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The Vancouver Ukulele Festival 2012

Ruby's Ukes Ukulele School

The Vancouver Ukulele Festival  2012

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Ticket Type Remaining Price Fee Quantity
The Vancouver Ukulele Festival ~ Sunday February 26th 2012 (concert ticket sold seperately) Sold Out CA$79.00 CA$5.73
Opening Concert only ~ Saturday February 25th 2012 Sold Out CA$20.00 CA$2.19
Opening Concert if attending the festival ~ Saturday February 25th 2012 Sold Out CA$10.00 CA$1.59
borrow a Ukulele 19 Tickets CA$5.00 CA$1.29
Early Bird Price for Ukulele Festival ~ till January 15th 2012 (concert ticket sold seperately) 45 Tickets CA$69.00 CA$5.13

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As featured on CBC's national radio Documentary "Four Little Strings" Ruby's Ukes presents the 3rd Annual Vancouver Ukulele Festival.  After last year's sold out festival this Fun weekend is back, and will leave you smiling and a whole lot smarter! So Join us for....

The Vancouver Ukulele Festival 2012  
Sunday February 26th 2012 ~ Workshops 10am - 6pm   Jam Finale & Party 6pm-8pm
this will be an Extraordinaire weekend of workshops, performances, Jams, and all things Ukulele!

~With 8 Ukulele workshops~
Plus an opening evening concert on Saturday Febraury 25th 2012 ~   7pm~10pm

featuring Special guest performer and Music Educator Nancy Thorwardson from Boulder, Colrado.

Festival Concert line-up:

  • The 3 first place winners of the 1st ever "Ruby's Ukes Ukulele Song Contest" (details in Jan 2012)
  • The Ukesters
  • Guido & Daphne (with Andy Smith) play from their new Album
  • Nancy Thorwardson plays Western Swing Standards
  • Finale!

The Vancouver Ukulele Workshop Program 2012:

Nancy Thorwardson:  Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky calls Nancy "one of the excellent new songwriters in the western field".  I met Nancy at the BC Swing Camp in Sorrento and loved her Ukulele teaching, songs and all round musicianship, not too mention she is just a swell person! I know you will love her teaching and love her Swing and Western Swing music. She has recorded 2 Cds with original tunes on the Ukulele. I am excited that she agreed to come all the way from Boulder, Colerado to join us at The Vancouver Ukulele Festival.

"Songwriting on the Ukulele"

"Western Swing & Swing Chords on the Ukulele "

Guido Heistek: Guido Heistek is Ruby's Ukes own Ukulele Meastro, known and loved by students he has taught over the years, He is a brilliant music educator and happens to be the one of the funniest people I know.  This year he is going to be teaching a Blues Ukulele Workshop which I know everyone will really enjoy having a good rock out to. No more "Air" Ukulele after this, you'll be able to do the real thing! Guido is just about to publish his first instructional DVD "Hear the Strum"  that Jim D'ville rates as the one of the best workshops he has ever attended.

"Blues Ukulele"

"Hear the Strum"

Ralph Shaw:
James Hills called Ralph Shaw 'A true entertainer & gifted teacher'. "King of the Ukulele" and local Uke hero Ralph Shaw started the Vancouver Ukulele Mania singled handedly, setting up the Vancouver Ukulele Circle ten years ago. He performs and teaches around the world now at Ukulele Festivals far and wide ,and we are lucky to have such a great guy and performer just on our doorstep! Ralph has published many Ukulele  instructional DVDs and has recently published his first book called "The Ukulele Entertainer - powerful pointers for players & performers"  

"Exploring the Songs of Tin Pan Alley"

“Melody Licks for strummers”

Daphne Roubini:
"Ruby" or  "First Lady of Uke", as she has been playfully dubbed, started Ruby's Ukes Ukulele School 3 years ago and started the Vancouver Ukulele Festival then.  She has developed a teaching style of her own which is fun, informative and really accessible. Daphne draws on her years of teaching experience to present the Word of the Uke with clarity and a step by step approach to learning the Ukulele basics. Daphne recently took the Ukulele to the stage of the Vancouver Jazz festival... and played it!

"Absolute Beginners Ukulele Workshop"

"Uke can read Tablature"

Workshop details:

"Absolute Beginners Workshop" (G) In this beginners workshop Daphne Roubini will teach the basic rudiments of playing the Ukulele,  perfect if you are completely new to playing,
or would like to go back to basics to create a solid Uke foundation.

"Blues Ukulele" (I) (A) In this workshop Guido Heistek will teach you to play the Blues on the Ukulele.  Looking at simple chord progressions, the Blues scale, blues riffs and the basics of creating a Blues solo. You will come away with a blues genre  to add to your Uke collection.


"Exploring the Songs of Tin Pan Alley" (G) After a great response to his workshop Ralph Shaw onca again explores the Tin-Pan-Alley era of Ukulele playing (approximately 1910 to 1949). You'll get to play the songs and enjoy an entertaining history lesson. Discover teh artistry of songwriters and performers who invented musical styles still used today.

"Hear the strum" (G) In this workshop Guido Heistek will teach you how to use your inner hearing to strum easily and musically. A brilliant workshop that will bring your playing to a whole new level. This is a fantastic insight that will literally change the way you play. 

"Melody Licks for Stummers" (G) In this workshop Ralph Shaw will be sharing techniques for bringing melody into your strumming. Strummers can introduce melody into their playing. Use the well know arrangements of the songs you love to play to help you provide embellishments for your music.

"Songwriting on the Ukulele" (G) In this workshop Nancy Thorwardson will present you with her approach  to writing songs on the Ukulele.  Looking at simple chord progressions and composing simple melody and lyric line, this workshop will unlock your ability to write your own songs!

"Western Swing & Swing Chords on the Ukulele" (I) (A) In this workshop Nancy Thorwardson will show you to how to play the Swing chords on your ukulele. Using moveable chord shapes and a swing strum pattern this is a whole new way to approach your ukulele playing, expanding your repertoire of styles to include swing and western swing music.

"Uke can read tablature" (B) In this beginners workshop Daphne Roubini teaches you how to read tablature to unlock the world of written music with ease.  This is the oldest and simplest form of notating  music and Daphne makes it simple, fun & easy to understand, and Read!

The Vancouver Ukulele Festival  Timetable  10am - 6pm:

Key (B) = Beginner level   (I) = Intermediate level  (A) = advanced level  (G) for all levels of playing

 Time table of Festival Workshops


10.00am – 10.30am

Arrive & Orientate

10.30am – 12.00pm                                        10.30am – 12.00pm

"Songwrting on the Ukulele"(G)                                                                        “Hear the strum” (G)

             Nancy                                                                                                                  Guido

12.00pm – 1.00pm



1.00pm – 2.30pm                                                                   1.00pm – 2.30pm
"Melody licks for strummers"  (G)                                                          “Absolute beginners workshop” (B)

            Ralph                                                                                                                  Daphne


2.45pm – 4.00pm                                                          2.45pm – 4.00pm

“Uke can read tablature” (B)                                                    "Western Swing & Swing chords Chords” (I) (A)
                                  Daphne                                                                                                                 Nancy


4.00pm – 4.30pm                                             4.00pm – 4.30pm

            Tea break                                                                                                        Tea break

4.30pm – 6.00pm                                                                     4.30 – 6.00pm
" Blues Ukulele" (I) (A)                                                                            “Songs of tin pan alley” (G)
           Guido                                                                                                                 Ralph


6.00pm – 8.00pm

Ukulele Jam Finale & Party!

Led by Nancy Thorwardson  & Others!

~Free Tea, Coffee, & Snacks will be provided throughout the day, and a by donation "bar" in the evening~


For the absolute beginner there will be Ukuleles to borrow for the day, please purchase a ticket  in advance to reserve one. There will also be Ruby's Ukes stand with New & Vintage Ukuleles on Sale as well as Aquila strings, hand made Ukulele straps, Kala tuners,  and other Uke stuff & Vendors this year!

Andrew Smith (recommended by Mya Moe to repair their Ukuleles for The Langley Ukuele Ensemble) will also be available to give you a free estimate on any Ukulele restorations you may have, so bring them along with you to show him!

The BCIT parkade next door has a fixed price for the day, as does Easy Park on Richards Street (I believe Easy Park is cheaper).  There is a youth hostel in Malones next door if you would like to stay somewhere inexpensive overnight www.thecambie.com/hostel/vancouver or you could email the Vancouver Ukulele Circle and see if anyone would like a new Uke friend!

So, registration for the festival is now open! 

Space is limited to 65 people, so get your ticket and come join us... "Live long & Uke on!"

$79 Ukulele Festival Sunday February 26th 2012 10am - 8pm   $69 for early-birds till January 15th 2011

$20 just for the concert (or $10 if attending the Festival - see ticket options above)
featuring  Nancy Thorwardson, Guido & Daphne, &  The Ukesters, Ralph Shaw reads from his excellent new book the 'Ukulele Entertainer' and the winners of the first ever Ruby's Ukulele Song contest!

Please pay on-line, this system guarantees your place and keeps me informed of how many people are actually coming! Thanks for your understanding. It's gonna be Mega! Let's grow this festival together...

Ruby (also known as Daphne Roubini)

email: daphneroubini@gmail.com  phone: 604 408 2290

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