A Drummer's Dream


85 mins, 2010
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A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven diverse drummers create a profound and unforgettable experience with forty students.


  • FIPA D’OR – Grand Prize Performing Arts – Biarritz, France
  • Hot Docs International Documentary Festival – Top Ten Audience Award


  • Writer/Director: John Walker
  • Cinematographer: Kent Mason and Nigel Markham
  • Editor: Jeff Warren
  • Sound: Alex Salter
  • Music: Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Mike Mangini, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo, Raul Rekow, Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard
  • Narrator: John Walker
  • Producers: John Walker, Kent Martin
  • Co-Producer: National Film Board of Canada
  • Production Company: John Walker Productions Ltd.


Globe and Mail on A Drummer's Dream

/ Globe and Mail

"These are drummers’ drummers who have backed-up jazz and rock giants like Dizzy Gillespie and Carlos Santana. Non-drummers watching the film will be blown over by the joy in their virtuoso playing."

MacLean's on A Drummer's Dream

/ MacLean's

"Music takes on therapeutic overtones…where a dream team of percussionists conduct inspirational workshops."

Now Magazine on A Drummer's Dream

/ Now Magazine

"Who knew that Ontario cottage country hosts a camp that features some of the world’s top percussion talent?"

Black Hat Media on A Drummer's Dream

/ Black Hat Media

"A Drummers Dream provides a glimpse into the ultimate music camp that blew the roof off a barn on Ontario’s cottage country….This was drummers heaven."

Clip 1

54 sec | Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez talking about the inspiration of his Cuban grandfather’s music and his playing the drums.

Clip 2

51 sec | Kenwood Dennard playing the drums and talking about his philosophy of why he loves to play.

Clip 3

54 sec | End of the drum camp, all of the drummers jamming.