Accordion Noir Society Annual General Meeting
February 13th, 4:00-5:30pm
Spartacus Books, 3378 Findlay Street, Vancouver
Artistic Director’s Report
Presentation of the 2015-2016 Financials
Election of Board of Directors
Proposal of bylaw addendum to allow board to vote by email on time sensitive issues
Proposal for adoption of a youth engagement safety policy
Proposal for a clarified new member process and policy
If you wish to attend this meeting and/or add any items for the agenda please make advance contact with Katheryn at


_DSC4547The 9th Annual Accordion Noir Festival is slated for Sept 8-11, 2016. We encourage artists and community members to contact us about their work or favorite artists.

We are currently fundraising for headliner artist travel for the 2016 Festival at the Accordion Noir Aeroplan Charitable Points Pooling Account. We are looking to bring a few very special artists from overseas this coming year and need your help. Just so you know, until Feb. 28th, 2016 there is a very generous points welcome offer available through TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card. The card has no annual fee for the first year and you stand to gain 20,000 points. That would give you more than enough to keep some for yourself, make a healthy donation to our Pooling account and become a rock start VIP guest at our next festival. For more information contact Katheryn at


IMG_1733At Sunday afternoon showcase close our raffle was drawn with the help of Kate Romain  (of the awesome Kate and Rich Duo) and two lucky winners walked away with accordions. Alex got the 12 bass Castle and Bradley got the 120 bass Cellini. Happy Squeezing to both! IMG_1734Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the festival, thanks to our fantastic artists for going the distance, thanks to our generous sponsors,  and special thanks to our incredible crew and volunteer team who gave generously of their amazing talents to make the festival possible.  Much love to everyone for making this the best year ever!


Adonia and StickersOur 2015 Youth Showcase is shaping up to be a multi-media extravaganza that you won’t want to miss. Check out some of the performer bios at the 2015 Youth Incentives tab.


April O'Peel2In addition to our fabulous featured accordion artists this year we have a handful of extra special cabaret artists coming out to spice up the mix!  Check out our Cabaret Performer Page for details on these wonderful performers.

Friday Night: Sharon Bayly (clown) and Paul Silveria (squaredance caller) will do collaborative numbers with Rattletrap Ruckus and the Mermaid Dahling Mermaids will be on hand to make sure everything is going just swimmingly.

Saturday Night: April O’Peel will grace us with her elegance and curvy wits.

Friday and Saturday Nights: Brigid Normand will be streetside at door time to enchant and welcome everyone to the show and to serenade our fabulous food truck chefs from C’est Si Bon!

Sunday Afternoon: Aaron Goodwin will amaze with his accordion playing puppet, Arthur Witzke Inna Jarovitch


Bremen CoverA limited number of Geoff Berner’s new album CD’s are being shipped from Oriente Records, Berlin just for Geoff’s album-release show on Sept 12th. The album isn’t available in stores or online yet, so come and get one of the first copies and hear it played live at the Wise Hall.

“We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians” is a reference to the old German folk tale about elderly farm animals threatened with death, who run away from their masters in the hope of achieving freedom and becoming Town Musicians. It’s an absurd tale of irrational hope and optimism in the face of horror, and that’s where the story connects with the songs on the album. “I would describe the record as a compendium of strategies against despair,” says Berner.

 Some of the strategies offered include: Love, as in the song “I Don’t Feel So Mad At God When I See You In Your Summer Dress”; Redemption, as described in “Swing A Chicken 3 Times Over Your Head”, and pure Shadenfreude, as depicted in “Dance And Celebrate (The Misfortunes of People We Hate)”.

Online tickets are already selling briskly. If you plan on buying tickets at the door (8pm) you should come early because this show will sell out.


Hats off to Vancity! For three years Vancity Credit vancity-logoUnion has helped Accordion Noir fund community activities at the festival. This year Vancity donated $250 to help us fund our Youth Incentives. Thanks to generous funding from Vancity and BC Arts Council we are able to focus our community programming around sponsoring and mentoring a handful of youth performers for an afternoon all ages showcase on Sept 13th at Spartacus books.  The event “Diver’s Bell Lounge” will also offer free workshops, cameo festival artist performances and a repair booth by Melodona. Also, we will be raffling off this rather lovely little 12 Bass Castle accordion as part of the afternoon’s Castle Accordionactivities. It would be a great instrument for a beginning or young player, or it could also be very useful to a more advanced player who wants something super light on which to play mostly right hand lines. In addition to having awesome sparkly blue flat/sharp keys and buttons this little instrument has a surprisingly big sound and a sumptuous tone. It could be yours for just a few bucks…just come on down to Spartacus, 3378 Findlay Street, on Sept 13th, 2-6pm.


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