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

Get ready for Vancouver’s power-pop event of the year!

The Burn Ins bring a blues-rock component to this year’s International Pop Overthrow. No shouting “Dwight Twilley!” at inopportune moments.

Pop music is alive and well. And no, we’re not talking about the Justin Bieber/Rihanna set, the kind played by folks who can afford million-dollar Hollywood Hills song doctors (not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course).

We’re talking about power pop—songs played with guitar/drums/bass, with plentiful melodic hooks and harmonies. In other words, the kind of pop music that pretty much became a commercial kiss-of-death following the break-up of the Beatles.

Every year, the International Pop Overthrow brings together purveyors of this wondrous sound, and sets up in different cities with different lineups. This year, the Vancouver edition runs Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at the Fairview Pub (898 West Broadway). If you’re looking for a (cheap—only $10!) night out that will leave you tapping your toe and humming a new favourite song, check out one of these shows. To help, we’ve highlighted a few of the bands playing. Continue reading:
Get ready for Vancouver’s power-pop event of the year!

Basia Bulat shares her secrets of the city!

Basia Bulat plays the Fox Cabaret Aug. 12.

Basia Bulat is no stranger to these parts. So we thought we’d ask the Toronto-based singer/songwriter, who plays Vancouver often, about some of her memories of the city, and playing shows here.

Bulat grew up in Etobicoke, Ontario, and first learned to play music on the autoharp. She released her debut album, Oh My Darling, in 2007; her most recent album, Good Advice, came out last year. In a review, the Guardian called Bulat’s latest “a rich and raw return,” and said that, “compared to her first three albums… her latest feels supercharged.”

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Basia Bulat shares her secrets of the city!

10 must-see acts at this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Matt Holubowski 2017 Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Matt Holubowski is one of the performers at this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 13-16).

This year’s edition of the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival kicks off this Thursday (July 13) with a free concert, and keeps going with afternoon workshops and shows and evening sets until July 16. The festival features dozens of artists, some returning, some here for the first time; some veteran acts and some exciting up-and-coming musicians.

Here are a few of the many artists in this weekend’s lineup we think are worth checking out.

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10 must-see acts at this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Free CBC downtown musical nooner series starts this Friday!

The CBC free summer concert series Musical Nooners kicks off this Friday, July 7 with a performance by Said the Whale. The local Juno Award-winning indie rock band Said The Whale headlines the special two-hour concert, which begins at noon with a set by local act Fake Shark.

Other highlights of the series include a Kids Day, a Brazilian-style dance party, and more singer/songwriters than you can shake a Peter Gzowski at. Scroll down for more.  Continue reading:
Free CBC downtown musical nooner series starts this Friday!

Lineup for 2017 Khatsahlano Street Party announced

Jody Glenham performing with her band at the 2016 Khatsahlano Street Party. Christine McAvoy photo.

The lineup for the 2017 Khatsahlano Street Party has just been announced.

Now in its sixth year, the family-friendly one-day event takes place in Vancouver’s Westside, on West 4th Avenue from Burrard to MacDonald on Saturday, July 8th from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Along with Vancouver-based headliners like The Zolas and Louise Burns on no less than six stages, partygoers will have access to more than 50 food trucks, assorted activities for all ages, and some of the summer’s best people-watching – just blocks from the beach. Here are a few of the musical highlights.

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Lineup for 2017 Khatsahlano Street Party announced

Vancouver rocks this Wednesday night with five bands from Japan

Yukueshirezutsurezure (YSTZ for short) is a little bit pop, a little bit hardcore/screamo.

Now in its 10th iteration, Next Music from Tokyo is a treat for music fans unlike any other. The semi-annual event is the passion project of Steven Tanaka, an anesthesiologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto. For each edition of NMfT, Tanaka brings some of the most exciting Japanese underground, indie-rock bands to Canada for exclusive showcases in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

It’s a mini-festival of bands that we most likely would never see otherwise outside of Japan or, perhaps, a major music festival like South by Southwest. Next Music from Tokyo vol. 10 features five acts at the Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St.) this Wednesday (May 24), at one incredible low price – only $14! The bands include a returning favourite, an all-girl quartet that mixes pop and hardcore/screamo, and a group that Tanaka says puts on “one of the craziest, LOUDEST and most awe-inspiring shows around.” Here are the bands.

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Vancouver rocks this Wednesday night with five bands from Japan