MAY 5 & 6, 2023
Schedule for 2023 coming soon. See below for our past schedule.
All events take place at the Powell River Academy of Music (7280 Kemano Street), except for the kitchen party, happening at the Royal Canadian Legion (6811 Alexander Street).
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2022
[All day May 6 and 7] 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] MAIN CONCERT
Walter and Karina open with Piazzolla and Galliano pieces. Nikolay Bine performs his main concert of solo accordion pieces.
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2022
[11am] ACCORDION MASTERCLASS
Led by internationally renowned accordionist Nikolay Bine, this session will feature performances by accordion amateurs. Nikolay will offer critiques, insights, and suggestions, providing a learning opportunity for both performers and observers.
Interested in taking part as a student? (Cost is $45.) Contact us.
[12-2:30pm] COURTYARD PERFORMANCES
Local and visiting performers share music in a casual environment. Interested in performing? Contact us.
ACCORDION REVOLUTION: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE ACCORDION
Presented by Bruce Triggs, host of the Accordion Noir radio show in Vancouver and author of the book Accordion Revolution: a People’s History of the Accordion in North America from the Industrial Revolution to Rock ’n’ Roll.
Bruce's presentation will be interspersed among musical performances in the courtyard.
[3pm] ACCORDION 101
Led by Walter and Karina, this by-donation workshop introduces accordion-curious folks of any (or no) musical background to the instrument. Got an old accordion languishing in your storage closet? Wondering what the heck the left-hand buttons are for? We’ll demystify the world’s most misunderstood instrument. Attendees can bring their own accordions, use one of ours, or sit in without playing.
[7pm] ACCORDION KITCHEN PARTY
Multicultural accordion music performed by Walter Martella and Ron Campbell's band. We’ll have guest musicians rotating through the main band. A fun and inclusive event, featuring dancing, beverages, and general merriment.
Venue: Royal Canadian Legion