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TTC holiday video turns the spotlight on subway musicians

Last Updated Dec 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm EST

A musician performs at a TTC subway station in their 2018 holiday video. SCREEN GRAB/ TTC YouTube

For many, the TTC’s subway musicians are an integral part of their workday commute and often a welcome break from the stress of the journey.

This year, the TTC chose to feature some of their minstrels of mirth in a video wishing customers a happy holiday.

The musicians all play a portion of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, captured at various subway stations, with smiling onlookers enjoying a moment of holiday cheer.

Earlier this year, the TTC launched a revamped subway musicians program called Underground Sounds, opening up auditions to online submissions and increasing the number of stations where musicians perform.

The top 90 musicians received a subway musician licence and the top 10 competed for a recording contract with Universal Music Canada.

Classically trained cellist Leo Zhang was chosen as the TTC’s first “Underground Idol” following final judging back in August.

Watch the TTC’s holiday video below.