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RIDDEM & RHYME JOY SAX


When Garry Steckles encounters a sublime saxophone musician in a Toronto market, little does he realise he’s stumbled upon a piece of Jamaican musical history


teckles Photograph by Jim Baine T


he last thing I expected to hear when I was wondering around the weekly farmers’ market in downtown Toronto on a recent Saturday was superb Caribbean music. At first, listening to a lilting ska


melody apparently coming from somewhere in the vicinity of the cavernous market’s north- east entrance, I thought my ears were playing tricks — particularly as I couldn’t see exactly where the music was coming from. I scuttled up and down the market aisles for a few minutes, and finally came across a diminutive man, perched on a tiny stool with his back to the wall and doing magical things with a saxophone. I found a handy leaning post a few yards away, and settled in to listen. And the more I heard, the more I was amazed.


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