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In 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
A 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 Union 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 activities. 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.
Melodona, accordion repair dame from Montreal will be attending the Accordion Noir festival for the 4th time this year. She'll be in Vancouver with her toolbox to give your squeezebox some love and care, from September 10th to October 1st, setting up shop in Kitsilano on 3rd Avenue West. Get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org and pass by for a free estimate. Those who can are invited to inform her in advance of their specific needs, so she can make sure to bring all the required replacement parts. You're also welcome to bring your squeezebox to Melodona's repair booth, set up during the Sept 13th Sunday afternoon youth performer show and workshop event, running from 2pm to 6pm at Spartacus books. When not repairing accordion, this dame does music under the name Sapo. Presently working on the next album and planning to get back to performing in a year.
Who you gonna call when it's time to shake your Accordion Noir Fest boo-ty? Compassion Gorilla that's who! With ghost-busting Julie Gennai at the accordion helm, this band brings a unique concoction of worldbeat, latin folk, dub and psychedelic music. They enwrap audiences in a spell of dance and magic with squeezy melodies, racy horn lines, brazen guitar harmonies, driving hand-percussion rhythms, thick basslines, and full-bodied vocal harmonies. Who are YOU gonna call when it's time to come to this party?
We'd like to give up a HUGE thank-you to the Noir supporters who donated to our Points Pooling Campaign. The points gathered have already helped to pay for the flight costs for four of our guest artists. Angelica Negron, the composer from New York, Wendy McNeill, the folk noir chanteuse who currently lives in Spain but whose festival show is the last date of her Canadian tour with her new album, and last but definitely not least our two bicycle-touring musicians Kate Romain (sister of busy local drummer Kevin) and Rich Driedger, of the Kate and Rich Duo, from Halifax.
Check out the video that Wendy's Spanish dogs made about her upcoming tour (they speak surprisingly good English).
The Octopus is tied up in knots with excitement that Svetka and the Raven will be performing on the same night as Wendy McNeill at the festival this year. As soon as the Octopus can untangle itself we will be releasing the schedule, very soon. But in the meantime here is some artist info to fill your boots.
Svetka and the Raven is an illustrious combination of sound and sight intertwined by accordionist/vocalist Julie Gennai and shadow projectionist Charlie Walker. With whimsical sights, tales and melodies, these two artists find a haunting medium between the auditory and the visual. Julie is a multi-faceted artist living in Victoria, BC. She has toured internationally as a accordionist, harpist, and vocalist, working with musical groups such as Blackberry Wood, Compassion Gorilla, and The Wayover Yonders. Julie has also worked with circus-theater company Bread and Puppet as both a puppeteer and member of the circus band.