Buy tickets for 10th Annual Accordion Noir Festival: Drink-o Bingo. The festival opens with the first Vancouver iteration of Drink-o-Bingo by notorious accordionist and raconteur Grayson Walker of Hearse (Victoria, BC).  This special accordion edition of Drink-o Bingo will offer up a roller coaster ride of fun, prizes, hi jinx, and a whole bunch of great music by local bands and visiting artists...including a solo set by Mr. Grayson himself. Other musical acts will be announced soon. Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave., Doors 730, Show 8:00-11:00pm

Grayson Walker (Victoria)

Bringing Accordion and Bingo Together at Last!

Nearly twenty years ago, Grayson Walker abandoned a budding career in procedural epistemology, moved across Canada to Vancouver Island, and set about becoming an increasingly cynical fixture on the Victoria music and performance scene. Immediately ingratiating himself with a group of ne'er-do-wells at Logan's Pub by providing 'tension music' for the weekly "Drink-o Bingo" nights at the local, Grayson's plan finally came to fruition after the original founders one-by-one moved on to better, brighter pastures leaving the franchise entirely to Mr. Walker's cruel dalliances. Over several years, primarily at the original Logan's location but also branching out to other local networking opportunities like the Victoria Fringe Festival, Mr. Walker confused participants with his chaotic mixture of bingo, live music, and rants on subjects (only) including politics and quantum physics.

 Ana Bon-Bon

Exotic Prairie Gospel

Bon-Bon plays her accordion as a rhythm box, layering blues, country, show-tunes, and ‘bump & grind’ rhythms in songs and performances developed from vaudeville, jump blues, Delta & Chicago blues, '50s Hollywood, depression-era music, spirituals, and western swing. After a five year stint on the UK club and pub circuit, Ana is back in Vancouver hosting the weekly Sundays for Sinners jams at the Princeton Pub. Miss Bon-Bon shows her versatile chops in rockin’ solo sets, and in collaborations that range from swingin’ country to groovy BBQ blues, featuring a rotating cast of notables including drummers Taylor Little and Sandy Bone Smith, Yukon fiddler Amelia Rose Slobogean and guitarist ‘Double D’ Dykhuizen.  

Shelder The Electric Clamfish (Halifax)

East Coast Folk Punk

Shelder the Electric Clamfish is a multi-instrumentalist and storyteller hailing from the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, now residing in Halifax. She performs her eclectic-art-folk compositions on accordion and ukulele, drawing inspiration from her travels as a nomadic musician and from historical Canadian legends and folk tales. Shelder has incorporated traditional East-coast music into her own compositions, blending something familiar with something totally new.

Something About Reptiles

Surf Turk!

SOMETHING ABOUT REPTILES sits low on the branches of the phylogenetic tree of punk music in Vancouver. One of the original voices of dissent, the Reptiles are led by Burcu Ozdemir a Turkish Canadian singer, mother and vintage clothing magnate. Ranging through sardonic sarcasm, sensual coaxing, and in your face passionate rants, Burcu leads her band of musical superstars through fearless and emotional renditions of nostalgic and ironic pop songs steeped in Turkish motifs. Band members include a rockin’ line up of top Vancouver musicians including Noah Walker, Alison Jenkins, Elliot Vaughan, Katheryn Petersen, Amrit Basi and Michael Alleyne. Reptile parties are legendary and can move all to "bosver", or in English, dance, and not give a fuck anymore!

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