Graeme Wallace is a Toronto born and raised saxophonist working his way through the Toronto music scene networking and developing his relationships with talented, inspiring musicians. His passion for music comes from the people he has worked with since his youth. He is constantly striving to learn, absorb, and enhance his perspective through the performance of sound. Graeme’s desire for music and working with others came from his positive exposure with mentors, colleagues and family who continue to support him.
At a young age, Graeme was introduced to music through the piano and quickly adapted to the alto saxophone. He was provided with opportunities such as performing in his elementary school band, the Toronto All City Band and private lessons with esteemed Toronto saxophonists Tara Davidson and Allison Young. These positive experiences influenced him to pursue music at Rosedale Heights School for the Arts. Here he developed his craft through an array of influential situations performing in the school Senior Band for five years. These situations included tours across the U.S and to Cuba to perform and record. It was these incredible opportunities and the people Graeme worked with and met, that gave him the passion to pursue music as a lifelong journey and career.
Graeme pursued studies at Humber College on tenor saxophone and attained his Bachelor of Music with Honors. It was this four year opportunity that gave Graeme incredible experiences working with many emerging musicians, performing in array of styles such as Latin Jazz, Jazz Big Band, Jazz Fusion, Funk, Rock, RnB/Soul/Neo Soul. He had the fortune of studying under world class professional musicians such as Pat Labarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Mark Promane, Shirantha Beddage, Alex Dean, Tony Zorzi and Larnell Lewis. Graeme had the privilege of recording alongside many Humber students in the nationally renowned state of the art Humber College Recording Studio performing on fourth year final recording projects. He recorded his own EP entitled “G Wall” which expressed and captures his influences and musical taste at that moment in time. Graeme highly looks forward to recording again with the new collaborative projects he is working with as well as capturing his constantly developing and evolving sound.
After completing his Bachelor degree Graeme has been busy performing avidly across the Toronto music scene with an array of musicians. He has performed at venues such as Lee’s Palace, Amsterdam Bicycle Club, Taste of The Danforth, The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, The Supermarket, Not My Dog, Measure, Baltic Avenue and El Mocambo to name a few. He is continually working as a side man with different artists as well as pursuing more developed projects such as “Snaggle”, “Biopic”, “I.M. Brown”, “Asiko”, “Rudeboy Rudegirl” and “Gold Complex”. Graeme also leads a working jazz duo/trio for private functions and events entitled “GW Duo”. His passion for music is expressed through the sounds and tones of the saxophone and is continually shaped and influenced by those with whom he is working. Graeme is continuously striving to improve, adapt and excel at progressing as a saxophonist, musician, composer and mentor.