいでし
むかしの光 いまいずこ

秋陣営の 霜の色
鳴き行く雁の 数見せて
植うるつるぎに 照りそいし
むかしの光 いまいずこ

The Moon Over the Ruined Castle by Rentarō Taki

High up in the castle a flowery feast in spring
Moonlight reflected on the sake as they drank
Moonlight shined through the old pine branches
Where is that old moonlight now?

Site in autumn was white covered with frost
Geese honked as they flew across the sky
Moonlight on swords thrust into the ground
Where is that old moonlight now?

3. 九十九里浜 Kujū-kuri-hama | Ninety-Nine Sandy Beaches by Hirai Kozaburo

https://youtu.be/s7lyu98Kc0U

沖はるかに 荒れて
浪たち 水平線
日の出近くして
海鳥飛べり

沖つ浪みるに はるけし
思うこと
五百重へだてて
わがなりがたし

わだつみの
太平洋に まむかいて
砂浜白し
九十九里なり

Ninety-Nine Sandy Beaches by Hirai Kozaburo


Off the rugged coast
And on the straight horizon
The sun is rising
And the seabirds are flying

A huge wave came crashing
Its size was bewildering
And its distinctiveness
A once in a life-time sight.

There is nothing like being
Face to face with the Pacific Ocean
Standing on the white sandy beach
Of Kujū-kuri

4. からたちの花 Karatachi no hana | The Karatachi-orange flowers by Kōsaku Yamada

https://youtu.be/CPzjxMM0pSE


からたちの花が咲いたよ
白い白い花が咲いたよ
からたちのとげはいたいよ
青い青い針のとげだよ
からたちは畑の垣根よ
いつもいつもとおる道だよ
からたちも秋はみのるよ
まろいまろい金のたまだよ
からたちのそばで泣いたよ
みんなみんなやさしかったよ
からたちの花が咲いたよ
白い白い花が咲いたよ

The Karatachi-orange flowers by Kōsaku Yamada

The flowers of the karatachi-orange are blooming.
Flowers of pure white are in bloom.
The thorns of the karatachi-orange can hurt you.
They are needles of pure green.
The karatachi-oranges make a hedge around the field, I used to walk beside them every day.
In Autumn, the flowers bear fruit.
Round, round balls of gold.
I have sobbed beside the karatachi-oranges.
People around me were all kind.
The flowers of the karatachi-orange are blooming.
Flowers of pure white are in bloom.

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Wendy Zhou


Music video: https://youtu.be/6UVVr4MX0VI

Bios:
Wendy Zhou | Wendy started learning the pipa at the age of five. She competed in the Youth Pipa Competition in Suzhou, China, and received great praise. After immigrating to Canada in 2001, she began her studies with renowned pipa soloist, Ms. Gui-Lian Liu. Shortly after, Wendy joined the B.C. Chinese Orchestra in 2002 and held the position of Section Leader. During this time, she won multiple awards in the Kiwanis Music Festival. In 2005, she was also awarded the S.K. Lee Scholarship for Ethnic Instruments and won third place in the Kiwanis Gala Concert. Wendy subsequently completed the performance level in the Chinese Conservatory of Music Exam for pipa in 2007 and was highly praised for her performing abilities and sense of music. In 2010, she co-established Spire and began to explore the boundary of Eastern and Western music through rearranging and composing multiple pieces for the group. She has been involved in many contemporary Chinese performances such as The Monkiest King opera with Canadian Children’s Opera Company (2018-2019); Sound of Dragon music Festival in Vancouver 2018 in Vancouver. She is also a part of Toronto Chinese Orchestra Chamber Players which hosts many local workshops and performances throughout the year.

Bobby Ho | Bobby was first introduced to the drum kit in 2002, and eventually became obsessed with drumming when he began forming his own bands and participating in extra-curricular music ensembles. Since then he decided to supplement his musical horizon by composing and arranging music for percussion ensembles, orchestras, choirs, symphonic bands, and his personal rock bands. Although he has been attending Chinese music concerts since he was a child, Bobby did not become actively involved in Chinese music until 2012. That year he joined the Apex Martial Arts Academy in Toronto to learn wushu and sanshou, not knowing that this is where his journey as a Chinese percussionist would begin. The martial arts school had a drumming ensemble called the Apex Drumming Team, a group of youth that specialized in lion dance drumming.

After witnessing the ferocity of the drumming team through shared community performances with the Toronto Chinese Orchestra (TCO) Bobby was invited to join the TCO not as a performer, but as a composer. He debuted his first composition for Chinese drums, Legend of Jade Dragon, in 2013 with the TCO percussion ensemble. Since then, he has been performing with the TCO and has been appointed the section principal for their percussion section. He has arranged collaborations between the TCO and the Apex Drumming Team to perform his second composition, Wild Game, and renowned Chinese percussion songs, such as Flying Dragon Leaping Tiger and Emperor Qin Musters Army. Bobby was invited to Taiwan as a soloist to collaborate with the Taoyuan Chinese Orchestra in the 30th Taoyuan Chinese Music Festival in the summer of 2018, and has also collaborated with the Edmonton Chinese Orchestra, Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, and Xian-Se Gong Chinese Orchestra.

Despite his love for music, Bobby earned his master’s degree in Professional Education, specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis. In addition to teaching and performing drums part-time, Bobby is the founder and Clinical Director of Apex Educational Consulting Services Inc., which offers behaviour therapy for individuals diagnosed with autism and various developmental delays.
Program:
Give me a Rose
Wave Sweeping Sand
Golden Snake Dance

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List of Supporters of Asian Heritage Month


Main Partner: Toronto Public Library

Canada 150 Activities showcasing the works from the school workshops are sponsored by Canadian Heritage Canada 150 Fund and York University Canada 150 Fund

Canadian Heritage Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program
Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Cambridge Food and Wine Society
Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture
Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, University of Toronto
Chi Ping Dance Group
Chinese Canadian Photographic Association of Toronto
Chinese Collective Arts Association
City of Toronto
Justin Poy Agency
Moon Pointer Production Inc.
Reel Asian Film Festival
ReelWorld Film Festival
Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library
Toronto Arts Council Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Public Library
WE Artists Association
York Centre for Asian Research, York University
York Centre for Education and Community, York University
York Region District School Board

 

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