2016-17 Season Offerings

NEW THIS SEASON For the  2016-17 Season, we are making a change to the ROOTS classes for ages 7-12 : we will be offering two 12 week sessions, (instead of three 8 week sessions) one beginning in September and one beginning in January. Dates below. For ages 12-18 we have the performance-based Baobab Youth Performers that runs all season . We also have a summer day camp for ages 7-12 that includes volunteer opportunities for older youth.  See below for more info.



This weekly class (ages 7-12yrs) focuses on developing creative expression through drumming, chant, movement, body percussion and visual art. Basic hand drumming and stick drumming techniques will be taught through repertoire from Ghana, including children’s game songs. Some singing, movement and cultural connections will also me made. Emphasis is given to ensemble playing and developing multi-levels of listening and non-verbal communication.  Drums are provided.  Each twelve-week session will culminate in a short public open house, and occasional opportunities may arise to perform in the community.

The ROOTS class was recently featured in a radio piece by Master’s Journalism student Nick Ashdown. Have a listen HERE! and find out how much they love to drum!

2016-17 season’s ROOTS sessions: Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm 12 week sessions

Fall- September 21 -December 7 open house on week 12

Winter/Spring -January 18- April 12 (no class on March 15) open house on week 12

Location: 415 Piccadilly Ave (St George’s Church Community Hall)

Cost: $156 per 12 week session


This group (for ages 12-18yrs) uses a performance-based music education model to engage students in the arts of Ghana. Drumming, singing and dancing provide an opportunity for musical and physical enjoyment in a community and social setting. This groups meets weekly (Wednesdays 4:30-6pm) from September through June. In addition to weekly rehearsals, there are numerous performance and workshop opportunities.  In the summer of 2017 the group is planning on going to Ghana. For more info about the group, see the Youth Performers PAGE

Location: 415 Piccadilly Ave (St George’s Church) Cost: Please inquire for rate for the full season, September -June.


campgroupSummer Drum Camp for ages 7-12

This season’s dates are August 14-18, 2017 from 9am-4pm

Location: Baobab Community Space, St George’s Church 415C Piccadilly Ave, Ottawa (Island Park & Wellington)

Activities include: West African drumming, singing, movement, visual art and cultural exploration. The week culminates in a food and performance celebration! We only hold camp one week in the summer so we put all our energy into creating a very special week!

Cost $225 (includes instruments and supplies, guests artists and Friday lunch)

Registration and Payment of Fees

To register for ROOTS, summer camp or arrange an audition for Baobab Youth please contact us at (613)729-0987 or

Fees may be paid by cash or cheque (dropped off or mailed to us at our office 323 Clifton Rd,  Ottawa ON K1Z 5V1) or e-transfer to Fees are due in full prior to the start of the class, unless other arrangements are made. Some financial subsidies available.

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