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

Black Mountain at the Waldorf

There are rock stars, and then there are hard-working musicians. The main difference between the two is ego. Here in Vancouver, we’ve been known to breed a good number of both types, but it’s the latter category that Black Mountain fall into. The five-piece hard rock band is arguably one of the biggest indie bands to hail from Vancouver in recent times – yet you’d be hard-pressed to know the members by name. They’re not in it for the fame. They’re in it for the music.

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Black Mountain at the Waldorf

Yelp Food Cart Fest Every Sunday at the Waldorf Hotel

Here’s more evidence that East Van’s Waldorf Hotel is becoming one of the hottest spots east of downtown: Following the success of the first-ever Waldorf Hotel’s Canada Day Block Party / Food Cart Festival this past July 1, the hotel is teaming up with Yelp and Street Food Vancouver for the Yelp Food Cart Fest, a food cart festival that will run every Sunday from July 29 – September 2, 2012!

The Yelp Food Cart Fest will be more than just the (second) largest gathering of food trucks in Vancouver ever (the first being the inaugural Waldorf Hotel’s Canada Day Block Party): the Fest will include a series of community markets, live music performances, family entertainment, and a 19+ beer garden at the hotel’s “outdoor tiki beach area.”

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Yelp Food Cart Fest Every Sunday at the Waldorf Hotel