Armed with her voice, the occasional ukulele orchestra and a band of misfit musicians, this Montreal-based artist has a knack for bringing large crowds to a complete silence. With her enticing melodies and ethereal voice, Monika has been known to forge bonds of unbreakable quirkiness with her audiences.
The multi-instrumentalist and illustrator made her first appearances at a TEDx conference and at the Montreal Uke Fest before performing at festivals both Canadian and international, namely SXSW, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the One Man Band Festival. Her debut EP, Pineapple Shakes, brings a hint of the unexpected to the usual ukulele-based indie-folk tunes as it’s lyrics will have you giggling and it’s harmonies will have you dreaming in no time. Her second EP, Dreamed a Little Dream, is set to be released this fall after an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign.
She is currently studying Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
“[…] A delightful virtuoso of some wonderful instruments,”
– Edinburgh Fringe Show
“She has a strong voice and a good delivery, and is at her best when she gives her imagination free rein […] One to watch.“
– East Coast FM
“Armed with a beautiful voice and a flavour for quirky but honest lyrics, she engages every audience she plays in front of… When you see Monika play you can’t help but smile and tap your feet.”
“ […] prestations de très grande qualité, généreuses, pleines d’humour et d’émotions, [ayant] largement mérité les standings ovation!”
– Aquila Corde
“Monika Cefis’ incredible voice had the entire room speechless!”
– Sofar Sounds Montreal
“A nice gift of ukulele and trombones, wrapped with a bow”
– Sound of Boston, on Anxious Argyle