Accordion Noir Festival

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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

Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15

Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan will appear at Folk Fest 2012. Photo credit: Vancouver Folk Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park for its 35th anniversary this Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15.

If you’ve never been, Folk Fest is the kind of grassroots, community-driven live music event where you’ll find old timers who’ve attended for 30 years rubbing shoulders with a fresh crop of university students who won’t miss a Dan Mangan show. It’s the mix of guests and performers that makes Folk Fest what it is.

The hotly anticipated Vancouver Folk Festival line up includes such talents as Dan Mangan, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams, Hey Rosetta! and K’naan. The food cart line up is almost as impressive with 30 local vendors serving everything from organic ice cream to roast corn and jerk chicken.

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Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15

Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival – June 14 – 24, 2012

Piknic Électronik at the Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival. Photo: Vancouver Courier

Officially, June is Italian Heritage Month in Vancouver, but it could just as easily be “multicultural month:” There are so many multicultural events happening! Along with  North America’s Largest Dragon Boat Festival and Greek Day on Broadway, there’s also the 23rd annual Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival (Festival d’été), which starts this week.

Primarily a music festival, the Festival d’été, organized by Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver, showcases the rich diversity of the francophone community through an eclectic line-up of musicians and artists. And tickets to the performances—which range from an outdoor techno dance party at Stanley Park to the annual “Children Fete”—are just $5 – $10!

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Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival – June 14 – 24, 2012

BC Cultural Crawl – August 1 – 31, 2011

It’s a big year for Vancouver. Not only is 2011 the City of Vancouver’s 125th birthday and Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary, it’s also the 10th birthday for the BC Cultural Crawl. Launched as a B.C. Day celebration in 2001, today’s BC Culture Crawl is a huge arts festival that spans the province and the entire month of August.

The BC Cultural Crawl is a collection of arts and cultural events at 70 cities and towns throughout British Columbia, including outdoor theatre, art walks, annual festivals, and special events that demonstrate the unique “footprints” of the various B.C. communities.

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BC Cultural Crawl – August 1 – 31, 2011

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – July 15 – 17, 2011

Named one of the ten best outdoor concerts in North America by USA Today, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival is one of the highlights of the summer music season. This three-day festival at Jericho Beach Park features an eclectic range of folk and roots music performed on eight outdoor stages, all overlooking the picture-perfect vistas of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.

At this festival, “folk” has an expansive meaning, covering an enormous range of sounds, from gospel to blues, rock, world music, spoken-word poetry, and African- and Latin fusion. The diverse 2011 artist line-up includes Dan Bern, Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans Band, Rosanne Cash, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Freshlyground, The Fugitives , La-33, New Country Rehab, Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band, and Mary Gauthier, to name just a few.

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival – July 15 – 17, 2011