ACOUSTIC GUITAR FESTIVAL
The Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival (FVAGF) was founded in 1998. Essentially, it was a response to a need in the community. It also served as an outreach program to the local music communities, specifically, music conservatories, private music teaching studios, and high school guitar programs in the Fraser Valley.
Originally, there were five main objectives:
To provide high school students an opportunity to showcase their musical talents, expand their musical knowledge and skills, and gain exposure to local and international performers and teachers.
To allow students to grow musically and pursue personal excellence as performers in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.
To provide educational support to private and high school teachers and local guitar programs.
To provide high school students and teachers a positive experience of a post-secondary institution.
To give local and international artists an opportunity to meet new fans, expand their fanbase, and share their knowledge, experience, and skills with young artists.
I am proud to say that all the above objectives had been achieved. As the festival expanded, one important objective was added in the sixth year:
To present music concerts of international calibre to the communities in the Fraser Valley.
What follows is a history of the guest artists who were gracious enough to share their talents, experience, and wisdom as well as delight us with their art. I am deeply indebted to these artists for their kindness, generosity, and inspiration.
I am also grateful to the many instructors and students who supported the festival throughout the years as well as the audiences who attended the featured concerts. Thank you!
Vinicius Linhares da Silva
Borealis String Quartet
David Sinclair & Keith Bennett
John Gilliat & Rossi Tzonkov
Konstantin Ruslanov Bozhinov
Montreal Guitar Trio
Van Django - Budge Schachte & Cameron Wilson
Keith Bennett & Ed Mohoric
2002 (April 19)
2001 (April 20)
2000 (April 28)
1999 (April 23)
Harris Van Berkel
Carolyn Canfield Cole
1998 (April 24)
“The power of music is an incredibly important and unique tool that aids the human experience. When added to a social gathering where people from all walks of life have come to celebrate this art together, it becomes a force unparalleled to anything else.”
February 26, 2019 - Langley Times
February 15, 2019 - Langley Advance
February 15, 2019 - Langley Times
February 15, 2019 - Aldergrove Star
January 10, 2018 - Surrey Now - Leader
January 8, 2018 - Langley Times
March 10, 2017 - Runner Magazine
March 2, 2017 - Langley Times
February 22, 2017 - Vancouver Courier
February 17, 2017 - Langley Times
February 25, 2016 - Langley Times
February 16, 2016 - Shaw TV Vancouver
February 23, 2015 - Langley Times
February 12, 2014 - Langley Advance
February 7, 2014 - Langley Times
February 23, 2012 - Langley Times
February 12, 2012 - Runner Magazine
April 18, 2011 - Hummingbird604.com
November 26, 2010 - Georgia Straight (International Guitar Night)
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