Ukulele Gangsters Mob Toronto Subway
by Steph Spencer | April, 2013
Self-proclaimed ukulele gangsters descended upon Toronto’s transit system en masse on April 17th. Theese minstrels performed an original song to cheer morning commuters.
Project Ukulele Gangsterism (PUG) is the brainchild of Adil Dhalla, who applied for and received an Awesome Foundation grant to make the performance possible. Dhalla was inspired by a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson to want to create happiness in his city, and impromptu ukulele concerts throughout public transit was the path he chose to achieve that end.
Rehearsals were held to teach volunteers the song “Have An Awesome Day” before deploying the musical emissaries of happiness on station platforms and in subway cars all over the transit system.
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Steph Spencer is a freelance travel writer from Canada who has been held captive by the travel industry for over 14 years. An incurable smart aleck, notorious purple fanatic, hat person, and ukulele player of questionable abilities, Steph explores the geeky side of travel on her blog A Nerd At Large, and dispenses random quirkiness on Google+ and as @ANerdAtLarge on Twitter. She truly believes that anything is possible with enough determination and copious amounts of chocolate.