MAY 5 & 6, 2023
All events are held at the Powell River Academy of Music (7280 Kemano Street in Powell River), except our Squeezebox Night, which is at the Forest Bistro and Lounge.
Our Fest takes place on the traditional lands of the Tla'amin Nation.
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2023
[All day May 5 and 6] ACCORDION REPAIRS + SALES
Tempo Trend, a Victoria-based speciality accordion store that's been in business for over 60 years, will be on site for all your accordion needs! Tune-ups, repairs, and sales. Bring the old squeezebox languishing in your closet, or purchase your first (or seventh) accordion.
7pm ACCORDION FEST MAIN CONCERT / OPENING NIGHT
Our main concert, featuring a wide variety of musical genres, special musical guests, co-directors Walter and Karina, and at least 5 accordions! Enjoy a 5-piece tango band featuring guitarist Budge Schachte and bassist Boyd Norman, klezmer music featuring accordionist Ronen Segall, as well as classical and jazz. Not to be missed!
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
10:30-11:45am ACCORDION MASTERCLASS
Internationally renowned accordionist Jelena Milojević provides critiques, insights, and suggestions. A learning opportunity for both performers and observers. Zoom participation available.
Participants: $45 (please email Karina to participate)
Audience: By donation
12:15-1:45pm COURTYARD PERFORMANCES
Local and visiting performers share music in a casual environment. Sign up (on the day) to play, and/or come and enjoy what's on offer.
2-3pm ACCORDION 101
This workshop introduces accordion-curious folks of any (or no) musical background to the instrument. Bring your own accordion, or borrow one for the session (generously provided by Tempo Trend).
3:15-4pm INTRODUCTION TO KLEZMER MUSIC
Led by Ronen Segall of Accordion Love, intermediate players will learn the klezmer scale, and some improvisation basics.
7pm SQUEEZEBOX NIGHT AT THE FOREST BISTRO
May 6th is World Accordion Day! Celebrate with us at this year's Accordion Fest closing party. Featuring Ron Campbell's band and Ronen Segall and Walter Martella on accordions, enjoy an evening of lively popular music during dinner + drinks.
The Forest Bistro & Lounge is a 19+ establishment. However, minors are welcome before 10pm with a parent/guardian.