angelica-negron-picOne of the “10 Young Female Composers You Should Know” Flavorpill NYC, Angelica Negron composes  and performs mesmerizing electronics and accordion. She is a long time member of the Puerto Rican underground music scene and founding member of electro-acoustic pop outfit Balún. She currently performs with Tokyo born Shayna Dunkelman (currently on tour with Xiu Xiu opening for Timber Timbre) who is known for combining classical techniques, improv and xylosynth. Here is a video clip of Shayna and Angelica performing at a recent tribute to Laurie Anderson. Noirfest opening night, Thursday Sept 10th, is being co-produced by the Western Front on the same night as the 16th annual Art Swarm. It will be a mind-blowing night with a double-bill featuring a short new-work for accordion by local composer/physical theatre team Elliot Vaughan and Elysse Cheadle.


We_are_Going_to_Bremen_TinCanForest_1000x800It is an epic understatement to say that Geoff Berner has a few things up his sleeve this year.  His new work, “We are Going to Bremen to be Musicians”, is an album and a book. The book portion, illustrated by Tin Can Forest, is a Berner-style retelling of a classic folk tale. It is being launched at the Pilot Bar in Toronto on May 7th. This venue is of course sadly out of reach for Vancouver fans.

However, the hot sting of not being present at that fine event will no doubt be completely ameliorated when we are all gathered in the Wise Hall for the album launch on Friday Sept 11th at the 8th Annual Accordion Noir Festival. Watch for tickets online in early June.


wendy mcneill for dt site -smaller for webThe original mistress of accordion folk noir, Wendy McNeill, makes a rare visit to Vancouver for an exclusive performance at the 8th Annual Accordion Noir Festival.  Here she is in a video of a song from her new album “One Colour More“.


We have some really exciting local and out of town artists to present at the 2015 edition of the Accordion Noir Festival. Here is the first announcement!

Kate Romain bw Accordion Photo Credit Lisa MacIntosh-smallerAll the way from Halifax, Kate and Rich Duo, will be joining us this year to perform on the the mainstage and as part of our community daytime programming. They are awesome! They have been touring their high-energy Ragtime, Balfolk & Klezmer act since their first bicycle tour in 2012. These two tour by bicycle as much as possible, cycling thousands of kilometers a year. They are touring all over eastern Canada this summer and we are nabbing them for their first West Coast appearance ever.

Stay tuned. More announcements coming your way soon!


The 8th Annual Accordion Noir Festival is slated for Sept 10-13, 2015. We hope you will mark those dates off in your calendar now cause it will be a very special weekend. The Accordion Noir Society has been going through some changes in the past months and the 2015 festival will be a reflection of our decision to refine our commitment to presenting cutting edge alternative accordion arts. The coming year’s festival programming is by invitation although we encourage artists and community members to drop a line and make suggestions.


10547012_808792749144115_6618457259678954918_oMany thanks to all who came out and participated in the Seventh Annual Accordion Noir Festival. It was a wonder-filled weekend of accordion arts and magic that exceeded everyone’s expectations. This year’s performers, crew, volunteers and audiences were truly amazing and have left us with an inspiring impression of new possibilities for the alternative accordion arts community in Vancouver. Big squeezes to all! Photo Credit: Ben Samson Photography

Wednesday, September 10th: Accordion Speakeasy Announcement

Sadly, Geoff Berner will not be performing at the Speakeasy as planned, due to a family tragedy. We will Speak as Easily as possible in his absence. Check in at the FB event page for line-up updates. We have some great acts stepping in to help us squeeze on.

A whole festival’s worth of love to Geoff and his family,

The Accordion Noir Festival


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