Reel Asian Teams Up With The Corktown Ukulele Jam
Reel Asian and the Corktown Ukulele Jam (www.torontoukes.com) have come together to support the Canadian premiere of Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, the much-anticipated documentary by award-winning Japanese American director Tadashi Nakamura screening at this year’s festival. Tickets are on sale now.
Director Nakamura will be in attendance and the screening will be preceded by a live performance from Chinese Canadian ukulele musician Adrianne Chan, by arrangement with CUJam. After watching the film, you’ll want to pick up and play and there’s no better way to learn than from Toronto’s diverse and welcoming ukulele community. Immediately following the screening, the Corktown Ukulele Jam will host a special edition of their weekly event at the nearby Monarch Festival Hub (12 Clinton St). This live teach-in on the basics of ukulele performance technique starts at 8:00 PM and follows in the tradition of the Corktown Uke Jam event held every Wednesday at the Dominion on Queen.
Admission to the Reel Asian Uke Jam event is by donation ($10 suggested) or PWYC. Proceeds will go towards supporting the artistic development of 16-year-old Riverdale Collegiate student and ukulele protégé Adrianne Chan, by raising funds to commission a profesional-quality artist-grade instrument for presentation to her in April, 2013. Chan personifies everything that Shimabukuro is about: musicality, hard work, dedication, perseverance, tenacity, thought, community, flair and panache. Her accomplishments so far have been directly influenced by how he represents these qualities.
At 9:30 PM (performances begin at 10:00 PM), the Live on Four Strings event begins. Reel Asian’s annual live music showcase is being programmed and produced by torontoUKES, the organization that produces the Corktown Ukulele Jam, and will be headlined by Adrianne Chan. A slate of local ukulele performers, drawn from the 1400 members who are part of the CUJam community, will perform live with all artist proceeds being donated back to the Adrianne Chan Ukulele Fund. Cover for the Live on Four Strings event is also by donation ($10 suggested) or PWYC – free for those who have already donated at the Uke Jam portion of the evening.
Following the festival, Reel Asian and torontoUKES will continue to work together to support Jake Shimabukuro’s concert appearance at the Flato Markham Theatre on April 19, 2013.