Lorie first learned about taiko in Montreal, from her kendo friend who was practicing both at the time. His taiko kai, Arashi Daiko, opened for one of her kendo tournaments. Shortly after, he arranged a practice session for her entire kendo club – it was SO much fun. Almost 8 years later, back in Calgary, Lorie made the decision to retire from kendo, which ended up being the perfect opportunity to finally give taiko a shot. Having seen Midnight Taiko perform a couple of times, she contacted them and was welcomed to the Beginner’s Workshop. Lorie immediately fell in love with the energy and the people. One and a half years later, she is so proud to be considered part of the family!