For those of you who like to plan ahead, here is a peek at the programming for The 9th Annual Accordion Noir Festival “Noir Potion #9”. You can check out most of the below mentioned artists at our 2016 Performer page.
Thursday Sept 8th, “Kissing Everything in Sight” Lanalou’s Rock n Roll Eatery (all ages welcome), doors 7:30. Tickets $10 at the door only, no online or advance sales. Featuring Magic in the Woods (Pemberton), Breaking Boundaries (Columbia/Vancouver), Kael Vincent (standing on top of things), Battle of the Buskers (Artists TBA) and the intoxicating Alexa Fraser (The Plodes) as emcee and bon vivant.
Friday Sept 9th, “Love Potion Cabaret” York Theatre (19+), doors 7:30. Tickets available online from June 15th through the Cultch. Globe-trotting line up includes moody cabaret by Nefertiti in the Kitchen (Rennes, France), the premier of a multi-disc suite “The Conqueror Worm” by Patrick Farrell and Ben Holmes (New York), accordion looping and fabulous accent by Jet Black Pearl (Amsterdam/Portland), a short new work for sheng and accordion by Nathan Shubert with sheng artist Tim Chan, and a teaser by death defying circus act Duo Finelli (Seattle/San Fran). Local accordion messiah Geoff Berner will host and provide musical interludes.
Saturday Sept 10th, “Move the Mess Around” Wise Hall (19+), doors 7:30. Tickets available online from June 15th through the Cultch. The cultural mash up shifts into dance-party mode with tex-mex punksters Pinata Protest (San Antonio), an album release by local accordion star Jack Garton and his Demon Squadron, a rock n roll squaredance with Gunther Kablutsiak (Arviat) and V’ni Dansi, and a soulful rootsy warm up set by Dirty Grace (Mayne Island) .
Sunday Sept 11th, “Accordion Crimes” Spartacus Books (all ages), 2-6pm. Admission by donation. This community afternoon event includes our Youth Incentives Showcase, an extended performance of the new work for sheng and accordion with composer Nathan Shubert and sheng artist Tim Chan, the Squeezebox Circle Orchestra with special guests, a highlight reel screening for “Accordions Rising” by Roberta Cantow (San Diego), a comedy repair workshop by Melodona (Montreal) and cameo performances by visiting festival artists. **Note: Sept 15th at 7pm there will be a feature length screening of “Accordions Rising” at Spartacus Books.