Ukulele events are starting to pop up all over the place in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Here are the Classes and Clubs and jams we know about. This page also includes Out of Town regular events. You can see the Vancouver and Lower Mainland events and class start dates on a Calendar at the bottom of this page.
The Vancouver Ukulele Festival
Ruby's Ukes presents the annual
Vancouver Ukulele Festival, with workshops Saturday, February 23, 2013,
opening concert the night before. Read all about it and register at
Vancouver, Downtown: Ruby's Ukes
Since September 2009 Ruby's Ukes is Vancouver's Ukulele school with classes, workshops & Vancouver's Ukulele festival. A Ukulele haven for all those interested in learning, playing, & buying all things Ukulele.....As featured on CBC national Radio Documentary "Four little Strings".
10 week Ukulele Courses extraordinaire are run three times per year, January, April and September. There are 4 levels: Absolute beginners, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. From no musical experience at all, to learning to play jazz solos on the Ukulele! With Guido Heistek and Ruby at the helm. Private Ukulele lessons and intimate learning pods available. Also available is a two hour "Uke Can Play" Ukulele Workshop to book for your office, event or group of friends!
Other classes include "Uke Can" Saturday Workshop Series, Gospel Uke, noon-hour Ukulele Express, and Beginner [Gasp!] guitar.
(Who's Ruby? Daphne Roubini used to be called "Ruby" by her friends at school!)
North Delta and Tsawwassen (or your own area): Gary Cyr
Teacher Gary Cyr was featured in this "Fun With Four Strings" article in the Surrey Leader. Using the James Hill Ukulele in the Classroom method, Gary's classes will explore the many elements of music including melody, harmony, rhythm, etc. as well as developing skills such as singing, picking, strumming and more. These classes will be using C6 tuning.
Firehall Centre for the Arts in North Delta
Kennedy Senior's Recreation Centre in North Delta
Tsawwassen Arts Centre
NEW CLASS !
For more information on these classes or to start a group class in your own area please call Gary at (604) 594-1485 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Chilliwack Academy of Music
The Chilliwack Academy of Music offers two levels of 4-week classes. Find dates, cost and contact info at http://www.chilliwackmusic.com/group-classes/adults or phone 604.792.0790.
Peninsula Academy of Music Arts
Peninsula Academy of Music Arts, located at 1662 Mills Road in North Saanich offers Ukulele Workshops for adult beginners, drop-in ukulele orchestra for beginner to intermediate players, and private lessons. Summer classes start July 9th.
Call or email Peninsula Academy of Music Arts for more info or visit our website.
Vancouver, Downtown: Ruby's Ukes Ukulele Jam
This seasonal jam meets four times a year. The fun begins at 7pm and ends at 10pm. Beer & wine is available
to purchase as well as some snacks!
Vancouver, Downtown: Uke N Drink & Play the Blues, with Jimy Now
Thursday Nights 6.30-8.30pm at Goldies Lounge, 605 W Pender St. at Seymour, in Vancouver, "join us for Uke N Drink With Jimy Now. We also use the high A (GCEA) tuning, and have loaner Ukes available for those who reserve one. We'll do a song-circle, some beginner lessons and live performances by Ukulele artists!" Admission by $10 donation. Contact email@example.com
Vancouver, Victoria-Fraserview: Hawaiian Ukes
Pam Holley organizes a small group that meets on a weekday every month or two, at someone's house or a park, to sing Hawaiian and hapa-haole songs. If you'd like to be on Pam's email list, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vancouver, West End: Hey Uke
This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the West End. Please contact Anne at email@example.com see if there is space available, or to get more information
South Surrey /White Rock Ukulele Circle
Gary Cyr and Braden Deans organize the group meeting at Semiahmoo House, 15306
24th Ave in Surrey, off King George Hwy. No meetings February, 2013.
Beginning March 2, 2013, first Saturday every month, 2pm-4pm. $2
donation. Bring music stand and vanukes songbook if you have them. You
can check out their
New Westminster: Heritage Ukulele Club
Gordon Smithers runs the Heritage Ukulele Club, which meets Monday evenings 6-8pm, at the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia St, New Westminster. Beginners are always welcome. Here's their facebook page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Westminster: Royal City Uke Orkestra
New Westminster: Tuesday Heritage Uke Joint
Check the calendar (below) for monthly Tuesday Uke Joint events at the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia St, New Westminster, usually at the end of the month.
Maple Ridge: Kanaka Creek CoffeePam Burns organizes this jam on Wednesdays, 5.30pm - 7.30pm at Kanaka Creek Coffee, #101-24155 102nd Avenue, Maple Ridge (left at 240th/Lougheed, right on 102nd) Maple Ridge. Tel: 604 463 6727.
Chilliwack - Decades Coffee Club"Uke Club 3.0" meets every Wednesday from 7-9 pm at Decades Coffee Club, 45846 Wellington Avenue. Find cost and contact info at http://www.chilliwackmusic.com/group-classes/adults or phone 604.792.0790.
Victoria: Camosun College
Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus has Ukulele Get Togethers on Wednesday nights 7- 9pm. Joseph Ho at email@example.com
Victoria: Larsen Music Store
Larsen Music Store at 1808 Cook St has an ‘incredible’ employee named Paul Laverick who is the Uke master there. He provides lots of lessons, and organizes other special events and performances for Larsen. www.larsenmusic.ca or 250 389 1988. He also runs the Ukulele Ensemble which meets every 2nd Saturday at the Orange hall from 10 to Noon.
Victoria: Mighty Little Uke Band
Strum-along opportunities: The last Monday of each month, a group called the Mighty Little Uke Band, led by Diamond Tooth Molly, gathers at the Fernwood Inn around 6pm for a bite to eat, then 7- 9 pm for their Strum-A-Long Show. The last few months there have been upwards of 35 ukulele players having a ball playing together. They meet again on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Royal Canadian Legion, 411 Gorge Rd. East from 7- 9 pm. The Mighty Little Uke Band has just published a wonderful songbook complete with the ukulele chords for each song, in both C and D tunings! Hot off the press, the coil bound book costs $20.
Victoria: Monterey Ukulele Strummers
This very welcoming ukulele club meets at the Monterey Centre, 1442 Monterey Av. in Oak Bay on Mondays from 1- 3 pm. Membership to join the centre and all its activities was $40 this past year. The ukulele club, led by Jamyang Lodto, is apparently the oldest continually operating ukulele club in the world! See Monterey section under http://www.bcukulele.org/clubs_and_groups.html for further information. Monterey Centre- Phone 250 370 7300, website http://recreation.oakbaybc.org/page/2/?s=Monterey+Centre&submit=Search.
Victoria: Peninsula Academy of Music Arts - Ukulele Orchestra
Peninsula Academy of Music Arts have started Ukulele Orchestra classes for adults on Mondays and Saturdays, alternate weeks. The registration fee is $40 for 6 1-hour classes. Contact: Diana English Peninsula Academy of Music Arts 1662 Mills Road, North Saanich, BC 778-426-1800 www.PeninsulaAcademy.ca
Visiting the Cariboo? Join the Williams Lake
Ukulele group on Wednesday mornings September to June from 10 to 12
at the Arts Centre (old fire hall) beside City Hall. All skill
levels attend this strummin' and singin' fest.
Clubs and Jams other places
The idea was to provide a list of uke clubs in places our members might be
likely to visit, but these two sites already have an extensive list of
clubs and players.
One site missing from Jim Beloff's list is the Portland Ukulele Association (PUA, of Portland, Oregon), a very friendly group that has put on a great annual Ukefest since 2006.
Thanks to Hansol Kim for most of the previous group of photos on this page
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