Concert info

The Concert is on Friday June 9th 2023 at Holy Trinity Church,

6234 Spartan Road, Nanaimo (off Metral Drive)

The Doors open at 6pm; it is “open seating” and the concert starts at 7pm

Tickets will be available at the door $25 or $10 for Under 19/Students





Canadian blues artist Manitoba Hal is a ukulele master and singer-songwriter. He is known for his expressive voice and mastery of his instrument; his trusty baritone ukulele; Manitoba Hal takes his audience from the deep south to the islands with songs that are mournful, hopeful, silly, romantic and introspective. His original songs have become modern classics and his take on standards and popular blues songs of the past have brought him to festival stages worldwide.

He began his career as a guitarist but began to play the ukulele when he inherited a 1955 Martin uke from his beloved grandfather who told him “you can have it if you learn to play it”. And so, he did, continuing to master the tiny instrument, proving that the ukulele can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful riffs and melodies adding background beats with looping technology showcasing the blues in all its passion and groove.


Featuring Cynthia Kinnunen on ukulele and Ben Coulson on Ubass. With a love of everything from rockabilly to old-timey tunes, pop, folk and some trusty rock & roll for good measure, this ‘ukulele/bass duo will keep you entertained in those in-between moments, easing you into the next leg of your journey.







No Ukulele? No problem – Arbutus Music Store has made some ukuleles available to us for you to rent for the day. The cost is $10 but you will receive a Gift Certificate for $10 towards any purchase at Arbutus Music Store, 6324, Metral Drive, Nanaimo – just one block from the Festival Venue.


Morning workshops – All run from 10.00am to 11.30am

Start Me Up OR CAFGD System for Beginners OR Chord Hand Uke

Afternoon Workshops – All run from 1.00pm to 2.30pm

Rhythm is Going to Get You OR Five Notes to Change Your Life OR Fingerstyle Ukulele

Online Ticket Sales close at 10pm on Wednesday June 7th – Tickets and Workshops can be purchased at the Venue on Friday June 9th 



For payments using e-transfer please email us at for further instructions and please include details of the tickets and workshops you wish to purchase in your email

If you order tickets online, your PayPal invoice is confirmation of your Registration. No tickets will be mailed out, you can pick up your concert tickets on Friday evening at the Registration desk at the Festival and your workshop binders and wristbands on Saturday morning/afternoon for Workshop folders & Sing and Strum