The Long & McQuade Drum Zone at the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDF) will be an interactive event for people of all ages.
Hand drums and percussion instruments from around the globe will be available for use in drum circles and percussion jams. All children, adults and professional performers from the festival are encouraged to drop by to share the experience of making music with others.
Percussion instruments will also be available for sale.
Long & McQuade, Canada’s largest retailer of musical instruments, will host the Zone in conjunction with the MIDF on both days of the festival, June 9 and 10, at Woodbine Park.
Muhtadi International Drumming is an arts and culture not-for-profit organization that hosts this annual free event held in Toronto in June and the annual Drum Beats program celebrating Black History Month. The festival celebrates the drum, its universality as an art form and its presence in all cultures around the world.
The Long & McQuade Drum Zone will be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.
Long & McQuade Limited was founded in 1956 when Jack Long became a dealer for King Band Instruments. He set up a small store on Carlton Street in Toronto on the second floor of an old house which had been divided into music studios, and taught trumpet lessons on the side. About six months later he partnered with Jack McQuade, who was teaching drum lessons in one of the young company’s two small studios.
The original storefront was opened the following year on Yonge Street at Yorkville Avenue. Long & McQuade now has 56 locations across Canada.
MIDF is a free festival and two-day family-friendly celebration full of multicultural performances and artists.
Woodbine Park is located at the corner of Coxwell Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East in the Toronto Beach.
For more information about the MIDF, visit www.muhtadidrumfest.com.