Fred and I will be doing double duty at this year’s “BeachScape Harvest & Traditional Music & Arts Festival”. Join us at the Bandstand at noon where I’ll be singing my original songs, and then at 2:00 p.m. you’ll hear our Hawaiian `ukulele group, “Prairie Aloha”. There will be a lot more traditional music throughout the weekend along with some of our fall favorites like an outdoor craft & vendor market and more, starting at 9:00 a.m. and running through until 7:00 p.m.
"MASS APPEAL" `ukulele gathering is happening again! For the first gathering in 2016 we had 85 ukers filling the Oodena Circle at the Forks. Last year, despite cold, rainy weather, over 65 players filled the Via Rail station with music. This year we’ll be gathering in St. Vital Park (near the duck pond). It is free, it is open to players of all abilities whether you know 2 chords or 200, and it will be FUN! The music/song sheets, notes and videos or sound clips for each song will be posted on-line so you can become familiar with the tunes. We will meet at p.m. and have a run-through/rehearsal from 6 -7 pm, and then from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. we will perform the numbers. Bring chairs, music stands, and maybe something with long sleeves depending upon the weather.
September 21 – 23:
What is a Crankie, you ask? Well, you’ll find out if you attend the 1st Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival! Held all weekend at the Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw), there will be workshops, performances and general good times. Learn how to make your own crankie! I’ll be giving a beginning `ukulele workshop and a storytelling workshop as well – and we MAY even have our own crankie to show you!
My dear friend, the illustrious poet Peter Paul Van Camp, is back in town and we will be sharing an evening of our songs, stories, poems and general tomfoolery at Gordie’s Coffee House (127 Cobourg St.) Show starts at 8:00 p.m., so get there early to get a good seat. And by the way, Mr. Van Camp and I would be tickled pink to come to YOUR house to give a concert. Why, it would be an evening to be remembered, I’m sure! Why not contact me to arrange something?
Such excitement!!! The Ukulele Club of Winnipeg is proud to host the “Prairie Jamboree Ukulele Festival”! What a great opportunity to immerse yourselves in all things `ukulele without having to travel outside the province to do so! Workshops, Open Mic and jam sessions, a Gala Concert and a ‘Hallelujah Hootenanny’ are guaranteed to thrill you to the tips of your `ukulele-lovin’ toes! Guest instructors and Gala performance artists include two-time Grammy winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Kevin Carroll, Ukester Brown, and . . . Fred and me! We’ll be presenting a workshop on Hawaiian music! Tickets are almost 70% sold right now, so don’t hesitate! Get yours now! For more information, go to https://www.ukuleleclubofwinnipeg.com/prairie-jamboree-ukulele-festival
October - December:
I'm again teaching Beginner, Intermediate and Continuing `Ukulele 10-week classes for the Winnipeg Folk Festival Folk School. For more information, go https://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca/concerts-programs/folk-school/ and check the class descriptions to see what level would best suit your needs!
Beginner classes run on Thursdays from October 4 – December 6, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Intermediate classes run on Saturdays from October 6 – December 8, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Continuing classes run on Saturdays from October 6 – December 8, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
November 18: I'll have my book "Prairie Girl's Song" and CD "Marie's Forest" at Dalnavert Museum's Victorian Make & Bake Sale. (61 Carlton Street) Fred and I will have our instruments there to play a few tunes as well, and we might bring the Crankie along, too! http://www.friendsofdalnavert.ca/new-events/2018/11/18/victorian-christmas-pudding-bake-sale?fbclid=IwAR1WxZ3HsDFemE6mUncyapPmF83rfvWek9EtKgRVzA17i9Ti7X55Cmi0d6I
November 19 - 21:
Music instructor for "ArtSpeak" Camp - a wonderful arts-intensive camp for Jr. High students in the Sunrise School Division. We work 'em from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. each day: dance, singing, theatre, art. It's amazing to see what the kids produce in that short a time.
December 02: I'll be giving a "Beginning Ukulele" workshop at the West End Cultural Centre from 2-4pm. If you've ever wondered if the `ukulele is for you, this would be a great chance to find out. And it's FREE!!!
December 09: Kenora, ON I'll be performing for kids in the afternoon as part of the "Starry, Starry Day" event, then again in the evening for the "Starry, Starry Night" event. This is going to be SO much fun!
December 11: "Lindenwood Manor" - Christmas banquet performance for the residents of Lindenwood Manor.
Once again I'll be teaching `ukulele classes, but now as part of the Home Routes Community Workshops program. Dates to be announced soon. https://homeroutes.ca/
Music instructor for another great Jr. High "ArtSpeak" camp - Cedarwood
And I have some BIG NEWS that I'll announce early in the year. (Hint: it involves ukuleles and travel!)