We enjoyed playing once again at the Chemainus accordion festival - a one-day event. A wide variety of performers and very enjoyable performances.
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Accordions By The Sea - Broadway and more ... Large crowd enjoyed favourite Broadway and musical hits! "Great show" ... "Amazed by the variety of songs" ... just some of the comments from the audience. Standing ovation.
St. Cecilia’s Day – November 18, 2017
Accordion Band performs at St. Cecilia's Day - November 18, 2017 Once again, the Victoria Accordion Club band is privileged to perform at Victoria's Christchurch Cathedral in honour of St. Cecilia's Day. The venue is stunning and an outstanding location for listening to beautiful music. Please join us. Our performance is at 1:30 pm For more information please see the program listing at: https://www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca/
It's Oktoberfest season! We had a fabulous rousing Oktoberfest on October 14th at the Sidney SHOAL Centre ... oh what fun!! Sold out event!! -- 150 people enjoyed the awesome German dinner, the music, the dancing ... and of the course the odd stein of beer! Their were the yodellers in lederhosen and cute frauleins of all ages in colourful dirndls, and plenty of noise. Very likely an annual event at SHOAL. Keep your pretzels crossed! ... watch for next year! Prost!
St. Cecilia’s Day at Christchurch Cathedral
VAC Band performs at Christchurch Cathedral - November 19, 2016 Once again, the VAC Band is privileged to perform at Christchurch Cathedral in Victoria in celebration of St. Cecilia's Day. It is a stunningly beautiful building. We have been honoured to perform at this event for the past few years, and will enjoy the event once again on November 19th at 1:30 pm. Come enjoy all the performers starting earlier in the day, and going throughout the afternoon. The Cathedral will also host it's annual Christmas bazaar. For more details, see the Christchurch Cathedral website: http://www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca
Accordion’s “fresh face”
The "fresh face" of the accordion The CBC recently produced a documentary on the reviving fortunes of the accordion. This instrument has long been "hidden" in recent decades, but is enjoying a significant resurgence of respect among aficionados in the music world. Well-known rock, ethnic, country and "new wave" bands have even embraced the accordion on stage and certainly on their recordings. Big bands of past and current eras have always used the unique and warm sounds of an accordion in their swing and dance performances. A close listen to very many commercials on radio and TV will reveal the sounds of an accordion ... just pay attention. It's always been there, and will continue to be. Enjoy this CBC documentary
Band Performances Here are some samples of past performances of the Victoria Accordion Club band (click on the links) August 2016 - Chemainus Accordion Day. Variety of songs. November 2015 - Christchurch Cathedral, Victoria, BC variety of song types July 2015 - Victoria Accordion Festival In The Mood - Rock'n'Roll May 2015 - World Accordion Day Phantom Of The Opera More links of performances on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKpqRzoSK3E https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMuofsT24t0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpUQwUrv5Jg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-_tArTOX_k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfnbt7Gz5Dw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY-aTeZDgW4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7XoVkst_wI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hyVaabDzEk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_OVPNIuqW0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deOqI8vFnZw
Oktoberfest Glo Pub
VAC band performs at Glo Pub Oktoberfest in Victoria The Victoria Accordion Club band performed at the always full (!!) Oktoberfest at Glo Pub in Victoria on Friday, October 2, 2015. It's a lively place, especially at Oktoberfest, with lots of action, fun music, lovely frauleins serving beverages, and of course, lots of "refreshments"!! Guests needed to get there early! Glo Pub - 2940 Jutland Road, Victoria. (website: http://glovictoria.com)
VAC at Leavenworth festival
Victoria Accordion Club performs at Leavenworth Accordion Festival, Washington A lot of great music, bratwurst, and cool beverages -- the highlights of the Leavenworth Accordion Festival June 18-21. What a treat! The Victoria Accordion Club Band performed twice at the festival, and to a very appreciative audience both times. The VAC band performed a 1/2-hour set at the gazebo in the centre of town one day, and the following day a one-hour concert at the Grange hall to a standing-room only crowd. The appreciative group gave the VAC band a standing ovation after the final selection. A thrilling performance. A strong contingent of VAC members attended the festival, and enjoyed all the amenities of Leavenworth. The competitions, concerts, and open stage sessions were very well-attended,
Django & Jazz – May 15, 2015
3rd ANNUAL WEST COAST DJANGO & JAZZ featuring Cory Pesaturo, World Accordion Champion, and Victoria's Quinn Bachand, jazz guitar extraordinaire! Friday, May 15th What an evening of world-class gypsy jazz & jazz music featuring Juno Award winning guitarist Oliver Gannon, World Champion in Digital, Acoustic and Jazz Accordion Cory Pesaturo, Canada's multi-instrumentalist wunderkind Quinn Bachand and his sizzling hot gypsy jazz ensemble Brishen (nominated for a staggering 5 Canadian Folk Music Awards)! Such talent -- and it truly was an epic night of music! The musicianship of all on stage was exceptional. Check out the artists’ websites: www.olivergannon.com www.corypesaturo.com www.brishenmusic.com For more information contact Adrien Bachanad (250) 812-6888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org In 2013, young wunderkind guitarist Quinn Bachand was excited about sharing the stage with veteran jazz guitarist Oliver Gannon, however an injury sidelined Gannon, who
World Accordion Day
World Accordion Day - May 6, 2016 World Accordion Day is celebrated on May 6th each year in recognition of this unique instrument, and those who enjoy playing and listening to the music it produces. The Victoria Accordion Club and other musicians celebrated with a special concert. An enthusiastic audience enjoyed performances by the Victoria Accordion Club band, several young aspiring and inspiring student musicians, Jelena Milojevic & Rebecca Bracewell, The BC Accordion Orchestra, and Bucan-Bucan. It was a night to remember! For details on World Accordion Day, click this link: World Accordion Day
All you boomers out there … you dug out your flared poodle skirts, and guys slicked your hair into your ducktail, and the leather jackets came out and what a time we had !! It was a 50s-60s dance party!!! We had great 60s music, and the good times rolled! It was Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara Street, Victoria (in the James Bay area) Great dinner, followed by cool dance moves till the night was done!
Great music at club meetings
Great music at jam sessions after the meeting and band practice Our last few meetings, always on the first Sunday of each month, have been terrific. Some great music from our members, and even from some young players who are students of well-known classical accordionist, Jelena Milojevic. What a treat to hear these young players crank out their tunes, and entertain the spectators and club members. The future of accordion in our region is very promising. The jam session after the meeting is always a highlight. Members and visitors alike join in to play familiar songs, and even some ethnic favourites. Toes tap, and bodies sway, and fingers snap to the melodies. A good time.
Oktoberfest - October 19, 2013 See latest post -- Oktoberfest 2013 is done! A great time! Scenes from past Oktoberfests by the Victoria Accordion Club:
Coupe Mondiale a success
Coupe Mondiale completed and a huge success The Victoria Accordion Club (VAC) participated in Coupe Mondiale, a major international accordion festival often referred to as the "olympics" of accordion festivals around the world. This world festival is held each year in a major city around the world, and in 2013 was held right here in Victoria, British Columbia, during August 17 - 25th. For more details and results of the competition, visit the festival's website http://www.coupemondiale.org/2013/ca_coupe_main.htm. The VAC band competed in the "orchestra" section of the festival on Saturday August 17th. While the band did not win any prizes, it played well and garnered well-deserved accolades for its performance. The category had a number of extremely talented orchestras from Canada and other