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 https://e-connect.ocdsb.ca or see info here.

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

papillon320:

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.

Kicking off 2015! Registration info for Winter – Spring adult programs

Now that was a fun way to kick off the new year! Here’s a great shot my husband took of our Ukulele Choir playing ‘O Canada’ at yesterday’s Ottawa 67s game at TD Place. Many thanks to the Ottawa Folklore Centre for organizing this event! I was very happy to participate and help to lead this beautiful group and also very proud that 2 of my young Suzukulele students and 2 of my adult students came too! There’s talk of another opportunity to play again, coming up in March.

There’s also an audio clip of a story on CBC Ottawa Morning here, and some Facebook videos of our pre-game rehearsal and of the actual performance on the ice!

Photo by Steve LeBlanc.

Photo by Steve LeBlanc.

Registration is now available for the following Adult Ukulele Programs from Winter to Spring 2015:

Play Ukulele Level 1– Tuesday nights from 7-8:30pm at Brookfield HS starts Feb 3rd. Course #75051

Play Ukulele Level 2– Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm at Brookfield HS start Feb 4th. Course #75053

To register for the OCDSB’s Continuing Education programs go to https://e-connect.ocdsb.ca or call 613-239-2751

Ottawa Folklore Centre Ukulele Choir– Thursday nights from 7-9pm

To register contact the Ottawa Folklore Centre

If you have any questions about repertoire, how much practice required, level of knowledge required, etc… please feel free to contact me directly.

Starting in Feb 2015 – The Ottawa Folklore Centre Ukulele Choir- Updated Jan. 30

This post was updated on January 30th to reflect changes in program availability.

In conjunction with the City of Ottawa and along with the Ottawa Folklore Centre, I’ll be leading two 10-week sessions of a new ukulele choir program on Thursday evenings, starting in February.

Come and be a part of Ottawa’s exciting first and only Ukulele Choir!

Ukulele players from across the city and beyond will rehearse weekly and perform a final concert that includes a wide variety of repertoire.

Minimal experience required: basic notation and/or tab reading and chord knowledge. Parts will be available for all abilities. Musicians MUST bring their own instrument, music stand, and tuner (10% OFC accessory discount for OFC Ukulele Choir members)

Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., location tbd, February 5 – April 16, 2015, 10 weeks (no Feb 12), concert April 17
$120 (plus HST)*, Registration is available through the Ottawa Folklore Centre.