As we achieve the numeral XII, the hands of the clock meet again at midnight, the dead of night, for our offbeat festival’s twelfth year, marking the completion of a 12-year cycle. (This is significant for us, as Stradella button systems count in twelves also, dictating the rhythms and flows of our musical lives.)
What it all amounts to is that East Vancouver’s infamous Accordion Noir Festival is once again nigh upon us, squeezing reedy tones out at you from the weekend of November 15-16th — our most syncopated date ever!
The instrument is as everywhere as it is nowhere, and this year’s Friday night mainstage program at the WISE Hall (1882 Adanac at Victoria) constitutes a good start at a world tour for your ears, beginning with an excursion into the sounds of east Africa with Sudanda, heading north to Sápmi in northern Finland with VILDÁ, sailing from Scandanavia across the Atlantic in longboats to Vinland to compose new epics with Wolfbrood, then veering sharply south to stomp our boots to the sweaty swamp sounds of the Mississippi River Delta with Nuvo Zydeco.
(Doors at 8 pm, tickets $20; advance tickets at Brownpapertickets.)
Saturday afternoon’s Community Day program at Spartacus Books (3378 Findlay Street) will be much more grounded in our regular and longstanding East Vancouver musical practice, featuring sets by the Squeezebox Circle Orchestra and Accordion Noir theme song composer Andy Fielding, a reading by squeezebox historian Bruce Triggs from his new history book Accordion Revolution, a screening of assorted Saturday Morning Accordi-toons, and accordion open mic spots for anyone who needed to get squeezed in… all kicked off with an accordion parade, weather permitting, around Trout Lake.
(Doors at 2 pm, entrance by donation — suggested donation $10. No one turned away due to lack of funds.)
Thanks to our friends and supporters for joining us for another round! If you have questions or would like to help out, please don’t hesitate to contact us.