Bill Bourne

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 […]

Jack Garton & the Demon Squardon

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:

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Patrick Alexandre

Date:  Sept 23, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre, 3914 32 St, Vernon, BC
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Price: $25/ticket – VFRMS Members $20

Patrick Alexandre

It’s time for some seriously good blues and the Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society is proud to launch their 2017/2018 concert series with Roots and Blues Powerhouse singer Patrick Alexandre and his trio:

And come hungry […]

Poppa Dawg

Date:  Jan 14, 2017

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Ben and Tom Waters

Date: Jan 31, 201

Ben & Tom Waters

Ben Waters woke up one morning at the age of about 14 to find he could play piano! Fascinated by the rhythms of the Deep South he fell in love with the music of […]

Martyn Joseph

Date:  Mar 18, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:30 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm

Martyn Joseph 


Pharis and Jason Romero

Date:  Apr 9, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:30 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where:  Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre

Pharis & Jason Romero


Martin Harley

Date:  May 6, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Spitfire Lounge,  2500 – 46 Avenue  Vernon BC
Tickets: Available at Bean Scene, The Spitfire Lounge (2 wks before the show) or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $20/ticket – VFRMS Members $15

Martin Harley

Martin Harley is a supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to […]

Paul Pigat

Date:  June 8, 2017
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where:  Powerhouse Theatre,  2901 – 35 Avenue  Vernon BC
Tickets: Available at,  Bean Scene (2 wks before the show) or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $25/ticket – VFRMS Members $20

Paul Pigat 

You’d never think it to look at Paul Pigat, but behind that unassuming grin and underneath those Doc Watson glasses lurks one of […]

Kal David & Lauri Bono with Angel Forest


Kal David & Lauri Bono with Angel Forest

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Blues music comes in many shades. That was quite evident on Friday night at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre when Kal David- Lauri Bono & The Real Deal shared the stage with Angel Forrest.  The 4 hour concert covered a lot of ground, from Son House (Walking Blues) to B.B. King (The Thrill is Gone)

The evening began with Montreal-based, 3 time Maple Blues Award winner Angel Forrest. Her powerful blues-rock based […]

Jacob Moon

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Another excellent show on Friday night!

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Every artist starts out with heroes. But not every artist gets asked by their heroes to join them, as artists, on their stage. It’s a compliment that Jacob Moon keeps getting from the musicians who have inspired him since he started as a singer-songwriter out in Hamilton, Ontario. Artists like Rush, Marillion and Gordon Lightfoot have taken a shine to Moon’s renditions of their songs and […]

The Russell deCarle Trio

Date: Oct 21, 2016
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Vernon Atrium Hotel,  Vernon, BC
Tickets: Available at, Bean Scene or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $25/ticket – VFRMS Members $20

The Russell deCarle Trio


decarleAs lead vocalist and bassist of iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster, deCarle is no stranger to awards and accolades. Over their career the 2008 CCMA Hall of Honour inductees […]

Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi

Date: Aug 27, 2016
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Powerhouse Theatre, 2901 – 35 Avenue, Vernon, BC
Tickets: Available at, BeanScene or at the door
Price: $20/ticket – VFRMS Members $15

Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi

Danny Brooks Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Deb‘Texassippi Soul Man’, now settled in Llano Texas has mixed the best of both Texas and Mississippi and calls it ‘Texassippi’. […]

Belle Plaine & Blake Berglund

Date: Nov 26, 2016
Time: Doors open 6:45 pm,  Concert  7:30 pm
Where: Spitfire Lounge,  2500 – 46 Avenue  Vernon BC
Tickets: Available at, Bean Scene, The Spitfire Lounge or at the door (cash only!)
Price: $20/ticket – VFRMS Members $15

Belle Plaine & Blake Berglund


berglundRaised in the small farming community of Fosston, Saskatchewan, Belle Plaine’s distinctive sound draws from her musical background: twelve years of classical vocal training, jazz […]

Shari Ulrich & Sean McCann

Final Show of our Second Season to a Sold-out Crowd

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Talk about your cool Canadiana evening!

The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society featured incredible music from both coasts of Canada on Saturday, June 25 at the Powerhouse Theatre as Sean McCann (Newfoundland) and Shari Ulrich (Bowen Island, B.C.) played to a very appreciative sold-out audience.

Sean McCann (Great Big Sea) kicked off the evening with songs of Newfoundland, the sea, hangovers and recovery.

Shari Ulrich performed a heartfelt second set with songs about […]

Tim Williams

Thank you Tim Williams, Al Lerman and Ray Lemelin!

When it comes to traditional blues, this show was the real deal!

Tim Williams and Al Lerman (from Fathead) swapped quips, songs and stories through two entertaining sets on Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd at the Powerhouse Theatre. From the get go, it was abundantly clear both of these blues veterans had paid their dues on the road and it showed in their performances. The evening was not only great fun but served as an educational foray into various styles […]

Martyn Joseph

Three standing ovations- truly a night to remember! Thank you Martyn Joseph and Graham & Aaron Ord!

The “Welsh Springsteen” delivered two passionate sets on Thursday at the Vernon Atrium Hotel and Conference Centre. Martyn Joseph had the crowd of close to 200 enthusiastically singing along to his songs of hope, redemption social consciousness.

While many of his songs dealt with weighty subjects such as injustice, poverty and political turmoil- his insightful and humourous quips between songs kept both sets beautifully balanced.

The fact that his live shows and music are tied closely to his “Let Yourself Trust” […]

The Small Glories

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What a show!

A great crowd nearing 200 was wowed by the music and humour of the Small Glories on Saturday night (April 2.)

The Small Glories are based out of Winnipeg and consist of former Vernonite Cara Luft, and J.D. Edwards. Playing mostly banjo and some guitar, Cara was obviously delighted to be back on stage in Vernon while J.D. played guitar and harmonica. Both played with lots of energy topped off with gorgeous two-part harmonies. They performed many of their own compositions- many of which focussed on the theme of “home.”

They also […]

Annie Lou

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An evening of great music and great stories …

A big old thank you to the Annie Lou Band for a great evening of hot pickin’, sweet harmonies and down to earth songs. Oldtimey music done up right!

Annie Lou (Anne Louise Genest)- lead vocals, guitar, banjo, Andrew Collins- mandolin, fiddle, vocals, Sarah Hamilton- fiddle, vocals and Max Heineman- upright bass, vocals wrapped up their current tour in splendid fashion at the Vernon Atrium Hotel on Saturday, February 27. The very appreciative crowd was treated to two wonderful sets of bluegrass music done up with a decidedly […]

A Carnival Collection

FEBRUARY 10, 2016 – A Vernon Winter Carnival Collection Concert

What a GREAT night … three bands for a packed evening of great entertainment. VFRMS would like to thank Rob Dinwoodie Band, Canadian Whitewater and Henry and His Second Line. The evening opened with Rob Dinwoodie Band sharing their country favorites followed by Canadian Whitewater  with their tight harmony collections and the evening closed with a Vernon Winter Carnival Marti Gras theme with Henry and his Second Line marching on stage will their full piece band from keyboards to horns. The crowd was graced with Vernon […]

Poppa Dawg

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Thank you Rick, Brian and James, we had a sold out show!

Red hot blues and a jam packed dance floor-Poppa Dawg was in the house Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 and everybody had a GREAT time! Poppa Dawg (Rick Halisheff), Brian Skip Maguire (drums) and James Hay (bass) deserve a special thank you for braving the treacherous road from Kelowna to Vernon to make it to Vernon in time for the show.

Also a very appreciative to Rick Doling of Wentworth Music for his continuing in donating use of sound […]

The Lion, The Bear, The Fox

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Photos by Coralie Nairn

So what do you get when you combine high energy, killer harmonies and huge vocals? Lion, Bear, Fox , of course!

A big thank you to the Lion, Bear, Fox for a memorable evening of musical entertainment on Sunday, September 13 at the Powerhouse Theatre.

LBF- Christopher Arruda (the Lion), Cory Woodward (the Bear) and Ryan McMahon (the Fox) and drummer David Sponaugle delighted the crowd with two powerful sets featuring lots of original material and a few cover tunes all delivered with passion and […]

Rod Davis

What a night of musical history! An Evening with Rod Davis.

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Rod Davis delighted the crowd on Thursday evening, Oct 15th  with memories of his friend John Lennon with photos, music and anecdotes.

The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society were honored to have Rod Davis share his remembrances of his time growing up in Liverpool and being in the same […]

Stephen Fearing

A packed house and a night of phenomenal music … it doesn’t get much better than that!


A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Paddlewheel Park Hall on Saturday, November 21. Our biggest crowd to date was captivated by opening act Amistad and headliner Stephen Fearing.
Amistad is a quintet of local high school students (Nolan Bassett (Bass/Vocals/Trumpet), Eli Garlick (Guitar/Violin/Vocals), Carson Bassett (Drums/Percussion), Craig Matterson (Piano/Keyboards/Vocals),
Aidan Andrews (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Ukulele) who have been together for five years and it shows! They are currently […]

  • Jacob Moon

Jacob Moon

Thank you Jacob!

Vernon Folk Roots Music Society would like to thank Jacob Moon for his outstanding performance at the House Concert held Saturday, July 18, 2015. His award winning songs  and gifted performance graced the audience.



Jacob … Singer-Songwriter

Every artist starts out with heroes. But not every artist gets asked by their heroes to join them, as artists, on their stage. It’s a compliment that Jacob Moon keeps getting from the musicians who have inspired him since he started as a singer-songwriter out in Hamilton, Ontario. Artists like Rush, […]

Tim Hus and His Travelin’ Band

The Hus was back

Ain’t it good to be alive and kickin’ in Canada, though?

That’s the feeling one gets after an evening of music with Tim Hus & His Travelin’ Band…What a great show on Saturday, June 20th at the Spitfire Lounge!

A big thank you to Tim Hus and his Travelin’ Band (Jeff Bradshaw on pedal steel and Telecaster guitar and Riley Tubbs on stand-up bass) for two dandy sets jam-packed with tunes about Canada. Sawmills, cowboys, ranchers, truck drivers, fruit pickers right here in the Okanagan, hockey moms and even a self-penned southern B.C. gunfighter […]

  • Brandon Isaak

Brandon Isaak



Brandon Isaak … Thanks for the Magic!

It was a night of true musical magic when Brandon Isaak performed for the first time ever in Vernon! Brandon kept the crowd entralled playing a kick drum, guitar and harmonica while delving into various forms of blues- Texas blues, Delta blues, Chicago blues and Swing out of New Orleans- all the while regaling the crowd with stories of buying art on the road, shopping at Value Village and dealing with screaming girls in China! In fact, he even displayed and analysed three […]

  • Duane Steele

Duane Steele

Thank you Duane!

VFRMS would like to thank Duane Steele for the very entertaining house concert performed Saturday night. The crowd enjoyed his great voice and excellent guitar playing featuring songs from his Rockin’ Horse CD.  Duane also welcomed local artist Jesse Mast to entertain the crowd. Jesse played 3 songs, one written in part by Duane. Jesse has previously graced the VFRMS stage and is in the midst of a new deal with Sony Records.  Extended thanks to Steve & Karen Gosse and Dave & Marit Main for hosting the event with the VFRMS.


Duane Steele Bio

  • Andrew and Zachari Smith

Andrew and Zachari Smith

With Great Thanks …

What a great evening of folk-roots music on Saturday night at the Elks Hall! A great big thank you to Andrew and Zachari Smith for two sets of mighty tasty tunes. Family harmonies are special and the father-son chemistry between Andrew and Zach was a real joy to see up-close!

The duo of Blu and Kelly Hopkins opened the show with some heartfelt, relaxed folk music. It was great to hear some tunes from their new cd, “Home Fires”.
Thanks to everyone for making this such an enjoyable evening!

ABOUT Andrew […]

Ari Neufeld

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He makes rhythm with his feet…scoops and stomps on a […]

  • Pharis and Jason Romero

Pharis and Jason Romero

This is what it is all about bringing together musicians, songwriters and music lovers!
Our March 13 concert featuring Pharis and Jason Romero with Opening Act Sorella was a perfect evening.

VFRMS would like to thanks  Pharis & Jason Romero from Horsefly, BC  and Opening Act, Sorella for an outstanding evening of entertainment performing to a sold out crowd.

Pharis and Jason Romero

pj-promo4Pharis & Jason released their second duo record, Long Gone Out West Blues, in early 2013. It’s a record with a refreshing veteran spirit, in […]

  • The Creeks

The Creeks

VFRMS thanks The Creeks for their entertaining performance

Friday, February 20, 2015 The Creeks thoroughly entertained the crowd at Silver Start Mountain, 1609 Restaurant & Lounge.  They opened the evening with folk originals during the dinner hour and switched to dance music for the crowd to enjoy. They had the crowd up dancing to the many cover tunes and joining in the fun.


The Creeks are well known providing entertainment throughout the valley and at Silver Star Mountain. Two Brits and a Canadian make up this new trio of long-time musicians. […]

Norm Strauss and band

An Evening of Music With Norm Strauss & Band and Kim June Johnson

Alessandra Woodward, Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society
Photos: Dianne Hustler

Norm Strauss and band opened VFRMS 2015 Season with Kim June Johnson opening the concert evening.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Elk’s Hall on Saturday evening, January 24 for great performances by Kim June Johnson as well as Norm Strauss and Band.

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Johnson was on stage for much of the night, delighting the crowd with her opening set of songs she not only wrote, but performed with all of […]

Canadian Whitewater

 An outstanding evening!

Vernon Folk Roots Music Society was honoured to host  headliners Canadian Whitewater, with opening act Carolyn Anele at the Army and Navy’s Spitfire Lounge on Saturday November 22. If you were part of the full crowd, you won’t need to read this to know that the show Canadian Whitewater treated us to was a spectacular exhibition of talent, showmanship, and of course good ol’ fashioned bluegrass.

Anyone who knew what Canadian Whitewater was about found that their anticipation for this reunion show was well justified.  And those who were experiencing the band, or even bluegrass, for […]

Ann Vriend

Ann and Marv delivered …




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Vernon Folk Roots Music Society would like to thank Ann Vriend and Marv Machura for an outstanding evening of music.

Soul, sweet sass, singer-songwriter material – Edmonton’s Ann Vriend delivered it superbly- all while accompanying herself beautifully on keyboards.Just a singer and her piano for two sets- a daunting task for many others perhaps, but Ann made it look easy. That’s when you know you’re watching a star in the making.


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Cam Penner

Cam Penner Concert Sept 27 2014

Cam Penner – A Soulful Voice 

Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society would like to thank Cam Penner  for an outstanding evening with his soulful voice, accompanied by his best friend, Jon Wood and his mystical music. Cam and Jon captivated the crowd.

More about Cam …

Cam has recently escaped the city to live in his new dwelling in the mountains with his sweetheart and new daughter- new start, new challenges. Ideas were trusted and built upon quickly, the unfamiliar was used as confidently as the […]

  • Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson

Thank you Wendell! Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society was proud to present Wendell Ferguson from Toronto, Ontario. August 23, 2014 at the Vernon Lecture Theatre, Okanagan College. It was an outstanding evening filled with incredible talent and lots of humour. Wendell won the Canadian Country Music Association’s “Guitar Player of the Year” 6 times along with 3 more wins for “Back-up Band of the Year,” plus a Ontario Country Performer and Fan Association award for “Career Musician.” It has also just been announced Wendell will be one of the next inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. The […]

  • Steel Wound

Steel Wound

Vernon’s own Steel Wound made Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society history by being the first on stage Opening Night, May 31, 2014 at the Army Navy & Airforce Spitfire Lounge.

Great opening act with dynamic music energy.  Thank you Kerry Parks, Keith Hustler and Rod MacDonald.

Steel Wound Website

Steel Wound is an acoustic trio based in Vernon, BC. They play a mix of original and cover tunes best described as alt-folk-ragtime-country-rockabilly-blues-ish stuff. There’s something for everyone with a musical repertoire covering the past sixty years and a blend of acoustic and slide guitars, upright bass, […]

  • Don Alder

Don Alder