EXTRAVAGANZA! 

Dates & Details for 2014 Extravaganza  Coming Soon!! 

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Extravaganza September 27-29 2013 

Link to printable brochure 

  • Accordion Competitions 2013 Classes & Rules

    SOLO CLASSES - Own Choice

    1.  Each competitor will be required to play one selection of own choice.

    Age Categories:

         6 years & under          10 years & under 17-35    51-70

         8 years & under               12 years & under        36-50    71 years and over

                                                    13 - 16 years:  Category A - music level of Book 4 & under

                                                                               Category B - music level of Book 5 & over

    SOLO CLASSES - Test pieces (must be memorized)

    1.  The competitor will be required to play the test piece designated for his or her age category.

    Categories and Pieces:

                6 yrs & under                 Skating                                         Palmer-Hughes Book 1 (not 1a)

                8 yrs & under                 Turn Around Tune       Palmer-Hughes Book 2B

                10 yrs & under                Skaters Waltz                     Palmer-Hughes Recital Book 3

                12 yrs & under                Cotton-Eyed Joe                   Palmer-Hughes Book 4

                14 yrs & under                Hungarian Dance #4      Palmer-Hughes Recital  Book 4

    CONCERT CLASSES

    1.  Each competitor will be required to play one classical piece of own choice (no old-time music).

    2.  Time limit of 6 minutes - no exceptions will be made.

    Categories:

                Level I    - music level up to Book 3*** (see general rules)

                Level II  - music level Book 4 to Book 6

                Level III - music level Book 7 to Book 10

    NOVICE

    1. The competitor will be required to play one selection of own choice.

    2.  The competitor must have less than two years of study as of September 1, 2012.

    3.  All ages may compete.

    DIATONIC CLASS

    1.  Entries into Diatonic must play a true diatonic accordion.

    2.  Each competitor will be required to play one selection of their own choice.

    3.  No age limit.

    DUETS

    1.  The duo will be required to play one selection of their choice, with two different parts.

    Categories:

                16 and under  - Level I   - music level of Book 3 and under

                                              -Level II  - music level of Book 4 ,5, 6

                                              -Level III - music level of Book 7 to 10

    17 and over     -Level I    - music level of Book 3 and under

                                             -Level II   - music level of Book 4, 5, 6

                                         -Level III  - music level of Book 7 to 10

    NOTE -Level III in both categories is the only one open to amateurs or professionals in any combination.

     

     

     

     

    ENSEMBLE

    1.  The ensemble must be comprised of three, four, five or six accordions.

    2.  The ensemble will be required to play one selection of their choice.

    3.  The selection chosen must have a minimum of three different parts.

    4.  Two sections are available.  The age of the oldest member determines the section to enter:

                Section A - 18 years and under

                Section B - 19 years and over

    Categories:

                Level I   - music difficulty level Book 3 and under

                Level II  - music difficulty level Book 4, 5, 6

                Level III - music difficulty level Book 7 to Book 10

    ACCORDION BAND

    1.  The band must have seven accordions or more.  The average age of all members will determine the class level.

    2.  The band will be required to play one selection of its own choice.

    3.  The selection chosen must have a minimum of four different parts.

    Categories:

                Level  I  - music  level Book 4 & under

                Level II - music level Book 5 and over

    POP/ROCK/JAZZ CLASS

    1.  Each competitor will be required to play one selection of their own choice.

    2.  Open to amateurs and professionals.

    Categories:

                Level I   - music difficulty level Book 3 & under

                Level II  - music difficulty level Book 4 & 5

                Level III - music difficulty level Book 6 & over

    OWN COMPOSITION CLASS

    1.  The competitor may play one selection of his own composition. (Time limit of six minutes)

    2.  No age limit.  Open to amateurs and professionals.

    DIGITAL ACCORDION CLASS (Magic Vox, Roland, Scandalli, Cordovox, etc.)

    1.  Open to all ages and all levels.  Marks will be based on utilizing the electronic components of the instrument.

    2.  The competitor may play one selection of his own choice.

    3.  Time limit of 5 minutes.

    OPEN CLASS

    1.  Each competitor will be required to play one selection of their own choice - maximum length 6 minutes.

    2.  The music selected must have a difficulty level of Grade VII and over. (see General Rules)

    3.  Memorization is required.

    4.  No age restriction.  Professionals are welcome. (See General Rules)

    5.  A copy of the music must be submitted with the competition application.  If music is not submitted 5 points will be deducted from the competitor’s final mark.

    6.  A minimum of two entrants are required in this class or entry fees will be refunded and the class will be cancelled.

    Prizes:   First                 Second              Third               Sponsor:

    $250                 $150                $100                Edmonton Accordion Society

    7.  If there are more than 3 entries in the Open Class the prize money may be increased at the discretion of the Competition Committee.

     

     

     

     

    GENERAL RULES:  Applicable to ALL categories:

    1.  A competitor must play a different selection for each class entered.

    2.  A competitor cannot play the same piece that they won a prize with in the previous year at ACCORDION EXTRAVAGANZA.

    3. Competitors that win a particular class 2 years in a row must sit out one year as a ‘Retired Champion’ of that class.

    4.  Memorization is required for the OPEN CLASS and SOLO TEST PIECES only.

    5.  Any class with less than 2 entries ( after class 17 years and over)  will move up to the next class level.

    6.  Classes will not be split between days or time periods.  All competitors must compete at the scheduled time.

    7.  Levels indicated are according to the Palmer-Hughes Accordion Course.

    8.  Time Limits:  For classes with stated time limits (6 minutes maximum) the music may be edited to fit this time limit (For example - omit repeats and D.C marks)  5 marks will be deducted if you are over the time limit.

    9.  For this competition, a professional is defined as anyone who makes a living teaching or playing the accordion.

    10.  A copy of the music must be submitted with the application (if available).

    11.  Digital and amplified acoustic accordions may be used in Ensemble and Accordion Band categories only.

    12.  Contestants must be in the competition room 15 minutes prior to their class or risk not playing.

    13.  Age as of August 1, 2013.

    14.  Decisions of the adjudicator and competition committee are final.  NO communication is allowed with the adjudicator.  All inquiries or concerns must go through the Competition Secretary.

     

    15.  Entry deadline:  August 30, 2013.

     

    16.  Entry Fees for each class entered:

                Solos (all classes except OPEN)                 $10.00               Open Class         $25.00

                Duets                                                    $15.00

                Ensembles and Bands                               $30.00

     

    FESTIVAL LOCATION HAS BEEN MOVED TO               St. John’s Cultural Institute

                                                                                  10611 - 110 Avenue

                                                                                  Edmonton, Alberta

     

    COMPETITION TIMES                                           September 28 (group entries)    9am to noon

                                                                                 September 29 (solo entries)       9am to 4pm

         Open class will be the last class on Sunday

     

    General Admission is $5.00 per day for 18 years and over.

     

    For further information please contact Enes Upright - 780-466-3271.

    Please mail entries to Margaret Miller - 8323 - 156 Avenue. NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5Z 2R4

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ENTRY FORM

    (Please send this form with payment.  Cheques are payable to Edmonton Accordion Society)

     

    Name:_____________________________Date of birth:_____________Telephone:_________

     

    Address:___________________________City:____________________ PC: _______

     

    Categories Entered:

     

    1.____________________________________________________________________________

     

    2.____________________________________________________________________________

     

    3.____________________________________________________________________________

     

    4.____________________________________________________________________________

     

    TOTAL PAYMENT ENCLOSED $__________________

     

    I, _______________________________(your name), give my permission to use my photo for any Edmonton Accordion Society publicity (primarily the newsletter, accordion facebook or the society webpage).    Yes __________No__________If under 18 a parent signature is required.

     

    ____________________________________(Parent permission)

     

    We are offering young players an opportunity to play with a pair of backup musicians in a little ‘mini-dance’ after their group competitions to broaden their musical experiences.  We are also offering a set of 3 workshops in the afternoon starting approximately 1 pm.  All workshops are free to those 18 and younger and $5.00 each to anyone over 18.  Please check off the events you would like to attend.

     

    Workshop A - By Bruce Gassman - ‘Hey Mr. Bassman’ - Yes YOU, with the Accordion! _______

    Workshop B - By David and Becky Carovillano from ‘Acclarion’- Ensemble playing          ________

    Workshop C - By Bruce Gassman - How to Perform ‘The Music You Grew Up With’       ________

    Mini-dance - Number of participants (you can play with a music friend) ______________

     

    For further information please contact Enes Upright - 780-466-3271.

    Please mail entries to Margaret Miller - 8323 - 156 Avenue. NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5Z 2R4)

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  • All events are at 

    St. John’s Cultural Institute

    10611 - 110 Avenue

    Edmonton, Alberta

    Children 12 and under are free at all daytime events.

    Click here for details

    Friday Cabaret 

    7:30 pm, Tickets $10.00

    Come with your family and friends and relax to an evening of music, dance and fun.

    Kick back and relax to the varied entertainment on the stage, meet and greet with the members of the Edmonton Accordion club and explore the accordion trade show. 

    Look through our photo albums and check out the past members and events of the Edmonton Accordion Society.


    Saturday Daytime

    Daytime Admission $5.00 (Children 18 and under are free)

    Competitions- (9:00 am – noon)

    Children's Mini Dance  

    Group competitions in the morning followed by a 'mini-dance' where kids can play some dance music along with a pair of backup musicians for a dance all their own.

    Trade show & crafts -check out the gear

    3 Workshops (1:00 – 4:00) $5.00 each  +  Roland display and question/answer/demonstration


    Saturday Night Concert

    details coming soon 


    Sunday Daytime

    Daytime Admission $5.00

    Pancake Breakfast

    (9:00 – 11:00) $5.00

    Competitions 9:00 am 

    Trade Show & crafts 

    Open Championship


  • St John's Cultural Centre

    10611 110 Ave NW

    Edmonton, AB T5H 1H7



  • Sponsorship Information

    The Edmonton Accordion Society appreciates the support of the individuals, businesses and corporations who sponsor the Accordion Extravaganza Festival. The sponsor program ensures that the Festival will continue to grow and to meet it's goals which are: 

    1. to provide quality entertainment
    2. to provide a venue for accordion competitions and performers from all over North America
    3. to promote the accordion through instruction, performance and competition, and
    4. to foster a link between the many cultures which feature the accordion as a folk instrument.

    Join the festival community - become a sponsor!

    Dear Sponsor:

    We are seeking sponsors to primarily provide scholarship funds for competition classes that include players of all ages.  Our focus is to encourage young players to continue the tradition of accordion playing.

    Now in its 19th year, the festival attracts performers and their families, middle-aged people from all walks of life who either play the accordion or enjoy accordion music and a large number of seniors who grew up with accordion music.  Festival events include concerts, competitions, impromptu performances, workshops and a trade fair.  Participants come from all over Western Canada.

    The Edmonton Accordion Society, a registered not-for-profit society, meets monthly and provides a venue for performing, for teaching new skills and for encouraging young players.  Society members support community events and have in the past performed at the Festival of Trees, Edmonton First Night Festival, Beat Beethoven Run, and taken part in the Edmonton Arts Awareness Promotion.  They also give performances at various seniors’ facilities.

    We appreciate your support for our festival.  Thank you.

    GOLD SPONSOR - $500.00 and over

    • Sponsor’s Logo will be displayed on all printed matter (posters, programs, flyers)
    • Signage at the festival
    • One-half (1/2) page advertisement in the Festival program (approximately 7 ¼ inches wide by 4 ¾ inches high)
    • Four tickets to the Saturday night concert

    SILVER SPONSOR- $250.00 - $499

    • Signage at the festival
    • One quarter (1/4) page advertisement in the Festival program (approximately 3 ½ inches wide  by 4 ¾ inches high)
    • Two tickets to the Saturday night concert

    BRONZE SPONSOR- $100 – 249

    • Signage at the festival
    • Business card ad in the festival program (standard size 3 ½” by 2”)
    • Two tickets to Friday night cabaret or 1 ticket to the Saturday night concert

    FRIENDSHIP SPONSOR - $50 -$99

    • Business card ad in the festival program

    (All sponsor’s names will appear on the back page of the festival program including those that prefer to donate door prizes, raffle items, or donations up to $49.00)

    If you wish to place an advertisement in the festival program only please see the following rates:

         Business card ad - $50.00

         ¼ page ad - $75.00

         ½ page ad - $140.00

    CONTACT INFORMATION:

    Charlie Kapchinsky – 780-446-8089

    Enes Upright 780-466-3271

  • Bruce Gassman

    Bruce Gassman photo

    Acclarion Duo

    Press picture of acclarion



  • Accordion Brochure

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  • ACCORDION TRADE SHOW!  Do you have a used accordion to sell?  Are you looking for a used accordion?  

    Come to Accordion Extravaganza on September 27, 28 and 29th at St. John’s Cultural Institute, 10611 - 110 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta

    An Edmonton Accordion Society member can help you with an appraisal of your instrument and we will display it for sale all weekend.  For maximum exposure, it’s best to bring your accordion on Friday, September 27th.  A nominal commission of 10% to a maximum of $100.00 is payable to the Society if your instrument is sold. For more information on the Extravaganza, see our website www.edmontonaccordion.com .  If you have any questions, contact ckap@shaw.ca


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