I just wanted to send a quick thank you to everyone who came out to our last jam on Sunday and to everyone who has ever come out to one of our jams online or in person.
We have all become better musicians throughout these 7 years and will miss this group dearly. Unfortunately, it’s become impossible to run a safe and inclusive community these days. Perhaps if kind hearts and rational minds return to this world one day, I will reboot this group. Until then…keep on strummin’!
It’s with great sadness that I announce the end of the Saskatoon Ukulele Players.
We have had an amazing adventure over the past 7 years but unfortunately, I’ve been having great difficulty managing anything to do with this group. We’ve always had our ups and downs together but there have been far too many downs and far too little support. This has left me with constant anxiety when simply thinking about our group. So, I’ve made the decision to take of myself by putting aside this project that means so much to me. I had so many hopes for our group but perhaps, in the words of Blue Rodeo, it’s just bad timing, that’s all.
I will continue to maintain our website, saskatoonukulele.com, at my expense as I often use our songbooks in my music teaching. I would also like to keep our Facebook group going and I hope more of you will post ukulele related stuff there. It’s been amazing to watch so many of you grow as musicians over the past few years and I would love to continue to hear your progress.
In the meantime, we have two (possibly three) more jams left. Our next will be on Sunday, September 10th at 1:30 Saskatoon time. You can join me either on my porch or on Zoom. Once again, I would appreciate an RSVP if you are coming so I know whether to go ahead with the jam or not. For fun, let’s reuse the song package from our July 1st jam which you can download here:
As you may remember from the last few years, the third Saturday of August is Play On Your Porch Day. This event has been held for 10 years now with us observing it since 2020.
So, our next jam will on this Saturday, August 26th at 1:30 pm Saskatoon time. You can either join us on Zoom or you can join me on my patio. Please RSVP by either email at coord[email protected] or through our Facebook group event.
If you have any music suggestions, please email the pdf’s so I can have the package posted on our website by Friday afternoon.
Topic: Play On Your Porch Day Time: Aug 26, 2023 01:30 PM Saskatchewan
Our next jam will be on Wednesday, August 2nd at 7:30 pm Saskatoon time.
Whether you would like to play in person or will be joining us online, please either send us an email at coordinator@saskatoon ukulele.com or RSVP on the Facebook event. If I don’t have at least 5 people signed up by Tuesday, August 1st at noon, the jam will be canceled.
A music package will be posted here on Tuesday evening.
Topic: SUP August 2 Jam Time: Aug 2, 2023 07:30 PM Saskatchewan
Apologies for the late post but I’m hoping to have a jam this Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. Either email me at [email protected] or RSVP on the Facebook group to signup so I know who’s coming. If you change your mind, please let me know so I know who to expect.
Again, bring a stand, chair, and a device that you can read your music from. I will provide the wifi login. The music package will be up on the morning of the jam. Also, I will not be allowing people in the house this year for the washroom so please plan accordingly.
Topic: SUP July 19th Jam Time: Jul 19, 2023 07:30 PM Saskatchewan
It’s almost July which means it’s time for our annual Canadian Music Extravaganza on Sunday, July 2nd at 1 PM Saskatoon time.
I would like to have a set list ready to go by Saturday so if you have anything you’d like to play that’s not already in our online songbook, please email them to [email protected]
If you are interested in joining in person, please contact us at [email protected] or by signing up on the Facebook event post to RSVP for the extravaganza. Please bring a chair, a music stand, and your music; either paper copies or a tablet. I will NOT be allowing people in the house this year to use the facilities so please plan accordingly. Don’t forget water and sunscreen as well!
I can also provide a Zoom link for those who would like to join us online. Please email us at [email protected] for that information. A reminder that we no longer pay for Zoom so you may get cut off. If that happens, please just sign in again using the same link.
We’d like to remind everyone that we have many different types of people who come out to our jams including those of advanced age and those with disabilities. I would like to keep our little group a safe space for all. Thank you!
For a variety of reasons, we will no longer be doing online jams. Depending on interest, we may do hybrid jams again when we start jamming in person this summer. Until the warmer months though, we will be going quiet. I will do my best to continue to update our Facebook group with ukulele news of interest and I encourage everyone to do the same.
The Saskatoon Ukulele Players started in early 2016 as a Meetup group called Saskatoon Ukulele Friends with just a few people meeting at a local coffee shop.
We’re a friendly group of people who love playing the ukulele, singing, and having fun. Our music ranges from beginner to advanced and we’re always adding new music. In addition to regular jam sessions, we also have special events like potlucks, picnics, and more.