About Us

Bytown Ukuleles is a creative collaboration between two Ottawa-based artisans, Joel Jacques and Mark Rogers, who share an enthusiasm for all things ukulele. Using traditional luthier techniques, we build unique, custom instruments using a variety of local, exotic and found woods. We design and create instruments which explore the visual and sonic possibilities of the small but mighty ukulele.

In spring 2014, Bytown Ukuleles established a relationship with Mainland Ukes to sell their instruments in the Canadian market. We chose this line of instruments because of Mark's long appreciation of his Red Cedar Tenor as well as Joel's previous positive experiences dealing with Mike and Tookta of Mainland Ukes. 

Mark Rogers is a cabinetmaker, well known for the beautiful custom furniture he designs and builds for select clients. He is also a co-organizer of the wildly popular "Bytown Ukulele Group", a group that gets together regularly for the sheer joy of playing ukulele.

(Joel Jacques left, Mark Rogers right)

Joel Jacques has been building quality instruments for fifteen years. He teaches group and private ukulele classes in the Ottawa area through www.ukeboxlessons.com. He also leads the popular Ukebox Pub Night jams twice monthly in collaboration with the Bytown Ukulele Group. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact: Joel Jacques or Mark Rogers at btn.instruments@gmail.com