Subway musician profiles

Subway musicians Kevin and Martin

Martin and Kevin

Martin Kuwawi started his guitar career in Indonesia and later decided to move to Canada to study music further. Kevin Cato is a saxophonist, soloist, and recording artist, who graduated York University with a Fine Arts degree, and has shared the stage with artists like Mary J Blige, Men Without Hats and Guido Basso to name a few.

The duo came together because of their love for jazz when they met in their program at York University. Martin has played at many events and venues in Toronto such as the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Canadian Music Week, Drake Hotel, Dundas Square and Mel Lastman Square. Kevin was a 2008 GMA nominee and received the Elm-Bedford prize for “Up-and-Coming Jazz Musician”.

The two have been playing together in the system since 2010; however, Martin played solo as a Subway Musician the year before.


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Jeff Burke

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Kim Cole holding guitar on subway platform

Kim Cole

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Mel and Nat at Union Station

Mel and Nat

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Dieufaite Charles on subway car holding guitar

Dieufaite Charles

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Leo Zhang with his Cello case.

Leo Zhang

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Blair Franklin smiles and wear a cowboy hat, infront of a subway station platform.

Blair Franklin

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Jason Lane stands with his instrumnt on a subway platform.

Jason Lane

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Chagall Sierra stands expressively in-front of the entrance to a subway station.

Chagall Sierra

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Joe Taylor

Joseph Taylor

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Lili Ahopelto

Lili Ahopelto

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Chuck and Lisa

Chuck and Lisa

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Rene Eryn Vogn

Rene Eryn Vogn

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Matti Palonen

Matti Palonen

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Rob London stands on a subway platform with a guitar hanging around his neck.

Rob London

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Kristen and Sheree

Kristin and Sheree (K Funk & Lady Ree)

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Mama D

Diem Lafortune (Mama D)

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Adam smiles with a guitar in hand, infront of a subway station stairwell.

Adam Solomon

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Morad Saad Guzman

Morad Saad Guzman

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