It’s all happening at the

 Nanaimo Neighbourhood Church,

4951 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, BC.

Joining us from Guelph, Ontario,  Cynthia Kinnunen will be teaching her Ookestra workshop and performing at the Saturday evening concert. If you missed out on the November James Hill Ukulele Sing, Strum, Spa at Harrison Hot Springs, here’s your chance to attend a truncated version. Cynthia was one of the Instructors at that event.

In Cynthia’s earlier years, following studies in piano, flute, bassoon, oboe and voice, and after completing her conservatory piano levels and a university degree in music, Cynthia dove into marketing and fundraising in the arts and non-profit sector. A Level 3 James Hill Ukulele Initiative teacher, she now currently teaches private music instruction in ukulele and piano, ukulele group classes, the Royal City Ukulele Ensemble program, and is Director of the Royal City Uke Fest in Guelph, Ontario. Passionate about the role that music can play in our lives, our homes and our communities, she encourages everyone to learn and make music, no matter their age or ability.



The fun doesn’t stop there.

All the way from Provo, Utah, The Naked Waiters are ready and set to provide a fun evening at the Saturday concert. They will also be presenting two workshops on Saturday; Strumming & Picking Styles (Saturday morning & afternoon) and Songwriting (Saturday afternoon).

The Naked Waiters are an acoustic, ukulele-based group that started in Cedar City, UT, and is now based in Provo, UT. They specialize in fun, melt-your-heart music with handsome harmonies. They are comprised of Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andy Nufer.

Their video was featured on “America’s Got Talent”

Click this link to listen to one of their cover songs.





Liz DeBarros, a member of Parksville’s own Revolving Doors and a James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) Level 2 certified ukulele instructor, will be teaching two beginner workshops.

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER workshop on Saturday morning.  Uke 101 is for those who have never played or even held a ukulele before.

In the afternoon in Uke 102, new players can start moving on and develop their skills. Full details on our Workshop page.

On Sunday afternoon Liz will also be performing with the Revolving Doors.




Plan to come Sunday afternoon for more ukealicious fun…..

Back with us for the Sunday afternoon ukulele jamboree, Parksville’s own Revolving Doors (Liz DeBarros, Dean Williams, Ade Barnum, John Lundine & 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



Please visit the Blog Page for more pictures of the 2017 Nanaimo Ukulele Festival.

Thank you to all of you who attended and participated in the 2017 Nanaimo Ukulele Festival making it a great success. It was with your support that this festival lived up to it’s tag of a “great little ukulele festival.”  James Hill and Anne Janelle put on an awesome concert and many people commented on how much they enjoyed the workshops. Everyone enjoyed the Sunday afternoon concert with the Revolving Doors band and the sing and strum, lead by the band, was the best ever.  We all had a great time.




James Hill at the 2017 Uke Fest teaching the Swing workshop.




The Revolving Doors band playing the Sunday afternoon concert at the 2017 festival.




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

The City of Nanaimo, The Nanaimo Arts Council,  Arbutus Music, Kristin Rongve Law Corporation, and Rae and Randi Staight for their amazing accommodation, Tapestry Music from Victoria, and Paradise Island Foods.

Thank you all for your generous support.