Accordion Lovers and Haters Unite for a Fun-Filled Four Day Festival Celebrating the Squeeze Box

Accordion Noir Festival 2015

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Turns out, accordions are much more than just an annoying instrument used for polka. In fact, the Accordion Noir group argues that it is one of the most underrated instruments in North America. Just give it a chance, why dontcha!?

Since 2008, Accordion Noir has been running a festival to build interest in accordion music by throwing a fun, wild and unique musical event that attracts people from all walks of life. Lovers, haters, and those who haven’t formed any opinion whatsoever towards the accordion are invited to celebrate the instrument affectionately known as the squeeze box.

The Accordion Noir Festival is coming back from September 10 – 13 for its 8th annual year with a mix of cabaret, kitchen parties, and – of course – accordion performances.

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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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