music-stamp-200The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society was formed in the spring of 2014. We are dedicated to bringing the best in local and travelling musical acts to the North Okanagan. We love eclectic music and would like to see more opportunity for old and new fans alike to experience the honesty and depth of these musical styles. Folk-Roots encompasses Folk, Blues, Roots, Canadiana, Americana, Country… and more. Keep an eye on this website for all upcoming events and news.



 Upcoming Events

Bill Bourne

Date: Nov 18, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: ANAF Spitfire Lounge, 2500 46th Ave. Vernon, B.C.
Tickets: Available at
Price: $25/ticket

Bill Bourne is a multiple Canadian Juno Award winner, and has received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances. A veteran of the international blues and roots scene, life on the road is reflected in Bill’s music-powerful rhythms and soulful songs, steeped in World Beat, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Latin, Funk, Poetry and more…

Bill was raised in a musical family in rural Alberta. When he was 2 years old, he was known to sleep behind the piano at country dances where his parents played dance music in the community halls in beautiful farming country. The love of nature and of music and of people gathering for celebration has been with him for his whole life. A multiple Canadian Juno Award nominee and winner, Bourne’s music is diverse and is rich with many traditional music elements from around the world. He plays guitar and sings with a deep and soulful sound; his songs convey stories that are poetic and life-affirming. The dance rhythms of his early childhood permeate his musical mélange.

Bill loves to collaborate with friends (musicians), including Alan MacLeodShannon JohnsonLester QuitzauMadagascar SlimAysha WillsEivør PálsdóttirWyckham Porteous and Jasmine ‘Jas’ Ohlhauser.

His most recent collaboration is with his own band, The Free Radio Band, which includes his son Pat, Pa Joe, Moses Gregg and Miquel Ferrer. They have released a new recording in 2011 called Bluesland. In 2009 Bill recorded with Eivør Pálsdóttir, Wyckham Porteous and Jasmine ‘Jas’ Ohlhauser in “Bop Ensemble”.

He produced and performed on Eivør’s third solo CD, ‘Eivør’. The recording won double at the Danish Music Awards Folk in 2006. Other collaborations: with Alan MacLeod, Shannon Johnson, Hans Staymer and Andreas Schuld, and Lester Quitzau & Madagascar Slim (Tri-Continental) as well as his solo projects, have all attained award status in Canada.

“I always thought Bill Bourne should have starred with Gene Hackman and Clint Eastwood in ‘The Unforgiven.’ He’s a goddamn movie star, I’d say, with that black top hat and card shark face.

More importantly, he is a ‘shining light’ in the ‘North American’ Folk Roots scene. He sings, plays guitar and writes with deep soul, and on the current musical landscape these talents constitute a revolutionary act of ART.

Listen to Bill Bourne; get Religion, brother and sister. This is the real thing”.

Tom Russell
El Paso, Texas

Since 1990, Bill Bourne has been nominated for 8 Juno Awards and has won 3 Juno’s

1990 – Bourne & MacLeod – “Dance and Celebrate” Juno
1992 – Bourne & MacLeod – “Moonlight Dancer”
1993 – Various Artists – “Saturday Night Blues” Juno

1996 – Bill Bourne & Shannon Johnson – “Victory Train”
1997 – Bourne, Schuld, […]

Jack Garton & the Demon Squadron

Date: Oct 21, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: ANAF Spitfire Lounge, 2500 46th Ave. Vernon, B.C.
Tickets: Available at
Price: $25/ticket

For our second concert of the series the Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society is proud to bring to town Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron:


Steeped in the solitude of the mountains and islands of the Pacific Northwest, raised in the boisterous and irreverent East Vancouver arts community, Jack Garton’s music is a dance party for the vulnerable at heart. In the lineage of Weird and Wonderful Canadian songwriters Leonard Cohen, k.d. Lang, Corb Lund and Geoff Berner, Garton’s songs alchemize brokenness and pride, and celebrate the sheer “absurd difficulty of being alive” (Geoff Berner) with wit and grace. Over the last 10 years while touring Canada, the USA and Europe, Garton has developed a distinctive voice on the accordion, mixing Cajun, European and country styles with ease into an exciting roots music feast. His shows are theatrical, fluid, confessional, and fun. They reflect a lifetime of devotion to the art of live music as well as an impressive breadth of life experience including his roles as a father and husband, local gravedigger, theatre artist and music teacher.

“The sound is punchy and bright, with the instruments perfectly coordinated.” Tony Montague, Georgia Straight

The roots roller-coaster band Demon Squadron is the engine behind Jack Garton’s

Songs. Formed in 2013 and named after Garton’s grandfather’s special ops flight squadron in WWII, the band is a highly-trained crew of Vancouver’s most unique musical talent. From rockabilly to rocksteady, country to Cajun, every show is roots music mayhem executed with classic showmanship and wry humour.

While touring Western Canada, Washington State and Alaska, the Squadron has been honoured to serve on festival main stages, concert halls, theatres, clubs and cook-outs. It’s all in the line of duty for BC’s rambling servicemen and women as they continue to wage Garton’s campaigns of heavy honesty and devasting joy throughout the region.

Squadron members:

Gen. Jack Garton – Accordion/trumpet/songs/strategy

M Gen. Amrit Basi – Drums

Br. Gen. Brendon Hartley – Bass

Lt. Adam Farnsworth – Keys

Col. Steven Drake – Lap steel

Joel Fernandes – Guitar


You can purchase a season ticket for all 8 shows for $190. (Save $30) or a 5-pack of tickets for our 2018 shows for $130. (Save $15) Contact us at for details.

Tickets for these events are on sale at


Oct 21, 2017  – Jack Garton and the Demon Squad – $25

Nov 18, 2017Bill Bourne – $25

Jan 30, 2018 – Stephen Fearing Trio with Oh Susanna – $35

Mar 22, 2018 – Shred Kelly – $25

Apr 18, 2018 – The Black Hen Roadshow (Steve Dawson, Leeroy Stagger, Steve Marriner & Ndidi Onukwulu ) – $30

May 12, 2018 – Slocan Ramblers – $30

June 9, 2018 – Tiger Moon – $25