6th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Sept 12-15 (this weekend!)
Yes, for the sixth year the Accordion Noir Festival will be this coming weekend in Vancouver, BC, Canada. If you’re nearby, you should come! If you’re far away, I hope you made travel plans to be nearby.
Here is the radio announcement for the Festival (click to listen at Co-op Radio’s site.) Next year we should make a little youtube video slideshow thing. That’d be fun.
Highlights include Quebecois jazz accordionist Steve Normandin, aggressive cabaret music with Fang and the Company B Singers (think Boswell Singers harmonies, yowza!), and Jack Gardon (from Maria in the Shower)’s new project the Jack of Hearts!
All in all, quite a different item then the recent and amazing Accordion World Cup over in Victoria. The only competition here will be the Underdog Instrument Grudge Match, where accordions go head-to-head with theremins and a high-school band class-reunion. It is the highlight of my accordion year (really). I hope to see you all there.
The accordion-repair workshop earlier on Sunday is also a rare chance to get inside your (or someone’s) instrument and see what’s going on in there, very cool.
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2013
(in a nutshell)
Unless specified otherwise, all events are at the Russian Hall located at 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver. ONLINE TICKET SALES CLOSE AT 5PM ON THE DAY OF THE SHOW.
Wednesday, September 11th
- 10-11 pm: Accordion Noir Radio festival preview, live on the radio at 100.5 fm or streaming at coopradio.org
Thursday, September 12th
Friday, September 13th
- 10:30 am – noon: festival preview redux on Sound Resistance, live on the radio at 100.5 fm or streaming at coopradio.org
- 7 pm: 40 min in-store performance by David P. Smith at Red Cat Records, 4332 Main Street. Free.
- 8 pm: Accordion Dance Party with Fang featuring Company B Singers, the VaudeVille Vagabonds, and the Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra. $12, Event on Facebook, Online advance ticket orders.
- 6 pm: Accordion Harvest Dinner with Steve Normandin, Piromi (Japan), Willow Rutherford (ON), Nice Verdes (Australia). Event on Facebook. Free admission!
- 8 pm: Rebel Bellows with Jack of Hearts, Something About Reptiles, Renee de la Prade, Travis Bernhardt, Tristan Risk. $12, Event on Facebook,Online advance ticket orders.
Sunday, Sept 15th