America’s Finest Accordion Babes are visiting our very own cherry blossomed town for One Night Only this March 29 at the fabulous Ukranian Hall! Led by the Squeezebox Goddess herself, Renee De La Prade, this show will make you laugh, swoon, and itch for a squeeze of your own.
The Babes will be joined by our very own Katheryn Peterson in the infamous Something About Reptiles, and Jack Garton will be our host and tightrope walker, performing as the Jack of Hearts.
see you there!
advance tix on sale at highlife records now!
Get out your calendar and mark down Sept 12-15th for this year’s installment of the Accordion Noir Festival!
Stay tuned for Performer and Venue details.
If you missed getting to see Guro on Thursday at the Festival Opening Night, you have one more chance this coming Friday the 21st. Guro will be performing in concert at the Scandinavian Community Centre at 7pm.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Accordions and their fans are doing an excellent job of taking over Vancouver. Here is your itinerary for Sunday, September 16th, hereby declared ACCORDION DAY @ THE ANZA CLUB
10: 00 am – 1:30 pm : Roll out of bed and nurse yourself back to full vigor, congratulating yourself wildly for having caught Geoff Berner and Panstereoama at the Waldorf on Saturday Night. You deserve brunch!
2:00 pm : Bring your cranky squeezebox and your curiosity to the Accordion Repair Workshop, led by San Francisco’s Renee de la Prade (of Accordion Babes fame) and Meladona. It’s PWYC, and will be hands-on, entertaining, and highly useful for anyone who chooses an accordion as their companion instrument.
4:00 pm: Saunter back to the Anza Club for “Mistakes I’ve Lived Through”, a show dedicated to the incomparable thrill of first-times. Featuring a brand new accordion rock odyssey by Proud Animal, with backing from a deadly accordion mob; brand new pieces by accordion slinging youth; and an open mic open to anyone who wants to try their hand at public accordion performance. This show promises to be hilarious, a little scary, and sweetly memorable. Tickets $5-$7 at the door.
6: 00 pm : Time for a dinner break, friends! Did you know that Main St. has many delicious things to eat? Yup! And beverages– there are delicious beverages to be had. And vintage stores to pick through. Fun!
8: 15 pm: Doors open for the Underdog Instrument Grudge Match. The city’s finest and funniest ukuleles, accordions and banjos go head to head in a musical brawl. Possibly the festival’s most “hands-on” event: come support your favourite instrument, or, if you hate them all, come and have your mind blown by the hilarious cheating and brilliant playing of Vancouver’s top heavies. This show sold-out last year on word of mouth alone. Come early to avoid sadness. For a taste of the smack talk that’s already brewing, check out the FB event page.
9:00 pm – Midnight: We’re grudging hard. Did I mention this is the last event of the festival? No big deal, but if you want to have a drink with some of the sterling personalities behind the Accordion Noir Festival, you must join us. After the show at Locus on Main St. It is a place of cheap pitchers and nice beer. Good news for all! Talk to me at the show (recognizable as the person saying, “I’m Barbara Adler”) if you’d like more info.
Happy Accordion Day Eve, and see you tomorrow!
Online tickets for this Saturday’s Panstereorama at the Waldorf are now officially Sold-Out!
only 2 days left to buy this one-of-a-kind ticket at the advance price of $12
a limited number of $15 tickets will be released at the door on the Night Itself….
How can we make it even easier for you to fulfil your photo-accordionic destiny?
How About: Where are the Bus Shelters?
Photo-ready accordion-fans may visit these shrines of the accordion at:
W. Broadway, West of Collingwood
King Edward, East of Cypress
W. 4th, West of Vine
E. Hastings, West of Dunlevy (Confirmed, see photo)
SW Marine, East of Oak
Victoria, North of Upland
West Blvd. North of W. 49th
W. 16th, East of Courtenay
E. 41st, East of School
E. 49th, East of Arlington
(These have not all been confirmed, help us collect them all! We’ll post photos here as we get them.)
Convey your photo to us (respond below, post on the Accordion Noir Festival facebook, or bring to a show in person) and you can win an Accordion Noir t-shirt to keep and cherish for always! – “Fantastic!” Bruce of Accordion Noir
Shout-out to Kerry from Co-op Radio’s West-Coast Classics for the spell-check. His dedication to quality in media is an inspiration. No, really.
There are lovely Accordion Noir Festival posters up around town on bus shelters with help from a grant from the City of Vancouver. (Thanks Vancouver!)
The Challenge: If you share a photo of yourself, with an accordion, in front of one of the bus shelter posters, you will receive a free Accordion Noir T-Shirt. How cool is that? There are ten bus-shelters in various locations, collect them all!
The above example was taken late at night with a crap phone-camera. See how easy it is? You can do better than that! Grab your accordion and start hunting! Post yourself and your accordion on the Accordion Noir Festival Facebook page, or bring your photo to one of the shows and talk to us in person.
Here’s what the fine shirts look like:
Check it out! Our 10 second promo video goes into rotation on the video billboard at Robson and Granville on August 27th.
Don’t adjust your sound, cuz there is none.The video billboard is visual only…you have to come to the festival to get the sound 8 )
That’s Jack Garton of Maria in the Shower energetically (imagine the sounds) charging the crowds from the video billboards to bring their giant-screen selves to the Accordion Noir Festival.
“Mistakes I’ve Lived Through,” September 16th at the Accordion Noir Festival will feature a brand new piece written in collaboration with YOU.
Like so. We’ve all made mistakes. I want you to send me stories and one-liners about YOUR mistakes. The ones you’ve survived. Funny, scary, noble. Anything! The Proud Animal writing team (Barbara Adler and Gavin Youngash) will be using them to write a piece for the youth show at the 2012 Accordion Noir Fest. Our rock odyssey will be performed with backing from a youth accordion choir. Mistake? I don’t think so.
E-mail us at: proud(at)proudanimal(dot)com
Thank you always, good suggesters, and see you at the festival! Barbara
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This year’s PANSTEREORAMA at the Waldorf Hotel will be a full immersion into the mind’s ocean, propelled by the tireless bellows of desire and the ancient alchemy of sound, sweat, light, rhythm and space. A zeitgeist receptacle, a synaptic riot, a revelationary flag hoisted high.
This event will sell out, so get your tickets early. On sale now at Highlife records and Redcat records for only $12!
To purchase online, visit http://accordionnoir.eventbrite.com/
Check out the Panstereorama page in the Main Events tab for more details.
Jack and Maria in the Shower
The six armed accordion icon for this year’s festival comes from accordionist/artist Julie the Bruce.
The poster design for this year’s festival is currently being created by Jordan Bent.
Stay tuned for more info in weeks to come.