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

• 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.

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

Recent POSTS

  • VFSS Song Circles in May


    Continuing with our cautious and gradual resumption of in-person gatherings, here’s our schedule for the month of May:

    May 4:  In-Person Song Circle at the Friends’ Meeting House

    May 18:  Online Song Circle on Zoom, featuring: Cliff Rice

    All the same Covid safety measures that were in place for our last two in-person gatherings will apply to the May 4th event:

    • Limit of 25 attendees, pre-registration required. To register, send an email to VFSS@shaw.ca before May 4th.


  • From the Archives: The Family of Woman and Man


    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:


  • Medieval ear-worm challenge


    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 phases can quickly become an endless loop in your aural channels.


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