About Us

About our group and how it works.

The start

The Vancouver Ukulele Circle was formed in September 2000 after Ralph Shaw, Vancouver’s own “King of the Ukulele”, and Virginia Ise put a small ad in a local newspaper.

Who we are

The Vancouver Ukulele Circle provides a place where ukulele enthusiasts can meet monthly, play some songs and have a few laughs. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month, and you’re welcome to join us.

The Vancouver Ukulele Circle now has about 500 mailing list members but still has no goals or objectives except to provide a place where ukulele enthusiasts can meet, play some songs and have a few laughs. About 100 or more people show up at any one evening.

We consider anyone a member who shows up at any one evening. There are no membership fees, but we charge an entrance fee of $10 for the evening to pay our leader and to cover the cost of the hall and the sound.


Members come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds.
Most of us use the GCEA tuning but other tunings are also welcome…and we have one or two baritone uke players too. Players play wooden ukes as well as banjo-ukes, chrome resonator ukuleles, plastic ukuleles … you name it. If it has 4 strings and sounds like a ukulele then it is completely permissible.

Other instruments are also welcome as they provide wonderful accompaniment to our plonking. So far we have had 2 steel guitars, an electric bass guitar (now an electric bass ukulele), a trumpet, a banjo, a fiddle, a saw(!) and a normal guitar. Lately we have been accompanied by very tasteful percussion.

How it works

The VUC meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Meetings moved starting August 2013 to St James Hall, the home of the Rogue Folk Club. The doors open at 6:30, so come early to grab a seat, buy a refreshment, have your dinner (if you brought it with you), and meet old and new friends. The event starts at 7:00pm. We all play together from the leader’s choice of tunes for the first part of the evening. After the break, we have short performances (limited to one tune) by up to a dozen willing people, followed by a few more tunes sung as a group.

Our Songbook

We’re now on our third compilation of tunes (225 in the third book) from which we select tunes to sing together for the first half of every evening. The songbooks will be available only from Kath at the meetings, for $15. They come in regular letter size, and half that size (easy packing, not so easy reading). Same price. The book has been compiled for use at our meetings. We regret that we do not offer it for sale outside of our events, and while we are meeting online, we are not using the book. There are songbooks offered for sale elsewhere – here is a trio: http://dailyukulele.com/. And two from https://halifaxukulelegang.wordpress.com/hug-songbook/.


Just to give you an idea, here are the tunes that begin with “S” from the current songbook :

10th Anniversary Edition Songbook, cover at by Ben Skinner

Sadie Green
Save The Last Dance For Me Love
Sea Of Love
Shake My Sillies Out
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Side By Side
Singin’ In The Rain
Six Little Ducks
Somethin’ Stupid
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/
What a Wonderful World
Stand By Me
Steppin’ Out With My Baby
Summer of ’69
Summer Wind
Sunny Afternoon
Superman’s Song
Surfin’ U.S.A.
Suspicious Minds
Sweet Caroline
Sweet Georgia Brown

Our history page has among others some photos from the start and our anniversary celebrations.

Have a look around

Bob Leong posted this video on YouTube from our Christmas meeting at Our Town Cafe, our wonderful old location that we out-grew. It’s the same friendly atmosphere at our wonderful new location, though.