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.

Accordion Festival Vancouver

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The theme of this year’s event is “Born to Squeeze” and will be taking over Vancouver from September 10th to 13th with four deep-sea themed events for people who may not have ever experienced the sound of the accordion.

Thursday, September 10th – Tentacles at Western Front (303 East 8th Avenue) features an inspiring lineup of accordion masters, poets, and an intermission street-side cabaret. Tickets for this show are only $15 online. A nice date night idea for the middle of the week.

Friday, September 11th – Deep Squeeze on September 11th at The Wise Hall (1882 Adanac Street) will boast a multi-media showcase of professional performers that are ready to bring their unique music to this sensory extravaganza.  Tickets for this show are only $15 online.

Saturday, September 12thDavy Jones’ Dance Hall at The Wise Hall (1882 Adanac Street) is the highlight of the festival with a special dance party, burlesque show, and multiple performances all wrapped up into one big kitchen party-esque spectacular. Tickets for this show are again only $15 online.

Sunday, September 12th – Diver’s Bell Lounge at Spartacus Books (3378 Findlay Street) is a festival cap-off party and all-ages community event with a community orchestra performance and parade, technique workshops, and youth incentives showcase. This party is free to attend!

accordion festival vancouver

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If you’ve never heard accordion music outside of Weird Al, your aunt’s strange polka collection, or the Amélie soundtrack, you’ve got to try a taste of it this weekend. Chances are you’ll be hooked and filling your iPod with accordion anthems.

More information about the Accordion Noir Festival can be found on their official event website.

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