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Date & Time:

Wednesdays, January 18 to March 8, 2023


RBG Centre (680 Plains Rd W)


Courses and Programs, Health & Wellness


1 to 2 Hours


Pre-Registration Required, Ticketed Event

Event Description

One of RBG’s Courses & Workshops

Develop your inner sense of rhythm with Leo Johnson, learn a song, and most of all, play and have fun!

Bring your own drum or rent a drum from Long & McQuade.

Hosted by Leo Johnson.

Fee: $130 for 8 classes + Service Fee (Members 10% off*)
Please pre-register by January 8**.

headshot of leo johnson smiling in front of a tall bookcase and wearing a suit

Leo spent eight years in refugee camps in Ivory Coast and Ghana, having fled from civil war in his native Liberia. In 2006, he resettled in Canada as a government-assisted refugee. In 2007, Leo founded Empowerment Squared, a charitable organization committed to building a world where everyone is empowered with the tools and opportunities to thrive and contribute to society through mentorship and access to education. Under Leo’s leadership, the organization has assisted over 10,000 newcomer youth and families with settling in Canada. The organization recently completed the ground-breaking ceremony for Liberian Learning Center which will house the only public library in the West African Nation of Liberia.

Leo’s work has been recognized for its impact all over the world. He has received the J.C. Holland Award for Youth Leadership and Excellence and the YMCA Peace Medal, been named one of the Hamilton Spectator’s Top Forty Under 40 and one of the top 75 immigrants in Canada, he also served as guest lecturer in the University of Toronto’s Global Health course and is an instructor currently at the Degroote School of Business – McMaster University. He was recently awarded the World Citizenship Award by the City of Hamilton, Gandhi Peace Award, McMaster University Global Community Impact Award and the Afroglobal TV 2018 Visionary Award. In 2019, Leo was one of 14 people selected globally as a Fellow for the International Decade for People of African Descent by the United Nations.

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*RBG Members receive 10% off most RBG Experiences programming when using the member discount code. Learn more about where to find the code.

**Pre-Registration is required for all RBG Courses & Workshops, ideally by the date provided to allow the program organizers to best prepare. If the indicated “register by” date has passed, you may still be able to register for the program, provided there is space still available.

More Courses & Workshops

RBG offers courses and workshops for families, kids and adults in the areas of gardening, nature, botanical arts and wellness. Visit to see this season’s full offering.