After visiting the Corktown Uke Jam in December, I thought I’d follow up with another ukulele event, a little closer to home. Since the fall of 2009, Heather Katz and Michael Griffin have hosted a Sunday afternoon ukulele workshop and jam at their music store in Orangeville. While both events share an enthusiasm for the diminutive instrument, the Orangeville jam has a much more laid back feel than its larger Toronto cousin. Heather led us through a song as a group before inviting individuals to share or lead songs they have been working on. And there was time at the break to peruse a selection of ukuleles, trade tips with other participants, or have some refreshments. This is a great place to learn about ukuleles and uke-playing in a relaxed but music focussed atmosphere. I have to admit that I left there with a new ukulele of my own. Now I’m looking forward to the strum along when “The Mighty Uke” visits Elora on January 30th (email me if you want details on this event).
[Orangeville Uke Jam, 232 Broadway, Orangeville, 2nd Sunday, 2-4pm, most months]