About the Victoria Fiddle Society

The mandate of The Victoria Fiddle Society is to establish and maintain 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.

You can join or renew your membership at the monthly Jams with cash, cheque, or credit or debit cards; or join or renew right now via an e-Transfer to victoriafiddlesocietypayments@gmail.com. Please send the deposit code in a separate e-mail. Membership Dues: Single: $25; Family $60 per year.

Bonus! When you pay your annual membership fee you will receive a complimentary Victoria Fiddle Society STICKER (pick up at the Jam).

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Coming UP…

Scroll down to see all the great musical events coming! Q Brooke Bachand & Finley Rose! A double-bill by extraordinary non-binary west coast musicians Finn & Q – performing an array of fiddle tunes, folk songs, ballards and more. Friday, May 31   Doors @ 7pm / Music @ 7:30pm Victoria Church of Truth, 111 Superior…
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JUNE 2024 FIDDLE JAM

Another great Jam on Friday, May 3rd – thank you to Miriam Sonstenes for leading the first half and VFS President, Q, for leading the second half! Thanks to all who joined us, and thanks to everyone that came out to play at the Highland Games, what a great turn out! Join us for the…

National Fiddling Day – Highland Games!

Saturday, May 18, 2024      11:00-12:00 Topaz Park, Victoria Join us for the National Fiddling Day Jam at the Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival on Saturday, May 18, 2024. The Jam will be from 11:00 – 12:00. Fiddlers and others wishing to participate in the jam can sign up by e-mailing Tony at alambert@pacificcoast.net before…
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Seaside Music Festival

June 7-9, 2024 Don’t miss the SEASIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL (formerly the Seaside Folk and Fiddle Festival) June 7th to 9th. This year there will be 7 Concerts at 5 Different Venues: Three in Victoria, one in Sidney and one on Saltspring Island.  The Festival brings you Americana, Roma Swing, Celtic, Cuban, Classic Country and all…

MAY 2024 FIDDLE JAM

Hope you’ll join us Friday, May 3rd! We’re thrilled to have double the talent leading the Jam. Miriam Sonstenes will lead us for the first half and VFS President, Q, will be leading the second half! 7:00 – 9:00pm; Doors open at 6:45 We will have a short break, any concession snacks are welcome Members…