Another “Great Little Festival” event this year

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.

 

The countdown to the 2018 Nanaimo Ukulele Festival

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). 

Hope to see you all there. Bring a friend.

D’Addario Ukulele Hub

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.

Find Your Ukulele Personality

Naked Waiters featured in World of Ukes – UK Magazine

“Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andrew Nufer make up the talented young trio, The Naked Waiters. With equal measure of skillful playing and close-knit harmonies, their act wowed the crowd at this year’s Ukulele Festival of Scotland, so much so that they were immediately re-booked for the same event in 2019.” WE GOT AN ARTICLE IN THE UK UKULELE MAGAZINE! Scotland liked us enough to write about our performance, and we couldn’t be more honored. Headed to Vancouver island in a couple weeks for the Nanaimo Ukulele Festival!

Great Door Prizes

Door prizes will be given out at the Saturday evening concert and the Sunday afternoon Sing and Strum.

Arbutus Music Store has donated a Concert Ukulele with gig bag, pin, strap, along with 4 ukulele lesson at Arbutus Music School;

D’Addario Canada has donated several ukulele accessories, capo, strap, uke chord charts;

Empire Music has donated key ring ukulele tuners;

Tapestry Music has donated a concert ukulele;

Steve Doreen has donated a $300 gift certificate to be used towards a custom built ukulele;

And that’s without all the other donations from local businesses that help to make our Great Little Festival such a success

 

Ukulele – on line magazine link

Here is a link to a really great online Ukulele Magazine. http://www.ukulelemag.com/

The Ukulele Magazine is jam packed with all kinds of tips, tutorials, gear info, stories and just way too much good stuff to mention. Click on the link above and check it out.

There is an article in this month’s Ukulele On Line Magazine about Cynthia Kinnunen. Take a peak and check it out here.

Why I Uke: Cynthia Kinnunen’s Soul-Nourishing Return to Ukulele

 

 

Tapestry Music joins to support the Nanaimo Ukulele Festival

 

We are very happy to welcome Tapestry Music of Victoria, Vancouver and White Rock to the Nanaimo Ukulele Festival list of sponsors for the 2018 festival. 

Michael has generously donated an Acadia All Solid Mahogany Concert Ukulele valued at $199 which we will be giving away to a lucky winner during the festival.

Tapestry Music will also have a vendor table at the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Make sure to stop by and chat with Michael and David.

Visit their website at http://www.tapestrymusic.com/ or their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tapestrymusicstore