The Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society (BVFMS) is a Smithers-based non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and celebration of folk music within the Valley. It developed out of the Styx River Coffee House, a folk music organization coordinated by George and Norma Stokes in the late 1970s. Marion Rose and Kevin Widen sought to establish a yearly music festival and formed a new organization in order to run it. The BVFMS was officially incorporated in 1984, held its first general meeting on March 19th of that year, and joined the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council in 1985. It has run the Midsummer Music Festival every year since its inception, with the exception of 2020, in which the smaller Midsummer Memories event was held instead. The Festival includes over 30 acts and draws over 3000 attendees from northwestern BC and beyond. In addition, the Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society holds two annual guitar camps for youth and adults, hosts the BVFMS Coffeehouse from October to April, awards bursaries to students pursuing post-secondary education in music or creative arts, and rents out sound equipment and a CD/DVD duplicator.
Items with accession number 2020.40 were donated to the Museum by Kevin Widen of the BVFMS on October 7th 2020. Ephemeral items were collected by museum staff.
Scope and Content
The fonds contains records created by and relating to the Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society, primarily related to the annual Midsummer Music Festival.
The fonds has been arranged into one series, Midsummer Music Festival, in anticipation of further administrative or non-Midsummer activity material being donated in future. The series has two subseries, Photographs, and Ephemera. The photographs donated on the hard drive have been arranged by donor Kevin Widen, with each year from 1984 to 2020 having its own folder. These folders typically include a small number of ‘selected’ photos, a large number of processed photos, a larger number of unprocessed photos, and sometimes a collection of top photos for the year. For most years, the unprocessed photo files are named beginning with the year, followed by the photographer’s initials, the film roll number, and the frame number. Scans of the BVFMS scrapbooks are included in some of the folders. Years 1984, 1985, 1991, 2007, and 2016-2019 include a selection of photos used in slideshows as well. See 2020/10/06 Note by Kevin Widen (accessions binder) or the ‘About these Photos’ document on the W Drive for further information on the photos. Records were otherwise intellectually arranged by Curator Kira Westby in 2023.
Photographers include: Jeanette Brinkman, Karen Durant, Cindy Savage, Stephanie Smart (Martin), Beba Stoyka, Graham Sutherland, Kevin Widen, Gordon Forsyth, Allen Banner, Pierre and/or Lisbeth Beaudry, Cindy Cunliffe/Sleeman, Dave Gillespie, Anne Holtby, Sherman Jaycox, Evelyn Riechert, Ted Turner, Kathy Wagar, Adrian Forsyth, Lorne Clarke, and Doug Koyama.
The Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society must be consulted and give permission if the photos are to be used for external publications outside the Museum.