2017-18 Season Offerings

Unless otherwise noted, all classes and workshops take place at St George Church Community room, 415 Piccadilly Ave, near Island Park Dr & Wellington W. Lots of parking.


Our adult programming is back! Monthly drumming workshops with rotating instructors and repertoire are offered on the fourth Friday of each month from 7-9pm. All levels welcome. The first 30 minutes will be especially geared to warm-ups and technique and then into the amazing Ghanaian repertoire! Some singing and small groove movements also encouraged.  Specific dates below. Cost is $25 per session or $100 in advance for a group of 5. Please register ahead to reserve/pay for your spot by emailing

Adult workshop dates: September 22, October 27, November 24, December 22

Jan 26, Feb 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22


CHILDREN & YOUTH For the  2017-18 Season, our ROOTS classes for ages 7-12 will be offered in two 12 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. No experience required!

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!

2017-18 season’s ROOTS sessions: Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm 12 week sessions

Fall- September 20 -December 6 open house on week 12

Winter/Spring -January 17- April 11 (no class on March 14) 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.   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. First rehearsal is September 13. No experience required!


Summer Drum Camp for ages 7-12

This season’s dates are August 13-17, 2018 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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