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 May 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 May 2024

 

Check our new webpage listing live-music events on Vancouver Island for the month of May 2024!

Our roster of Feature Acts:
May 19 Blackthorn
May 26 Marina Arvos; The Elderly Bros; q brooke bachand
Jun 02 Allison Brown with Dan Belgue
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May 26 Marina Arvos; The Elderly Bros; q brooke bachand

8:45 pm Marina Avros is an award winning singer-songwriter who has performed internationally as both a solo artist and with her band the Belle Miners. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Marina spent 14 summer seasons watching over the boreal forest in a forest Fire Lookout, completely immersed in nature and writing countless songs. Avros writes “delightful and genuine songs with memorable melodies, brilliant guitar rhythms and one-of-a-kind vocals.” — Ben Dunsmuir

9:10 pm The Elderly Bros: Prior to the pandemic, Peter Jasmin and Bob Gibb each entertained separately but came together during COVID to produce a video for retired residents across Greater Victoria and have been performing together ever since. Bob is a retired opera singer who graced many stages both in Victoria and Vancouver in productions such as Gilbert & Sullivan’s and other high-profile operettas. He’s also a retired ukulele and dance instructor. Peter is a ukulele and bass player who entertained seniors in greater Vancouver for several years before moving to Victoria where he resumed the practice from Sidney to Langford. Between them, The Elderly Bros perform many genres of music from Opera to Country, Broadway to Jazz … in 7 languages!

9:35 pm q brooke bachand: Two-time Irish music award-winning, nonbinary, westcoast artist, q is a consummate performer who is clearly at ease on stage! Formerly qristina bachand, q is known for their powerful fiddle and captivating vocals. Their contagious energy and love of Folk and Celtic music is always at the forefront as they bless audiences with energetic and spirited performances which showcase their propensities for fiddling as well as song & story-sharing. (qthey.ca)

Jun 02 Allison Brown with Dan Belgue

Allison Brown and Dan Belgue met many years ago in Ontario and perform together when one or the other crosses the continent. Hailing from Ontario’s deep south, near Windsor, Allison brings her distinctly tuneful, powerful voice and delicate finger-style guitar playing to her collection of hand-picked Roots Music repertoire and her own original songs.

Dan Belgue is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Lək̓ʷəŋən Territory (Victoria, BC). Rooted in authentic, introspective songwriting, Dan creates a compelling brand of contemporary Folk music where organic acoustic Folk songs collide with cosmic ambience, noisy guitar creeks with the winter rainforest, and claw-hammer banjo plunks along like rocks skipping on a stream!

Jun 09 Richard Garvey

Richard Garvey is a guitar-strumming, banjo-plucking, sing-along-starting performer and community organizer living on unceded territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples (Victoria, BC). He began cutting his teeth on the Canadian Folk scene by self-producing shows, tours, press-releases, and albums in 2008, and his first tour took him across South-Western Ontario via bicycle playing shows at cafés, bars, farmers markets, house concerts, and even a rural-Bluegrass festival.

Richard’s award-winning songs explore the highs and lows of love, injustice, and the marbled mess of the human condition. Whether he’s playing to a living room or an amphitheatre, Richard’s warm presence and stories get audiences to laugh, feel, and sing together, making each concert a joyful celebration of humanity.

Jun 16 The Ranters

The Ranters, Rockland Moran and Gillian Wale, are an Americana/Roots duo from Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island. Their CD ‘Rant On, Children’ consists of nine originals and one traditional song, focussing on their vocal harmonies as well as their instruments: guitars, mandola, and autoharps.

The Ranters have travelled the Pacific west coast doing gigs along the way, enjoying the social intimacy of private house concerts and the chance to mingle, sing, perform, and share the company of fellow musicians at festivals. They have also attended Seattle Autoharp Gatherings where they performed and where Gillian received autoharp instruction from Bryan Bowers, an American autoharp legend. When possible, Rockland and Gillian also love to climb the occasional pyramid in Mexico!

VFMS Features:

Sundays in April, May and June 2024 —

Previous Folk Club Features

Listed by date, one year of VFMS Feature Acts per webpage:
 2023,  2022,  2020,  2019,  …   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 ...

      January                 February                 March
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    1  2  3  4  5  6                 1  2  3                    1  2
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      January                 February                 March
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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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