Strumming for Stroke: A Fundraising Ukulele Concert Benefitting the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Join us for a wonderful evening of live music, with door prizes, a silent auction, 50/50 Draw, health information, and more! The evening will feature performances by Vancouver’s First Lady and Duke of Uke, Ruby & Smith, along with Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra, and international performer and founder of the Vancouver Ukulele Circle, Ralph Shaw. Ralph will also lead a ukulele play and sing-a-long at the end of the evening so please bring a ukulele if you have one.

Friday June 17th

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Concert starts at 7:00 pm.

Tickets: $30 (available online or, if still available, at the door)

Please note this is an Adults Only (19+) event 

Online tickets available by clicking HERE


June is Stroke Month, one of the main awareness and fundraising campaign periods for the Heart and Stroke

Foundation. Every year an estimated 62,000 Canadians suffer a stroke; that’s one stroke every 9 minutes. Stroke is the third leading cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in Canada. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is working hard to change these statistics and provide better treatment options and resources for stroke survivors. Recent examples include:

– The new F-A-S-T: Signs of Stroke campaign (click Here for more information)

– Our new Living with Stroke survivor support program (click Here for more information)

– and an exciting breakthrough in treatment from a recent research project (click Here for information

about the Escape Trial) that is having a huge impact on survival and disability statistics.

Join us for Strumming for Stroke and help raise much needed funds to support the lifesaving work of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Foundation’s mission work is focused on preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery which is accomplished through funding best-in-class research, health promotion, and advocacy. Since the Foundation began its work in 1952, the death rate from cardiovascular disease has been reduced by more than 75 per cent. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen.

For more information about the work of the Heart and Stroke Foundation please visit



Ruby & Smith

Ruby & Smith are a different kind of duo. Its members, Daphne Roubini and Andrew Smith, have chosen to strip their love of jazz, folk and roots music to their core components: two ukuleles paired with Daphne’s haunting vocals. Their debut release, A Ukulele Album, is a work of elegant simplicity, pairing reinterpreted classics with vintage-inspired originals. Vancouver’s First Lady and Duke of Uke, Daphne and Andrew are known across Canada and beyond. As the founders of Ruby’s Ukes, the World’s largest Ukulele School outside Hawaii, they’re at the forefront of the new generation of performers. Ruby & Smith’s musical pedigree speaks for itself. Daphne’s creamy vocals and passion for the ukulele has led her to being profiled on CBC radio, on Shaw TV and in newspapers including The Province and the Vancouver Courier. Schooled in the cauldron of London’s jazz and folk scene,

Andrew has wowed crowds with his guitar on two continents. Now he’s bringing his innate musicality to a new instrument as half of Ruby & Smith.

“Instantly captivating, Ruby & Smith ooze charm with their stripped down approach to jazz/ folk balladeering.” – Robert Collins, Music Correspondent, CTV BC.

“… the hippest Ukulele that you can hope to hear.” – Ken Pickering, Artistic Director and Co-Founder, TD Canada Trust Intl Jazz Festival

“…evocative vocalist, Daphne Roubini, who sounds at once retro (think Billie Holiday and Madeleine Peyroux) and yet cheekily modern and on trend.” – Georgia Mancio, Artistic Director and Founder, ‘Revoice’ Festival, London, UK.

Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra:

Mission Statement | to create beautiful music simply

Daphne Roubini | Founder and Artistic Director
Timothy Tweedale | Arranger and Conductor

Ruby had a dream when she started Ruby’s Ukes in 2009, that one day she would set up a Ukuele Orchestra.  In September 2015 this dream was realized, with Timothy Tweedale conducting and arranging this Orchestra is an instant hit with the students.  Now with 70 members and growing playing in 5 parts Uke 1, Uke2, Uke3, Uke4, and Bass.

” It took 6 years to grow the school to the point where the students, were reading tablature and playing in a way that we could write for them.  Most of the students in the Orchestra never read or played music before coming to this school. It is a truly wonderful thing to behold!”

Ralph Shaw:

Ralph Shaw is a showman with a style inspired by British Music Hall and a witty raconteur with an infectious joy of performing. And as a gifted songwriter Ralph Shaw’s songs bring characters and situations to life with brilliant word play. As well as traveling to entertain audiences at international festivals and ukulele clubs he also leads a monthly get-together of 140+ ukulele strummers in his home town of Vancouver, Canada. In 2013 he released two new albums called Love and Laughter. With a catalog of five solo albums, 4 teaching DVDs and an acclaimed book,

Ralph Shaw has played a crucial role in creating the current ukulele boom.

”Ralph is a top-notch entertainer… Those who have never seen him are simply amazed by his humor and talent. He has a terrific voice able to leap octaves effortlessly and is able to fill a large hall without amplification. Dressed to the nines he captivates the audience with very human stories and songs he has written. He charms and enchants us and makes us laugh—very hard.”. – Marianne Brogan, Festival Director, Portland Ukulele Festival, USA

“It is my firm conviction that Ralph Shaw, The King of the Ukulele, should be magically transported from Vancouver to Carnegie Hall. He’s a sensation!”- Steve Burgess, CBC Radio and TV Presenter writing in the Vancouver Sun

“Ralph’s performances are electrifying. His warmth, wit, and charm shine through in every performance. A truly world class act…” – Tim Lewis, Concert Organizer, Taunton, England

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