Bytown Ukulele Group
Welcome to

Bytown Ukulele Group

Join us every month at Red Bird Live Music! It’s free! And you don’t need to be any good.

Welcome to Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG)

We're located in Ottawa, Canada's capital city. BUG Jams are for everyone who loves playing ukulele! Join us to strum, sing, and be merry! All skill levels welcome! Children who play uke are very welcome to participate with a parent although songs often have adult themes. We have so much fun!



WHEN:  Once a month on a Wednesday from  7:30 to 10:00 p.m. But come early to enjoy chatting with uke friends, to share tips and tricks, and to ogle each others ukes!

WHERE:  Red Bird Live Music, 1165 Bank Street, Ottawa. For all the BUG jam details, including what songs we'll be playing, go to the BUG JAMS & EVENTS page and select the link for the upcoming jam.

Beginners - don't be shy! Don't wait to join us in a jam until you "get better". We'll share tips with you and even though you might not be able to keep up with everything right at the beginning, you'll still be able to belt out the songs, and you'll catch on quickly to the chords with practice. We suggest that you start becoming familiar with chords such as C, C7, F, G, G7, D, D7, B flat, A, Am, A7, Em, E7 to maximize your experience. An electronic chromatic tuner is also an invaluable purchase!

BUG T-shirts:  click here to purchase
BUG Organic Cotton Caps: click here to purchase

Check out Bytown Instruments for ALL your ukulele needs. Mark will be happy to help you!

BUG Facebook: We post events on our Facebook page that BUGs might be interested in, and members use it to communicate, post uke videos they've enjoyed, and all sorts of other uke-related info of interest to Ottawa ukers. You should join - it's really fun to communicate with other BUG members!

For more information about BUG or to enquire about BUG playing at a local community event or bringing our jam to a ukulele festival, please email


Mark Rogers, co-leader of BUG, is ready to help you with all your ukulele needs! He does in-shop instrument set up, maintenance, repair, restringing, and customization. He sells accessories including tuners, humidifiers, straps, stands, etc. He carries a full line of ukulele parts including strings, necks, bridges, saddles, nuts, and resonator parts. He also sells Mainland Ukes, Romero Creations, and Kala learn-to-play starter kits.
PLEASE support Red Bird by ordering a drink or snack at every jam you attend, as Geoff Cass offers his beautiful space to us free of charge. Red Bird is a new live music listening venue in Ottawa South with a brand new ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) HVAC ventilation system that supplies fresh outside air, installed in November 2021. The venue is at street level with front and back doors. 1165 Bank St, Ottawa. 
Mike Cox - our website designer and administrator!