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EVENT SCHEDULE

MAY 10 & 11, 2024

All events are held at the Powell River Academy of Music (7280 Kemano Street in Powell River), except our Accordion Cabaret, which is at the Forest Bistro.

Our Fest takes place on the traditional lands of the Tla'amin Nation.

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024

[All day May 10 & 11] 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, jazz quartet, classical pieces, Balkan folk music, and more. Featuring accordionist Kosta Bozhinov, guitarists Budge Schachte and Stephen Nikleva, bassist Boyd Norman, and percussionist Terry Martyniuk. Not to be missed!

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024

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.

By donation.

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).

By donation.

3:15-4:15pm ACCORDION ORCHESTRA

Led by Walter Martella and open to accordionists of all levels (including beginners who participated in Accordion 101), join us for some group music-making fun. 

By donation.

7pm ACCORDION CABARET

Celebrate with us at this year's Accordion Fest closing party. Featuring Kosta Bozhinov, Martin Hergt, Walter Martella, and Karina Inkster on accordions, Stephen Nikleva on guitar, and Boyd Norman on upright bass, enjoy an evening of many musical genres during dinner + drinks.

The Forest Bistro & Lounge is a 19+ establishment. However, minors are welcome before 10pm with a parent/guardian.

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