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Drumming and Dancing to the Beat!

On Beat with Culture Days. Oodena Celebration Circle and Indigenous Drumming

On September 29th, the Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy (WHEAT) Institute invites the public to drum with Métis Cultural Teacher Val Vint and African Drummer Jay Stoller

WHEAT Institute is very excited to be included among more than 7,500 free activities that are already registered to take place in some 900 communities across Canada as part of the 9th anniversary of Culture Days happening on September 28, 29 and 30, 2018. This year’s theme is “On Beat”, drumming and rhythm inspired activities.

Métis cultural teacher Val Vint has been offering drumming and singing circles around Manitoba for more than 30 years. Born in Winnipegosis, Manitoba, Val draws from a background of photography, ceramics, painting, engineering, design, theatre, writing, performance and public art, music, travel and work with other Indigenous peoples. Val's present direction is influenced by her heritage as her genealogy stems from community artists and activists known throughout Manitoba's history. Val will be joined by members of the Buffalo Gals, an Indigenous Style Drumming Group that was founded in January 2004. Now over 50 women and girls of all ages gather together to drum, sing, and celebrate the Indigenous culture. The group provides an outlet for artistic development, role modelling, self-expression, and healing.

Val Vint
Image of Val Vint

Jay Stoller is an African drumming specialist who has studied African music for over 20 years and operates the Drum Café in Winnipeg for the past 8 years. He is also the musical director and lead drummer for Nafro Dance. Jay’s background includes intensive study of African Drumming and culture in the country of Ghana, West Africa, where he lived for over 4 years. That experience has led him down a path where he is now a highly sought-after performer, teacher and facilitator.

Image of Jay Stoller
Image of Jay Stoller

Drumming circles are a joyous and gentle pathway to community development and harmony and are an experiential way to share Indigenous teachings.

On September 29th the public is invited to join WHEAT in a cross-cultural drumming extravaganza! Free and open to the public, you will be encouraged to drum and dance alongside Val and Jay.


DATE / TIME: Saturday, September 29th at 3 – 5 pm

3 - 4 pm: Val Vint and the Buffalo Gals

4 - 5 pm: Jay Stoller of Drum Cafe

LOCATION: Oodena Celebration Circle at the Forks

Drums, shakers and other instruments will be provided. Dress for the weather as we will be outside.



Celebrating its 9th Anniversary, Culture Days will be celebrated in hundreds of cities and towns from coast to coast to coast, with thousands of free activities from a wide range of disciplines including: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, culinary arts and new media. To learn more, please visit

September 21, 2018


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