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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.

Upcoming Events

Note: The VFSS takes the risks of Covid-19 seriously. We cannot eliminate all risk of exposure, by we do try to limit the risk by caring for each other through our Covid safety measures.

We ask that everyone screen themselves for Covid symptoms before each VFSS in-person event, and attend only if you are symptom-free. Each event has additional safety measures in place, such as masking, ventilation, and distancing.
• The VFSS Song Circle — first and third Wednesday of every month

Either in-person at the Friends’ Meeting House or online via Zoom (not both).
See Calendar for details.

• VFSS 2022 Retreat — Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 3

First Notice (emailed on June 11)
Second Notice (emailed on July 3)
Tenting Note (emailed on July 13)
Third Notice (emailed on Aug. 7)
Fourth Notice (emailed on Aug. 27)
Final Notice (emailed on Sep. 15)

Registration Form: .doc version, .pdf version
Sessions Schedule: .docx version, .pdf version

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  • 63rd Anniversary Celebration & Other Summer Events

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    Here’s our schedule of events for the next three months:

    Wed., July 6: In-Person Song Circle at the Friends’ Meeting House
    Wed., July 20: 63rd Anniversary Celebration!
    Wed., Aug. 3: In-Person Song Circle at the Friends’ Meeting House
    Wed., Aug. 17: Online Song Circle on Zoom
    Wed., Sep. 7: In-Person Song Circle at the Friends’ Meeting House
    Wed., Sep 21: Online Song Circle on Zoom
    Fri., Sep. 30 — Sun. Oct. 2: Annual Retreat at Camp Alexandra 

    Details for the Annual Retreat can be found here; for all the other events, see below.


    63rd Anniversary Celebration!

    On the warm, summer evening of Wednesday, July 20, we will be celebrating the 63rd Anniversary of the VFSS by trying something new and, we hope, well suited to these not-quite-post-pandemic times: multiple, concurrent, outdoor song circles, and a Zoom session too!

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  • From the Archives: The Family of Woman and Man

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    During the March 16, 2022 online song circle, we played the first minute of this recording of Three Strong Winds (Jim Edmondson, Christina Ray, and Ellen van der Hoeven) singing The Family of Woman and Man, recorded at a VFSS Retreat in 1991. Here’s the full recording:

    Here are the lyrics:

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  • Medieval ear-worm challenge

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    Riu Riu Chiu

    Can you learn one of the 3 parts of this 16th century spanish villancico before we meet again in person? Beware, the catchy tune and rhythm with an extra beat thrown in at the end of phrases can quickly become an endless loop in your aural channels.

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