Our club started in 2002 as a small gathering of interested accordion players in the Victoria area. Since then we have grown to be over 50 members who come from as far as away as Nanaimo (2 hours north of Victoria).
We meet the first Sunday of every month at the very pleasant facilities provided by the Sidney Shoal Centre at 10030 Resthaven Drive in Sidney, BC. We have moved from the Victoria Edelweiss Club.
The club’s band, consisting of about 20 members, begins rehearsal at 11 am. The band plays a large variety of music types, and performs at various events in the community. We encourage newer members and players to join us too, with practices starting with easier songs, followed by the more advanced songs.
A short business meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. and lasts for about 1/2 hour. This is followed by young students and members playing lively music of all types either as solos, duets, or in groups. Often a theme is chosen for that month’s music such as waltzes, romantic, ethnic, folk or any one of many other suggested themes. A highlight is very enjoyable part is the “jam session”. We cut loose!!
Some meetings feature individuals, if they wish to perform specifically, or learning workshops and demonstrations on the inner workings of an accordion. The club is fortunate to have members who have decades of experience in accordion sales, repair and function. Members have musical skills ranging from beginner to advanced. All members have opportunities to play, jam with others, or just relax and enjoy the music and chat with others about the wonderful world of accordion music and accordions.
We welcome guest accordionists as well as non-accordionists who want to enjoy the music and chat.