Talent from near and far puts the squeeze on Vancouver at this year’s Accordion Noir Festival

Russian band Iva Nova

Russian ethno-rock quartet Iva Nova plays this year’s Accordion Noir Festival in Vancouver.

In the not-your-baba’s-accordion-festival department, the Accordion Noir Festival is back with more fun-filled squeezebox adventures.

This year’s lineup includes talent from as far away as Finland Russia, as well as an accordion fixer from Montreal. The event takes place Sept. 7-10 at various venues around town, with the four evenings arranged by theme. These include Accordion Drink-o-Bingo (Sept. 7), Accordion Alchemy parts I & II (Sept. 8), Accordion Community Day (Sept. 9, the same night as an album release party from local accordion sensation Geoff Berner), and Underdog Instrument Grudge Match: The Millennial Edition (Sept. 10).

Here’s some more of what to expect.

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Talent from near and far puts the squeeze on Vancouver at this year’s Accordion Noir Festival

Six must-see shows at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Kandace Springs.

With hundreds of acts and dozens of shows, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival represents a challenge to anyone interested in the event but not totally up to speed on they myriad genres and artists represented. Here’s a short list of five must-see acts for those who are pretty sure they want to check something out during the festival’s 11 days (June 22-July 2), but aren’t sure where to start. (Note: the list tends towards more non-standard jazz acts. For those looking for more adventurous fare, we’ve included another list of some of the festival’s cutting-edge acts.)

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Six must-see shows at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

International sounds abound at third annual Vancouver World Music Festival

Tonya Aganabe performs with the B.C. World Music Collective at the Vancouver World Music Festival.

The third annual Vancouver World Music Festival takes place April 6-8. The three-day events features musicians originally from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, and London, and who now make their home in B.C.

Here are some highlights.

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International sounds abound at third annual Vancouver World Music Festival

Free music festival in Downtown Eastside celebrates 12th year!

Jody Glenham performing at the Khatsahlano Street Party this summer.

Jody Glenham performing at the Khatsahlano Street Party this summer.

The Victory Square Block Party is a free music festival that traditionally marks the end of summer, at least for some Vancouverites. The Labour Day event features local indie acts, vendors and more, all in the Downtown Eastside’s Victory Square (316 W. Hastings St.) on Sept. 4.

Let’s look at the lineup for the 2016 edition.

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Free music festival in Downtown Eastside celebrates 12th year!

Blow your mind this weekend at Vancouver’s psych-rock fest!

Rock out with Madrid, Spain's HINDS this weekend at Levitation Vancouver.

Rock out with Madrid, Spain’s HINDS this weekend at Levitation Vancouver.

This weekend, mindblowing rock ‘n’ roll bands and experimental music acts take over the city for the second Levitation Vancouver music festival.

The Vancouver edition grew out of the Austin-based Levitation festival, itself originally called the Austin Psych Fest. The idea behind Levitation is to bring together acts from all over the world with a taste for adventurous sounds. Local punk act White Lung, Spanish buzz band HINDS and acclaimed experimental Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus are just a few of the reasons to check out Levitation Vancouver this weekend (June 16-19). See below for more.

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Blow your mind this weekend at Vancouver’s psych-rock fest!

2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival must-sees, part 2

Nashville's Los Straitjackets perform at this year's Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Nashville’s Los Straitjackets perform at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Earlier this week we posted about some of the big-stage highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In this post, we’re going to look at some of the smaller shows worth checking out.

Keep in mind, there are dozens of shows taking place as part of the festival, which runs June 24 – July 3, and these five are just a small sampling of the local and international artists coming to town for one of the country’s most acclaimed celebrations of all things jazz, and beyond.

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2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival must-sees, part 2

2016 Jazz Festival must-sees, part 1 – the big shows

Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs perform at the 31st Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs perform at the 31st Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

There are shows on outdoor stages, in parks and on streetcorners. There are shows in small clubs and bars, even restaurants. But the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival also excels at big-ticket concerts, and this year’s lineup is no exception, running the gamut from a (perhaps) once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between three acclaimed singer/songwriters to a man who made his name telling others to Look Sharp! to one of today’s premiere blues bands. See below for this year’s big-stage shows at the 2016 VIJF.

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2016 Jazz Festival must-sees, part 1 – the big shows

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