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The Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society is a nourishing body for the musical soul of the Bulkley Valley in northwestern British Columbia. We are a thriving community of creative and talented musicians and appreciators. We are all ages, shapes and genres. We host 2 Guitar Camps each year – one for adults and one for youth – that draw teachers and students from across North America.

We host a music festival each summer for 30+ inspiring acts and 3,000+ attendees who travel here from the across the north as well as the globe. The BVFMS is located in Smithers BC, the heart of the Bulkley Valley, approximately half way between the major centers of Prince George and Prince Rupert. We are proud to offer several programs that support musicianship in the valley.

Executive 2020/2021

President:  William Elliott

Vice President:  David McTavish

Secretary:  Christie Mayall

Treasurer:  Sara Pittman

Directors at Large:  Brennan Anderson, Susan Watson

Our Mission

  • To promote a greater appreciation of folk* music among residents of the Bulkley Valley and the northwestern region of British Columbia.
  • To provide opportunities for folk musicians to play for audiences.
  • To provide opportunities for residents of the Bulkley Valley to hear folk Music and folk musicians from other areas.
  • To promote the development of folk music and musicianship in the Bulkley Valley.

    * folk means music folks play

Our History

The Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society grew out of an organization called the Styx River Coffee House. A group of dedicated music lovers decided a music festival would be a good idea for the Bulkley Valley and so went to work on forming a non-profit society as well as start the first Midsummer Folk Music Festival. The society was incorporated as a non- profit society in 1984. The Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society joined the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council in 1985 to blend the services offered by each of the organizations (ie. liability insurance).