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).

Victoria Fiddle Society logo floats over top of a get together with music.

Coming Up…

Beacon Ridge Productions Presents an Evening Concert with Calvin Vollrath, one of Canada’s most outstanding, award winning virtuosic fiddlers,  accompanied by the incredibly gifted Jeremy Rusu. Saturday, October 21 @ 7:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm for dinner service) Tickets:  $30 available at Oak Bay Recreation Centre reception in person or by phone 250-595-7946…

October 2023 Fiddle Jam

Everyone enjoyed September’s Fiddle Jam! We had a great turn-out – over 50 musicians, and our Jam Leader – Louise Deschamps got rave reviews! Hope you cam join us for the next Friday Fiddle Jam! What: VFS October Fiddle Jam Date: Friday, October 6 , 2023 Where: Wheeley Hall in the Esquimalt United Church Building…

Jammin’ At The Fair

14 VFS members gathered at the Saanich Fair on Sunday, September 3rd to play some tunes. The 2023 Saanich Fair’s theme was “JAMMIN’ AT THE FAIR” – so we did. It was fun to play for an audience – who enjoyed our sets.
Victoria Fiddle Society logo floats over top of a get together with music.

Free Afternoon Concert in Kamloops

If you are in or near Kamloops mid-September, the Kamloops Fiddlers have a Senior Free Afternoon Concert. September 15, 2023 A Fiddle Extravaganza!   Alex Kusturok with Opening Performers: Cary Grigg  —  Colin Butchart  —  Daniel Lapp 1205 Rogers Way, Kamloops 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm For tickets, please go to http://bcfiddlers.com/branches/kamloops/ or call 250-319-3680

September 2023 Fiddle Jam

Join us Friday, September 8 for the first Fiddle Jam of the season! It’s also time to renew your membership. You can do that at the Jam with credit or debit card, cash (exact amount please) or cheque. Or renew right now via an eTransfer to victoriafiddlesocietypayments@gmail.com please send the deposit code in a separate…