Wow! Didn’t we all have a great time this year with Cynthia Kinnunen, Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andrew Nufer of the Naked Waiters and Bill Naylor, Ade Barnum, Dean Williams and Liz DeBarros of the Revolving Doors.
The workshops were well attended and we received very positive feedback from the participants. The Saturday night concert was a hit with stellar performances by Cynthia and The Naked Waiters. It was truly a wooo hooo time.
Sunday afternoon was a blast with several performances kicked off by Katelyn & Mira, followed by several excellent open mic players. Then the concert with the Revolving Doors proved to be a big hit again this year. The sing and strum, led by the Revolving Doors showed that 100+ ukesters and friends always do have a great time when we all get together. All the performers and organizers, Liz, Melissa and Carol got up on stage to close the festival with a rousing rendition of Hey Jude.
And, I think I can say, that a great time was had by all.
We will be posting pictures and comments that we receive on the blog. I will also be putting up information about where you can get involved with groups in your community if you play the uke and want to connect with others.
We’d love to hear your feedback and any comments. Please get in touch.
Carol, Liz and Melissa
After the festival was over, Melody and Russ offered to take the Naked Waiters, Kim, Clark and Andy, on a sailing trip off the shores of Nanaimo. Here is the video that Melody took during their three hour tour.
Well, we only have four days to go before the festivities begin. We are so excited to bring Vancouver Island ukesters another fantastic festival full of fun, frivolity and ukulele fever this coming weekend at the Nanaimo Ukulele Festival.
Bringing you Cynthia Kinnunen from Guelph, Ontario, a highly skilled and masterful teacher of the ukulele. There are still a few spots open in her Ookestra workshop so it’s not to late to join in on a fantastic and fun festival experience.
Words from one of Cynthia’s students:“Right from the first lesson, Cynthia taught me a lot, from strumming techniques, to tricks of the instrument. Cynthia is a fantastic teacher, and she brings such a passion for music to her teaching. When she plays, you can tell that Cynthia loves what she does, and that is crucial in a teacher. If you’re young and just starting out in the music world, or if you have a few years in your sails and want to bring a little uke into your life, I recommend contacting Cynthia. I can’t wait until my next lesson!” – Emma B.
I can hardly wait to experience the musical talent and ability of the boys in the Naked Waiters group. They characterize themselves with their “impressive ukulele playing, nice hair and handsome harmonies that set the mood for any event.” The “Waiters” are also gaining an impressive resume of bookings at international ukulele festivals.
Don’t wait too long to pick up your concert tickets for the Saturday evening performance.
Parksville’s own Revolving Doors along with Mira and Katelynn and local open mic performers will bring local ukulele spirit to finish off the Festival on Sunday afternoon. Lets fill the Neighbourhood Church with great music and a rousing jamboree of ukulele playing and singing like the world is watching. Come on down for a whole lot of fun. Come even if you don’t play the ukulele (yet).
D’Addario, one of our Festival supporters, has some fun info on their website that might help you find your ukulele personality and propel you off in a surprising direction in your ukulele playing journey. Click on the image below to find out your ukulele playing personality.
We received several comments from people who attended the 2017 Nanaimo Ukulele Festival and made all the hard work and planning worthwhile. Below are just a few of the remarks that patrons sent us:
“Just want to pass on my huge THANK YOU to all who were involved in organizing, volunteering and hosting the 2017 UkeFestival! It was fantastic! So much fun! I took in Rob Wilkinson’s two lessons on the Saturday(which were really good!), and James & Anne Janelle’s concert (they are both so awesome!), and a friend and I went to the strum and sing-along on the Sunday afternoon as well. An informative, entertaining, fun-packed ukuleleweekend! Thank you so much! Can’t wait for next year!” Shiela
“Thank you SO MUCH for a wonderful Nanaimo Ukulele Festival experience! Anne, Alder and I had a great time. The weather, the workshops, the people, the good vibes… you must be very pleased at the way it all came together. You did a great job! Thank you for the opportunity to be part of such a well-run event.” James Hill
“Looking forward to next year. Only question is how do you beat this year’s guest performer next year? Thanks for a great weekend.” TERRY and LARRY
“Well wasn’t that fun?! I have been around many such events with numbers from less than 20 to over 700. This ukulele festival may be the best organized, most fun, most relaxed, most inspiring off them all.” Martin
“I thought that the festival was so much fun – wonderfully planned and executed. There were lots of volunteers to handle any problem and the scheduling of volunteers was very good. I would be really interested in volunteering and the helping with the planning of another festival, hopefully, next year. I loved both the concert and the jamboree on Sunday. It would be nice to have an sing and strum that could be longer at the next festival if possible.” Heather
“My head is still spinning from the wonderful day I had yesterday at the festival. Your organizers did such a wonderful job that I was able to just absorb the whole experience. I applaud all of you for a tremendous success.” Eileen