About the Victoria Fiddle Society

The mandate of The Victoria Fiddle Society is to establish a fiddle community for anyone interested in fiddle music in the Victoria region. We believe that a unified body will create a healthy, vital atmosphere that will benefit students, professionals, music enthusiasts and subsequently the entire community.

In order for us to build relationships among each other we must first establish a common place to congregate. In keeping with the times, we have created a ‘virtual kitchen party’ at this website, which is dedicated to the pursuit of the VFS mandate.  The VFS website is our home base and the soul of our fiddling community.  As our online relationships grow, they will flow outwards into the rest of the community.  In addition, our society will actively promote fiddle music in the community through workshops and events and by bringing people of all ages together to enjoy fiddle music.

The Victoria Fiddle Society awards four bursaries every year.  Originally called the Fiddler to Fiddler Award, and renamed The VFS Bursary in 2007, this award has grown from a single recipient in 2003 to three $250 awards in 2005.  In 2007, we added another, special award – The Spirit Award – given, at the discretion of the Bursary Committee, to an applicant in any of the three categories, who stands out.

The Victoria Fiddle Society participates in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival held in the spring of each year by offering a variety of awards.

  • The Frankie Rodgers Trophy & Award (best original composition)
  • The Oliver Schroer Award (In his lifetime, the playing and teaching of fiddler Oliver Schroer encapsulated the spirit, magic and beauty of traditional and contemporary fiddle tunes. With this award, the VFS would like to acknowledge a performer who embodies the spirit of fiddle music regardless of their age, style or ability)

So come join us by becoming a member.  Members will receive discounts to concerts, jam sessions, workshops and other Society sponsored events and get regular updates on what is happening in our Fiddle Community.

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 3 – An evening of Fiddle Tunes A Victoria album release for Fiddle Tunes, the debut duo album from Elise Boeur & Adam Iredale-Gray! Held at 17 Cambridge Street, Victoria, BC V8V 4A7. Doors at 6:30, Concert at 7pm Feel free to BYOB and finger food for the refreshment table. Get your tickets…

February 2023 Fiddle Jam

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the January Jam – we had a great turn-out. Join us for the next fun fiddle jam on Friday, February 3rd, 2023! When: Friday February 3, 2023.  7:00 – 9:00 pm, doors open at 6:45 pm.  Location: Wheeley Hall in the Esquimalt United Church Building (500 Admirals Road).  Enter off Lyall Street. …

January 2023 Fiddle Jam

Join us to start the New Year off right! Our new President – Q Bachand – will be leading us. When: Friday January 6, 2023.  7:00 – 9:00 pm, doors open at 6:45 pm.  Location: Wheeley Hall in the Esquimalt United Church Building (500 Admirals Road).  Enter off Lyall Street.  Members no charge; Drop-In: $5  Chairs will be well…

Great turn-out for December Fiddle Jam

The December Fiddle Jam on Friday, Dec. 2 was a blast. Thank you so much, Daniel Lapp, for being a great guest host. We had a great turn-out (see pix below) and played lots of tunes with Christmas tunes interspersed, including a break with some Christmas goodies. Stay tuned for January Jam coming on January…

December 2022 Fiddle Jam!

Sorry the November Fiddle Jam was cancelled due to the power outage. Join us for a fun evening of music with our host, Daniel Lapp!  We’ll be playing selections from the list below as well as some Christmas tunes, a great way to start the festive season! When: Friday December 2nd, 2022.  7:00 – 9:00…