"The ukulele is the thinking man's violin."

May 19, 2011 | Alyson

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KrustyKrusty says so, and he's hardly ever wrong. If you're a thinking man or woman, why not come to our Ukulele Night and play your uke with other like-minded people?

When: June 9th, 2011 7:30 p.m

Where: North York Central Library auditorium

Playing level: everyone from beginners to George Formbyesque masters

To register: call 416-395-5639

David Newland, self-described local character, practical mystic and ukulele-playin' fool,  will lead the night.  David is the founding member of The Corktown Ukulele Jam which meets every Wednesday.

Want to brush up on your playing or try it out before you come?  Perhaps you've always wanted to play Green Day or Beatles hits on your uke.  Well, we have the library books for you. 


Teach yourself to play ukulele                          Jumpin Jim's 60s uke-in

 Teach yourself to play ukulele      Jumpin' Jim's 60s uke-in

Uke and play rock                        Mel bays ukulele method
Uke 'an play rock                        Mel Bay's ukulele method


You can also explore the Naxos database for streaming ukulele music.  Listen and play along to George Formby's When I'm cleaning windows or his very saucy With my little ukulele in my hand (you'll need a TPL library card for remote access).

 How about a mini concert to inspire you?  The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has re-worked many popular tunes for the ukulele. The theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of their best:



And who'd have thought grunge band artist, Eddie Vedder could produce such a sweet, lovely song? 




Ukulele Songs hasn't even been released yet, so you heard it here first.  And finally, let's hear from the Corktown Ukulele Jam which accompanied the Corktown Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.



 Tune your ukulele here.   See you there.

Ukulele-Floral Red