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The World Premiere of our newest Encounters concert, followed by a fascinating panel conversation about the role of storytelling in different arts traditions.


Register today for Free!

Hosted by Arts Etobicoke in partnership with Soundstreams. 

Percussion instruments and storytelling play a deeply significant role in almost every global culture, performing a ceremonial role marking the rituals of our lives from birth to death. This digital concert features Balinese-inspired Pulau Dewata (translation “Island of the Gods”) by Quebecois composer Claude Vivier, Imbila by Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen (SA) narrated by actor Rhoma Spencer, and a new story by Spencer called The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: How Brother Deer and Mother Turtle Pivot the Pandemic, set to a new arrangement of Ann Southam’s Glass Houses. 

What to Expect 

  • The world premiere of our latest Encounters show, Stories & Drumming  
  • Event lasts approximately 2 hours 
  • A discussion around the Encounters: Stories & Drumming broadcast and broader themes connected to it, with Soundstreams Founding Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney and a diverse panel of artists and community leaders 
  • Please note the panel discussion will be recorded over Zoom. 

Once you sign up, we’ll be sending out a link to join us on Zoom before the date. Please make sure to have Zoom downloaded. 

Show Artists 

Ryan Scott, percussion
Greg Oh, piano
Joyce To, percussion
Tyler Cunningham, percussion
Rhoma Spencer, actor 


Claude Vivier Pulau Dewata 
Ndodana-Breen Imbila 
Ann Southam Glass Houses (new arrangement) 

Panel Guests

Rhoma Spencer
Mestre Sérgio Xocolate & Suzanne Roberts Smith

Encounters Town Hall: Stories and Drumming is supported by TD Bank Group.