Edmonton Ukulele Circle:

THIS CIRCLE IS PAUSED DUE TO THE COVID -19 Pandemic but will start up again in September 2021

As some of you may know the Second Cup location, on 149 st, where we were playing before COVID, has closed.

We have had a wonderful experience on zoom. Thanks to Darlene for suggesting it. We hate to give it up but at the same time we look forward to in person circles.

I am pleased to announce that the Edmonton Ukulele Circle will partner with the Lynnwood Community League to bring a ukulele circle into that community. This is an opportunity to participate in the great work community leagues do in our community and grow the ukulele community within the framework of the network of community leagues in Edmonton.

Currently the City of Edmonton’s mask mandate for indoor gatherings and the increasing number of COVID cases requires that we pause the plan to play at the Lynnwood Community league building located at 15525 – 84 Ave, Edmonton.  Please stay “tuned” to this webisite for information on special events and regular jams at this hall. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Community League and its members in welcoming us, and patiently waiting for us to arrive!

We will have the ability in this hall to bring players and leaders who cannot join us in person in to the hall by zoom. The Big Screen TV at this location and a laptop and an external mic will be used to put zoom participants, leaders, and screenshares on the TV screen.

When we can we invite you to come out, bring a friend, bring a coffee if you like, and play and sing with our new friends in Lynnwood.

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HEY PLAYERS: Alphabetical Song Index

Picture this: a crowded, happy room full of semi-caffeinated ukulele players, each, in turn, choosing songs for the group to play. We hear your plaintive voices hoping faintly that the next player will tell you the page number before the song starts.

Sometimes the player announces the title, but hasn’t found the page in the book yet. Sometimes the title is tricky (is it Dock Of The Bay or Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay? No, wait, I meant something else!) Sometimes, people are talking or noodling between tunes, or something is misheard.

No problem! This can be solved without weeping, corporal punishment or rending your garments! Take your fate into your own hands and arm yourself with information.

You can get your own alphabetical index of the Beloff books right here. Print it! Download it to your phone! Put it on your iPad! Email it to your nephew! Go on, go nuts.

Download the alphabetical index PDF.

It’s also linked from the Song Titles: Beloff Books Full Index page at the top of the screen.

Bogani Cafe Update, August 2019

Please note that the Bogani Cafe location of the Edmonton Ukulele Circle is discontinued.

Check out the many ukulele opportunities in the Edmonton area listed in this website.

The Edmonton Ukulele circle plays on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. It will be at Second Cup 8902 149 Street through July and August.

A big thank you to the Bogani cafe and their excellent staff for hosting the Edmonton Ukulele Circle, the first Ukulele circle in Edmonton. Contact the Bogani Cafe for future music events at their cafe. We have encouraged the Cafe to include ukulele music events at their cafe in the future. We hope that they do.

EVENT: JOHN JANZEN in JUNE Come Play With Us!

It is only a couple of weeks away!

EVENT  Saturday, June 1, 2019, 1:00 – 3:30.

WHERE?   John Janzen Nature Centre Compost Deck, 7000 143 St NW, Edmonton (Same parking lot as Fort Edmonton).

WHO?     Everyone is welcome. Players from groups all over the province are invited. Bring your friends and family! Make them sing!

HOW?     Groups provided song lists from the Beloff Daily Ukulele / Daily Ukulele Leap Year books, and each group will lead everyone to play together. You don’t need to be in a group to come and play!

It’s free! No cost to you.

MORE INFO?     Check the John Janzen Centre event page here on our site for more, including any changes or additions to the song lists. (Maybe even to add a list of some of our sweet door prizes!)

Summer Fun – 2019

Here is a list of “off site” circles and events that promise ukulele fun this summer. Music will be from the Beloff books, provided on this site, at the event, or in the case of Woodstuke on the HULA circle site. Registration with Edmonton Ukulele Circle for most events necessary in advance of the event.

May 12th Edmonton Valley Zoo 1PM – 3PM by the Gibbons house

June 01 John Janzen compost deck 1 – 3PM come and play with members of other circles on the compost deck in the compost area of the park outside Fort Edmonton.

June 15th Seba Beach Market, Seba Beach ( about 1 hour west on Hyw 16) 10AM – 12.30. Come and play at the market! *Registration at Blackbird Cafe necessary

June 23rd Ukrainian Village 1:30PM -2:30 (1hour east on Hwy 16) *Registration with Edmonton Ukulele Circle at Blackbird Cafe necessary.

June 29th Little Bits fundraiser at the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre off Whitened Drive 4PM – 6 PM *Registration with Edmonton Ukulele Circle at Blackbird Cafe necessary

July 13th Seba Beach Market 10AM -12.30 as above *Registration with Edmonton Ukulele Circle necessary at Blackbird Cafe

July 28th Edmonton Valley Zoo 1PM – 3:00 By the Gibbons House

August 18th “Woostuke” starting about 2PM see HULA circle website for details

August 23th 5.30 – 7PM Zoo Brew Foundation fundraiser meet at the entrance to the zoo *Registration with Edmonton Ukulele circle at the Blackbird Cafe necessary

September 8th Ukrainian Village 12.30 – 1.30 *Registration with Edmonton Ukulele Circle at Blackbird Cafe necessary.

PLEASE NOTE THESE SUMMER UKULELE related events:

August 3rd and 4th Bluegrass Festival Stony Plain Ukulele workshops 10AM – noon check the Bluegrass Blueberry Festival website Sponsored by the Bluegrass Society. The fee for the festival includes the workshop.

Central Lions summer workshops: Each workshop is $15.00 between 10.30 and noon with Ron Mercer:
July 16th – rhythm and chords
July 30th – swing
August 13th – blues
August 27th – percussion with the Uke

World Ukulele Day February 02 2019

World Ukulele Day February 02, 2019 Play list

STURGEON COUNTY:
Bad Bad Leroy Brown Y 30
King of the Road Y 143
Happy Together Y 98
Leaving on a Jet Plane B 218

STRATHCONA:
And I love Her B 24
La Vie En Rose B 206
Magic Island B 233
Save The Last Dance for Me Y 202

WEST EDMONTON SENIORS:
My Blue Heaven Y 169
On the Road Again Y 182
Take Me out to the Ballgame Y 227
A White Sport Coat Y 268

St ALBERT:
Knock 3 Times B 205
L0VE B 230
San Francisco Bay Blues B 294
5’2″ Y 82

CKUA:
All My Loving Y 19
Don’t be Cruel Y 66
Down at the Twist and Shout B 98
Kansas City B 202

BLACKBIRD/BOGANI:
Everyday B 109
This Land is Your Land Y 234
Jambalaya Y 140
Sentimental Journey Y 205

Please join us for some fun in celebrating World Ukulele day here in Edmonton. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome to join us in playing and singing. Singers are welcome to join us. Song sheets will be provided. Bring your Ukulele, a music stand, the yellow and blue Beloff books or if you do not have them come and share with those of us who do. The play list will be lead by the circles named above. But you do not need to attend a circle to come out and play with this flashmob style celebration. we will meet at West Edmonton Mall Newcap stage below the Simons store, February 02 2019, between 6 and 8.30

December Gigs 2019

Want to come out and play?


If you plan to come and play, please let Janet know in advance. She would like to have an idea of headcount. Everyone is welcome!

Here are all the December gig opportunities



Glenrose Hospital

10230 – 111 Ave

DECEMBER
(patient social evening sing a long )
6  Thursday Glenrose Hospital singalong gig 5:30-7:00

– All players welcome



McConnell Place West
8720 165 St
McConnell Place is a secure living unit for patients with dementia. You will need to be buzzed in to enter the facility.

DECEMBER
8  Saturday McConnell Place gig 2:00-3:00

– All players welcome



Fort Edmonton Park Capitol Theatre Lobby

Park: 7000 143 Street
Capitol Theatre: Located on 1920s Street within the park

DECEMBER
13 Thursday Fort Edmonton Capitol Theatre Lobby gig 6:00-7:00
29 Saturday Fort Edmonton Capitol Theatre Lobby gig 12:30-2:00
– All players welcome

 

Event: Ukulele Jam Camp

Join the ukulele community Sat/Sun October 13-14, 2018 for a weekend of workshops and music on the shores of beautiful Isle Lake!


It’s Ukulele Jam Camp time!

  • WHEN      Sat/Sun October 13-14, 2018
  • WHERE    Camp He Ho Ha
    Hwy 16, about 1 hr west of Edmonton, AB
  • REGISTRATION   $149.00

It’s the 3rd Annual Ukulele Jam Camp, presented by our good friends at the Northern Bluegrass Circle. Workshops led by multi-instrumentalist Barry Luft!

Your fee covers three one hour workshops, Saturday night accommodations, meals, snacks, and a mini festival. Jam until the wee hours. Or sleep. We won’t judge you. Did we mention that the food is excellent? It is.

Register and see schedules and more information at the Ukulele Jam Camp site.

It is excellent fun and a great way to meet other players (and ogle their ukuleles). You’ll meet Acoustic Music Workshop people too. Ogle their banjos!

Don’t be sad and regretful in the doldrums of winter when you overhear everyone lovingly reminiscing about their woodland musical adventures. JOIN THEM!

GIG: Valley Zoo “ZOO BREW” Friday, August 24

Edmonton Valley Zoo: ZOO BREW Gig


Presented by The Ark Project, ZOO BREW is a fabulous adult evening out for drinking beverages, enjoying music, and visiting your favourite zoo creatures. This fundraiser helps support the initiatives and improvements being made at the Valley Zoo.

ALL PLAYERS WELCOME, and all ages welcome to play, but please note you must be eighteen or older if you plan to buy tickets to the event and enter the venue.

The event runs 6-11.

We play from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

 

  • WHEN      Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
  • WHERE    Edmonton Valley Zoo, Edmonton
  • DETAILS  Players, please meet at the main entrance at 5:45

 

Bring this:

  • Your ukulele, music stand, and books
  • Hat, water, sunscreen
  • Anything else you need to be comfortable playing outside

Seating is provided, and we will be playing under a canopy.

Players admitted to the zoo entrance area for the performance period at no cost. If you want to stay for the rest of the event, you will need to purchase event tickets (see link at top of this post).

 

GIG: Seba Beach Market, Saturday, August 25, 2019

Saturday, August 25

It’s market day!

Come to the beach and drink lemonade while we entertain from 10:00 – noon this Saturday at the Seba Beach Market, 45 minutes west of Edmonton.

Weather should be nice. We encourage carpooling/ridesharing to the location. Please allow yourself an hour of travel time from the city to get there.

Players, please bring your own stand and books, or arrange to share. There is bench seating provided, or bring a chair. Meet outside the Seniors Centre, 109 1 St S, Seba Beach, AB.

10:00 – noon . If you’ve been to the market in previous years, please note the new location for 2018.

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GIG: Seba Beach Market, Saturday, July 28, 2018

Saturday, July 28

It’s market day!

Come to the beach and drink lemonade while we entertain from 10:00 – noon this Saturday at the Seba Beach Market, 45 minutes west of Edmonton.

Weather should be nice. We encourage carpooling/ridesharing to the location. Please allow yourself an hour of travel time from the city to get there.

Players, please bring your own stand and books, or arrange to share. There is bench seating provided, or bring a chair. Meet outside the Seniors Centre, 109 1 St S, Seba Beach, AB.

10:00 – noon . If you’ve been to the market in previous years, please note the new location for 2018.

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GIG: Fort Edmonton July 21, 2018

Fort Edmonton Park Gig


Travel back in time with us to a simpler and dustier time, with more ice cream and fewer space launches! (The number of mosquitoes will be roughly the same.) We play from 1 – 3.


  • WHEN       Saturday, July 21, 2018, 1 – 3 PM
  • WHERE    Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 Street, Edmonton
  • DETAILS   Players, please meet at the main entrance at 12:30

Led by Donna D! Thanks, Donna!

Bring this:

  • Your ukulele, music stand, and books
  • Hat, water, sunscreen
  • Anything else you need to be comfortable playing outside

Seating is provided, but if you’d rather bring a chair than sit on a bench, you may. Players admitted to the park at no cost.

Check out the Fort Edmonton Park site map here.

GIG: Valley Zoo “Arctic Sea Ice” Sunday, July 15

Edmonton Valley Zoo Arctic Sea Ice Gig


Did you know the Edmonton Valley Zoo is a Polar Bears International Arctic Ambassador Centre? They help people learn about the threatened habitat of Arctic animals due to sea ice losses.  While you may not be able to visit a polar bear locally, you can certainly meet Snowy Owls, an Arctic Fox, Northern Fur Seals, and other creatures.

We play from 2:30 – 4.


  • WHEN      Sunday, July 15, 2018, 2:30 – 4 PM
  • WHERE    Edmonton Valley Zoo, Edmonton
  • DETAILS  Players, please meet at the main entrance at 2:15

 

Bring this:

  • Your ukulele, music stand, and books
  • Hat, water, sunscreen
  • Anything else you need to be comfortable playing outside

Seating is provided, and we will be playing under a canopy.

Players admitted to the zoo at no cost.

 

GIG: Ukrainian Cultural Village, Sunday, June 24

Sunday, June 24

ALL 12 PLAYER SPOTS ARE FILLED

Come see our June Ukrainian Cultural Village gig from 3:30 – 4:45 on Sunday, June 24 at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Highway 16, east of Edmonton, just east of Elk Island National Park.

RAIN OR SHINE, my dears. It’s vintage vehicle day! We encourage carpooling/ridesharing to the location. Please allow yourself an hour of travel time from the city to get there.

Players, please bring your own stand and books, or arrange to share. Meet outside the Visitor Centre (#1 on the site map).

3:30 – 4:45 .

PLEASE ARRIVE BY 3:00 PM.

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