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.

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…

VFS 2022 Annual General Meeting

The VFS Annual General Meeting was held on October 27, 2022. Current VFS Board members – Margaret Baker, Nancy Chave, Marg Crowley, Tony Lambert, Gary Sims, and Noreen Skoreyko agreed to continue. Two more positions are available on the Board – the President, and a Member-at-large. If anyone would like more info on the meeting…
2022 Fiddling Day folks

Membership Info

You can renew your membership at the monthly Jams with cash, cheque or credit or debit cards at the Jam. Or renew right now via an e-Transfer to victoriafiddlesocietypayments@gmail.com, please send the deposit code in a separate email. Membership Dues: Single: $25; Family $60. Bonus! When you pay your annual membership fee you will receive…
Ann & Jim Gower waltzing at VFS Jam.

VFS November Fiddle Jam!

Join us at the November Jam – Friday, Nov. 4th at 7 pm Doors open at 6:45 pm; in Wheeley Hall in the Esquimalt United Church Building (500 Admirals Road).  Enter off Lyall Street. We are trying something new – a few tunes in a set list to get the Jam started. Following is November’s set list – send us your suggestions… Also, we’re looking for folks who might be interested in leading the occasional Jam – let us know if you’re interested or know someone who is…

VFS President

Yes, we’re still looking for a new VFS President. It is a fun, low-key volunteer position. Join the Board and bring your ideas for our Jams, community engagements, workshops and more. If you would like to know more about the position, or are interested in volunteering, please drop us an email. 
2022 Fiddling Day folks

Canada Fiddle Day – May 21, 2022

The 159th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival happened on May 21 and 22, 2022, at Topaz Park. About 36 people gathered at Topaz Park on May 21st for a Fiddle Jam. A big Thank you and to Tony for organizing and to all who joined in today in celebration of Canada and World Fiddle…