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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

Directions

There will be onsite parking.

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 first time, Cuties will attempt to build a ukulele float to partake in the Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day Parade this year! Come help us decorate our float.

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.

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 (11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.) will be available to keep your bike safe and secure during the day. Check out the site map for location. CloseRide 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 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. between Town Centre Park and Glen Eagle Secondary School. View the parking map for a list of free public parking in the area.

See you all there!

Cutie Circle’s 2018 Ukulele Workshop Series for Absolute Beginners

For the fourth year in a row, Cutie Circle volunteers (aka Cuties) will once again be offering aspiring adult ukulele players a free ukulele workshop series on Saturday afternoons.

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 April 14 to June 9.

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.

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Gathering Place, Leigh Square Community Arts Village

Date: Saturdays, April 14 to June 9, 2018
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 required. Registration form is located on the bottom of this page.

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.

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.

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Michael Wright Art Gallery, Gathering Place

Ukulele Rental

  • Long & McQuade (Port Coquitlam) has a couple of soprano ukuleles in stock for rent at $10/month. Please confirm with the store regarding availability if interested. (Information current as of March 14, 2017.)

Ukulele Sales

  • 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.)

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

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.

Scheduling Notes and Supplementary Materials

The Workshop Series will be held on April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 26; Jun 2, 9.

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Registration

Online registration is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please complete the form below.
Registration confirmation will be sent to email addresses supplied via the form below. We look forward to meeting you at the workshop.

The workshop series is geared towards adult learners and is unsuitable for young children and unaccompanied minors due to the length of each 2-hour session and the pedagogy employed. Adult participants who would like to bring along minors must supervise and assist their children at all times during the workshop.

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. Registration is required for all participants.

To assist us in our lesson planning, please let us know briefly your music background.

For volunteers who are registering to help with the workshop, please indicate availability in the “Questions / Comments” box.

 

Cutie Circle Ukulele Jamboree on Culture Days 2017

Join the fun and discover a new instrument as you learn to play a song on the ukulele in just five minutes at our Culture Days events. For a complete listing of all the Tri-Cities’ Culture Days happenings, download this 2017 Culture Days Guide.

Cutie Circle volunteers will be celebrating Culture Days on September 30 from 1 to 4pm in the Michael Wright Art Gallery of the Gathering Place at Leigh Square Community Arts Village in Port Coquitlam and on October 1 in Room 789 at Pinetree Community Centre in Coquitlam.

We will have on hand ukuleles for curious aspiring musicians to try their hands at strumming and singing!

On Saturday, Cuties will also be performing twice at Leigh Square as part of the unveiling of the Canada 150 Mural at 12:15pm and 12:35pm. Come sing and/or strum with us!

Cutie Circle Performs during Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Unveiling
Time: 12:15 – 12:25pm; 12:35 – 12:45pm
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Location: Leigh Square Community Arts Village, 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Bring your ukulele and join us in the performances as the City of Port Coquitlam unveils its Canada 150 Mosaic Mural.

Cutie Circle Ukulele Jamboree in Port Coquitlam
Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Location: Michael Wright Art Gallery, Gathering Place, 2253 Leigh Square, Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Come for a free ukulele lesson between 1:00 and 3:00pm. Bring your ukulele and come for our open jam from 3:00 to 4:00pm.

Cutie Circle Ukulele Jamboree in Coquitlam
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Location: Room 789, Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Come for a free ukulele lesson between 9:00 and 11:00am. Bring your ukulele and come for our open jam from 11:00am to 12:00 noon.

We’ll have on display a fresh-off-the-factory-floor Populele, a smart ukulele that helps ukesters learn new songs.

Check out Canada’s only Conchalele and be immersed in the tropical island-feel!

Better yet, bring your uke and attend our open jam.

We thank Leigh Square of City of Port Coquitlam and the Pinetree Community Centre of City of Coquitlam for sponsoring our events. Special thanks go to Place Des Arts for including us in the Tri-Cities promotion.

Cuties Perform and Teach at TCCS’s First Annual Mid-Autumn Carnival

Come join the Cuties for some outdoor ukulele fun between 1 and 6 pm on Saturday, September 2, 2017 as we have been invited to participate at the Tri-City Chinese Community Society‘s First Annual Mid-Autumn Carnival. Find us by Lafarge Lake at the Coquitlam Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.

This is a multicultural festival showcasing many diverse cultural performances by groups including:

Asian Arts Bhangra Club, Colours Of Dance Academy, Cutie Circle, Eastern Strings Chinese Music Ensemble, Flying Dance Studio, Latin Fusion Dance Company, Learning Stars Arts Academy, Wang Heng Wushu Taichi Institute and

individual artists such as Sara He, Shannon Matter, Martin Mayer, Tonje Olson, just to name a few.

There will be musical performances on cello, drums, piano, ukulele, violin, zither, etc. and, Bhangra and belly dancing, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese costume fashion show, and much more.

We will be hosting an open ukulele jam and giving free ukulele tutorials to everyone who is interested in picking up a new instrument. Learn to play a song in under one minute. Participants will each receive a certificate for their achievement! Ignite your musical spark within and take the first step to becoming the musician you have always wanted to be.

The Cuties will also entertain on stage as part of an exciting line-up of cultural musical and dance performances . We can’t wait to share our love for the ukulele with you and yours. Colourful ukuleles and musical adventures await you on Saturday!

There will be information booths from a variety of organizations. Food trucks will be serving up delectable treats. Gardening enthusiasts may share their experiences and participate in a plant swap. Kids can have fun in the play area including a bouncing castle.

There will be a special Birthday Party complete with cake and moon cake as colourful lanterns are being displayed by the lake. The first 100 attendees with birthdays in August or September will receive a birthday gift at the Carnival.

The TCCS receives acknowledgements for its event.

Justin Trudeau John HorganRichard StewartGreg MooreMike ClayMike FarnworthJoan IssacsRon McKinnon Selina Robinson

See you there!

2017 Ukulele Extravaganza at Coquitlam Multicultural Fair

Our dear friends, Gary Cyr, Jerry Santa Cruz and Glen Towns, will be leading us and playing drums and bass respectively during our performance on July 15 as a part of the Multicultural Fair at Spirit Square in Coquitlam. Our presentation is coined “Ukulele Extravaganza”.

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!

Here’s a clip filmed at last year’s performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlkszXu5ma4

The Fair starts at 11 am and there will be “a variety of live entertainment, music and dance.” There will be activities for kids as well as adults. Visitors can try their hand at wood carving and arts and crafts.

Like last year, we will also have a booth to give mini ukulele tutorials and to just hang out with other aspiring ukulele players over an outdoor jam. To sign up for the volunteer table, please use the same form below.

Free Admission and Raffle Draw

Admission to attend the event is free and there will be a concession with a barbecue lunch and other food available for purchase. There will also be door prizes and raffle draws. We are also contributing a couple of prizes for the event.

Performance

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: Check-in by 1:40pm. Be ready to go on stage by 1:50pm.
Location: Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Court, Coquitlam, BC
Attire: Hawaiian-themed outfits (e.g., leis, grass-skirts, etc.) or Cutie t-shirts
Accessories: Bring an uke, a music stand and songbooks.
Parking: Available under the Glen Pine Pavilion, access from Glen Drive. Outdoor parking, access from Burlington St., plus the City of Coquitlam staff parking are beinig made available for this event across the street on Burlington St. with additional street parking around the area. See also Glen Pine’s Parking Information page.

 

Photo Credit: Terry Wilson

Photo Credit: Terry Wilson

Free Ukulele Mini-Lessons at Our Outreach Booth and Outdoor Jams

Our outreach booth is our home base to hang out during the performances. We will have a few colour ukes to show visitors how to play (or for us to have a jam)! Earn a certificate for complete your ukulele lesson!

We will have a hand-stamp station for kids to stamp their hands. We will also have some free stickers to give away!

Time: 11:00am – 2:30pm (We’ll be setting up our table around 9:00am.)
Location: Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Court, Coquitlam, BC
Wi-Fi: Wireless devices should be able to pick up wi-fi signal from the Glen Pine Freenet.

Map:

 

Sign Up for Performance and/or Ukulele Mini-Tutorial Assistant on July 15

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!