The Victoria Folk Music Society acknowledges with respect and gratitude the Coast Salish People upon whose traditional territories we live, work, and play. We honour and
give special thanks to the Lekwungen and Saanich peoples, also called the Songhees, Esquimalt, Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tsawout and Tseycum First Nations.

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Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe…
because it’s the right thing to do!
How absolutely wonderful it’s been to be able to gather again every Sunday night at Norway House to sing and play and just plain Be together! A huge thanks is due everyone who has contributed time, talent, and good will toward making the Folk Club’s reopening such a resounding success!! Especially important has been folks’ willingness to respect each other’s health sensitivities, to keep masking up, and to forgo such niceties as coffee, tea, and goodies. While public health orders (PHOs) may be long gone, COVID-19 continues to circulate widely, so out of an abundance of care and caution, the VFMS will also continue to strongly encourage wearing masks while at the club and will keep the kitchen closed, at least for the time being. As always your patience, understanding, and cooperation are all appreciated…immensely!
— Carol Aileen, for The Folk

The Victoria Folk Music Society (VFMS)
Every Sunday
at 7:30 PM
at “Norway House”,
1110 Hillside Ave.
Victoria, BC
(between Quadra St.
and Cook St.
on the #4 bus route)

Admission: $8.00;
16 yrs. & under, Free;
VFMS members, volunteers, and performers: No Charge

Pre-Folk Jam: 6:45 PM

First Half: 7:30 PM
Open Stage:

sign up with Host and perform a ten-minute-set;

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How to please a folk audience!

Half-time Break:
Say “Hi” to people!

Second Half: 9:00 PM
The Feature

Format may occasionally vary

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Victoria, BC, V8X 1T8

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Departed Friends and Musicians

Live-Music Event Venues Facebook Events shared on the VFMS Facebook webpage in the last year (250+ venues)


Oct 02 Willow
Oct 09 Daniel Cook Trio
Oct 16 Old Paint Duo
Oct 23 Bits of String
Oct 30 the Ecclestons

Oct 02 Willow

Amid the rocky beaches and gentle waves of Quadra Island, BC, four women joined voices and hearts—and Willow was born.

In various constellations, Willow has created and played music that reflects the ever-changing landscape of their home island. A love for vocal harmonies drives the backbone of their repertoire, complemented by an ever-growing array of folk instruments—from the basic guitar, bass, and uke, to surprising their listeners with sounds as diverse as mandolin, balalaika, and banjo. Yet, it is their blended harmonies that capture the attention and the heart of the audience. The purity, beauty and strength of the feminine spirit are an ever-present quality felt as much as heard.

The 4 members of WillowAndrea Blaseckie, Maureen Fox, Trinity Gogolin, and Noelle Maffin—come from varied backgrounds and musical experience, and this diversity is reflected in the wide range of genres they bring to their highly engaging performances. From the sounds of Appalachia ringing through Gospel and Bluegrass tunes to the smokey haze of Blues and Jazz. There is never a dull moment as Willow moves from Reggae- and Samba-influenced numbers into haunting Eastern European sounds.

Oct 09 The Daniel Cook Trio

Daniel Cook is a singer-songwriter who fuses contagious melodies with timeless stories creating a fresh brand of Original West Coast Roots Music, and a guitarist who blends melody and minimalism into a sweet mix of Jazz and Country Guitar traditions.

• Born in Victoria, BC, Norm Macpherson began playing guitar as a teenager. He honed his skills playing in bands such as Blues X Five, Moxie, and Skylark. Norm also spent 10 years playing and touring with Valdy, after which he moved to Ontario. He returned to Victoria in 2014 and has been an active member in the live music scene here ever since. His distinctive and accomplished guitar playing is a perfect fit with The Radiators.

Ryan Rock has played bass in Victoria for the past 25 years with PuRRr, Johnny Action Figure, Subtitled, Ghost of Science, The Bends, Solid 7 and most recently with Daniel Cook and The Radiators. He tends to lean on the groovy side and enjoys performing.

Together, they are the Daniel Cook Trio!

Oct 16 Old Paint Duo

Old Paint Duo is Miriam Sonstenes and Jeff Dill, who have been making acoustic music steeped in American Roots traditions for over a decade. Based in Victoria, BC, and using the guitar and fiddle as their base and leaping off point, these two serve up old Country songs, Texas Fiddle tunes, Old Time square dance music, and original songs, with grace and style. Their tight vocal blend on classic duets of love and longing, heartfelt song-writing, and compelling Fiddle Tunes old and new delivers a warm and inviting sound born of a deep love of Traditional Music and contemporary story-telling.

Old Paint Duo’s full-length debut album was released in 2019 to enthusiastic reviews from audiences and critics alike: “The duo of Jeff Dill and Miriam Sonstenes have created a tasty gem of an album. Their voices blend seamlessly with harmonies that seem attainable only by siblings or spouses.” (Mike Sadava, Penguin Eggs)

Oct 23 Bits of String

New to the VFMS stage, Sunshine Coasters Kaia Nielsen and Mark Lebbell like to call their music ‘Canadicana’, drawing inspiration from non-traditional cover tunes and originals. Their repertoire is full of trains and trucks, love lost and found, gasoline and other higher powers. They charm as a duo, but will often fill out the band with some of the Sunshine Coast’s finest players, including Ken Dalgleish and Graham Walker. For tonight’s show they are joined by Mari Nielsen, a fiddler they spawned several years ago. Whatever the lineup, their shows are always rich with harmony, humour, heartbreak, hope, audience participation, and hip-shaking grooves, drawn from their evolving set-list of well-crafted Roots tunes.

Upcoming Features:

Sundays in October 2022 —

Guitar Fingerboard, Standard Tuning: notes of the D major scale:

D major scale—2 sharps—F# and C#.

six strings, 22 frets. Note: image is 300 pixels per inch, so you can zoom in on it…

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