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Cutie Circle Celebrates Three Years of Ukulele Fun

The Coquitlam Ukulele Tiny Instrument Enthusiasts (Cutie) Circle will be hosting a ukulele birthday bash on Sunday, July 9, to celebrate its third birthday!!!!

There will be cake, a couple of prizes and lots of strumming and singing with friends! First-time visitors are welcome to join us for free this weekend! We’ll be bringing a few extra ukuleles for brand new players to try out at the Circle!

Come between 2 and 4pm this Sunday to the Rehearsal Hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Let us celebrate this milestone with family and friends who have supported us the last three years to put on ukulele workshops, concerts, community outreach for newcomers to Canada, ukulele documentary film screenings, and the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Uke ‘N Play public ukulele lending initiative, just to name a few.

We are especially grateful to the many participants of our free 7-Week Ukulele Workshop Series for Absolute Beginners who have gone on to spreading joy by volunteering their time to host ukulele circles in their own communities and workplace including in Pitt Meadows, Port Moody, Vancouver and soon in Maple Ridge this September.

As we look ahead to the coming season, we invite you to be a part of our community outreach at the City of Coquitlam’s Multicultural Day on July 15, 2017 at the Glen Pine Pavilion. We’ll be performing on stage and giving our very popular, free mini-lessons on the ukulele to the public.

We’ll also be celebrating Culture Days with ukulele activities fit for the entire family on September 30 at the Michael Wright Art Gallery, in the Gathering Place at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam and on October 1 at the Pinetree Community Centre in Coquitlam.

We would like to thank the Cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, especially the folks at the Evergreen Cultural Centre and Leigh Square, for the support we receive and look forward to many more happy times shared at these outstanding venues.

As we contemplate the amount of ukulele fun we have had, we send our gratitude to our mentors, including Azo Bell, Jim D’Ville, Manitoba Hal, Kimo Hussey, Zanuck Lindsey, Ralph Shaw, and Jake Shimabukuro. We are thankful to our friends and local ukulele leaders, Gary Cyr, Braden Deans, and Ron Usher who have generously lent their hands from the very start to make sure the Cutie Circle would thrive! We finally thank all the Cuties who volunteered and/or participated in ukulele activities of all manners. Your enthusiasm inspires us daily to spread the ukulele spirit and passion to a larger audience! Thank you for your friendship!

See you all at the Birthday Bash!

 

 

Cutie Circle’s 2017-2018 Calendar

Cuties’ Song Circle Dates for the 2017 – 2018 Season

Cutie Circle’s Regular Meeting Dates

We’ll be meeting from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on the following dates.

July 8, 2017 (We’ll be celebrating Cutie Circle’s Third Birthday.)
August 13, 2017
September 10, 2017
October 15, 2017 ** (moved back for Thanksgiving)
November 12, 2017
December 17, 2017 ** (moved back due to room availability)
January 14, 2018
February 18, 2018 ** (moved back for Family Day)
March 11, 2018
April 8, 2018
May 13, 2018
June 10, 2018
July 8, 2018

Complete Event Calendar

Venue Location – Address, Directions and Facility Map

The Evergreen Cultural Centre’s address is 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC.

We’ll be meeting in the Rehearsal Hall at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. As in the past, we will have free parking on Sundays and evenings.

DIRECTIONS

TransCanada Route
From Hwy# 1 take exit 44 and take Highway #7 NORTH (Lougheed) towards Coquitlam Town Centre. We are located just north of Coquitlam Shopping Centre at the corner of Guildford and Pinetree.

Barnet Route
From Barnet Hwy travel east through Port Moody, (along St Johns Street), and Coquitlam (along Barnet Hwy). Turn north (left) on Pinetree Way just east of Coquitlam Shopping Centre.

The Evergreen Cultural Centre is located on the northeast corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way, four blocks north of the Coquitlam Shopping Centre.

PARKING

Evergreen Cultural Centre has a north and south parking lot operated by the City of Coquitlam. Parking is free on Sundays. Parking is also free in the designated 30-minute parking spaces.

North Lot (Studio Theatre/Art Gallery/Box Office)
Travelling northbound on Pinetree Way, turn right at the traffic control signal at Town Centre Boulevard. Travelling southbound on Pinetree Way, turn left at the traffic control signal at Town Centre Boulevard.

South Lot (Rehearsal Hall)
NEW – note that there is no longer access to our south lot (backstage lot) from Guildford. Access to the lot via the North Lot and then via the driveway on the west side of the building.

NEW LOT – there is a new City of Coquitlam PAID parking lot located at the SE corner of Pinetree and Guildford. Parking is free after 6pm.


TRANSIT

Beginning December 2, 2016, patrons will be able to travel to the Evergreen Cultural Centre on the Evergreen Skytrain Line extension. We are located immediately adjacent to the Lafarge Lake – Douglas station at the north end of the Evergreen Line.

For more information and a transit schedules, please visit the Translink website.


ACCESSIBILITY

Evergreen Cultural Centre is an entirely wheelchair accessible facility. There are three wheelchair parking spaces next to the drop off area and in close proximity to the centre.

Facility Map

Once you arrive at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, refer to this Facility Map for finding the parking lot, the ramps, the Rehearsal Hall and the Studio Theatre. (Click the image below for a larger version.) The doors to the facility will be opened 15 minutes before our meeting time.

Evergreen Cultural Centre Facility Map

Cuties Celebrate Canada 150 in Coquitlam

Cuties are ready to celebrate Canada 150 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 will be having an outdoor jam all day and be giving free ukulele lessons 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 the multi-colour ukulele hand stamps, too!

Learn to play “O Canada” on the ukulele with us! Come with a song to perform!

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

See the map below for the location of our tent.

“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. Event-goers are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or use ​skytrain. A free bike valet service will be available. Ride the SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension to the Lafarge Lake – Douglas Station, it provides direct access to Town Centre Park.

A free shuttle bus will run from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. between the site and Gleneagle Secondary School and free public parking will be available at:

See you all there!

Heartwarming Ukulele Events All December in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody

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Are you ready for some heartwarming ukulele events this December? We have a full line-up of free community activities, performances, a food drive and, of course, our Christmas Ukulele Strum-and-Sing-Along!

Upcoming Ukulele Events

TransLink Skytrain Evergreen Extension Opening Celebration
Friday, December 2

1. Free Ukulele Tutorials (10:30am to 7:00pm)

If you’d like to volunteer, please email to sign up. We’ll be teaching basic chords and carols. A couple of hours of your time would make a big difference.

2. Ukulele Christmas Performances (2:30pm–3:00pm; 5:30pm–5:50pm)

We will give two ukulele performances. If you’d like to volunteer, please email to sign up.

We are holding free ukulele lessons all day and playing two ukulele performances tomorrow at the Coquitlam Central Station in celebration of the opening of the Skytrain Evergreen Extension. Here’s Translink’s media release and a list of the family fun activities from food to music at the new stations. Santa may be making an appearance tomorrow.

Find us at the Coquitlam Central Station. Come and cheer us on, or better yet, join us at the booth and/or on stage! Bring your uke, music stand, Santa’s hat and good cheers!

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Terry Fox Library Christmas Tea Ukulele Performance and Sing-Along
Friday, December 9

This event takes place from 2 to 3pm. Refreshments and good cheers will be provided.

Jake Shimabukuro’s Ukulele Workshop
Monday, December 12

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To get your hands on the last few tickets available, go to the Evergreen Cultural Center’s Box Office for workshop tickets. For more info about how to get to learn from this amazing musician, see our webpage:

https://cutiecircle.com/2016/10/21/jake-shimabukuro-ukulele-workshop-in-coquitlam/

Tom Lee Music Special Discount for December 2016

We are pleased to announce that participants of Jake Shimabukuro’s Ukulele Workshop on December 12 qualify for a 10% discount on ukuleles and printed music for the month of December at any of the Tom Lee Music Canada locations. This event has been designated a Coquitlam 125 sanctioned event in celebration of the City’s 125 years in recognition of the legacy the workshop will bring to the local residents.

Cutie Circle Christmas Strum-and-Sing-Along at Evergreen Cultural Centre
Sunday, December 18, 1:30pm to 3:50pm (note early start time)

Celebrate Christmas with us at our December song circle. We will also be holding a food drive for SHARE Food Bank. Your current, quality, non-perishable food item(s) will benefit local families. Last year, we raised 135 lbs of food donation thanks to your generosity.

Community Christmas Dinner at Port Moody Pacific Grace MB Church
Sunday, December 18

We’ll be performing at a community Christmas dinner in Port Moody after our song circle.

See you at our events!

Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele Workshop in Coquitlam

We are over the moon to announce that Jake Shimabukuro, the international ukulele superstar, will be visiting from Hawai’i to give a rare workshop aimed at inspiring ukulele players of all ages and levels on Monday, December 12 in Coquitlam.

We are also very proud that this workshop has been designated as a Coquitlam 125 sanctioned event in celebration of the City’s 125 years for the cultural legacy it will bring to residents in the region.

What’s more? Translink’s Evergreen Extension will open just in time for ukulele players in Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley to arrive by Skytrain at the terminus station immediately adjacent to the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Tom Lee Music Canada is offering 10% off ukuleles and print music to participants of the workshop for the month of December. Be sure to save your workshop tickets.

Considered one of the world’s most influential ukulele players of all time, Jake will be sharing his expert knowledge and talents on the tiny instrument that has touched the hearts of millions around the globe. This workshop will prove to be a breathtaking event that will give participants a glimpse of the amazing magic one can perform with the approachable and adorable ukulele. Advance tickets went on sale at 10am on Sunday, October 23. Get your tickets early for best seat selection!

Biography

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument — an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

That first brush with musical fate took place in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where Jake was born and still makes his home. Growing up, he studied and played a number of other musical instruments — drums, piano and guitar. “But none of those instruments spoke to me the way the ukulele did,” he says. “There was something about the uke that was different. Music was my passion, but I had no idea that I could make it as a musician. I always thought that maybe I’d be a school teacher and incorporate music into the classroom, rather than being on a stage performing in front of people.”

Of course, Shimabukuro would end up performing on many of the world’s most renowned stages. Starting his career in Hawai’i, he took his inspiration from some of the islands’ great uke players — Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. But he quickly expanded his scope from there, drawing influences from across the musical spectrum.

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He even played for Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

Shimabukuro’s busy touring schedule — 140 dates a year — is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

A husband and father of two, Jake balances his stellar career with family life and community service. He travels to schools around the world spreading positive messages to young people, encouraging them to live drug free and find their passion — just as he did at age four when his mother gave him his first ukulele lesson. In the time since then, he has played a key role in the current revival of interest in the ukulele.

Jake Shimabukuro Timeline

Workshop


Title: Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele Workshop

Date: Monday, December 12, 2016

Time: 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)

Location: Evergreen Cultural Centre, Studio Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Parking: Free

Advance Ticket: $43.25 (inclusive of GST and Capital Improvement Fee) Reserved Seating

Ticket at the Door: $53.75 (inclusive of GST and Capital Improvement Fee)

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Tickets are also available through the Box Office by phone at 604.927.6555 or in person at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Participants may bring their ukuleles to the workshop.

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Thank you for the tremendous enthusiasm and support!

Local Accommodations

Directions and Parking

Visit Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Find Us page.
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Azo Bell, Aussie Ukulele Maestro, Gives Workshop and Concert

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Aussie Ukulele Maestro, Azo Bell, will be including a stop in Coquitlam during his North of the Equator Tour on September 16, 2016. We are extremely thrilled to have Azo teach and perform in Canada.

** Hot off the press **
The multi-talented Azo Bell has just been named this year’s Musical Saw Champion at the 2016 International Musical Saw Festival, Roaring Camp in Felton, California, in August.

Biography

Touted as “Australia’s top-ranked ukulele player” by the online magazine, World Music Central, Azo was already a professional musician with over 25 years experience as a guitarist when he began playing ukulele in 1992.

Since then he has played around his homeland (Australia) and the world as MD for Theatre group Stretch MK1, with his trio The Old Spice Boys, and solo. His tenth ukulele featured album is about to be released. (See his nine ukulele albums here.) His ukulele style stems from involvement in many musical genres, using techniques adapted from the Cavaquinho and the guitar, with an emphasis on improvisation.

Be sure to catch this very rare opportunity to see Azo Bell in action because the last time this ukulele legend toured in North America was almost 15 years ago. Guarantee your spot in the workshop and/or concert and register! There is a $5 discount for attending both workshop and concert.

“I have a new ukulele hero, Azo Bell from Byron Bay. He closed out the all-day festivities at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival on Sunday with his combo The Old Spice Boys. Wow! I’ll be spending some time with him this week as I make my way to Brisbane and the Gold Coast.”
Jim D’Ville, “Play By Ear” Ukulele Educator

“Azo Bell is one of the most interesting and creative uke players around the world today. He’s a virtuoso musician who never fails to surprise and delight with his ever-changing ideas. His dedication to this humble yet challenging instrument is evident in the music he produces.”
Bob Brozman, Bluesman

“Azo Bell is a master musician and a superb ukulele player. In Bell’s hands this modest instrument is an object of wonder. The Old Spice Boys can lift the heart.”
Rhythms Magazine

“[Azo Bell] He’s an amazingly great player. I’ve seen him in action many times since 2002 and he never disappoints.”
Ralph Shaw, King of the Ukulele

I met Azo Bell in 2002 in New Jersey, attending my first ukulele festival. I will always remember his stage performance, getting sounds and tones I never thought possible out of his soprano ukulele.
DaSilva Ukulele Co., Berkeley, California

“As with all the best musical wits, underpinning the hilarity is expert musicianship. Bell, both a virtuoso and highly imaginative improviser, wrests some glorious sounds from his ukulele.”
– John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

“Aussie Azo Bell is one of the best uke players of the new-uke generation. Along with band mates Billy Milroy on single string bass and Tim Reeves on snare drum, Azo shows off some amazing single note picking and strumming that are one part vaudeville, and one part modern jazz. Includes many standards Rag Mop, Foggy Day In London Town, Misty, and a slew of originals including the instant uke classic Spider Walk. Serious chops mixed with a wicked sense of humor.”
– Jim Beloff, Flea Market Music, California (from review of ‘Lost In Spice’ CD)

“In a sea of mediocrity it’s nice to watch a uniquely fresh-sounding band like The Old Spice Boys rise to the surface. They never fail to entertain an audience no matter how diverse.”
– Keven Oxford Founder/Producer East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival

“Armed with outrageously minimal instrumentation, The Old Spice Boys get more music, more laughs and more style from a ukulele, a tea-chest bass and a solitary snare drum than most bands get from a truckload of instruments and equipment.”
– Newcastle Herald

Check out some of his amazing performances.

Workshop (6:30pm)

Azo Bell’s workshop reflects his expertise with the instrument, as a musician, and as a person, and suits ukulele players of all levels and all persuasions. The focus is on musicianship rather than learning tunes. As far as possible the program is flexible to meet the varying interests and abilities of ukulele players.

1. Musicianship is often regrettably overlooked when people begin learning and sometimes continues to be. Azo’s workshop deals with the listening and trust required to be a musician – from the most basic level. The group is directed to listen, play (together), and imagine music in fun ways that encourage a functional relationship with music – and with each other as musicians.

2. Technical aspects of the instrument – can make it hard to play or spoil the sound. Azo will demonstrate some simple tests to reveal the most common problems and show how most can be corrected using common tools (or how to avoid buying an instrument that will be difficult to set up).

3. Azo will demonstrate his unique strumming technique. There will be some rhythm exercises. If there is interest, he’ll break it down (slow it down) and describe the learning process he followed to develop it and how to enjoy it.

4. Some time will be devoted to Q & A and general discussion. Whenever possible this will continue after the allocated time and wind down when everyone’s had enough.

5. Unless specifically asked, Azo will avoid harmonic theory. It is possible to be a fine musician knowing nothing about it, and discussion can easily get boring for those who already understand it and for those who don’t want to.

If asked, Azo will describe his pathway to understanding the instrument harmonically and how to draw “continuous fretboard” diagrams showing all possible chord and scale fingerings.

Solo Concert (8:45pm)

Azo’s dynamic multi-genre playing will charm uke lovers all over. Uke-flipping is just one of his many specialties! Be mesmerized by his masterful musicianship and his witty on-stage presence.

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016

Time: 6:30pm — 8:30pm; 8:45pm — 9:30pm

Location: Studio A, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Cost: $30 for workshop; $15 for concert; $40 for workshop and concert.

Please complete the registration form below. A confirmation email will be sent to all registered participants.

Local Accommodations

Directions and Parking

Visit Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Find Us page. Please check this page for latest updates on road construction near the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Studio A is on the North side of the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

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Canada Day Jam(boree) in Coquitlam

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This Canada Day, we will have some fun activities for all Cuties and friends: a community parade with ukuleles, free mini ukulele tutorials, and a ukulele jam.

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The march will happen at 12:15pm at the Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day event in the Coquitlam Town Centre Park. Let’s make this the largest ukulele march on July 1 again!

1. The Community March with Ukuleles @12:15pm

Come and strum “O Canada” during the parade. Here’s the simple ukulele version.

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2. Mini Ukulele Tutorials

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At our tent (located on the east side of Trevor Wingrove Way) from 1:00pm onwards, Cutie volunteers will be giving free mini ukulele tutorials to visitors. Send your aspiring ukulele friends along for some fun. We can always use more volunteers.

Free Public Parking Map:

3. Ukulele Jam (and Practice)

At 5pm, we’ll have our ukulele jam (and practice). Everyone is welcome to join us.

Join us and RSVP below to participate in the march, volunteer at the booth and/or join us at the jam!

See you all and Happy Canada Day!

Schedule

11:00am Set-up at the Cutie Booth on the “Community Drive” (see attached map)

12:15pm @the Meadow Stage

We will all meet at the Meadow Stage at 12:15pm, each group has been assigned a position and we will arrange ourselves in that order. The parade will be led by the performers on the Meadow Stage, Ache Brazil at the end of their set at 12:30. Please be ready to go by 12:15pm so that it is a seamless procession once they leave the stage at 12:30pm to start the Procession. We will be walking towards the Meadow Stage, first circling the Meadow area and then heading down the right side path around the front of the stage. The Mayor and Council, RCMP and MPs and MLAs will have chairs on the stage. See attached map. Please fill out the area in front of the stage getting ready for the singing of O Canada Day.

After the singing of O Canada we will have the formal speeches ending with a ribbon cutting and cake give away.

The order that we will go in is:

  1. Ache Brazil
  2. RCMP
  3. Mayor and Council
  4. Dignitaries
  5. 777Roayal Canadian Air Cadets
  6. Coquitlam Martial Arts
  7. Coquitlam Ukulele Tine Instrument Enthusiasts Circle
  8. Arthur Murray Dance Studio
  9. Coquitlam Express with Mascot
  10. City of Coquitlam Environmental Mascot
  11. Tri City Iranian Cultural Society
  12. Immigrant Service Society of BC
  13. Society Francophone de Maillardville
  14. Tri-City Chinese Community Society

1:00pm Cutie Circle Ukulele Tutorials

5:00pm Ukulele Jam

6:00pm Wrap-Up and Take-down of Booth

10:00pm Fireworks

Sign-up Form

Let us know how many are attending the Ukulele March by signing up here. We’ll have flower leis to loan to add to the summer feel. If you need to borrow a uke for the march, just let us know when you sign up!

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Jim D’Ville Gives Play By Ear Workshops

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We are so pleased to announce that Jim D’Ville will be in town on August 14, 2016 to give Cuties two popular ukulele workshops: Picking Ukulele by Ear and Play Ukulele by Ear: Chord Progressions and the Circle of Fifths . Jim is known for his Play By Ear approach to ukulele pedagogy all around the world. This is a rare opportunity to learn from Jim in person! Sign up early to guarantee your spot in the workshops! There is a $10 discount for attending both workshops.

Biography

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. Over the last six years he has taught his Play Ukulele By Ear workshops to thousands of players in the United States, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean. Jim is the author of the Play Ukulele By Ear DVD series and hosts the popular Play Ukulele By Ear website.  Jim is sponsored by Kala Brand Ukuleles.

Workshop 1 (4:10pm)

Picking Ukulele by Ear

Learn to pick the melodies to your favourite songs without tab! This ground-breaking workshop is the first of its kind to use the solfege syllables to organically train your ears to hear and play the scale patterns where all the melodies live. Topics will include playing scales, arpeggios, rolls and fills, and of course songs! This workshop is the first step to being able to play anything that comes into your head!

Workshop 2 (5:25pm)

Play Ukulele By Ear: Chord Progressions and the Circle of Fifths

Being able to hear and identify chord progressions will go a long way toward demystifying music. Before you know it you’ll be hearing and recognizing dominant seven and diatonic chord progressions. This exciting workshop will open your ears to the way all songs work around the Circle of 5ths and see how we can use it to understand the underlying structure of how all songs work. Knowledge of chords C F G7 A7 D7 E7 Am Dm Em is helpful.

Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016

Time: 4:10pm — 5:10pm; 5:25pm — 6:25pm

Location: Coquitlam

Cost: $30 for one workshop; $50 for both workshops

Please complete the registration form below. A confirmation email will be sent to all registered participants.

Local Accommodations

Directions and Parking

Visit Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Find Us page.

A Mid-Summer Eve’s Delight of Romantic Favourites by Ukulele Jazz Masters Kimo Hussey and Zanuck Lindsey

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Once again we are bringing Kimo Hussey and Zanuck Lindsey to Coquitlam this July. We are pleased that they will be offering the new Chord-Melody Secrets for Ukesters workshop (July 9), a jazz ukulele concert, A Mid-Summer Eve’s Delight of Romantic Favourites (July 10), and the MasterClass for Ukulele Mentors (July 11). Attend both the workshop and concert for a discounted value package. Get your tickets now for best seat selection!

Delight your senses and enjoy the mastery of jazz played with a Hawaiian flair by two world-renowned musicians. This fine summer evening promises to be filled with sweet sounds of romantic ballads. Expect an evening of extraordinary music featuring talents that are rarely found in both instrumentalists and vocalists. Kimo’s latest album is a nominee for the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts’ 2016 Ukulele Album of the Year distinction.

Biography

Kimo Hussey is a much sought after performer and teacher, traveling extensively to ukulele festivals and workshops worldwide. He has recorded two solo CDs, “Eminent Ukulele” and “Low G” (from iTunes), and has participated in several composite CDs. He is an author of the multiple award-winning Hawaiian songbook,”He Mele Aloha” which has sold millions of copies and has been translated into other languages. Kimo is the president of the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii and his love for the instrument has made him a natural bridge between players and luthiers.

Zanuck Lindsey has been a professional musician, bandleader, teacher, composer, and producer for 30+ years. He has traveled extensively, performing internationally. A few highlights include performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Irvine Meadows, Shoreline Amphitheater, Aloha Stadium, Royal Hawaiian and the Oneness Center in Golden City, India to mention a few.

Concert


Title: A Mid-Summer Eve’s Delight of Romantic Favourites

Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016

Time: 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Location: Evergreen Cultural Centre, Studio Theatre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Parking: Free

Cost: $25 (inclusive of GST and Capital Improvement Fee) Reserved Seating

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Tickets are also available through the Box Office by phone at 604.927.6555 or in person at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

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If you are looking to move to the next level of your ukulele pursuit and would like to venture into chord melody, this workshop is for you! Learn from ukulele masters, Kimo and Zanuck, the techniques that can bring more joy and pleasure to your playing! This is the first time we are offering a workshop on chord-melody and we have been looking forward to it for sometime now! Be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity!


Title: Chord-Melody Secrets for Ukesters

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Evergreen Cultural Centre, Rehearsal Hall, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Parking: $0.75 per hour.

Cost: $30

Buy tickets for both the concert and workshop for only $50.

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For tickets to the workshop only, please call the Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Box Office at 604.927.6552, complete the registration form, or visit the Evergreen Cultural Centre in person.

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MasterClass


Intended for practising and/or aspiring ukulele teachers, Kimo Hussey will be providing a small MasterClass focused on techniques and insights on becoming ukulele mentors. This MasterClass is limited to a total of ten (10) participants to allow for exchange of ideas in an intimate setting. SOLD OUT.

Thank you for the tremendous enthusiasm and support!

Title: MasterClass for Ukulele Mentors

Date: Monday, July 11, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Coquitlam

Cost: $50

Please complete the registration form below. A confirmation email will be sent to all registered participants.

Local Accommodations

Directions and Parking

Visit Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Find Us page.

Cuties’ 2015 Ukulele Spectacular at Coquitlam Multicultural Fair

Photo Credit: Terry Wilson

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Our dear friend, Gary Cyr, will be leading us to perform among others on July 28 as a part of the Multicultural Fair at Spirit Square in Coquitlam. Our presentation is coined “Ukulele Spectacular”. If you would like to participate but have not signed up yet, complete the form below to let us know as the more the merrier! If you have spare ukes to bring for the audience to try, let us know as well.

The Fair actually starts at 11 am and there will be “a variety of live entertainment, music and dance. Many cultures will be represented with performances from Chinese, South Asian, Polynesian, Korean and South American groups. There will be door prizes and activities for kids as well as adults. Visitors can try their hand at Chinese brush painting, calligraphy or learn a new dance.”

Performance

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Time: 1:40pm – 1:50pm (Please arrive by 1:10pm as requested by City of Coquitlam.)

Attire: Hawaiian-themed outfits (e.g., leis, grass-skirts, etc.) or Cutie t-shirts

Accessories: Bring a uke, a music stand and songbooks.

Location: Spirit Square, 3000 Burlington Drive, at Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

A shuttle bus will run between Glen Pine Pavilion and Dogwood Pavilion during the event. See official website for current shuttle schedule and information.

Multicultural Fair schedule

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Informal Rehearsals

Note: Everyone is welcome to participate at the Fair without coming to the informal rehearsals. However, please do register so that we can let the organizer know how many chairs to put on stage, etc.

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Time: 6:00pm

Location: Como Lake Park, 700 Gatensbury Street, Coquitlam

Accessories: Bring a uke, a chair, a music stand, and songbooks.

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 6:00pm

Location: Como Lake Park, 700 Gatensbury Street, Coquitlam

Sign Up for Performance on July 28

(There is no need to sign up for the informal rehearsals.)