Schedule of Events

Location: Nanaimo Neighbourhood Church,

4951 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, B.C.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Saturday morning

Registration table opens at 10:00 a.m.

Ukulele 101 – Mastering the Basics (Beginner) with Rob Wilkinson 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For the very beginner with little or no experience. In this workshop you will be introduced to the ukuleles different sizes, wood types and parts. Learn basic chord strums, and some simple songs. If you don’t have your ukulele yet, no worries. We will loan you a ukulele for the day!

Lyricism and Line: How to Make the Ukulele Sing (Intermediate) with James Hill  10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Explore the lyrical side of the ukulele. In this workshop students learn to play chord-melody arrangements of beautiful melodies such as Spring Song (Mendelssohn), Slumber Song (Schubert) and Streets of Laredo (Trad.). Discover subtleties of left-hand fingering and right-hand finger picking and how these can make (or break) the lyrical qualities of the music. A workshop full of musical delights and ukulele insights.

Saturday afternoon

Registration table opens at 1:00 p.m.

Ukulele 102 – Rhythm and Time (Beginner) with Rob Wilkinson 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Rhythm is universal! In this workshop you will learn the difference between beat and rhythm and how both relate to strumming and picking. Rob will also introduce time signatures, eighth notes/quarter notes/16th notes/half notes and the importance of being able to tap your foot while playing.          

Swing, Ukulele Swing!   SOLD OUT

It’s swing time in Ukulele Land! East coast, west coast, all around the town, swing is happening. Sweet-sounding swing chords are easy to play and they sound oh-so fabulous. Your ukulele will thank you and your strumming will never be the same again. Regardless of prior experience, James will have you swinging your first Jazz tune in five minutes and you’ll fly to the moon from there!

Saturday evening 

Saturday evening concert featuring James Hill and Anne Janelle 

Doors open at 6:30. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m. 


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Location: Nanaimo Neighbourhood Church

Ukulele Jammin’ Jamboree

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. & music starts at 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. Kick off concert featuring the Revolving Doors.

3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Sing and Strum: Bring your ukes and a fun attitude and be prepared to sing and strum your heart out with all the other uke players during the sing-along. No need to bring a stand or any of your own books or song sheets. All the songs will be projected onto a screen with an overhead projector.

4:30 to 5:00 p.m. Open mic:  Bring a favourite song/piece you have been working on to showcase at the open mic.

*Please contact us if you plan on playing in the open mic portion of Sunday afternoon.

Online purchases:

If you purchase your workshop or concert tickets on-line you will be able to pick them up at the registration table on Saturday, July 15th.

PLEASE NOTE: The Lyricism and Line and the Swing Ukulele Swing workshops have been sold out. The package deal of two James Hill workshops is no longer available. 

Click on the down arrow below to select your tickets.