COMMUNITY THEATRE Workshop Participants
The Ukulele Community Theatre will showcase a variety of programmed events with grass roots and virtuoso ukulele performances!
And it's all FREE! Come for ONE or MANY!
Stay ALL DAY!
Please note BLUE shaded times are for Workshop Participants ONLY
YELLOW shaded times are Open for the Public
BLUE and YELLOW are wide open!
Check out some of our performers on UKE TUBE!!!
Not to be missed, Horizon Ridge is a group of four fine singers, songwriters and players with a passion for all kinds of music. Multi-instrumentalists Dianne Quinton, Steve Goodchild, Helen Goodchild and Peter May blend rich voices and diverse musical backgrounds to bring a respectful appreciation for the different styles of songs they play.
The recipient of the 2018 YYC Music Awards Female Artist of the Year and the Zackariah and the Prophets Memorial Award, the vocal talents of Calgarian Kate Stevens have been described as a diverse mix of emotive folk, soulful pop, with distinctive melodies and meaningful lyrics. Kate is a community builder, collaborator, and supporter of young musicians. She is the creator of Youth Musicians of Music Mile Alliance (YOMOMMA) which connects, provides mentorship and performance opportunities for aspiring youth.
A musician at heart, Sarah loves performing both her own songs and covers of other artists. Music has been an integral part of her life for nearly ten years and has loved every minute of it. From exploring various instruments to discovering new musical styles, she has had quite the musical journey. Sarah has been exploring the ukulele for the last three years and loves the community surrounding this cheerful instrument. It really is impossible to frown while playing the ukulele!
Cathy & Nobuo
Based in Calgary, versatile performer Nobuo Kawaguchi teams up with cellist Cathy Checora to present their distinctive renditions of some of your favourite folk and pop tunes. You are sure to enjoy their arrangements featuring vocal harmonies variously accompanied by ukulele, guitar, harmonica, upright bass, and cello.
Since her departure from the Dino Martinis, Nico has emerged as a ukulele-playing singer-songwriter. Her song-writing style infuses a blend of folk, rock, pop, calypso, and Latin sensibilities with thoughtful lyrics and uplifting messages. She is now the lead singer-songwriter for Nico B4Peace Band and the host of Cornerstone Music Cafe's "Sunday School Open Mic". Her first solo EP, "The Dream Factory" was released to a sold out crowd in March 2019.
Barry Luft’s singing has woven rich, colorful threads into the fabric of folk-style music in Alberta for more than fifty years. He presents Canadian, British and American songs and ballads with instrumental accompaniment or a cappella arrangements.
A variety of instruments perks up Barry’s performances and the UKULELE is one of them as he uses basic strumming and finger picking for some songs and the unique banjo style of clawhammer (on the uke) for others.
Barry has 5 recordings to date and is involved with music as an educator, song leader and instrument instructor. He presently teaches ongoing ukulele classes with various organizations in the Calgary area. However, to this day, Barry claims he’s not able to read music well enough to hurt his playing.
Taraya Nalani Middleton has been studying Hawaiian Hula since 2006, and teaching in Calgary since 2011. She teaches a slower, melodic style of hula taught to her by her two Kumu's (teachers) in Hawaii. She studies under Hawaii-state cultural ambassador Moanalani Beamer, and under master kumu hula Uluwehi Guerrero.
Taraya has been a regular performer at Calgary's summer street festivals including Marda Gras, Lilac Fest, and Heritage Day at Olympic Plaza, with her dance troupe NalaniDance Productions often to the accompaniment of her ukulele player Pirate Jim.
Bob Chartier, a true late bloomer, started singing in the sixties … his age not the famous decade. He found his buried voice at FAMI camp and for the past dozen years he sings every day, has written over 100 songs and has performed in venues such as the Ness Creek Bluegrass and Old Tyme Festival and the Water Valley Music Festival.
He was one of the founders of the Music Mile project that saw a music district formed in the heart of Calgary. He founded and hosts the Songwriters in the Round at the Gravity Café on the Music Mile in Inglewood.
Hailing from Calgary, Erin Ross is an accomplished musician who transcends any one genre. Her soulful original compositions blend masterful guitar work, sultry vocals and showcase her skill as a multi instrumentalist. Rooted in blues, rock, country and jazz, Erin offers something for every crowd.
Pirate Jim has been performing since the young age of 7. He studied voice, piano, saxophone, tap and jazz dancing and acting. He was A Young Canadian of the Calgary Stampede in Jr. High school and was the runner up to the winner of the Stampede Youth Talent Showdown Paul Brant in 1991. Jim graduated from the now defunct Theatre Arts program at Mount Royal College in 1994. Singing and acting was alway his main focus but discovered the ukulele while touring across Canada, Hawaii, California and Nevada with his roots group The Buccaneers.
As a child Jim would travel every year to the islands of Hawaii with his parents and during a trip with his own wife and kids in 2007, he decided to study the Hawaiian arts and of course the ukulele. Jim attends the Aloha Music Camp on the island of Kauai every winter to study the Hawaiian arts. At this camp in 2010 where he was given his stage name, Pirate Jim. He brought his a cappella sea shanties to share with his Hawaiian teachers (kumu) and in return he is being mentored in the Hawaiian language (ōleoleo Hawaii), Hawaiian chanting (oli) and of course the ukulele.
Aloha is found through the words of the mele and sounds of the ukulele!
James Buchholz, a life long multi instrumentalist, first picked up a uke on his first trip to Hawaii. It was love at first strum:). Since that time the uke has replaced his guitar whenever travelling. James has recently purchased a uke bass and is loving it's sound as well.
James teaches music at L&M in Calgary as well as running his own studio in Okotoks. You can find him performing in various ensembles and solo in and around the Calgary area.
Salon-based events evoke the famous salon gatherings of the 18th Century Enlightenment period, which stimulated the development and spread of many of the basic political, scientific, and social ideas that underpin our modern life (for good or bad). Our amazing team of volunteer hosts has selected a series of pre-recorded TEDTalks to view throughout the year, and they engage participants in a series of dynamic, structured discussion questions.
Where the topic ultimately goes is up to you, the participants! It's an excellent way to meet new people with a shared interest in ideas, and to challenge one's own viewpoints.