Toronto has its own clear admiration for the ukulele. Last year was the flashmob of uke players singing and playing on the TTC morning commute. It also continues to be played and open jams, house concerts, and schools. And Toronto husband and wife team Tony Coleman and Margaret Meagher filmed the documentary Mighty Uke about the history of the ukulele.
With the Guvernment Entertainment Complex - the longest-running club currently in Toronto - announcing its impending end for early next year, it's clearer than ever that no amount of seniority or success in the scene can keep any of our beloved establishments safe. [Insert snide comment about condos here.]
The result is a diversity in sound; classical, fusion, lounge, and free form are all well represented here in the city with a plethora of bars and festivals to support it. Peak your interest? Here are five Toronto jazz artists to keep an eye on.