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Vancouver Squeezebox Circle

- All things accordion for Vancouver, BC (Canada)

The Vancouver Squeezebox Circle meets on the first Thursday of every month at Spartacus Books. The next session will be on September 3rd from 8 to 10 pm at the new address - 3378 Findlay (just off Commercial Drive at 18th)

It's "an informal gathering of accordions and their players from around the Vancouver region.  Some play, some watch, some bring snacks.  No experience necessary, punk-rockers and polkas welcome. 

Set up a lesson, learn a lick, share a song, plan the squeezebox revolution (it is at Spartacus Books after all.)" Check out the link for homework: tunes we played at past sessions or hope to play at upcoming ones.

The circles are hosted by Bruce Triggs and Rowan Lipkovits, co-hosts of Vancouver Coop Radio (CFRO)'s Accordion Noir radio show (every Wednesday, 10 - 11 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM or anytime online at See the short documentary One Less Guitar: A Film about Accordion Noir by Pull Focus Films

Get on the Squeezebox Circle email list by contacting Rowan. Watch a video short on the Circle made by TelusTV in February 2011 and check out the Facebook Vancouver Squeezebox Circle group.

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Accordion Revolution

Accordion Scouts

Telus TV clip on the Squeezebox Circle
Video short on the Circle made by TelusTV

One Less Guitar video clip
One Less Guitar: A Film about Accordion Noir by Pull Focus Films

Accordion Noir radioWWOZ

Geoff Berner at Accordion Noir Festival
Geoff Berner and the Squeezebox Circle Orchestra at Accordion Noir Festival

NFB's The Necktie

Bonus: National Film Board of Canada animation - The Necktie ( - watch it online!

Accordion Noir Festival

Accordion Noir Fest
  • September 10, 8 pm: Accordion Noir Festival - Composer Night, ““Flying Machines” by Elliot Vaughan and Elysse Cheadle, a short new work for accordion and physical theatre, with Aryo Khakpour. Intermission streetside cabaret by Steve Normandin. Headliners Angelica Negron and Shayna Dunkelman (New York) - Western Front, 303 E 8th
  • September 11, 8 pm: Accordion Noir Festival - Lindy & the Crow's Nest Duo, Svetka and the Raven (Victoria), Rattletrap Ruckus with Lucas Hicks (Bellingham) with local cabaret artists (TBA), headliner album release with Wendy McNeill (Spain/Canada) and host for the evening Haisla Collins. WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac, $10-15
  • September 12: Accordion Noir Festival presents Geoff Berner album release, dance party with Ana Bonbon hosting and performing tweener sets, Kate and Rich Duo (Halifax), Compassion Gorilla (Victoria) and headliner album release with Geoff Berner and band (special guest artists TBA). WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac, $10-15
  • September 13, 2-6 pm: Accordion Noir Festival all-ages community event with all day repair booth by Melodona (Montreal), community orchestra performance and parade, open technique workshop (TBA), Youth Incentives Showcase, cameo performance by Steve Normandin and guest hosts Kate and Rich Duo. Spartacus Books - 3378 Findlay Street - Free Admission.

Where (and how) to buy an accordion (in and around Vancouver)
Repairs (in and around Vancouver)
  • Rickey Mann- Accordion (and piano) repairs and sales: 604.270.2708. 
  • Ben Alija: email -,  tel - 604-726-9710.
  • Franco Rizzo, the Sultan of Squeeze: accordion cleaning and minor repairs, buy/sell accordions: 604-951-9562
  • Vahnik Musical Instrument Repair - North Van: 604-980-6960.
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