Hello Everyone!

The Nanaimo Ukulele Festival is happy to announce a virtual Christmas Sing & Strum on Sunday, December 13th beginning at 2:00PM.

Since we were unable to put on our Spring Sing & Strum, as well as our Fall Festival due to Covid, we thought we would try our hands at a ‘virtual festival” like so many out there are doing. With that in mind, what better way to kick off the Holiday Season than with a short Christmas Sing & Strum?

We will be posting the Zoom registration link shortly, so please “Save the Date” and start tuning your ukes, stretching your fingers and warming up your voices!!

Check out the Nanaimo Ukulele Festival facebook page for updates.




We have decided to cancel this year’s Nanaimo Ukulele Festival. It seems unlikely that any large gatherings will be taking place this year, so, with heavy hearts, we will have to wait until next September to see you all together again.  Victoria Vox and Eduardo Garcia have kindly agreed to be with us sometime in 2021, most likely mid-September. 


If you have already bought tickets, you will receive your refund in the next few days




It’s all happening at the

 Nanaimo Neighbourhood Church,

4951 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, BC.

Victoria Vox

With a passion for songwriting, Victoria Vox began writing songs when she was ten. She furthered her music education at the Berklee College of Music, as a vocal principle with an emphasis in Songwriting. A few years after graduating, Vox took up the ukulele. Her music style shifted to chanson tinged with jazz, which, over the years, has settled in nicely with her pop songwriting flair. With 10 albums under her belt (as an unsigned artist), Victoria continues to grow and hone her craft. She’s very personable on stage, though a bit shy at times, she’s goofy and engaging, and likes to make people laugh. But as soon as she opens her mouth to sing, the emotion and inspiration pour out of her melodic and cleverly written songs, and it becomes undeniable that she is genuine and full of heart.

On a lighter note, she also has perfected the Mouth-Trumpet which, to some, is considered a form of “beat-boxing”. Vox takes improvisational solos echoing the tones of trumpet genius, Chet Baker, solely with her voice. This odd and quirky talent, nonetheless, landed her on the Jay Leno Show (2009) and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (2015). 

Her 10th album, Colorful Heart, is consistently eclectic, as her previous albums, however, a new sound is achieved in her songwriting. Anything is possible with a ukulele, and Victoria Vox is proof. 

Victoria will be offering two workshops: 

“Open Strings that Sing” on Saturday morning and “Making Sense of the Fretboard” on Saturday afternoon – Full details on our Workshop Info page

Victoria Vox : http://www.victoriavox.com

Eduardo Garcia

Eduardo is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Mexico currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. On his journey, he studied and played music in a large variety of environments, worlds, and languages. Being both classically and traditionally trained, he soon got active in a wide diversity of music projects in Mexico, teaching, performing and writing music.

Eduardo played several different traditional string instruments with ‘Amate’, a traditional mariachi based in Guadalajara, that performs regularly inside and outside of Mexico. Parallel to that, he played the cello on the ‘Victor Manuel Medeles’ chamber orchestra, of which he was also the arranger/composer of almost all of their repertoire, and the repertoire of other choirs and ensembles in Mexico. During 2017, he collaborated on the book ‘Tsenten Ajab’, a book of studies and arrangements of both traditional and modern music for the Jarana Huasteca, a traditional folk instrument from Mexico’s Huasteco region that was published in 2018.

He was the founder/director of the Academia de Ukuleles de la Ribera (Lakeside Ukulele Academy), a self-financed music school that provides instruments and free music lessons to all children in his community.

In September 2017, he became a teacher at Ruby’s Ukes, based in Vancouver, B.C., and started conducting/arranging music for the Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra in 2019. He has participated in the Vancouver Ukulele Festival in 2018 and 2019, the Ajijic Ukulele Retreat (Mexico) in 2017 and 2019, Coquitlam Ukulele mini festival (Canada) in 2019, Beyond Trad (Canada) music camp in 2018, 2019 and soon, 2020, the Seoul International Aloha Ukulele Festival (South Korea) in 2019 and soon, the Nanaimo Ukulele Festival in 2020

Eduardo will be offering two workshops:

“Strumming (with the Right Side of the Brain)” on Saturday morning and “Son Jarocho (Fandango): a traditional Mexican strumming style” on Saturday afternoon – Full details on our Workshop Info Page


LIZ DEBARROS, one of the Festival organisers, is a James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) Level 3 certified ukulele teacher and a member of Parksville’s own Revolving Doors, who will be leading the Sing and Strum on Saturday 19th September 2020. 

Liz regularly teaches Absolute Beginners Group Lessons and workshops at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville . http://www.ukelessonsliz.com

In October of 2019, she was part of the James Hill Teaching Team at the bi-annual “Sing. Strum. Spa” ukulele orchestra event at Harrison Hot Springs. https://ukulelehotsprings.com/index.html

Liz will be offering an “All About the UBass” workshop on the afternoon of Saturday September 19th 2020 full details on our Workshop Info page


CAROL JOHNS is a JHUI Level 2 certified ukulele instructor who teaches beginner ukulele group lessons in Nanaimo. Carol started playing the ukulele with the Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors Nordli group back in 2011. Since then, Carol has taken lessons with Anna Lyman and Flavio Cianflone. She plays with the Folk n Oldies music group and enjoys the performances the group does for various seniors residences in Nanaimo. Carol is currently enrolled in Level 3 of the James Hill Ukulele Institute teacher training.

Carol will be teaching “Absolute Beginners 101 & 102” on Saturday 19th September, morning and afternoon – Full details on our Workshop Info page

Saturday afternoon after the workshops join the Revolving Doors for more ukealicious Sing & Strum fun…..

Back with us for the Saturday afternoon ukulele Sing & Strum, Parksville’s own Revolving Doors (Liz DeBarros, Dean Williams, Ade Barnum & Bill Naylor) will give a short performance and lead us all in the super fun sing and strum. Bring your ukes and sing your heart out with all the other ukulele players for the sing along and play your best tune at the open mic.



Ladies style T-shirt $20

Men’s style T-shirt $20 

Contact us and we can reserve your T-shirt . We can take cash or credit card at the Festival


Arbutus Music, Empire Music & The Music Chord will have merchandise for sale at the Festival on Saturday September 14th 2019





If you order tickets online, your PayPal invoice is confirmation of your Registration. No tickets will be mailed out, you can pick up your tickets at the Registration desk at the Festival on Friday evening for the concert and Saturday morning/afternoon for Workshop folders  

The Nanaimo Ukulele Festival is proud to be supported by the following organizations and businesses: