Around Town

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.

Classes
Clubs and jams
Out of Town
Calendar
Shops that sell ukuleles
Ukulele repairs

Virtual events

Classes:

Ruby’s Ukes, see Vancouver, Downtown below.

Harmonious Joan, see Vancouver, Fairview below.

Jams:

Vancouver Ukulele Circle. That’s this site . Third Tuesday every month. See our home page.

Cutie Circle’s Monthly Online Jams are held at 1pm on the second Sunday of each month. The Cuties also have a Friday Night Hangout Virtual open mic jam on alternate Fridays at 7pm. For more information, go to https://cutiecircle.com/join_us/.

Fraser Valley Regional Library. Last Tuesday every month. For more info, email Dana Ionson dionson@fvrl.bc.ca

Classes

Vancouver, Downtown: Ruby’s Ukes

Established in 2009 Ruby’s Ukes is the Vancouver based Ukulele school with classes, workshops & Vancouver’s Ukulele festival. From absolute novice to advanced player, Ruby’s Ukes has the perfect Ukulele course for you. Classes take place live, interactive and on-line via Zoom, plus back in physical class!

Ruby’s Ukes 10 week Ukuleles Courses run every September, January and April, with workshops, A Ukulele Orchestra, the Annual Vancouver Ukulele Festival, and additional classes and workshops throughout the year. And now a Summer School too!

We have taught thousands of people to play the ukulele with tried and true educational methods and philosophy of learning. Using accelerated learning techniques: visual; auditory; and kinesthetic, so everyone’s learning style is catered for ensuring a fun, and successful ukulele learning experience. Learning a swing, jazz, blues, pop, classical & folk repertoire there is something for everyone! Click here to find the perfect class/level for you ‘What level am I?

All Ruby’s Ukes educators (Daphne Roubini, Andrew Smith, and Eduardo Garcia) are professional performers as well as teachers who love to share their enthusiasm, love and musical delight. Every course comes with a class materials page that has youtube links, professionally recorded audio samples, bespoke course materials, and many more features to support your learning experience.

Professional bands are: Black Gardenia Vintage Jazz band and Ruby & Smith Jazz Folk Duo.
Watch the Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra (RUO) performance at The York Theatre or listen to the audio recording of Ruby’s Ukulele Ensemble (RUE) It’s so much fun!

We love to hear from you so please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or just want to say hi!
Email: rubysukes@gmail.com or to go on our mailing list on https://www.rubysukes.ca.

Ruby’s Ukes As featured on CBC national Radio Documentary “Four little Strings“, CTV, The globe and Mail, Global news, Vancouver Sun, Monte Cristo Magazine, Georgia Straight, North Shore News, Common Ground Magazine, Uke Magazine, Ukulele Magazine, Daily Hive, and more. For more information visit Joan’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/harmoniousjoan or email harmoniousjoan@gmail.com. Last update/confirmed 2022mar23.

Vancouver, Downtown – UKE-INVESTIGATE

Heather Stubbs is offering Beginner & Novice Ukulele Group lessons at Coal Harbour Community Centre (Wed mornings) and the Roundhouse (Wed evenings).

UKE-INVESTIGATE LEVEL 1:

Beginners: For those with absolutely zero music experience, and those wanting a refresher of basic skills. We will introduce & learn several chords & strumming patterns and will sing your favourite songs—including pop, bluegrass, folk and rock. We will also explore some basic music theory and note reading. Emphasis is on participation and fun!!! A ukulele will be available to borrow for the first lesson. Materials $10.00. See Coal Harbour or Roundhouse Community Centre sites for dates, times & details.

UKE-INVESTIGATE LEVEL 2:

Novice/Continuing Beginners: For those with some basic experience. We will review, revisit, and learn new chords & strums. Some music theory and note reading is included. As always, group participation and enjoyment is emphasized! Bring uke. Materials: $10.00. See Coal Harbour or Roundhouse Community Centre sites for dates, times & registration details.

Questions: heatherstubbs.music@gmail.com

Vancouver, Fairview – Harmonious Joan

I offer Beginner and Advanced Beginner ukulele classes for adults, currently online on Zoom. (At some point, these will return to be in-person, at my home near VGH.) Group classes are small, 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 about a dozen chords, and 15 to 18 songs. Also how to properly hold a ukulele, how to fret properly, simple strumming patterns, tips for changing chords, some basic music theory, 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 8+ are also available – either in-person or online.

For more information visit Joan’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/harmoniousjoan or email harmoniousjoan@gmail.com. Last update/confirmed 2022mar20.

North Delta, Surrey and White Rock

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. His classes will be using C6 tuning.

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 garycyr@telus.net

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.
www.peninsulaacademy.ca
info@peninsulaacademy.ca
778-426-1800

Clubs and Jams near Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, Kitsilano – Vancouver Ukulele Circle

That’s this site – see our home page.

Vancouver, Kitsilano – Baritones

BARITONE Players we want YOU! We have started a Baritone Ukulele Circle.

We have a Baritone Ukulele Circle in Kitsilano. And hope to get “Baritone Players” back together (In Person) in 2022 To learn more or be added to the mailing list please contact unclebob@unclebob.ca  for more, impromptu (Flash) contact and more. Please include your name, phone number and availability. Last update/confirmed 2022sep06.

Vancouver, Kitsilano – Beer Ukes

Meet on the last Thursday every month at the Wolf & Hound, 3617 W Broadway from 7 – 9, in Kitsilano. No admission fee, but come early for dinner to support the venue. All welcome! Music will be provided.

Questions and rsvp to heatherstubbs.music@gmail.com.

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).

Delta Ukulele Circle

The Delta Ukulele Circle (formerly White Rock Ukulele Circle) meets at the North Delta Centre for the Arts, 11425 84th Avenue in Delta on the first Saturday of every month from 2:30-5:00. Doors open at 2:00. Admission is $5.00 We can be contacted through email at deltaukulele@gmail.com and can be found on our website deltaukes.com. Last update/confirmed 2022mar15.

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.

Here’s their facebook page and their blog. Contact heritageukes@gmail.com.

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 Circle

The Mission Ukulele Circle meets every Thursday from 1:30PM to 4PM at the Mission Library (33247 2nd Avenue, Mission BC); also – drop-ins are welcome – Adults 1:30-3PM and for children and teens between 3-4PM. The library does supply loaner ukuleles and song books. If you have any questions, please contact Margit, margit.cleven@shaw.ca, or phone 778-895-7798.

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.

Hope Ukulele

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

Please check calendar for events: http://cutiecircle.com or phone 604.552.UKES (8537). Last update/confirmed 2022mar18

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, at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, Surrey, BC. First timers are welcome to take part in a session before joining the Recreation Centre. Annual Seniors Fee: $25. For information contact Kelly at cloverdaleukekelly@gmail.com. Last update/confirmed 2022mar17

Sunshine Coast

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: marktrevis@gmail.com

Out of town regular events

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

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.

Calendar


Where to buy a Ukulele near Vancouver, BC

Tapestry Music

Wave Ukes

Music shop: the Vancouver store has moved to 4440 W 10th Ave, Vancouver V6R 2H9, 604.538.0906 or toll free 888.347.7480info@tapestrymusic.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: Romero, Kala, aNueNue, Flight, Cordoba, Beaver Creek, Wave Ukes, Gretsch, Fender and many more.

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

Andrew Smith

 Jazz guitarist and ukulele player, sound technician, luthier, 525 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H7Mon-Fri 10am – 5.30pm, Ukulelerepairman@yahoo.com604 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.

Shuriya Guitarcraft

Luthier, 208 – 8696 Barnard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6P 5G5, 12 PM – 4 PM (Monday to Friday), 604-732-5235, eiichi@shuriyaguitarcraft.com
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.

Tapestry Music

Music shop, 3607 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC Canada .V6R 2B8. 604.538.0906 or toll free .888.347.7480info@tapestrymusic.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.