About Us

The Vancouver Folk Song Society (VFSS) strives to be an inclusive group that welcomes people of all ages and abilities. Our primary aim is to share songs and music as a group rather than to provide a venue for performing to an audience. In this way, we hope to keep the folk song tradition alive and well in our diverse communities.


Membership in the VFSS is open to anyone interested in singing, playing, listening to, or learning about folk music.

Yearly membership is only $20 for an individual and $30 for a family, and includes the following benefits:

  • free admission to regular events such as song circles and open-stage nights with featured performances
  • invitations to special events
  • reduced price for weekend retreats
  • free unlimited access to our archives
  • voting privileges at the annual general meeting
  • discounts at local music stores
  • a free copy of the CD Blow The Man Down, which includes 27 sea shanties and forebitters and a 31-page booklet
  • opportunities to meet and share music with other folk music lovers
  • Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

To apply for membership, renew your membership, or update your contact information, please submit an Individual Membership Form or a Family Membership Form.


For a brief history of the society, founded in 1959, visit our History page.

Values & Vision

VISION 2030 is a project currently underway to elaborate the society’s guiding values and create a collective vision for our future. Until the visioning workshop planned as part of that project can be held (currently postponed due to COVID-19), the VFSS Board has adopted a set of Interim Values (Infographic) to guide the operations and activities of the society.


The VFSS is a Society incorporated in the province of British Columbia. It is governed according to its Constitution and Bylaws by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected from the membership annually.

List of Past Presidents