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6th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Sept 12-15 (this weekend!)

September 10, 2013

everythingsmallYes, 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.


(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

Accordion Cafe, Thurs Sept 12

Accordion Dance Party, Friday Sept 13

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
    • 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 FacebookOnline advance ticket orders.

Rebel Bellows Cabaret & Dinner, Sat, Sept 14Saturday, September 14th

Accordion Repair Mad-Science Workshop!  Sunday, Sept 15,  5-7 PM

Sunday, Sept 15th

  • The Underdog Instrument Grudge Match!, Sun, Sept 15

banner for Accordion Noir Festival, with cool poster graphic of two-headed accordionist

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