About Us

Who We Are:

The Nanaimo Ukulele festival began as a one day event in the summer of 2011 and was produced by Anna Lyman, a local ukulele and vocal teacher, who wanted to promote and support the growing interest in the ukulele in the Nanaimo area. What started as a one day affair has grown over the years to become a uke fest celebration attended by people from across Vancouver Island, mainland BC and other parts of North America.

Local ukulele enthusiasts and volunteers work to bring together ukulele performers and teachers from the Island and across Canada and the USA. Our goal is to create an event where we can come together to celebrate our love of the ukulele, meet with other “ukesters” and showcase the accomplished and talented ukulele players from across the continent.

Your Festival Organizing Team 

Liz DeBarros

A resident of Parksville, Liz has been playing the ukulele since 2011  and has a collection of sopranos, tenors, and baritone ukuleles. She also sings, plays the UBass, bass guitar and acoustic guitar in local band, the Revolving Doors. Liz has completed Level 3 in the James Hill Ukulele Initiative Teaching Program. Liz teaches Group Lessons and gives Workshops in Parksville. www.ukelessonsliz.com

Liz was thrilled to be part of the Teaching Team for James Hill’s Harrison Hot Springs -“Sing. Strum. Spa” in October 2019




Carol Johns

Carol started playing the ukulele in 2011 with the Harbour City Seniors Nordli group. She has been involved in organizing the ukulele festivals in Nanaimo since 2014. Carol plays the tenor and baritone ukulele and plays and performs regularly with the Folk’n Oldies group where she is the musical director. Carol also mentors two Ukulele in the Classroom groups with the Nanaimo seniors program. She is a Certified Level 2  James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) ukulele teacher.


Melissa Reves

Melissa became interested in the ukulele a few years ago when she heard the Nanaimo Ukulele Circle playing in a local coffee shop. Since then she can’t put her ‘ukuleles’ down. She studies music with Flavio Cianflone and has recently taken up playing the UBass.


Ukulele Programs in Nanaimo and Parksville


Harbour City Seniors Ukulele programs for those over 60

Nordli Ukulele group, & Beginner Ukulele

To participate in any of the ukulele programs offered by the City of Nanaimo Parks and Recreation contact the Harbour City Seniors  program coordinator at 250-756-5200 or visit their website by clicking on the link above.

               Arbutus Music private and group lessons       Phone: 250.933.1900

The Music Chord private lessons with Flavio Cianflone      Phone: (250) 619-5871



Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge, Parksville

         GZAL Ukulele Club Sing & Strum

meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7.00p.m.

 Ukulele Lessons with Liz  https://ukelessonsliz.com/