The Rogue Folk Club
is a registered non-profit Society in the Province of
British Columbia. It was formed in the Spring of 1987 to present concerts
of Celtic, Folk and Roots Music in Vancouver. The Club is a founding member
of the North American Folk Music and Dance (formed in 1989), and
has been a member of the Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture since its inception.
The Rogue Folk Club provides a unique approach to concert presentation,
offering audiences the opportunity to see and hear some of the
most accomplished musicians and singers in the world in a relaxed,
The vast majority of our shows take place at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Avenue,
in Kitsilano) and we also stage several shows per year at the Capilano Performing Arts Theatre (2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver)
in the Cap Folk & Roots Series - which is a joint venture of the Rogue Folk
Club, Capilano Performing Arts Theatre, and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
"To promote and foster folk music and its cultural heritage
through concerts, workshops, publications and other such means, thereby
bringing the experience of folk music to as wide an audience as possible"
Who Can Join
Membership of the Rogue Folk Club is open to anyone
interested in Celtic, Folk and Roots Music, and costs $30 per year ($40 for families).
The benefits of membership include: voting at
the A.G.M., discounts on admission to our concerts and dances,
discounts on merchandise at our events, discounts on tickets
for events such as the Vancouver and Mission Folk Music Festivals,
discounts at selected record stores and restaurants in Vancouver,
and a monthly magazine detailing Club events, reviewing CDs,
festivals, concerts, etc.
What Makes the Rogue Folk Club Unique?
The Rogue Folk
Club presents around 50-60 concerts and dances per year in Vancouver.
No other volunteer-run concert series does
Our mandate is to entertain, educate and inform our audience by
presenting internationally-renowned performers of Celtic, Folk & Roots
music in an affordable, accessible, friendly, comfortable, smoke-free
setting. We regard the quality of sound reproduction to be extremely
important at our events.
Our principal venue is St. James Hall, which has
seating at tables and chairs as well as some pews: it is a beautiful -
de-sanctified - church, with a vaulted wooden ceiling, a dance floor, and a
balcony. All our events are open to folks of all ages, and we offer
discounts to seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
We encourage participation through volunteering, dancing, workshops,
and interaction with the performers.
We make every effort to work with other folk music organizations
in Vancouver and Victoria to minimize date conflicts, increase
awareness about all folk music related events in the vicinity,
and to offer incentives to our members to support them.
We are committed to cooperating with our neighbours with respect
to minimizing noise levels outside the venue before, during and
after our events.
Our booking policy is determined to a large extent by the availability
- and affordability - of touring performers. These performers will
be renowned for their abilities as instrumentalists, singers, entertainers
- or preferably all three.
We are committed to presenting local performers as often as possible
(within the above guidelines for headliners). We are also committed
to presenting local performers as opening acts whenever we have
concerts on a Friday or Saturday night (in order to keep the running
time of our events at a reasonable level).