Accordion Noir Festival Celebrates the Squeezebox this Weekend

Accordion Noir Festival 2014

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While many people still associate the accordion with the polka, the world’s most misunderstood instrument is trying to push past its reputation of belonging in an oom-pa-pa band. For the 7th annual Accordion Noir Festival, the accordion takes the spotlight as the edgy, gritty, and soulful music-maker that it is.

The Accordion Noir Festival runs from Thursday, September 11th until Sunday, September 14th, and is packed with fun, music-filled events that will satisfy even the harshest critic of the accordion.

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Accordion Noir Festival Celebrates the Squeezebox this Weekend

Accordion Noir Festival

Guro Von Germeten

Guro Von Germeten. Photo courtesy Mod May Productions.

Vancouver is known for its mountains, oceans, trees and, perhaps one day, its accordion scene.

While guitars, keyboards and drums usually get all the attention, a group of local musicians have banded together to shine the spotlight on the oft-ignored squeezebox.

Called the Accordion Noir Festival, the event is now in its fifth year. From Sept 13 – 16 both local and international performers will gather in various venues in the city to celebrate the instrument that has never quite recovered its cool since being featured on the Lawrence Welk Show.

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Accordion Noir Festival