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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Queen Victoria playing a banjo. VFMS: The Victoria Folk Music Society; 
49 Years and Counting...

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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;

Performer Guidelines (PDF):
How to please a folk audience!

Half-time Break:
Tea, coffee and assorted goodies available

Second Half: 9:00 PM
The Feature

Format may occasionally vary

Memberships and
Monthly Newsletter (N/L):
$85.00 Individual;
$140.00 Family;
$20.00 N/L only

FOR Information or Emergency Contact
email info@victoriafolkmusic.ca
or
 

Mail to:
Victoria Folk Music Society,
c/o 3483 Lovat Avenue,
Victoria, BC, V8X 1T8

For booking info, email featurebooking.vfms at shaw.ca at shaw.ca

Email comments, updates, or queries about the VFMS website to webmaster at victoriafolkmusic.ca

Check out our Archive of previous VFMS features
starting with 2024
(going back to 1976!)

We have a special page
of links to performers’ websites: see Performer Links, mostly,
(a list of many folks who have featured on our stage!)

A Vancouver Island-focused IslandFolk eMail ListServ: Email about music & music events. To subscribe: go to ml.islandnet.com/mailman/list info/islandfolk/

View in your browser or download the VFMS July 2024 Newsletter
(PDF)

Departed Friends and Musicians

Live-Music Event Venues Facebook Events shared on the VFMS Facebook webpage in the past four years (250+ venues)

NEW WEBPAGE!
Live-Music Events
on Vancouver Island
for July 2024

 

Check our new webpage listing for
Live-Music Events on Vancouver Island for the Month of July 2024!
 

Our roster of Feature Acts:
Jul 07 Steluţa
Jul 14 Joe Stanton
Jul 21 Blu & Kelly Hopkins
Jul 28 Kevin Mitchell
···

Jul 14 Joe Stanton

Take the musical traditions of Folk, Bluegrass, and country, let them simmer over a few dozen Canadian winters, add a little virtuoso woodshed fingerstyle guitar and lyrics from life, and you have Joe Stanton! Joe’s philosophy of “playing wherever they’ll listen” has taken him and his Martin D-28, on a 30-year journey from his favourite haunts of home on the Sunshine coast, to a concert in a hot air balloon over the Swiss Alps, to The Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and The World Finger-Picking Championships in Winfield, Kansas.

Joe’s fingerstyle playing, likened to that of his guitar heroes Leo Kottke and Bruce Cockburn, combined with his inspired songwriting has resulted in four CDs, all receiving radio airplay in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Tonight Joe Stanton does what he loves best — writing and performing acoustic music!

Jul 21 Blu & Kelly Hopkins

Blu & Kelly Hopkins are an award-winning, songwriting, multi-instrumentalist duo from the Shuswap region of BC and a bona fide channel for Classic and Contemporary Folk-Roots-Canadiana music. Focusing on original material, their extensive repertoire also lets them blend traditional and contemporary tunes into their show. With a healthy dash of humour, they achieves an entertaining yet mellow brew of good times and good tunes!

Kelly’s warm harmonies combine beautifully with Blu’s smokey baritone voice for a wonderful relaxed sound and they’ve shared the stage with many well-known artists including Valdy, Gary Fjellgaard, Bill Henderson, Roy Forbes, Jim Byrnes, Todd Butler, and Ken Hamm. Charismatic, engaging and humorous, Blu & Kelly Hopkins and their brand of “Organic Acoustic Music” charm audiences wherever they play!

Jul 28 Kevin Mitchell & Steve Ireland

Kevin Mitchell plays and sings songs that have the feel of Canadiana Country crossed with a bit of Blues & Roots vibe, revealing some of his prairie heritage. To date Kevin has released 7 full length albums produced by Corwin Fox and Marc Atkinson, and, in the last few years, the fire has been lit — the songs are roaring into life with many more to come!

Kevin’s unique style, rhythms and subject matter combine to create an exciting new and original voice in the Canadian folk music scene. Kevin has played a number of times at Norway House and is joined for this show by Steve Ireland on bass and harmonies.

Raised in Victoria, Steve has lived on Denman Island for the last few years, where he has become a part of the musical landscape. Together Kevin and Steve will be putting on a very exciting show, one not to be missed!

VFMS Features:

Sundays in June, July and August 2024 —

Previous Folk Club Features

Listed by date, one year of VFMS Feature Acts per webpage:
 2024,  2023,  2022,  2020,  …   199819971996,  … back to  1976!
(We resolved to have a weekly Coffee House beginning January 1986;
 the previous schedule was twice a month, second- and fourth- Sundays).


The Calendar…


                            ... 2024 ...

       April                    May                     June 
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
    1  2  3  4  5  6              1  2  3  4                       1
 7  8  9 10 11 12 13     5  6  7  8  9 10 11     2  3  4  5  6  7  8
14 15 16 17 18 19 20    12 13 14 15 16 17 18     9 10 11 12 13 14 15
21 22 23 24 25 26 27    19 20 21 22 23 24 25    16 17 18 19 20 21 22
28 29 30                26 27 28 29 30 31       23 24 25 26 27 28 29
                                                30

        July                   August                September
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
    1  2  3  4  5  6                 1  2  3     1  2  3  4  5  6  7
 7  8  9 10 11 12 13     4  5  6  7  8  9 10     8  9 10 11 12 13 14
14 15 16 17 18 19 20    11 12 13 14 15 16 17    15 16 17 18 19 20 21
21 22 23 24 25 26 27    18 19 20 21 22 23 24    22 23 24 25 26 27 28
28 29 30 31             25 26 27 28 29 30 31    29 30


      October                 November                December
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
       1  2  3  4  5                    1  2     1  2  3  4  5  6  7
 6  7  8  9 10 11 12     3  4  5  6  7  8  9     8  9 10 11 12 13 14
13 14 15 16 17 18 19    10 11 12 13 14 15 16    15 16 17 18 19 20 21
20 21 22 23 24 25 26    17 18 19 20 21 22 23    22 23 24 25 26 27 28
27 28 29 30 31          24 25 26 27 28 29 30    29 30 31


                            ... 2025 ...

      January                 February                 March
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
          1  2  3  4                       1                       1
 5  6  7  8  9 10 11     2  3  4  5  6  7  8     2  3  4  5  6  7  8
12 13 14 15 16 17 18     9 10 11 12 13 14 15     9 10 11 12 13 14 15
19 20 21 22 23 24 25    16 17 18 19 20 21 22    16 17 18 19 20 21 22
26 27 28 29 30 31       23 24 25 26 27 28       23 24 25 26 27 28 29
                                                30 31

       April                    May                     June
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
       1  2  3  4  5                 1  2  3     1  2  3  4  5  6  7
 6  7  8  9 10 11 12     4  5  6  7  8  9 10     8  9 10 11 12 13 14
13 14 15 16 17 18 19    11 12 13 14 15 16 17    15 16 17 18 19 20 21
20 21 22 23 24 25 26    18 19 20 21 22 23 24    22 23 24 25 26 27 28
27 28 29 30             25 26 27 28 29 30 31    29 30

        July                   August                September      
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
       1  2  3  4  5                    1  2        1  2  3  4  5  6
 6  7  8  9 10 11 12     3  4  5  6  7  8  9     7  8  9 10 11 12 13
13 14 15 16 17 18 19    10 11 12 13 14 15 16    14 15 16 17 18 19 20
20 21 22 23 24 25 26    17 18 19 20 21 22 23    21 22 23 24 25 26 27
27 28 29 30 31          24 25 26 27 28 29 30    28 29 30
                        31

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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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