It’s all happening at the

 Nanaimo Neighbourhood Church,

4951 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, BC.

They were so much fun last time, we had to hear them again

Originally from Provo, Utah and now living in Laie, Hawaii, The Naked Waiters are ready and set to provide a fun evening at the Friday September 13th 2019 concert and workshops on Saturday September 14th 2019

The Naked Waiters are an acoustic, ukulele-based group that started in Cedar City, UT, and is now based on Oahu. They specialize in fun, melt-your-heart music with handsome harmonies. They are comprised of Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andy Nufer.

They were a great hit at the Festival last year and some Festival goers took them out birding and sailing to give them a great BC experience.

Click this link to listen to one of their original songs.

The Naked Waiters will be offering two workshops, “Introduction to 12 Bar Blues” and “Percussive Techniques on the Ukulele – Chunky is Funky”



Ali Romanow is a James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) Level 1 certified ukulele instructor, and will be teaching two Beginner workshops.

Ali Romanow is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Competent on a variety of instruments Ali also brings her captivating vocals, original writing and arranging to whatever project she is currently focused on. Ali spends her time in Courtenay BC, where she directs two FolkHarmonic Orchestras, FolkHarmonic Voices & teaches private music lessons.


LIZ DEBARROS, one of the Festival organisers, is a James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) Level 3 certified ukulele teacher and a member of Parksville’s own Revolving Doors, who will be leading the Sing and Strum on Saturday 14th. 

Liz regularly teaches Absolute Beginners Group Lessons at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville and teaches ukulele Workshops at the Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge, and has a new Ukulele Orchestra starting in September 2019, also in Parksville.

In October of 2019, she will be part of the James Hill Teaching Team at the semi-annual “Sing. Strum. Spa” ukulele orchestra event at Harrison Hot Springs.

Liz will be offering a “Mystery of Chords” workshop on the afternoon of Saturday September 14th 2019 full details on our Workshops page


CAROL JOHNS is a JHUI Level 1 certified ukulele instructor who teaches beginner ukulele group lessons in Nanaimo. Carol started playing the ukulele with the Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors Nordli group back in 2011. Since then, Carol has taken lessons with Anna Lyman and Flavio Cianflone. She plays with the Folk n Oldies music group and enjoys the performances the group does for various seniors residences in Nanaimo. Carol is currently enrolled in Level 2 of the James Hill Ukulele Institute teacher training.

Carol will be teaching a workshop on “HOW TO READ TABS & FINGERSTYLE PLAYING”

Saturday afternoon after the workshops join the Revolving Doors for more ukealicious Sing & Strum fun…..

Back with us for the Saturday afternoon ukulele Sing & Strum, Parksville’s own Revolving Doors (Liz DeBarros, Dean Williams, Ade Barnum & Bill Naylor) will give a short performance and lead us all in the super fun sing and strum. Bring your ukes and sing your heart out with all the other ukulele players for the sing along and play your best tune at the open mic.



Ladies style T-shirt $20

Men’s style T-shirt $20 

Contact us and we can reserve your T-shirt . We can take cash or credit card at the Festival


Arbutus Music, Empire Music & The Music Chord will have merchandise for sale at the Festival on Saturday September 14th 2019



If you order tickets online, your PayPal invoice is confirmation of your Registration. No tickets will be mailed out, you can pick up your tickets at the Registration desk at the Festival on Friday evening for the concert and Saturday morning/afternoon for Workshop folders  

The Nanaimo Ukulele Festival is proud to be supported by the following organizations and businesses: