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…

Celtic Winter Celebration! Feast, Dance, Sing, Yarn! Join a bunch of fun-loving Scotts, Irish, Welsh and French Bretton friends and fans to dance and sing away the winter blues. Sunday, February 25 1:00 – 3:00pm First Unitarian Church of Victoria 5575 West Saanich Road Victoria, BC V9E 2G1 For more info & tickets ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ March…

VFS March 2024 Jam

Join us for a lively, upbeat, musical night with the amazing & energetic Louise Deschamps leading us! It’s going to be fun! When: Friday, March 1, 2024 Fiddle Jam – see amended Tune List Where: Wheeley Hall in the Esquimalt United Church Building (500 Admirals Road).  Enter off Lyall Street.  7:00 – 9:00 pm; Doors…

VFS Planning Meeting

The Victoria Fiddle Society strives for innovation and engagement. We’re reaching out to you to gather ideas for possible projects, events, or activities. Whether its a specific project, an event concept, or an idea for an ongoing activity, we want to hear from you. Some ideas might include: We’re also keen on ideas for getting…

VFS February 2024 JAM

Join us for our February Jam with well-known Fiddler extraordinaire Calvin Cairns leading us in some tunes. When: Friday, February 2, 2024 Where: Wheeley Hall in the Esquimalt United Church Building (500 Admirals Road).  Enter off Lyall Street.  7:00 – 9:00 pm; Doors open at 6:45 We will have a short break, any concession snacks…