Ukulele events are starting to pop up all over the place in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Here are classes and jams we know about, including some out of town regular events. The Calendar of regular events is near the bottom of the page. We’re starting to collect a list of shops and people who do repairs, as recommended to us. Please note, these places and people were recommended in good faith, but we take no responsibility for your experience with them.
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. As well as Ruby’s (70 piece) Ukulele Orchestra!
From zero musical experience, to learning to play jazz solos on the Ukulele! Ruby, Andrew Smith & Timothy Tweedale are at the helm in a beautiful heritage downtown setting. With 10 classes a week there is a time slot for everyone, and two hour Specialist Ukulele workshops presented through out the year. (please note you can book a two hour “Uke Can Play” Ukulele Workshop for your office, event or group of friends!)
(Who’s Ruby? Daphne Roubini used to be called “Ruby” by her friends at school!)
Vancouver, Fairview – Harmonious Joan
Beginner and Advanced Beginner ukulele classes for adults at a private home near VGH. These classes are small (max 6 students), comfortably paced, and the atmosphere is supportive and fun. You bring your own ukulele (soprano, concert or tenor) and a clip-on tuner – all other materials are provided. In the Beginners class you learn approximately 12 chords (C, D, F, G, A and variants thereof) and about 16 songs. Also how to properly hold a ukulele, how to fret properly, simple strumming patterns, tips for changing chords, some basic music theory including transposing songs, reading TAB (tablature), how pick out the C major scale and pick out a simple tune, tips for practicing at home, and more. The Advanced Beginner level is for those who have completed the Beginners course and feel ready to move onward and upwards.
Private lessons for adults or children 7+ are also available.
Vancouver, Kitsilano – Ronin Wong
Beginner and Intermediate, and Upper Intermediate ukulele classes at St. James Community Square. These classes will make you a well-rounded ukulele player. We will cover a broad range of strums, songs, picking techniques, and instrumental solos. Everything from traditional songs to today’s most popular songs including pop, blues, rock, country, folk, latin, jazz, and other styles. Private lessons are also available. Please ask for details.
Ronin has been performing and teaching music for over 25 years. His approach combines solid Classical training with the instincts of a pop/rock performer. His specialities include piano, guitar, singing, and ukulele. His students have ranged from dedicated fun-loving amateurs to award-winning recording artists. For more information, please visit his website http://www.gopherp.com/Welcome.html where extensive information, pictures, and videos await you.
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
Wednesday nights 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Kennedy Senior’s Recreation Centre in North Delta
Three ongoing classes on Fridays 10am-2pm
Tsawwassen Arts Centre
Saturdays, 11:00am – noon
NEW CLASS !
Tsawwassen’s KinVillage West Court
Tuesday evenings 7:15 – 8:15
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 phone604.792.0790.
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.
Clubs and Jams near Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, Kitsilano – Vancouver Ukulele Circle
That’s this site – see our home page.
Vancouver/Burnaby – Hey Uke
Hey Uke meets at La Fontana Caffé, 3701 E Hastings St, Burnaby (at Boundary), 7-9pm, the first Tuesday of most months. Please find the latest info by joining our group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HeyUke, or you can contact Sarah (email@example.com) to be added to the mailing list.
Vancouver, Kitsilano – Baritones
BARITONE Players we want YOU! We have started a Baritone Ukulele Circle.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or be added to the mailing list for benefits, impromptu contact and more. Please include your name, phone number and availability.
Vancouver, Kitsilano- Ukelucion
Viva la Ukelucion has found their new location in Kitsilano: 2061 west 4th. Email email@example.com for the latest info. Donation of $5-$10 to fund youth programs
The format will be bring a song share a song style with an open mic. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to get on the email list to be notified of the current location, or visit the Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/ukelucion.
Vancouver, Riley Park – Ruby’s Lounge
Ruby’s Lounge is Vancouver’s Ukulele Cabaret and Open-Mic, fourth Friday every month except December.
@ The Cottage Bistro 4470 Main St
7pm-10pm $8 at the door (cash)
This is a whole evening of Ukulele performance! Performers can do 1 or 2 songs, get there early and put your name down on the Ukulele Cabaret Sign up sheet!
Tsawwassen Library Ukulele Jam
There will be so shushing in the library on Thursday evenings this Fall! The Tsawwassen Library, 1321A – 56 Street, Delta, is calling all ukulele newbies and seasoned strummers to come jam every third Thursday of the month beginning September 18th to December 18, from 7 – 8:30 pm. Can’t resist singing to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere over the Rainbow perhaps? Sheet music and lyrics will be provided for those who feel like singing along. The evenings will be fun and relaxed with a variety of music represented. For more info, contact Tracy at 604.594.8155 (ext. 223).
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 facebook page.
Contact: Gary Cyr
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.
Gord does a warm-up Uke class Mondays 4.45-5.45pm before Uke Circle and it’s $10 for a 1hr group class.
New Westminster: Tuesday Heritage Uke Joint
Check the calendar (below) for monthly (but not every month) Tuesday Uke Joint events at the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia St, New Westminster, usually at the end of the month.
Mission Ukulele Players
Richard Lepinsky leads this group that meets Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the St. Andrews Housing Coop – Common Room, 7365 Cedar St, Mission, BC. Contact Richard for more information.
Maple Ridge: Kanaka Creek Coffee
Pam 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.
Starting in September 2018, jam sessions will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Fraser Valley Regional Library in Hope. See their website at https://www.hopeukulele.com/.
Coquitlam Ukulele Tiny Instrument Enthusiasts (Cutie) Circle
The Cutie Circle meets 2 to 4 pm usually on the second Sunday of each month in the
Rehearsal Hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way,
Coquitlam. Please check calendar for exact date: http://cutiecircle.com or phone604.552.UKES (8537).
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.
Cloverdale Ukulele Circle
This is a social group of older adults who welcome beginners and more experienced players as well as those who just want to sing along. It meets on Tuesdays, 10am till noon, at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, Rm 206, 6188 176 Street, Surrey, BC. First timers are welcome to take part in a session before joining the Recreation Centre. Loaner Instruments are available. Annual Fee: $24.75. For information contact Johnny S at
Beachcombers Ukulele, Gibsons BC. Sing and strum-along fun with Graham Walker and the Beachcombers Ukulele Group (BUGs) Mondays from 7pm – 9pm at the Arts Building in lower Gibsons. $5.00 drop-in fee. We’re also at the Gumboot Cafe in Roberts Creek on the second Thursdays of the month (licensed). Good old songs and great new tunes. Email us at: email@example.com
Out of town regular events
Victoria: Camosun College
Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus has Ukulele Get Togethers on Wednesday nights 7- 9pm. Joseph Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact: Sheila Wyse
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.
Ukulele Universe listing of clubs seems to be from 2004
Jim Beloff’s Fleamarket Music lists 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.
Where to buy a Ukulele near Vancouver, BC
Music shop, 3607 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC Canada .V6R 2B8. 604.538.0906 or toll free .888.347.7480, email@example.com. Also has White Rock location: 1335 Johnston Road. Will offer a 10% discount to Vancouver Ukulele Circle members in store. They carry the following ukulele brands: Cordoba, Kala, Gretsch, Eastman, Beaver Creek, Makala, Mahalo and their own line of ukulele’s branded “Acadia”.
Local ukulele makers
Steve Goodall makes ukuleles at his shop in White Rock, BC. https://www.waveukes.ca/. His ukes are also sold at Tapestry Music.
Who will repair a Ukulele near Vancouver, BC
Jazz guitarist and ukulele player, sound technician, luthier, 525 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H7Mon-Fri 10am – 5.30pm, Ukulelerepairman@yahoo.com, 604 782 1435,
Andy is the teacher and luthier at Ruby’s Ukes. He’s recommended by Mya Moe to repair their Ukes in town and The Langley Ukulele Ensemble, and deals with all the Ruby’s Ukes set-ups and repairs.
Luthier, 208 – 8696 Barnard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6P 5G5, 12 PM – 4 PM (Monday to Friday), 604-732-5235, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eiichi Ishikawa has been helping many internationally recognized musicians for over 30 years. Trained in Japan, master guitar craftsman. His website lists several well-known clients.
Music shop, 3607 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC Canada .V6R 2B8. 604.538.0906 or toll free .888.347.7480, email@example.com.
Ukulele tech’s are Kevin Johnson, who has been repairing string instruments for over 35 years. and Michael Sabourin, who has been repairing instruments for the past 4 years under training from Kevin.