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Cutie Circle’s 2020 Ukulele Workshop Series Postponed Indefinitely

In light of the current Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidance on Covid-19, Cutie Circle volunteers (aka Cuties) deeply regret to announce that the Sixth Annual Ukulele Workshop Series for Absolute Beginners will be postponed indefinitely in order to help mitigate disease transmission in the community-at-large.

In the meantime, ukulele kits (including instruction books) are available for loan from your local Fraser Valley Regional Library locations should aspiring students seek to have an early start on their ukulele journey via self-study.

We hope to offer it again at a future date and it will be announced on our website. If you would like to be informed by email, please feel free to complete the “Join Us” form to be added to our mailing list.

We have included below the general details about our workshop series for information only.

Stay healthy, hydrated, happy and safe.

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.

It was a fantastic experience for attendees and volunteers alike and we can hardly wait to meet everyone and spread the joy of ukulele this spring.

Many of our students have gone on to share music by volunteering their time to perform at municipal and regional events and/or to teach ukulele to other seniors and children in the community.

Photo Credit: Helena M.

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: Postponed Indefinitely
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 currently closed.

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 textbook, Ukulele for Dummies, 2nd Edition. (Please do not be offended by the title of this rather good publication.)

Ukulele Kits Loaning Program

We have 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 $60. 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.

Ukulele Scholarship Initiative

We are in the process of establishing a small scholarship for a few keen students who might otherwise not be able to afford to buy their own ukuleles to continue their music journey upon conclusion of our ukulele workshop series. Those who would like to donate any ukulele in good condition (new or used) to this scholarship program are welcome to contact us. We will put you and the recipient in touch.

2019 Ukulele Scholarship Winners

Ukulele Lending, Rental and Sales in the Region

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

  • Empire Music has a selection of ukuleles available via its website. For pick-up orders only (with a 24-hour advance notice because the company is a warehouse not a store-front), our students can pick up their orders in person to save on shipping.
    Empire Music has generously 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. The store also offers special discounts on ukuleles for all Cuties. The discounts can range from 9% to 15% depending on the make and model of the ukulele. Mention Cutie Circle at time of purchase to receive the discount. Ask for Brandon Smith for further assistance. (Information current as of March 24, 2017.)
  • Tom Lee Music (Coquitlam) has offered participants of this workshop a 10% discount on regular-priced ukuleles and music books. Please contact Dallas Todd or Adam Dean at the store and mention you are a participant of this workshop to receive a discount. (Information current as of March 14, 2017.)
  • Tapestry Music has offered participants of this workshop store discounts on regular-priced ukuleles. Please contact Michael Sabourin at the store and mention you are a participant of this workshop.

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


Michael Wright Art Gallery, Gathering Place

Ukulele Lending Collection at the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL)

  • Cutie Circle and Terry Fox Library collaborated in the Fall of 2016 to create the Uke ‘n Play ukulele public lending collection. The Cutie Circle, Empire Music, King’s Music, Ohana Music and our good friend, Linda Thiessen, collectively donated 50 ukulele kits (including ukuleles, gig bags and tuners) and the FVRL rounded out the collection with ukulele instruction books and plastic containers for each kit. Library patrons of the 25 FVRL branches (from Port Coquitlam to Boston Bar) can now borrow ukuleles for free. In fact, Library network cardholders in the surrounding region (e.g., Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley) can borrow ukuleles in person at FVRL locations as well. A further 20 ukulele kits were donated to FVRL in the Fall of 2017 by King’s Music and the Cutie Circle.

Ukulele Jam and Lessons at Ioco Ghost Town Day Festival

The Cuties are pleased to be participating at the Ioco Ghost Town Day Festival this year.

On Saturday, September 21, join us for a free outdoor movie hosted by Outdoor Movies BC and Port Moody Station Museum at 7:30pm at Ioco Lawn Bowling Green, Ioco Road and 1st Avenue, Port Moody. The film is Night at the Museum. Bring a jacket, a chair and / or a blanket and enjoy!

Join us on Sunday, September 22, for some ukulele jam and sing-a-long. We’ll also be giving free ukulele lessons to the public. Learn to play a song on the ukulele in one minute! There will be lots of family-friendly entertainment and activities on site, including the Home Made Pie Contest, line dancing, fire truck display, walk-around magic show, balloon artists, pony rides, trolley tours, food vendors, blessing for people and pets, and more.

We’ll be at Booth #10 (see map below).

Location: Ioco Road and 1st Avenue, Port Moody
Time: 12 noon to 4pm

Stage Schedule

12:00 – 12:20pm: Welcome
12:20 – 01:20pm: The Bird and the Lion
01:20 – 01:40pm: Line Dancing with Corrina Goodman
01:40 – 02:40pm: The Lion and the Bird
02:40 – 04:00pm: Nigel Tucker


See you all there!

Cutie Circle’s Ukulele Concert at Brookmere Park Opening on September 21

Join the Cuties on Saturday, September 21, on or off stage for a ukulele concert and an outdoor jam to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Brookmere Park in Coquitlam.

The City of Coquitlam is generously hosting this free public event and providing complimentary picnic lunch and refreshments! Please go to to RSVP and reserve your spot!

Cuties will also be providing free ukulele lessons at their tent to all interested ukulele enthusiasts!!! Bring your friends, family and ukuleles. There will also be ukuleles on site for visitors to learn to play a song in one minute!

Be sure to come, sing, strum and play in Brookmere Park in your tropical attire!

Free music, free food and friendship! We’ll see you all there!

Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket (and music stand if you are strumming along with us). There are also picnic tables for you to enjoy your complimentary sandwiches, tea, coffee and snacks.

Parking Information

Site Plan

Canada Day Outdoor Ukulele Jam, Parade and Free Lessons in Coquitlam

Cuties are ready to celebrate Canada Day on July 1 with ukulele players of all ages at the City of Coquitlam’s big birthday bash! Join us between noon and 6pm for some singing and strumming! We thank the City of Coquitlam for hosting this family friendly event once again!

For the second year in a row, Cuties will parade a ukulele float to partake in the Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day Parade this year! Come help us strum O Canada!.

1. Canada Day Parade (11:40 am to 12:30 pm)

Assemble at 11:40 a.m. at the gravel lot adjacent to the tennis courts.
The procession starts at 12 noon.

Please feel free to wear your cultural attire and/or festive red/white Canada Day wear. 

To sign up for the parade, go to the following Doodle Poll (and include your email address in the comments area):

2. Outdoor Ukulele Jam (1 to 4 pm)

Our outdoor ukulele jam starts at 1pm. Bring your songbooks, a chair and your music stand. Come with a song to perform! Meet new friends and sing your heart out on Canada Day!

3. Free Ukulele Lessons (Noon to 6 pm)

We will be giving free ukulele lessons from noon to 6pm to all guests wanting to try their hands at a fun and happy instrument.

Students earn certificates for participating in the ukulele lessons! Come also for some mini ukulele bumper stickers and the multi-colour ukulele hand stamps, too!

Learn to play “O Canada!” on the ukulele with us!

Our booth will be located on the Community Drive. Look for the tent with lots of ukuleles, flower leis, music stands and happy smiles!

See the map below for the Community drive where our tent is located.

“Named one of the top 20 festivals in Metro Vancouver by Business in Vancouver, this is a free community festival with live music and entertainment, food, beverages, family activities and fireworks.”

City of Coquitlam’s Celebrate Canada Day’s webpage

Event Parking

Limited parking will be available. We encourage you to walk, bike, carpool or take transit to the event site. A free bike valet will be available to keep your bike safe and secure during the day. Ride the SkyTrain to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas station, it’s located right beside Town Centre Park and is a short walk from the event site.

A free shuttle bus will run from Glen Eagle Secondary School from 11:30am to 11:30pm. View the parking map below for a list of free public parking in the area.

See you all there!

Cutie Circle’s We ❤️ Ukulele! Mini Festival – June 9 – Evergreen Cultural Centre

Cutie Circle is very happy to announce the We ❤️ Ukulele! Mini Festival, the first ukulele festival to be held in the Tri-Cities. The festival will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2019, in the Rehearsal Hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, adjacent to the Lafarge Lake – Douglas Skytrain station.

Festival Check-in and Standby Lists

If you are unable to attend the festival, we would be very grateful if you could let us know by cancelling online through Eventbrite or by emailing at your earliest possible opportunity.

Check-in Time: 9:00am to 9:45am


There will be road closure to accommodate the Teddy Bear Picnic Grande Parade on June 9.

  • The back entrance off Guildford Westbound will be open from 7:30am to 9:30am (or whenever they actually close the road for the parade).
  • The main entrance off Pinetree Way will be barricaded but Evergreen will provide a crewperson to let in any stray Cuties who try to come in that entrance.
  • Once the roads are closed, parking is available in the lot south of Guildford (map below and routing) and at the Aquatic Centre to the west.
  • Once the roads close for the parade, no one will be able to get out of the lot until 12:30pm. After that, all roads return to normal.

Arriving before 9:30am will guarantee you a spot in the Evergreen lot. This is especially important for people with mobility issues.

Here’s the link to the map of the road closure, nearby parking lots, and the parade route:

We encourage you to take transit, if possible.

If you plan on using the Evergreen Cultural Centre’s parking lot, please plan on arriving BEFORE 9:30am as access to the ECC’s free parking lot is scheduled to be closed at 9:30am or sooner.

Arrive early to get the best seats.

Support The Festival as Sponsors and/or Patrons

This festival is organized entirely by volunteers. We are pleased to announce that this will be a FREE ADMISSION ukulele festival.

Updates 2: Our Silent Auction opens for pre-bidding online from May 28 at 10:00am to June 5 at 10:00am. It will resume in person live at the festival on June 9 at the festival.
Get some rare and cool ukuleles, accessories and other lifestyle items at bargain prices:

Updates 1: We have reached our goal of offering free admission, thanks to all the patrons, sponsors and volunteers!

Online registration for free admission tickets opened on Thursday, May 23 at 10:00am on Eventbrite:

Thanks for your enthusiastic support. The festival is now sold out. A waiting list is available on the Eventbrite’s site.

(Photo courtesy of Janis Cleugh, Tri-City News)

We thank our presenters and growing list of sponsors, including our early supporters, Ohana Music, King’s Music, Tapestry Music, Amahi Ukuleles, Evergreen Cultural Centre and Port Moody Station Museum, for their support of this festival which will be available to attendees at or below cost. Our community-minded presenters, who believe in our cause, are offering their expertise at a special rate to make this festival a success.

Special Discounts for Friends of Cutie Circle

Please take advantage of the following discounts from our caring sponsors! This is an excellent time to make your ukulele-related purchases.

Empire Music is offering friends of the Cutie Circle special discounts on their website.
Use coupon code: CUTIE19 for a 10% discount between now and July 31, 2019.

King’s Music is offering friends of the Cutie Circle special discounts in many categories including tuners, straps, cases, strings, ukuleles, humidifiers, picks, etc.
Use coupon code: WEHEARTUKULELE between now and July 1, 2019.

Tapestry Music offers a 10% discount on ukuleles and ukulele accessories to Cutie Circle members and the We ❤️ Ukulele! Mini Festival attendees up until July 1, 2019. Tapestry Music also offers a rewards program which gives customers 2% back on all merchandise purchases.

Tom Lee Music is offering a 10% discount off regularly-priced ukuleles at the Coquitlam store. Festival attendees will each receive a special ukulele discount coupon.

We continue to welcome sponsors and patrons to keep the festival affordable and accessible to members of the ukulele community, regardless of one’s financial means.

The Cutie volunteers know in their heart of hearts that music is people’s birthright and it makes for happier people and a happier world when music is inclusive and accessible.

What better way is there to make music inclusive than to use ukulele, the happiest instrument on Earth?! Make our dream of holding a free admission festival come true!
Help us empower our fellow ukulele players with ukulele education.

Be a sponsor and/or a patron of this festival and celebrate our common love of ukulele.

Let us know at 604.552.UKES (8537) you would like to help.

You can

  • be a Patron with a reserved seat (by pledging $100 (or more) to cover the cost of one’s own admission and partially cover another ukulele player’s admission for this festival).
    A limited number of seats has been reserved for patrons.
    Call 604.552.UKES (8537) to reserve a seat
  • make a monetary donation;
  • donate to our silent auction;
  • take part in the silent auction;
  • spread the word about this festival;
  • be a volunteer, and more.

Festival Souvenir

Our exclusive and extremely limited edition festival t-shirts are now available for only $15 each. Limit one t-shirt per person. To order yours, please complete this online form:


Four Spectacular Workshops by Four Amazing Presenters

Four excellent musicians and music educators, Manitoba Hal, Jim D’Ville, Eduardo Garcia, and Guido Heistek, will be presenting workshops on popular ukulele topics we have always wanted to master.

Workshop Description

Manitoba Hal: Ukulele at the Crossroads — Blues Workshop

Legend has it that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads at midnight in order to learn to play the blues. Fortunately you don’t have to do that. Can you play the C chord? How about the F and the G7? If so then you too can learn the blues and no voodoo rituals or selling of your soul is needed! Manitoba Hal will take you through the 12 bar blues progression. Show you a few tricks and tips and have you strumming the blues in no time. Handouts available.

Jim D’Ville: The Emotional Value of Chords

There is a chord associated with each of the seven notes of a major scale. When played in context, each chord evokes a certain emotional response from the listener. Learning these chordal relationships will open your ears to the chord progressions to millions of songs. This is the first step to playing by ear. Knowledge of finger positions for C, dm, em, F, G, am, bdim helpful.

Eduardo Garcia: Movable Chord Shapes

Knowing in advance a few starting chords and willingness to practice the ‘barre’ after today.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to understand, find and practice any given Major, minor and Seventh chords on the ukulele. Departing from your current playing experience with chords like C, F, Am, Dm, G7 and a few more, we will discover how to find any other given chord! This way, we can unlock all available keys for us to play, or find more comfortable/suitable positions for those chords that might be giving us a hard time (Like E). Don’t worry if you don’t know those listed chords yet, diagrams will be provided for everyone!

Guido Heistek: Chord Melody Magic

Chord Melody is a solo ukulele technique that allows you to play chords and melody at the same time on one uke. It’s like magic! This workshop will give you an inside look at this thrilling technique. First, we will pick the melody and strum the chords of a song. Then, we will learn how the melody and chords can be played together at the same time! As a group, we will create a chord melody arrangement to a famous song like, “Lulu’s Back in Town”. Some knowledge of tablature will be helpful for this session. The workshop will be taught in G, C, E, A tuning. If you enjoy the solo ukulele stylings of Lyle Ritz or Herb Ohta, this is the workshop for you.


Manitoba Hal (NS, Canada) – The Canadian Ukulele Bluesman

Manitoba Hal has forged an international reputation for engaging and connecting with his audience through songs that are mournful, hopeful, silly, romantic and introspective. He proves that the uke can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies adding subtle important accompaniment using looping technology.

Performance Videos

Sweet Home Chicago LIVE in Sarnia Ontario

Alligator LIVE at Saskatoon Blues Festival 2018

Music Video

Blessed By Love – Official Video

Jim D’Ville (NM, USA)

Jim D’Ville is a music educator and facilitator who is on a mission to get ukulele players off the paper and playing music by ear. For nearly a decade Jim has taught his Play Ukulele By Ear workshops to thousands of players in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Jim has taught and performed at major ukulele events including the Ukulele Festival of Scotland, Kerrville Folk Festival, the NAMM Show, Melbourne (Australia) Ukulele Festival, West Coast Ukulele Retreat and many others. Jim is the author of the Play Ukulele By Ear DVD series and hosts the popular Play Ukulele By Ear website.

Jim is a Contributing Editor to Ukulele (magazine) and is sponsored in-part by Ukulele and the Deering Banjo Company.

“Jim’s Play Ukulele By Ear workshops are a high-energy roller coaster of learning and laughs. He is a one-of-a-kind. Buckle up!” — James Hill

Eduardo Garcia (BC, Canada)

Eduardo is a multi-instrumentalist who arrived in Vancouver in April 2017 from Mexico and is classically and traditionally trained.

Eduardo played with ‘Amate’, a traditional mariachi based in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was a cellist and chief arranger/composer for the ‘Victor Manuel Medeles’ chamber orchestra. He collaborated on ‘Tsenten Ajab’, a book of studies and arrangements of traditional and modern music for the Jarana Huasteca, a traditional folk instrument from Mexico’s Huasteco region.He was the founder/director of the Academia de Ukuleles de la Ribera, a self-financed music school that provided instruments and free music lessons to all children in his community.

He currently teaches, conducts and arranges music for the Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra. He participated in the Vancouver Ukulele Festival in 2018 and 2019, the Ajijic Ukulele Retreat (Mexico) in 2017 and 2019, and Beyond Trad music camp in 2018 (and soon, in the 2019 edition too!)

Guido Heistek (BC, Canada)

Guido has performed and taught in the US, Japan and Canada, and has worked as both an arranger and consultant for stage and film. Since 2012, he has run Ukulele in the Dark, a popular ukulele site with thousands of international followers. Guido has released a ukulele strumming DVD, a solo ukulele CD, and most recently The Chord Melody Book for Ukulele, which teaches the fine art of playing chords and melody at the same time. This will be Guido’s first workshop in the Vancouver area in four years. Don’t miss this rare opportunity!


Light refreshments will be provided. Thank you for the tremendous enthusiasm and support!

About Our Generous Sponsors

International Sponsors

Ohana Music (CA, USA)

Headquartered in Long Beach, CA, the team at Ohana Music believe in the importance of Quality, Playability, and Value. Since 2006, Ohana Music has focused on making ukuleles from rich tone woods and constructions that yield the best-sounding instruments possible.

Ohana Music has been supportive of Cutie Circle’s community initiatives including the Uke ‘n Play partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional Library by donating ukuleles and tuners to the public lending collection.

We are extremely grateful to Ohana Music for providing substantial financial support of this festival and the sponsorship of an Ohana ukulele for our silent auction.

Kala Brand Music Co.

Kala Brand Music Co. is based in Petaluma, CA. Kala‘s hometown is nestled in the Sonoma wine country and a harbor to an eclectic mix of artists, farmers, breweries and tech companies. At Kala, one will find a community deeply rooted in creativity and culture, spread across the many platforms and mediums of art, food, dairy, and music. Kala‘s character stems from its hometown drawing influence from Petaluma’s turn of the century downtown, its Gold Rush history and the modern meets historical vibe. The team at Kala knows it isn’t Hawaii, the birthplace of the ukulele, but it’s the birthplace of Kala‘s ukulele—the handmade Kala Elite USA ukulele.

We are extremely grateful to Kala Brand Music Co. for the sponsorship of a Kala Ziricote Concert Ukulele (KA-ZCT-C) for our silent auction.

Amahi Ukuleles (OH, USA)

Amahi Ukuleles is a division of the family owned business, Amati’s Fine Instruments, and have been producing high quality orchestral string instruments for over 25 years. In 2011, in order to provide ukuleles for the founder’s wife’s after school ukulele program, Amahi Ukuleles was born. The company is dedicated to providing high quality sounding ukuleles that are as attractive to the eye as to the ear.

The Amahi Ukuleles‘ finest craftspeople professionally setup and adjust their ukuleles in Cincinnati prior to supplying their customers throughout North America. They carry a complete range of ukuleles, from entry level soprano ukuleles with decorative designs to beautiful high-end ukuleles for serious musicians. Amati’s Fine Instruments is proud to have over 40 employees dedicated to furthering the advancement of music in the lives of children and adults.

We are extremely grateful to Amahi Ukuleles for the sponsorship of an Amahi Penguin Flamed Maple Acoustic Concert Ukulele (PGUK555) for our silent auction.

Local Retail Music Sponsors

Tom Lee Music (BC, Canada)

Since 1969, Tom Lee Music has proudly brought music making to local communities throughout British Columbia. Since the company’s humble beginnings as a small piano retailer in Vancouver, Tom Lee Music has grown into one of the largest full-line musical instrument retailers in North America. Tom Lee Music provides the very best in musical instruments, equipment, services and education throughout the eight retail locations and online store. Tom Lee Music is well known for supporting the local music community and have received numerous awards in recognition of our longstanding dedication. At Tom Lee Music, customer satisfaction is always the number one priority. The company’s aim is to provide every person with an enjoyable music making experience by delivering quality music products and services at competitive prices in an inspiring retail environment.

We are extremely grateful to Tom Lee Music for the sponsorship of a Kala Tenor Resonator Ukulele (KA-RES-CHR) and a Levy’s Tenor Ukulele gig bag for our silent auction.

Tom Lee Music is offering a 10% discount off regularly-priced ukuleles at the Coquitlam store. Festival attendees will each receive a special ukulele discount coupon.

Empire Music (BC, Canada)

After more than 60 years in the music business, Empire Music takes pride in offering music educators and students a choice of the best musical instruments available and is committed to offering customers the best products, service, and value in the industry. Empire Music offers an extensive range of products to find the musical instruments, teaching aids, or accessories to meet the customers’ needs.

Empire Music has been supportive of Cutie Circle’s community initiatives including the Uke ‘n Play partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional Library by donating ukuleles and tuners to the public lending collection.

We are extremely grateful to Empire Music for being a festival vendor and for the sponsorship of products including a ukulele and accessories for our silent auction.

Empire Music is offering friends of the Cutie Circle special discounts on their website.
Use coupon code: CUTIE19 for a 10% discount between now and July 31, 2019.

King’s Music (BC, Canada)

King’s Music has been serving musicians of the Fraser Valley and beyond since 1997. Having been a band teacher for 24 years, the company’s founder, Jack Koning, saw a need for a good local brass/woodwind instrument store as well as a convenient and top-notch instrument repair centre in his home-town of Abbotsford, B.C. Over the years, with the help of great staff and support, he would build that and more. In 2004, Jack’s son, Daniel joined the King’s Music team and began to add departments and expand product lines in order to better serve the diverse musical community. In hand-selecting what brands to make available to customers, value-for-dollar was and still is key.

In 2013, King’s Music expanded its services with a second location in Chilliwack, B.C. Since then both stores continue to hone their product selection and make sure that the service its staff provides is above and beyond so that whether you are a school teacher, a private instructor, a performing musician or just beginning your musical journey, you feel welcome at King’s Music!

King’s Music has been supportive of Cutie Circle’s community initiatives including the Uke ‘n Play partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional Library by donating ukuleles and tuners to the public lending collection.

We are extremely grateful to King’s Music for sponsoring the venue cost of our festival.

King’s Music is offering friends of the Cutie Circle special discounts in many categories including tuners, straps, cases, strings, ukuleles, humidifiers, picks, etc.
Use coupon code: WEHEARTUKULELE between now and July 1, 2019.

Tapestry Music (BC, Canada)

Tuba player David Sabourin believes that music feeds the soul. As the owner of Tapestry Music in White Rock, he makes it his business to have whatever you need, whether you’re picking up an instrument for the first time or you are a professional musician.

Tapestry Music has been on Johnston Road in White Rock since 1996, and they currently have three locations on the same street where they take care of business, which includes their retail store, a repair shop and a music school.

The retail location is a full-line music store selling band and orchestra instruments as well as drums, guitars, keyboards and electric pianos. The walls are lined with instruments — guitars of all sizes and colours, ukuleles, saxophones and drum sets — and the sheet music is neatly organized by genre.

Tapestry Music, staffed with music aficionados, offers everything from lessons and instruments for rent or sale for the beginner musician to boutique items like a guitar effects pedal for the professional.

“We’re not just trying to sell you something,” David says. “We’re generally interested in what your aspirations are and we’re trying to match you up with the right item so you can succeed.”

Tapestry Music has been supportive of Cutie Circle’s community initiatives including the Uke ‘n Play partnership with the Fraser Valley Regional Library by donating ukuleles and tuners to the public lending collection.

We are extremely grateful to Tapestry Music for being a vendor at our festival and for the sponsorship of an Acadia concert ukulele with a solid spruce top and flamed mahogany back and sides for our silent auction.

Tapestry Music offers a 10% discount on ukuleles and ukulele accessories to Cutie Circle members and the We ❤️ Ukulele Mini Festival attendees up until July 1, 2019. Tapestry Music also offers a rewards program which gives customers 2% back on all merchandise purchases.

Bonerattle Music (BC, Canada)

Bonerattle Music is one of the top ukulele destinations in the province and offers a wide range of high quality instruments, amplifiers and accessories. Bonerattle Music also stocks a variety of kids’ percussion instruments, novelties and great gift ideas for people of all ages. Bonerattle Music offers in-store​ lessons and repairs!

We are extremely grateful to Bonerattle Music for the sponsorship of two Kahiko ukuleles by DaCapo Music Limited for our silent auction.

Garibaldi Instruments (BC, Canada)

The name, Garibaldi Instruments, emerged from one of luthier Greg Harrington‘s favourite places, the Garibaldi Region in British Columbia. When he is not at work or in his workshop, he can often be found enjoying many of the recreational activities that this area has to offer.

A self taught luthier, and a member of the Guild of American Luthiers, Greg has been building instruments for over a decade. When he first began, he was instantly fascinated with the process and has since been working toward quality musical instruments with high play-ability and tone. He has spent many hours studying instruments and attending conferences, learning new skills along the way. In 2015, he had the privilege of studying at the European Institute of Guitar Making in Spain, where he focused on Granada Spanish guitar techniques of classical and flamenco guitars.
He has a great appreciation for the instrument building process, finding joy and pride in creating something out of raw materials. Over the years, he has completed more than 50 instruments, including electric solid body, demi-hollow body, steel string acoustic, classical and flamenco guitars as well as electric base and all concert, tenor and baritone ukuleles. He also makes specialty wooden boxes, music boxes and Irish Bodhram drums.

We are extremely grateful to Greg Harrington and Garibaldi Instruments for the sponsorship of a custom ukulele for our silent auction.

Neil Douglas Guitar Shop (BC, Canada)

Neil Douglas Guitar Shop has been proudly serving New Westminster since 1968. It offers expert repairs and sales, as well as private lessons for guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocals.

We are extremely grateful to Neil Douglas Guitar Shop for the sponsorship of two gift certificates each for one soprano ukulele and two lessons for our silent auction.


Long & McQuade, Port Coquitlam (BC, Canada)

The Port Coquitlam location originally opened in December of 1997 on Lougheed Highway and Shaughnessy Street serving the musical needs of Port Coquitlam, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Mission. The store quickly outgrew its square footage and a new, larger location was constructed at its current location on Dominion Avenue in the summer of 2006. Since then, the store has gone through several renovations to further improve the shopping experience. The store’s focus is on great customer service, combined with an excellent selection of musical equipment for all types of customers and their diverse needs.

We are extremely grateful to Long & McQuade (Port Coquitlam) for the sponsorship of a Denver Soprano Ukulele (DUKE-BRN) with custom gig bag for our silent auction.

Local Beauty, Wellness and Lifestyle Sponsors

Balanced Health Wellness Centre (BC, Canada)

Balanced Health Wellness Centre is dedicated to helping others reach their highest potential through massage therapy. We’ve created a healing experience from the moment you walk in the door. Our soothing, relaxed atmosphere creates an environment that calms the mind, body and spirit.

We are extremely grateful to Balanced Health Wellness Centre for the sponsorship of two (2) one-hour registered massage therapy sessions for our silent auction.

Barber and Fritz (BC, Canada)

Barber and Fritz is a simple collection of hair potions and offers no cutting edge formulas or the ‘newest best trend’. This is a collection of hair preparations that offer simple, classic, time honoured formulas and is built out of a love of the craft of hair and a love of the lost art of the beauty ritual.

We are extremely grateful for Barber and Fritz‘s sponsorship of a gift basket of fine haircare products.

Benée Rubin Design (BC, Canada)

Benée Rubin has always been inspired by multi cultural art, architecture, and the natural world. Her love of designing jewellery, combined with her goldsmithing talent has led to a 25 year love affair of crafting unique pieces for private clients and now collections for her Vancouver gallery and website. Her Canadian Artisan Gallery features handcrafted jewellery and gifts from Canadian and local artists. It is located in the East Village at 2629 East Hastings Street.

We are extremely grateful to Benée Rubin Design for the sponsorship of a pair of sterling silver with rose quartz briolette drops.

Dr. Bee Honeyland (BC, Canada)

Dr. Bee is a high-quality producer and purveyor of natural beehive products based in Pitt Meadows and has been in operation in Metro Vancouver for over 20 years. The owner and founder, Dr. Ron Lin, has a PhD in bee science and applies a scientifically-grounded approach to produce bee products that contain health benefits to stimulate healing in the body. An integral part of Dr. Bee’s approach is to ensure all their products are all-natural and involves minimal artificial processing.

We are extremely grateful to Dr. Bee for the sponsorship of two (2) gift boxes for our silent auction.

Happycakes (BC, Canada)

For over 5 years, Happycakes has been putting smiles on the faces of both children and adults with its scrumptious, artistically-crafted cakes, cupcakes, sugar cookies and more!

We are extremely grateful to Happycakes for the sponsorship of two gift cards for gourmet cupcakes for our silent auction.

Pomme Natural Market (BC, Canada)

Pomme Natural Market is 100% BC owned and operated.  The stores feature groceries selected with the highest ethical and nutritional standards, fully organic produce that’s locally sourced whenever possible, a wide range of top quality natural supplements and skincare, and a delicious deli that caters to all kinds of sensitivities and preferences. Pomme makes the healthiest, most forward-thinking food choices easy!

We are extremely grateful to Pomme Natural Market for the sponsorship of a large beautiful gift basket and a gift card for our silent auction.

skoah.® (BC, Canada)

skoah.® is a Vancouver-based skin care product company with locations in Canada and the US. All locations feature a facial only spa. The company is owned by Vancouver born Chris and Andrea Scott and all products are created in Vancouver, BC. Since 2001 skoah has earned recognition in many well-respected publications including In Style, The New York Times, Allure, The Globe and Mail, Travel and Leisure, Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue.

We are extremely grateful to skoah for the sponsorship of a fitskin™ facial.

Local Community Organizations

Fraser Valley Regional Library (BC, Canada)

Fraser Valley Regional Library is the largest public library system in British Columbia, with 25 community libraries serving almost 700,000 people in its service area. Established in 1930, it is funded with taxes raised in the communities it serves, plus a Government of BC operating grant. The governing board consists of elected officials representing 15 member municipalities and regional districts. With its mission of “opening minds, enabling dreams,” FVRL plays a prominent role in the communities throughout the Fraser Valley.

We are extremely grateful to the Fraser Valley Regional Library for their sponsorship of some of the festival’s ancillary needs and gifts.

The Uke ‘n Play program, a partnership between the Cutie Circle and the Fraser Valley Regional Library, administers a public ukulele lending collection.

Killarney Community Centre Seniors’ Association

The Killarney Community Centre Seniors’ Association (KCSA) is a registered nonprofit association. Its purpose is to develop, promote and provide programs, activities, services and special community events for older adults at Killarney Community Centre. Anyone who is 55yrs+ and registered into a program is a member of the Seniors Association.

We are extremely grateful to the Killarney Community Centre Seniors’ Association for its sponsorship of a Long and McQuade gift card for our silent auction.

Mission Ukulele Circle

Mission Ukulele Circle was founded in November 2013 by Richard Lepinsky. Since the group’s inception, word has spread the Mission Ukulele Circle has grown to over twenty members strong!

The Mission Ukulele Circle meets every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at St. Andrews Place, 7365 Cedar Street in Mission and the 3rd Friday of each month from 7 to 9pm at the Mission Seniors Center. The MUC has a lot of fun making music together!

We are extremely grateful to the Mission Ukulele Circle for its sponsorship that includes a financial contribution as well as sharing two of their songbooks for our silent auction.

Port Moody Station Museum (BC, Canada)

The historic Port Moody Station which houses the Port Moody Station Museum was the second station built by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Completed in 1908, the building and displays represent the role of the train station in the community and the early development of Port Moody. The Port Moody Station Museum is owned and operated by the Port Moody Heritage Society. Other activities conducted by the Port Moody Heritage Society include:

  • hosting many educational programs and heritage events at the Station Museum and elsewhere,
  • actively adding to a collection of over 200 oral histories by recording the stories of Port Moody residents and workers,
  • providing research services to local historians and writers,
  • assisting the Port Moody Heritage Commission in the creation of the Stone Marker Program and Heritage Building Inventory.

We are extremely grateful to the Port Moody Station Museum for including the Cutie Circle in its community events and for being the first sponsor of this festival.

The Cutie Circle has provided free ukulele lessons at PMSM’s educational and outreach activities.

UFCW Local 247

UFCW 247 represents over 12,000 members in British Columbia at employers such as Loblaw, Safeway/Sobeys, FG Deli Group Ltd., BC Tree Fruit Cooperative and many others.

We are extremely grateful to UFCW 247 for providing financial support of this festival and the sponsorship of several items for our silent auction.

Silent Auction Items


We graciously thank the following fellow ukulele players for being generous patrons of our festival.

  • P. McCarthy
  • S. Hyde
  • L. Burton
  • M. L. Riederer
  • M. Brinton
  • T. Milldhall
  • J. Wan
  • J. Yap
  • M. Wong
  • I. Batori
  • L. Legrow
  • P. Kidd
  • C. Lee
  • F. Fung
  • S. Stead
  • K. Hansen
  • M. Mah
  • W. L. Chen
  • L. Kitamura
  • D. Brearley
  • W. Cormack
  • S. Verceluz
  • L. Thiessen
  • P. Zubick
  • L. Spencer
  • C. Rain
  • S. Dreland
  • K. Soh
  • O. Pineda
  • R. Shell
  • R. Blewett
  • R. Appleby
  • M. Enns
  • S. Satrijo
  • F. Quintoro
  • B. Ditson

What to Bring to the Festival

  • Ukulele
  • Digital Tuner
  • Tools to take notes
  • Smiles and Enthusiasm
  • Snacks to share (if possible)

** Please do not bring your music stand. **

Local Accommodations

Directions and Parking

Visit Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Find Us page.
Road Condition Traffic Camera: Drive BC’s Highway 1 in Coquitlam

Cutie Circle Offers Free 4-Week Ukulele Workshop Series for Absolute Beginners at 411 Seniors Centre Society

Cutie Circle is pleased to partner with the 411 Seniors Centre Society in Vancouver to offer aspiring ukulele players a free 4-week Ukulele Workshop Series for Absolute Beginners on Monday afternoons this fall.

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 from September 10 to October 1. The workshop will conclude with a performance to celebrate our National Seniors Day before the final class.

Date: Mondays, September 10 to October 1, 2018
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: 704 – 333 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver.
Admission: Free
Registration is required. Please contact Mariko Takashina at 604.684.8171 or by email at

Workshop Requirements

Participants are encouraged to bring their own ukulele, music stand, digital tuner and copy of the textbook, Ukulele for Dummies, 2nd Edition. (Please do not be offended by the title of this rather good publication.)

Free Ukulele Lessons and Sing-a-longs at the 7th Annual Bees and Blueberries Festival

Cutie Circle volunteers will be holding free ukulele lessons and sing-a-longs at the 7th Annual Bees and Blueberries Festival in Pitt Meadows on August 18 and 19. Come celebrate the importance of bees and taking care of the environment! Admission is free or by donation to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation for this family friendly event.

Bring your uke and sing with us. Learn to play a song on the ukulele in one minute! Participants taking part in our ukulele lessons will receive certificates of completion. Get your free stickers and/or hand stamped with a ukulele. Our Cuties will be on hand to share their ukulele passion and stories with you.

This post has been updated to include a video from the festival.

The Festival will be giving away some honey and fresh blueberries to early-birds! Be there or be square!

Learn more about bees by taking part in the free guided tours which include a live bee hive opening! Also come see what you can do to keep bees healthy and support our planet by heading over to the planting corner to take home your very own free bee-friendly flower. There will also be free pony rides, face painting, and a petting zoo if you want to connect with nature one step further.

Visit the main stage to enjoy a lineup of performers and local favourites, including Dilly the Clown and Juno-nominated children’s singer-songwriter Ginalina. Children entering grades 1 to 4 in September can enter the Sylvan Learning Centre’s spelling bee contest. Pie fans can register for the blueberry pie eating contest. Last but not least, be sure to stick around for a LIVE bee beard performance at the end of both days.

Festival Schedule

Saturday Floor Plan

Sunday Floor Plan


There will be onsite parking.