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South Frontenac Ukulele Group
Members of the South Frontenac Ukulele Group (photo by Barry Lovegrove)

Ontario Ukulele Groups

There are more than a dozen regularly scheduled jams across southern Ontario, from Ottawa in the east to Sarnia in the West. And this list is incomplete. In this list, I only include jams held in public venues open to all ukulele players. There are also student led jams in some schools, as well as jams held in private homes. Ask around, and you may find some of those jams.

  • The Kingston Ukulele Society meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at the Kingston Community House. More information elsewhere on this site.
  • The Ukulele Consortium of Napanee meets on the last Tuesday of the month at Marie's Place, 62 Dundas Street West in Napanee.
  • The South Frontenac Ukulele Group meets monthly in Sydenham, 1:00pm to 3:00pm on the first Friday of the month, at 4449 George Street, Sydenham. For further details, contact Cam at bckenny@personainternet.com.
  • The Corktown Ukulele Jam is by far the biggest uke jam in Ontario. Every Wednesday, the jam attracts 60 to 70 ukulele players to the Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas Street East, in downtown Toronto. Workshops start at 8PM, with a $6 cost. Theme nights cost $3. Otherwise free after 9PM.
  • The Annex Ukulele Jam meets every Monday at 8PM at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. The workshop costs $12, but after 9:30PM, the jam is free.
  • Port Dover has a very active ukulele group. Check out their web site.
  • Ukulele fans in Smith's Falls are now jamming once a month. Check out the Lanark Ukulele Group (LUG).
  • Ottawa ukulele fans meet monthly at the Bytown Ukulele Group. Or see their mailing list at Bytown Ukulele Group. BUG at Saunders Farm, 2011
  • The Northumberland Ukulele Orchestra meets monthly in Port Hope. You can find information about NUkeO on their Facebook page.
  • The Southern Ontario Ukulele Performers (SOUP) meet weekly at St, Andrew's United Church, 350 Queens Avenue, London, Ontario.
  • The Oshawa Ukulele Group meets every second Wednesday at the Conant Seniors Centre, 22 Grassmere Road, Oshawa.
  • The Bluewater Ukulele Group Strum Sessions take place on the third Thursday of the month, 7:00pm at the Your Place Eatery and Bar, 118 N. Christina St. in Sarnia.
  • The Sunshine Ukulele Network meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 6pm to 8pm, at the Orillia Public Library, 36 Mississauga Street West, Orillia. Check out their Facebook group.
  • The Scarborough Uke Jam meets every other Monday at the Olde Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Road, in Scarborough.
  • The Music City Ukulele Club meets every Monday at the Music City in North Bay. Check out their web site.
  • The DUKES (Durham Ukes) meet the first and third Thursday each month in Port Perry starting at 7pm at the Port Perry Legion, at the corner of Bay and Old Simcoe Road. We also do a lot of local gigs, giving back to the community and sharing the joy of this little instrument. We do have loaner ukes, share music and offer free lessons. E-mail us at ukersklub@gmail.com for more information. Or call us at 905-449-0719.

If you know of any other ukulele jams in Ontario, or would like to change the information posted here, send an e-mail to hans@kingstonukes.com.

Kingston Stores and Music Schools

Remember that these days music stores often have trouble keeping ukuleles in stock. Demand for ukuleles has increased, and manufacturers are having trouble keeping up with demand.

Other Ontario Stores

  • Elayne and Norm at String Along Ukulele are very supportive of local ukulele groups. From their on-line store, they sell a good assortment of Ohana ukuleles, from entry-level ukes to higher-quality instruments.
  • Broadway Music in Orangeville has the best selection of ukuleles in Canada. They host a ukulele workshop one Sunday a month.
  • The Twelfth Fret in Toronto usually has a good selection of Kala ukuleles.