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Non-VBA Concerts, Workshops and such

Friday March 10, 2017:   Country Squall Presents: A Honky-Tonk Dance
Doors 8pm music 9pm sharp at Norway House 1110 Hillside Ave; Join some of Victoria's best and brightest as they honk the honk and tonk the tonk! Start the night with the sounds of the city's bluegrass favourites Country Squall. These fellas made their bones during a two year residency at Swans. They've since spent their last year further honing the sound and they can't wait to share it. Finish the night with the classic country sounds of The Garden City Gang. Featuring members of the roots juggernaut Fans & Motor Supply Co and WCMA/CFMA nominees The Sweet Lowdown, this promises to be a good time party set you don't want to miss. And, they've got a few very special guests in tow. With DJ Waxstatic bringing down some of his favourite rare sides, this is gonna be a night to remember.
Tickets: $10 advance at Brown Paper Tickets and Lyle's Place, $15 at the door.

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Regular Jams in the Victoria Area

1st & 3rd Sunday of the month 2:30 - 5 pm:   Sooke Legion Bluegrass & Acoustic Jam
at 6726 Eustace Rd, Sooke; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food;More info: Al Planiden 250-642-3395

Mondays 7 - 9:30 pm:   Spiral Groove
at the Spiral Cafe, 418 Craigflower Rd, Victoria; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food;

Mondays 7 - 9 pm:   Irish Session
at Spinnaker's Brew Pub; Not for beginners, strictly Irish in nature. Interested musicians must contact one of the hosts for information before playing in this session. Admission: free, but buy a drink or food; More info: Tasia or Nancy

Tuesdays 7:45 - 10 pm:   Victoria Bluegrass Association Weekly Gathering

Tuesdays 7:45 - 10 pm:     Appalachian Old-Time Jam
Victoria Bluegrass Association has a back-room available for a weekly old-time jam (except the last Tuesday of each month during Open Stage/Feature Act); at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1205 Pandora Ave, Victoria (Right-side entrance at back of parking lot); Admission: $2/VBAmembers $3/non-VBAmembers; More info: Wendy's Old-Time Tunes List

Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm:   Victoria Mandolin Orchestra Practice
The Orchestra always welcomes new members on various instruments, guitar and bass. Intermediate level playing and music reading ability recommended; September to May; More info: Kate Cino

Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm:     Bluegrass Circle Jam
at James Bay Books; Admission: $2

Wednesdays 6:45 - 9:45 pm:     Sidney Wednesday Night Acoustic Jam
at Beacon Community Services SHOAL Activity Centre 10030 Resthaven Dr Auditorium A; Acoustic Instruments only please - all levels of players welcome; Admission: $3, SHOAL members free; More info: Frank Watson 250-656-7982

Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm:   Cornerstone Bluegrass Jam
at Cornerstone Cafe, Fernwood at Gladstone, Victoria; Featuring premier acoustic string band musicians; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food; More info: larry@cloverpointdrifters.com

Thursdays 7 - 10 pm:     Crown and Anchor Pub (Qualicum Bay)
Admission: free, but buy a drink or food; More info: Sharon Klassen 250-951-2055

1st Friday of the month 7 - 9:30 pm:   Victoria Fiddle Society Monthly Jam
(except July & August); at New (Old) Location: Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield Road, Lower Hall Side Entrance off Moss St., Victoria, BC; All musicians, all ages and skill levels are welcome; Break-out space for advanced fiddlers; Admission: VFS members Free, $5 for drop-ins.

3rd Friday of the month 7 - 10pm:     Coombs Country Opera (Coombs)
at the Rodeo Grounds (site of the bluegrass festival) Coombs, BC; More info: 250-248-1009

1st Saturday of the month 10am - noon:   Shape Note Singing in Mill Bay
meeting in a home in Mill Bay; Shape Note is a tradition going back to the 1700's, and has continued unbroken since that time. Many songs such as Lone Pilgrim and Wondrous Love have entered the folk/old-time repertoire. Ability to sight-read music is desirable, but not essential. Car-pooling is available. Admission: free; More info: Aziza

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Regular Gigs

1st Friday of every month - 7:30pm:   The Shady Grove Dance Band at The Hub
2375 Koksilah Road, Duncan BC; Traditional Square Dance with Peter Sussman calling; Admission: $2; Everyone 12 and over is invited to bring a partner or meet one at the hall. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended, and no experience is needed. More info: Peter Sussman 250-929-8226

4th Sunday of every month:   Bluegrass Mass
4pm Worship (Gospel / Bluegrass / Americana / Canadiana / Folk / Roots music); 5pm Homecooked meal (come to both or either); at St. Philip Anglican Church, 2928 Eastdowne Rd, Victoria (map); All welcome, including children; More info: rob@stphilipvictoria.ca

Sundays 4 pm:   Sunday Afternoon Hootennany at Logan’s Tavern
Hosted by Carolyn Mark; Admission: Free; buy something to drink-eat More info: 250-360-1832

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Bluegrass, Old-Time & Folk Festivals

In British Columbia, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest

Apr 29 - 30, 2017:   Bluegrass In The Spring (Chemainus, BC)
Saturday - Sunday

May 04 - 07, 2017:   Willamette Valley Old-Time Social (Eugene, OR)
Thursday - Sunday

May 12 - 14, 2017:   Vancouver Island Music Workshop - Spring Retreat (Nanoose, BC)
Friday - Sunday

May 18 - 21, 2017:   4th Weiser Banjo Camp (Weiser, ID)
Thursday - Sunday

May 19 - 21, 2017:   13th Bluegrass From The Forest Festival (Shelton, WA)
Friday - Sunday

May 19 - 21, 2017:   Hixon Bluegrass and Country Jamboree (Hixon, BC)
Friday - Sunday

May 19 - 21, 2017:   Play The Gap (Yakima, WA)
Friday - Sunday

May 26 - 29, 2017:   46th NorthWest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA)
Friday - Monday

Jun 09 - 11, 2017:   22nd Summerland Bluegrass Festival (Summerland, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 09 - 11, 2017:   Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival (Haines Junction, YK)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 09 - 11, 2017:   14th Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival (Kennewick, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 16 - 18, 2017:   15th Sooke River Bluegrass Festival (Sooke, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 16 - 18, 2017:   Keremeos Bluegrass Country Jamboree (Keremeos, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 16 - 18, 2017:   15th Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival (Cashmere, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 19 - 24, 2017:   65th National Oldtime Fiddle Contest and Festival (Weiser, ID)
Monday - Saturday

Jun 22 - 26, 2017:   The Woodshed - Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop (Whitehorse, YK)
Thursday - Monday

Jun 23 - 24, 2017:   9th Campbell Bay Music Festival (Mayne Island, BC)
Friday - Saturday

Jun 23 - 25, 2017:   8th Susanville Bluegrass Festival (Susanville, CA)
Friday - Sunday

Jun 30 - Jul 02, 2017:   Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival (Fossil, OR)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 02 - 09, 2017:   41st Festival Of American Fiddle Tunes (Port Townsend, WA)
Sunday - Sunday; also check out the alternative Mule Barn Campsite

Jul 08 - 16, 2017:   39th Harrison Festival Of The Arts (Harrison Hot Springs, BC)
Saturday - Sunday

Jul 13 - 16, 2017:   16th Northwest String Summit (North Plains, OR)
Thursday - Sunday

Jul 14 - 16, 2017:   23rd Vancouver Island Musicfest (Courtenay, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 14 - 16, 2017:   40th Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Vancouver, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 15 - 16, 2017:   Chemainus Bluegrass Festival (Chemainus, BC)
Saturday - Sunday

Jul 21 - 23, 2017:   33rd Islands Folk Festival (Duncan, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 21 - 23, 2017:   41st Darrington Bluegrass Festival (Darrington, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 21 - 23, 2017:   9th Hard Times Bluegrass Festival (Hamilton, MT)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 24 - 28, 2017:   Beyond Trad (Parksville, BC)
Monday - Friday

Jul 27 - 30, 2017:   Gorgegrass (Stevenson, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

Jul 29 - Aug 04, 2017:   43rd Puget Sound Guitar Workshop Session 1 (Port Orchard, WA)
Saturday - Friday

Aug 03 - 06, 2017:   Pickathon (Happy Valley, OR)
Thursday - Sunday

Aug 04 - 06, 2017:   32nd Blueberry Bluegrass Festival (Stoney Plain, AB)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 04 - 06, 2017:   17th Winlock Pickersfest (Winlock, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

Aug 04 - 07, 2017:   35th Filberg Festival (Comox, BC)
Friday - Monday

Aug 05 - 11, 2017:   43rd Puget Sound Guitar Workshop Session 2 (Port Orchard, WA)
Saturday - Friday

Aug 11 - 13, 2017:   Skeena Valley Country Music Festival (Terrace, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 11 - 13, 2017:   16th Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival (Medical Lake, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 11 - 13, 2017:   33rd Mt St Helens Bluegrass Festival (Toledo, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 12 - 18, 2017:   43rd Puget Sound Guitar Workshop Session 3 (Port Orchard, WA)
Saturday - Friday

Aug 13 - 20, 2017:   15th Centralia OldTime Music Campout (Centralia, WA)
Sunday - Sunday

Aug 14 - 20, 2017:   12th Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Camp (Ness Creek, SK)
Sunday - Saturday

Aug 18 - 20, 2017:   Princeton Traditional Music Festival (Princeton, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 18 - 20, 2017:   28th Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival (Nanton, AB)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 18 - 20, 2017:   Kettle Falls Camp and Jam (Kettle Falls, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 18 - 20, 2017:   14th Bannock County Bluegrass Festival (Pocatello, ID)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 20 - 25, 2017:   28th Nimblefingers Workshop Week I (Sorrento, BC)
Sunday - Friday

Aug 20 - 25, 2017:   Summer Acoustic Music In The Pines (Port Orchard, WA)
Sunday - Friday

Aug 24 - 27, 2017:   25th Picking Party (Rainier, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

Aug 25 - 27, 2017:   10th Annual Oregon Bluegrass Assn Picker's Fest (Rhododendron, OR)
Friday - Sunday

Aug 26, 2017:   Nimblefingers Music Festival (Sorrento, BC)
Saturday

Aug 27 - Sep 01, 2017:   28th Nimblefingers Workshop Week II (Sorrento, BC)
Sunday - Friday

Sep 01 - 03, 2017:   21st Tumbleweed Music Festival (Richland, WA)
Friday - Sunday

Sep 01 - 04, 2017:   Zigzag Old Time Music Campout (Rhododendron, OR)
Friday - Monday

Sep 01 - 04, 2017:   2nd Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival (Ferndale, WA)
Friday - Monday

Sep 07 - 10, 2017:   American Banjo Camp (Port Orchard, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

Sep 08 - 10, 2017:   12th Vancouver Island Music Workshop (Nanoose, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Sep 11 - 17, 2017:   11th George, Washington Bluegrass Festival (George, WA)
Monday - Sunday

Sep 22 - 24, 2017:   Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree (Shaniko, OR)
Friday - Sunday

Nov 10 - 13, 2017:   Dare To Be Square - West (Portland, OR)
Friday - Monday

Jan 10 - 14, 2018:   19th Portland Old Time Music Gathering (Portland, OR)
Wednesday - Sunday

Feb 22 - 25, 2018:   Wintergrass (Bellevue, WA)
Thursday - Sunday;

--- Past Festivals, future dates not yet confirmed ---

Jun 24 - 25, 2016:   4th Valley Bluegrass Festival / Two Rivers Rendezvous (Lewiston, ID)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 08 - 10, 2016:   15th Bluegrass Jamboree (Castlegar, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Jul 16, 2016:   13th Siskiyou Folk and Bluegrass Festival (Lake Selmac, OR)
Saturday

Sep 23 - 25, 2016:   Gavin Lake Bluegrass Jam (Williams Lake, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Apr 05 - 09, 2017:   Mountain Fever Bluegrass Camp (70 Mile House, BC)
Wednesday - Sunday

Apr 13 - 16, 2017:   20th Country Bluegrass Jamboree (Quesnel, BC)
Thursday - Sunday

Apr 20 - 23, 2017:   East Van Oldtime Social (Vancouver, BC)
Thursday - Sunday

Feb 10, 11, 14, 2017:   6th Annual Victoria Django Festival (Victoria, BC)
Friday - Sunday

Feb 16 - 19, 2017:   9th Oly Old Time Festival (Olympia, WA)
Thursday - Sunday

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