Steve McNie has elevated jamming to the level of art form
Big on style, groove, expression and arrangement and a range that spans all genres, we balance playing and singing with a little theory, and chordal awareness. The multi-faceted work we do has inspired the formation of ukulele communities in Scarborough, Orangeville, Kingston, Port Dover, Niagara On the Lake, University of Waterloo, Comox Valley and Martha's Vineyard.
Jake Shimabukuro (sold-out concerts at the Markham Theatre in 2013 and 2015), Ralph Shaw (x2), Manitoba Hal (x6), Jim & Liz Beloff, Lionel Hubert, Jim D'Ville, the Hawaiianaires, David Woodhead (x2), Dan McLean Jr. (x3), Small World Project, Douglas Cameron, Scott Rogers, David Newland, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings documentary (Canadian premiere with the Reel Asian Film Festival), The Mighty Uke documentary (Toronto premiere)
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Beaches International Jazz Festival (leader, 7 seasons)
Martha's Vineyard Ukulele Festival (leader, Sept. 2015)
Summerfolk (leader, 2010)
2009 - PRESENT
We create opportunities for people to experience the enjoyment of making music as a collective. A growing appetite for analog interaction in an increasingly digital world makes our work compelling to a large and hugely diverse community.
Our platform for engagement is music.
There is no instrument more suitable than the ukulele to put music in the hands of almost anyone. torontoUKES presents the Corktown Ukulele Jam at the epicenter of Toronto's happening ukulele scene.