Monthly Archives: September 2015

Hula Workshop with Kalaya Nilson


Courtesy of Kalaya Nilson

We are pleased to announce that Kalaya Nilson, founder of Kalaya Dancers, is offering a special hula workshop just for the Cuties. Learn to hula and complement your ukulele experience! If you were at Kimo and Zanuck’s concert, you would have seen Kalaya in action! Warm up with a Tahitian routine and then learn a couple of different hulas from Kalaya!

The workshop is limited to 12 attendees. SOLD OUT.

Date:  Sunday, November 22, 2015
Time:  2:00pm to 3:30pm
Attire:  Wear comfortable clothing (e.g., no tight skinny jeans)
Cost:  $10 (cash only)
Location:  1767 Heather Avenue, Port Coquitlam


Cutie Circle Offers Free 10-Week Ukulele Workshop for Absolute Beginners

Free Workshop

Cutie Circle volunteers (aka Cuties) will be offering aspiring ukulele players a free ukulele workshop on Saturday afternoons from October 3 to December 5. Intended for absolute beginners with little to no background in music, this workshop will give participants some basic knowledge to begin a journey into music using the happiest instrument on earth!

We thank the City of Port Coquitlam for offering the beautiful Michael Wright Art Gallery at Leigh Square for this workshop free of charge.


Gathering Place, Leigh Square Community Arts Village

Date: Saturdays, October 3 to December 5, 2015
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Location: Michael Wright Art Gallery, Gathering Place, 2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free
Pre-registration is strongly advised.

Courtesy of City of Port Coquitlam

Courtesy of City of Port Coquitlam

Workshop Requirements

Participants are encouraged to bring their own ukulele, music stand, digital tuner and copy of the textbookUkulele for Dummies. (Please do not be offended by the title of this rather good publication.)

We have also acquired a few sets of ukuleles, music stands, digital tuners and textbooks (with our personal funds) for loaning to participants who do not own any equipment, upon receipt of a refundable deposit of $55. Please do not mark in (and/or damage) the loaner textbooks (otherwise the deposit will be forfeited). Participants can reserve a set when they register using the form below.

As some of you have asked about the availability of ukuleles in the region, we have made some inquiries at local stores.


Michael Wright Art Gallery, Gathering Place

Ukulele Rental

  • Long & McQuade (Port Coquitlam) has a couple of ukuleles in stock for rent at $8/month. Please confirm with the store regarding availability if interested.

Ukulele Sales

  • Empire Music has a selection of ukuleles available via its website and has offered us a discount on the ukuleles we purchased for this workshop.
  • Long & McQuade (Port Coquitlam) has ukuleles for sale and can offer a payment plan. Please ask for Girard Knox for more information.
  • Tom Lee Music (Coquitlam) has offered participants of this workshop a 15% discount on ukuleles and music books. Please contact Dallas Todd at the store and mention you are a participant of this workshop to receive a discount.

Disclosure: We do not receive commission from any of these merchants. They are mentioned here as a service to the participants only.

Scheduling Note and Supplementary Materials

There will be no workshop on October 10 for the Thanksgiving long weekend. Workshop materials will be condensed to accommodate for this closure.

On October 24, the workshop will end early as we will be heading to a concert in Bellingham by one of the ukulele superstars, Jake Shimabukuro, from Hawaii. If you would like to take part, tickets can be obtained from Mount Baker Theatre while they are still available.

On October 29 at 9pm or on October 30 at 12am, please watch the documentary, Mighty Uke, on BC’s Knowledge Network if you have not watched it already.

On October 31, we will have a special Halloween-themed session.

On November 28, there will be no workshop as we have just been notified on October 2 that the Gathering Place will be used to host another function.



The workshop is currently full and registration is now closed.

As seats are limited, we kindly ask that all who register for this workshop commit to attending all sessions. Participants with full attendance will receive a Certificate of Completion for the workshop. Due to the length of each afternoon session, the workshop is unsuitable for young children. To assist us in our lesson planning, please let us know briefly your music background. Volunteers who are registering to help with the workshop, please indicate availability in the “Music Background / Comments” box.

Ukulele for Harmony Tutorials on Culture Days – Sep 26, 2015

The Cutie Circle is offering free ukulele tutorials to absolute beginners as part of the nation-wide Culture Days effort! Come and join in on the fun.

Culture Days

Learn to strum some chords and sing some songs with your fellow budding ukulele players! Let your inner musician shine and get a taste of what music can do for you! Get in on the soothing sounds so well-known in Hawaii and beyond!

Ukuleles, music stands, etc. will be provided on site. All you have to do is bring yourself, your friends and family!

Let’s play harmony together using the world’s happiest instrument. Music self-played is happiness self-made!

This event is sponsored by the Cutie Circle and the City of Port Coquitlam.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Location: M. Wright Art Gallery, Gathering Place, 2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Courtesy of City of Port Coquitlam

Courtesy of City of Port Coquitlam