DATE CHANGE Event: James Hill Ukulele Workshop Now Feb 21 (WED)

Join the ukulele community February 21 (WEDNESDAY) for a workshop!

James Hill Ukulele Workshop

  • WHEN Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 5:00-6:30 P. M.
  • WHERE Festival Place (room number will be confirmed when you register)
    401 Festival Ln, Sherwood Park, AB
  • REGISTRATION $40.00 per participant. Call 780-464-2852 and ask for course #120694 .
    Or visit Festival Place online to register.
  • PLEASE NOTE: the WORKSHOP (Wednesday) and the CONCERT (Thursday) are SEPARATE REGISTRATIONS. If you want both, be sure you registered for both. Concert info here.

    Award-winning ukulele player and songwriter James Hill will be leading a ukulele workshop. Learn melodies, strumming and plucking techniques from one of the finest ukulele musicians in the world.
    There must be a sufficient number of registrations for the workshop to run. Register early.
    Registrants will be offered the option to purchase a discounted ticket to the James Hill & Anne Janelle show presented by Festival Place the next day on February 22.
    Discounts cannot be offered on previous purchases, but a second concert ticket is 50% off when you register for the workshop.

    Do Not Forget Your Ukulele. Oh, the embarrassment.


Touchmark Wedgewood GIG: Wednesday, Jan 24

Wednesday, January 24


We’ll be performing at the Touchmark Wedgewood facility (Memory Care Unit) from 2:00-3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 24 at 18323 Lessard Rd NW. Memory Care is through the front entrance, and you will need to be buzzed in. We aim to set up at 1:45.

Any ukulele player is welcome to join us to perform with the group at this engagement. Chairs are provided, bring your own stand and at least your yellow book.

We’ll be playing songs selected from repertoire lists 8 and 9 (click to see them) and tunes chosen by the players who attend.

Hope to see you there!


Event: Ukulele Jam Camp

Join the ukulele community Sat/Sun October 14-15, 2017 for a weekend of workshops and music on the shores of beautiful Isle Lake!

It’s Ukulele Jam Camp time!

  • WHEN      Sat/Sun October 14-15, 2017
  • WHERE    Camp He Ho Ha
    Hwy 16, about 1 hr west of Edmonton, AB
  • REGISTRATION   $149.00

It’s the 2nd Annual Ukulele Jam Camp, presented by our good friends at the Northern Bluegrass Circle. Workshops led by noted ukulele-ist Mark Baker!

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!

Event: Chautauqua Festival Ukulele Workshop with Gary Glewinski

Join the ukulele community Friday, August 18 for a free event!

Gary Glewinski will lead a beginner workshop at 1 P. M. (kids and youth welcomed) and a group playalong at 2 P. M.

Chautauqua Festival Workshop

  • WHEN      Friday, August 18, 2017, Beginners Workshop: 1:00 P. M.  Ukulele Community 2:00 P. M.
  • WHERE    Chautauqua Tent: Strathcona County Community Centre Parking Lot
    401 Festival Ln, Sherwood Park, AB
  • REGISTRATION   Free of cost! Drop in.

If you enjoyed (or missed out on Gary’s workshops at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, be sure to come on out to Sherwood Park to join in. For those coming at 2:00, please bring a stand and your yellow Beloff book.


Ukrainian Cultural Village GIG: Sunday, June 25

Sunday, June 25
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The Circle will meet for our June Ukrainian Cultural Village gig from 1-3 on Sunday, June 25 at the Ukrainian Cultural 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.

Any circle member is welcome to sign up to perform with the group at this engagement. Chairs are provided, bring your own stand and books, or arrange to share.

There are two performance stages, one in the courtyard (#68 on the park map, same place as last year if you played) and one on the flatbed stage in the vehicle exhibit area (unknown exact location, but pretty obvious once we arrive). We are fielding two groups of players, one for each stage, as the performances will overlap. So yes, two bands. Players wishing to accommodate physical access requirements will probably prefer the courtyard side.

COURTYARD:  1:30 – 2:30    FLATBED STAGE:  2 – 3.


We’ll be playing songs selected from our repertoire lists (click to see them) and probably working with lists 12, 13, and 14, as well as other vintage (pre-1935) tunes.

(Read on for additional details, or to leave a comment.)

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Laurier Heights Tea GIG: Thursday, June 8

Thursday, June 8


We’ll be performing at the Laurier Heights Seniors Community Tea gig from 3:00-4:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 8 at the Laurier Heights Community League, 14405 82 Avenue.

Any ukulele player is welcome to join us to perform with the group at this engagement.  Chairs are provided, bring your own stand.

We’ll be playing songs selected from repertoire lists 12, 13, and 14 (click to see them) and O Canada (download it here).

Hope to see you there!