Join us for our Christmas Sing and Strum via Zoom. This is a free event. 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Posted July 19th 2021


Here are the events we have planned for the rest of 2021


Sunday September 12th 2pm – Zoom Workshop with Victoria Vox – “Uke Can Do It” (Beginners Level) full details will be posted soon Fee $20

Sunday October 31st 2pm – A  Zoom Halloween Sing and Strum (costumes are encouraged) this is a free event

Sunday December 12th 2pm – A  Zoom Christmas Sing and Strum to finish off the year, this is a free event


We are also starting to plan an “in person” for 2022, we will be posting details as we are able to firm up our dates, venue and artists








Our own Liz DeBarros is holding Beginner Group Ukulele Lessons at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville starting in January 2022

For all the details go to her website https://www.ukelessonsliz.com/schedule-of-events 



Posted May 10th 2021


SUNDAY JUNE 27TH 2021 at 2PM


“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer…”  and join us for our Summer Workshop and Performance featuring Guest Artist and Instructor Eduardo Garcia!

Originally from Mexico, Eduardo has quickly become a Vancouver ukulele staple. Being both classically and traditionally trained, he was active in a wide range of music projects in Mexico, teaching, performing and writing music. Eduardo played several different traditional string instruments with ‘Amate’, a traditional mariachi band based in Guadalajara, that performed regularly inside and outside of Mexico. He also played the cello and arranged for the ‘Victor Manuel Medeles’ chamber orchestra. He was the founder/director of the Academia de Ukuleles de la Ribera (Lakeside Ukulele Academy) known for its work with local children in the community.  Eduardo brings a gentle, unassuming, classical approach to music and the ukulele, an instrument now very close to his heart.

So we are delighted that he has agreed to be our Guest Artist for our Summer Event.

Starting at 2PM, Eduardo will perform two songs/instrumentals, immediately followed by his workshop: SON JAROCHO (FANDANGO):

Level: Beginners and beyond

Prerequisites: Confident strumming is required

This is a unique opportunity to learn a traditional Mexican folk style from a native instructor. We will learn a selection of traditional ’sones’ on the ukulele, using the specific strumming patterns played in the ‘Son Jarocho’ music, from the plain lands of Veracruz.

This Workshop is suitable for all levels of player, and registration is limited.  The fee for the “Eduardo Garcia Experience” is only $20.

Pay by PayPal or Credit Card by clicking the BUY NOW button below

Once we have received your payment, within a few days, you will receive an email with a blue box asking you to Register for the Zoom event. You must click on the blue box that says REGISTER  for you to then receive your personal link to the Zoom event.

Songbooks and handouts will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

For e-transfer click nanukefest@gmail.com to send an email and we will send further instructions




February 21st 2021

Spring Workshop and Sing & Strum

We are very excited to announce that Victoria Vox will be featured in our next Workshop and Sing & Strum to be held via Zoom on

Sunday April 18th at 2pm

Victoria will be teaching a one hour workshop entitled “Get into the Groove” (details below), she will perform a few of her original songs and then lead the Sing and Strum, choosing songs that will enable you to use the strumming skills you have learned in the workshop.

The fee for the “Victoria Vox Experience” is $20 which includes the workshop, performance and Sing and Strum, there is no reduction in fee for just joining the Sing and Strum.

Here’s a link to her website https://www.victoriavox.com/

Click here to go to our Performers Bio page http://nanaimoukulelefestival.ca/performers-bios-2/

Workshop details

Get in the Groove?: Rhythm can be played straight, or swung. You’ve got to swing to be swung! It’s all about the groove and feeling, and you’ll feel the difference. Let’s work on loosening up the right hand so that beats are subdivided with heart, and less brain. The groove even starts before you play a note!

This workshop if suitable for all levels of players.

The Workshop and Sing and Strum is limited to 100 participants.

To register, you can pay by PayPal or credit card by clicking on the “Buy Now” button below

For e-transfer click nanukefest@gmail.com to send an email and we will send further instructions.

Once we have received your payment, a few days later you will be sent a link to Register for the Zoom event. Songbooks and handouts will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

February 15th 2021
We are almost at capacity for the Winter Workshops and Sing & Strum, so hurry up and register if you don’t want to miss out….

February 9th 2021

What better way to brush away those winter blues than to dust off your Uke and join us for our Winter Workshop and Sing & Strum on Sunday, February 21st at 2PM.

We will kick off our Winter event with a workshop called: “Quick Tips: Learn a finger picking pattern for Hallelujah“. Using Leonard Cohen’s iconic song “Hallelujah”, you will learn a finger picking pattern.  The chords in the song are easy, even for beginner players, and the chord pattern repeats throughout the whole song. The Workshop will be led by Carol Johns, Level 3 JHUI instructor.  The lead sheet and the tablature will be sent out to everyone attending.

Immediately following Carol’s Workshop, Liz Debarros will once again lead us in a Sing & Strum, with Beth and Graham taking a turn at leading a song.

The Winter Workshop and Sing & Strum is once again a free event, and is limited to the first 100 registrants. Please note that there is only one link to register, which will give you access to both the Workshop and the Sing & Strum. There is no way to register for just one or the other.

Below is a link to Register.  Just click on this link and it will take you to the Zoom App where you will need to Register for our event. Once you have registered, you will get an email confirmation with the Zoom Meeting Link.



The Winter Workshop Materials, and Sing & Strum Songbook will be sent out a few days in advance of our get together.


We look forward to playing with you all again soon!


Organizing Committee


January 2nd 2021

A very Happy New Year to you all.

We had a great response to our Christmas “Zoom” Sing and Strum on December 13th, over 60 people logged on to join us in the Festivities.

We are currently planning another Zoom Sing and Strum for February. This time we will be adding a short workshop by Carol Johns, who has recently completed her JHUI Level 3 Teaching Certificate. Congratulations Carol.

This event will be free. Registration details will be available by the end of January and a Songbook will be emailed a couple of days before the event.


We have no idea whether an ‘in person’ Festival will be viable this year as the COVID vaccine roll-out has yet to start in Canada.

Our other option is to plan more online events and invite guest performers and instructors to appear. We would have to charge a fee for those events so we can pay the artists, who have all been struggling during COVID.

If you have any ideas and suggestions, we would be glad to hear them email us at nanukefest@gmail.com

Meanwhile…..    Keep on strumming….