As most of you would know, we have just returned from a very successful tour in parts of North America. Canada in particular was gorgeous, and we are flattered and chuffed to have been invited back to the Kamloops Ukulele Festival 14-17 June 2018. Does that sound nice?
Colleen Nielsen, Director of the Kamloops Ukulele Festival has taken the names of quite a few potential Ukestralians and is very keen to have a bunch of Aussies coming to the festival and performing as Ukestralia.
We are also working on the inaugural Calgary Ukulele Festival for the following weekend (23-24 June).
- Kamloops Ukulele Festival is actually in Sorrento, British Columbia, in an Anglican Church Camp overlooking Shuswap Lake surrounded by snow capped mountains.
- The 4 hour-ish drive from Vancouver to the festival is spectacular, over the coastal range through the Coquihalla Pass.
- The festival is much more a tuition-based festival, with opportunities for jams and two feature concerts (Friday and Saturday nights).
Instructors for 2018
- James Hill!
- Us (yawn….you know us and don’t even need to do our workshops!).
- Jim D’Ville (www.playukulelebyear.com).
- Aaron and Nicole Keim (very lovely old timey sorta stuff – www.quietamericanmusic.com).
You would definitely not be restricted to being taught by Mark and Jane, although this of course might be an attractive option for those of you who are not from the Newcastle area.
Whoever you get, you would learn heaps and meet some damn nice Canucks (and quite a few Yanks too).
- Cost for 3 days of festival tuition at the Kamloops Ukulele Festival is about CA$215. Accommodation is not included. You could stay in rooms or camp on site.
- Two feature performance concerts from the instructors, and (most likely) yourselves as part of Ukestralia.
- The spectacular mountains of the Canadian Rockies start less than 2 hours from the festival site.
- We can HIGHLY recommend driving the Icefields Parkway (Jasper to Banff).
We also have the potential of a ukulele festival in Calgary, with billeting and local mountain knowledge.
Hawai’i Ukulele Festival?
Our plan at the moment would be to end that tour as we did in 2017 – Ukestralia at the Hawai’i Ukulele Festival on 15 July. Get some idea of what we experience there from this photo page, and this video.
Committing to both festivals would make for a 4-5 week travel period. Your potential performance obligations are completely determined by your own travel plans – whatever you decide them to be.
Let us know if this interests you by filling in the form down below (unless you know you are already on our radar). If you are dead keen on Kamloops you will need to act now to get your name on their email list. When tickets went on sale 5 months before the 2017 festival, it sold out in a fortnight. Email Colleen at email@example.com to get on her notification list for when 2018 tickets go on sale.
If we have sufficient interest, I will pursue the idea of Ukestralia in Canada in June/July next year more vigorously.