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This a free workshop featuring classic Calypso rhythms and melodies for the uke.

Chris Wilson
For the last 20 years, Chris has been a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, ensemble coach, songwriter, composer and active member of the diverse international music community in Toronto. He has played and written in a number of styles including ska, reggae, calypso, soca, samba, choro, Americana, country, punk, klezmer, jazz and classical musics. He is completing his doctoral dissertation in ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto, a study of professional songwriters in Nashville, Tennessee. He currently works as music director with Shadowland Theatre, Clay and Paper Theatre and the Professionals Calypso Tent, has an active private teaching practice and directs three bands.

Roger Gibbs
Roger has pursued a life-long interest in traditional music of the Caribbean. He began his career in Barbados singing with Caribbean dance bands in the 1970s and was lead singer of the Sandpebbles, a popular Calypso band that had a string of hits, released three albums and toured extensively throughout the Caribbean, Canada and USA. Roger has worked freelance with a wide variety of artists, and since 1993 he has been a performing member of COBA (Collective of Black Artists), one of Canada’s leading Black dance/theatre companies. He has recorded three albums and is an active member of the calypso community and a featured singer in the annual Calypso Tents Music Series. Roger has conducted Caribbean Drumming and Guitar classes at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church since 2009.

Ukulele Workshop with Roger Gibbs and Chris Wilson


Building on the success of 2012, the Ukulele Project 2.0 will attempt ‘Toreador’ from Bizet’s Carmen – on massed ukuleles. Arranged by master ukulele player and musician James Hill, come and join one (or all) of the five uke workshops over the weekend and take part in this unique endeavour. Not to be missed. We are offering five free uke workshops, in different styles, led by a great breadth of musicians.

Download the music ahead of time, take part in the workshops, and don’t forget to bring your ukulele to the WestJet Stage mass performance on July 27 at 5:30pm.

TOREADOR,' from Bizet's CARMEN
Music arranged for ukulele by James Hill

TOREADOR,' from Bizet's CARMEN
Music arranged for ukulele by James Hill

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