Oktoberfest 2016! ... what a party! Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016 Where: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara Street, Victoria Yes, we yelled, yodelled, hollered, and enjoyed a lot "bevvies" in tall ice-cold glasses, boots, or whatever large containers we could find ... and mostly danced ourselves silly with polkas, schotisses, waltzes, and rock'n'roll!! Even the limbo, macarena and bunny hop. Who knew all those dancers had all those moves -- wow! Anyone who has attended an Oktoberfest knows what a good time there is at an Oktoberfest! There was genuine authentic Oktoberfest music from real live accordionists -- in fact, a whole band full of accordionists! It was a sight to see, and hear! Of course, there were delicious "snacks" of bratwurst and other German delectables to soothe
Victoria International Accordion Festival 2017 The 2017 festival is slated for July 14-16. Details are in development and will provided here once finalized. Please come back. The 2016 festival details follow. ========================== July 26-31, 2016 The 10th annual Victoria Accordion Festival was magical. Great music, accomplished musicians, and satisfied crowds. Accordionists from other Canadian provinces and other countries (New Zealand, China and Chile) performed. Performances were held well-known locations around Victoria, including noon-hour concerts at city hall's Centennial Square, and the band stand in Victoria’s popular Beacon Hill Park. The formal evening concerts and the competitions took place at the First Metropolitan United Church at 932 Balmoral Road in Victoria. The Victoria Accordion Club band performed several times during the festival, including: - Tuesday, July 26 at Centennial Square
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
St. Cecilia's Day - November 22, 2014 November 22nd is marked as St. Cecilia's Day, the patron saint of music. The Victoria Accordion Club band was privileged to be part of this inspirational celebration of music held at the stunning Christchurch Cathedral in Victoria. The band provided a 30 minute performance, in a day-long open house concert with many other gifted musicians and groups from the Victoria area. The whole experience was outstanding, and one the Victoria Accordion Club will cherish.
Oktoberfest is done! Saturday, October 4, 2014 What a raucous time we had at our "Traditional Oktoberfest"!! Lots of stomping German music, German food (bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut ... o my goodness!) and of course -- beer! There were guys in their best Lederhosen and lovely frauleins in gorgeous Dirndls, and so many others just enjoying the great music and dancing. There were plenty of Polkas, Pretzels, Steins and Food that Really Schmecked! ("tasty" "lip-smacking" ... look it up! ...) Some brave souls even learned (tried) dances they had never done before!! The Macarena (the girls looked terrific!) ... ... and the Shuhplattler -- yikes, that's tricky!! But oh so fun! Can hardly wait until next year's Oktoberfest!!
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 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.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Welcome to our Christmas at the Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara Street in Victoria. Saturday, November 30th - Christmas Craft Fair Lots of Christmas crafts to add flair to your collection of Christmas decorations for your home. Make sure you're there! Starts at 11 am. Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara Street. Sunday, December 8th - Edelweiss Club and Victoria Accordion Club Christmas celebration Good music, good food, dancers, entertainment, and possibly even an appearance by Santa himself! Not to be missed. Join us! Time: 11 am. Place: 108 Niagara Street, Victoria.
What fun! Oktoberfest 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, October 4th. We're already getting calls about details. So, make sure your calendar is marked! Reservations will be needed. Keep watching this website for details coming soon. ================================== Oktoberfest 2013 - October 19, 2013 at the Victoria Edelweiss Club, sponsored by the Victoria Accordion Club and the Victoria Edelweiss Club. Our Oktoberfest 2013 was a roaring success! Over 125 people enjoyed the usual fabulous authentic German meal including bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, potatoes, and various salads, plus delicious apple strudel for dessert. And, of course, the famous "beverages" that are so well-known and part of a successful Oktoberfest. Too good! After dinner, the Victoria Accordion Band played some lively German-style tunes including the ever-popular and highly-demanded
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 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
Senior's Expo - Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 9:40 am - at Pearkes Recreation Center, Tillicum Road, Victoria. Hundreds of seniors attended the Expo which featured services available to seniors in the community. The event also featured musicians, dancers, singers, choirs and other performers. The VAC band performed some lively songs to the delight of the attendees.