The “Brookfield Ukers”

Good times at the Bytown Ukulele Group‘s latest jam night. It was a great opportunity for some of my adult students to show what they’ve learned in a couple of months. I was very happy that so many were willing to go up there and perform. They even gave us the name “Brookfield Ukers”. It might just stick…

Congratulations to all!
Looking forward to seeing some of you next Wednesday for the spring term. Both classes at OCDSB have been confirmed to go ahead and it’s still not too late to join.

Term 3 starts April 21-22

Register now for the next 8-week term of my Ukulele group classes at Brookfield HS. They start on April 21-22: Tuesday evenings, 7pm to 8:30pm for Beginner level and any returning students go to Intermediate level on Wednesday evenings, same time.

Beginner level: Come and learn the basics of the Ukulele and music literacy, all in one course.

Intermediate level: We’ll focus on playing more ensemble/choir pieces together, which will incorporate all levels of playing and acquired skill.

Register at or see info here.



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91-year-old Ottawa woman takes up the ukulele (with video)


Such a great story! It’s NEVER too late.

Originally posted on Ottawa Citizen:

She proudly calls herself an “old folkie” and, with her late husband, Gil, hosted countless hootenannies — singalongs — over the decades in the living room of their Ottawa home.

But Helen Levine waited a long time before deciding to pick up an instrument herself.

A very long time.

“That’s one thing I love about the instrument. You don’t have to be good,” says a laughing Levine, 91, as she cradles her Republic resonator ukulele on the sofa of her new apartment at the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence.

Levine took up the instrument a year ago at the urging of her daughter, Tamara, who’d fallen in love with the ukulele herself after hearing players from the Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG) play at the annual spring Grassroots Festival. With lessons from another Ottawa folkie, musician and CKCU radio host Chris White, a longtime family friend, Levine slowly coaxed her arthritic fingers into the simple chord shapes…

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One more time! Play ‘O Canada’ at 67s game March 20th

It was so much, fun they’re doing it again! I’m encouraging my students and fellow players to come out and play ‘O Canada’ again at the  game on March 20th. This is an evening game this time, during the March Break. Here’s the Ottawa Folklore Centre’s link to purchase and receive a free ticket for the Uke Choir member (limited to the first 60 to sign-up to be in the Uke Choir).

There is a chord sheet and video lesson on their website. I’ve also created sheet music of the planned arrangement in C, for anyone who would also like to learn to play the melody. Accompanying chord diagrams and tabs are also indicated in C6 tuning.