Nova Scotia tour, fall ukulele classes, and more!                                               
Dear Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the final weeks of summer, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

There's another Singalong Soirée coming up this Sunday at the Tranzac Club - we hope you can come down and join Gathering Sparks for uplifting summer singing!

In other news, Gathering Sparks is getting ready for the Shelter Valley Folk Festival on Labour Day Weekend, and then we jump in our car and head to Nova Scotia for a fall tour. If you know anyone in Nova Scotia, please let them know we are coming!

I am also getting ready for fall ukulele groups - three groups will be starting up in October. New this fall: a Ukulele Orchestra, open to ukulele players at all levels. We'll be working on arrangements with differentiated parts, and hopefully doing some performances as an ensemble. Read on for more!
Gathering Sparks Singalong Soirée July 24th
Singalong Soirée 
Sunday Aug 28, 7:30 pm
292 Brunswick Ave. (S. of Bloor)
$10 suggested

Upcoming Singalong Soirées:
  • September 25 - hosted by Sue & Dwight!
  • October 30
  • November 27
Mark your calendar!
Ukulele Orchestra
I have had a dream for a long time of starting a Ukulele Orchestra-- an ensemble made up of ukulele players at many different levels that would occasionally perform at community-based events. I am excited to announce we will be launching with a trial session in October. The Orchestra will be open to ukulele players at any level of experience beyond absolute beginner. We will be working with written music arranged in parts, and sometimes with arrangements taught by ear. There will be parts for people with no experience reading music all the way up to those who can easily read and play music written for ukulele.

More details will be coming soon! But for now, here is basic information. Please contact me ASAP if you would like to participate:

Ukulele Orchestra Inaugual Session, two Wednesdays per month, 7:30 - 9 pm. Dates:
  • Wed Oct 12
  • Wed Oct 26
  • Wed Nov 16
  • Wed Nov 30
Plus one or two performances after Nov 30th, to be determined.
$100 plus materials

Yes! I'm Interested!

Don't forget you can take online guitar lessons from me at Click here and enter code 5E98941F20 for a week-long free trial.
Gathering Sparks Nova Scotia Tour!
Gathering Sparks Nova Scotia Tour
  • Sun Sep 11 - Harbourville
  • Sep 12 - 15 - Band Retreat!
  • Sep 16 - 18 - Uke Camp, Shelburne
  • Tue Sep 20 - Bridgewater, NS
  • Thu Sep 22 - Cole Harbour
  • Sat Sep 24 - West Dublin
  • Sun Sep 25 - Springfield
  • Mon Sep 26 - Shelburne
See the calendar below for specifics - dates may still be added! Check the Gathering Sparks calendar for the latest.
Gathering Sparks and Naming The Twins Rehearsal
On Sept 26 we will be splitting a bill with Naming the Twins in Shelburne, NS. Here's a snippet of a rehearsal we had with "Twin" Robbie while he was in the Toronto area last week. We hope to do another concert with them when they tour Ontario in November. Stay tuned!
Parkdale Ukulele Group
Parkdale Ukulele Group (PUG) Classes will be starting in mid-October. And...... (cue the drumroll) I'm very excited to announce the beginning of a Ukulele Orchestra (See accompanying sidebar for info) Here is the class schedule:

Beginning Ukulele Class
Tuesdays 4 - 5:30 pm
Oct 11 - Dec 6 (9 weeks)
$225 plus materials
*option to take first or last 4 classes for $120

Intermediate Ukulele Class
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9 pm
Oct 11 - Dec 6 (9 weeks)
$225 plus materials
*option to take first or last 4 classes for $120

Intermediate Plus Ukulele Class
Sundays 1 - 2:30 pm
Oct 16, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 4 (6 weeks)
$150 plus materials

Contact me if you are interested in any of these classes.

Sun Aug 28
*Singalong Soirée Tranzac Club, 7:30 pm, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto

Fri Sep 2 - Sun Sep 4
*Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Grafton, ON

Sun Sep 11 - Mon Sep 26
*Nova Scotia Tour

Sun Sep 11
*North Montain United Tapestry, Harbourville, NS

Fri Sep 16 - Sun Sep 18
Dock Street Ukulele Camp, Shelburne, NS

Tue Sep 20
*Harmony Workshop, Margaret Hennigar Library, Bridgewater, NS

Thu Sep 22
*Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions, Cole Harbour, NS

Sat Sep 24
*West Dublin Hall, West Dublin, NS. email for reservations and info.

Sun Sep 25
*House Concert, Springfield, NS. email for reservations and info.

Mon Sep 26
*All Natural Ingredients House Concert, Shelburne, NS. Double bill with Naming the Twins. email for reservations and info.

full calendar

*Gathering Sparks performances
A Few of My Favourite Things

I try to keep a running list of items for "My Favourite Things," but usually there are some timely last-minute things I feel I need to include, so my running list sits idle. Here are a few from the running list that I hadn't found space for up to now:

New Louis Armstrong Recordings Surface
It's amazing the treasures that can still turn up, even after all these years and decades. Apparently, these recordings hadn't been heard before they were unearthed recently. They are remarkable for their clarity. Listen and enjoy!

Hazel Scott
I had heard recordings of Hazel Scott many years ago, but I didn't know much about her until reading this Wikipedia article. She was quite the show woman and exerted a surprising amount of control over her own career at a time when that was not the accepted norm for African-American performers (especially women). She was active in civil rights issues and had her own TV variety show until she was blacklisted. Check out this amazing performance!

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