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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.


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.



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

Emo and Ukulele — What Dreams are Made Of

Another Tale of a Ukulele Adventure

A Cutie’s simple wish of being in a photo with her all-time favourite comedian and all-time favourite instrument turned out better than her wildest dreams.

Emo and Ukulele

Jen was beyond elated with her favourite comedian and instrument all in one shot.

Emo Philips, the amazing comedy legend, graciously brought out his teal recorder after the photo and humoured Jen to a kanikapila of her all-time favourite ukulele song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Emo, Recorder and Ukulele

The first in Vancouver (maybe?) duet involving two underdogs of musical instruments took place at Yuk Yuk’s tonight in front of a live off-stage audience.

When Jen laughed herself into stitches and fell to the ground on one knee in the middle of their song, Emo quipped that she was just like Jimi Hendrix except that Jimi would save that for the end of his act.

Emo and Recorder

The ukulele player disappeared from view as she laughed too hard and was on her way to the floor.

Jen could only credit this memorable encounter to the ukulele’s awesome ability of attracting compassionate, funny people together with the ultimate goal of generating laughter and happiness. The unbelievable impromptu duet erased the gut-wrenching pain that had plagued Jen all day and left her with a semi-permanent grin as she entered dreamland tonight. Laughter is truly the best medicine. Congratulations on a fantastic show tonight, Emo! Thank you for your humanity and all the best to your comedy tour.