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Welcome to the official site of the Vancouver Folk Song Society, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The VFSS is for singers, musicians, and people who like to sing with others. We welcome performers and listeners of all ages and abilities and from all cultures.


We are sad to share the news that Al Cox, one of the founding members of the VFSS, passed away peacefully on September 22. Al’s beautiful voice can be heard on many of the VFSS archival recordings, both as frequent MC of events and as a performer. Eli, his daughter, wanted the VFSS members to know how grateful she is that her dad was able, in his last days, to enjoy our tape that Steve put together of the 62nd Anniversary. She has told us how much it meant to Al that he was able to listen to the many songs that were familiar to him and especially to be able to hear himself, in the High Riggers, sing The P.G.E. Song. She also said that the extended family, who knew very little about Al’s musical activities, were thrilled to have his voice on record. The family will be planning a memorial soon. We will share those details when available. Our condolences go out to the family.

From 1961,
hear Al Cox leading the High Riggers singing The P.G.E. Song
From the 12th Anniversary of the VFSS on July 7, 1971,
hear Al Cox sing How Can I Keep from Singing?

Upcoming Events

The VFSS Online Song Circlefirst and third Wednesdays of the month

Zoom opens at 7 pm Pacific Time, program starts at 7:30. Come to sing! Come to play! Come to listen!
See Calendar for upcoming dates, featured singers, and email address to get the Zoom link.

The Pickers Circlesecond, fourth, and fifth Wednesdays of the month

Recent Events

The VFSS UnRetreat 2021 — online via Zoom, Sunday, Sept. 26

See Overview, Schedule, Session Details

plus song suggestions for the Folk Revival of the 50s & 60s session,
lyrics, score & audio track for the Learn a Song with Barry Truter session,
lyrics & chords for the Learn a Song with Lynn Applegate session

New: Evening Group Photo, Closing Song/Slideshow

From the Archive

From the 1st Anniversary of the VFSS on July 20, 1960,
hear Gretchen Grinnell sing Who Killed Cockie Robin?


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