MICHAEL BRIDGE
Concert-accordionist Michael Bridge, one of CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”, is internationally renowned for his commanding stage presence and versatility. He made his solo orchestral debut with the Boston Pops and tours frequently in Europe and the Americas, giving over 100 concerts per year. He received the Lieutenant Governor’s Emerging Artist Medal (Alberta), and won the Canadian Digital Accordion Championships and the University of Toronto Concerto Competition, where he studies accordion performance. Michael continually performs new music and has premiered over 30 works. He has been profiled by CBC Radio, CTV and the Toronto Star, boldly redefining the sound and image of his traditional instrument.

PIERRE SCHRYER'S TRIO
Two Worlds United, a phenomenal group of Celtic musicians has gathered to create an International Celtic trio from both sides of the Atlantic. Renowned Canadian fiddler, Pierre Schryer from Ontario, is touring with button accordionist Dermot Byrne from Ireland (formerly of Altan) and guitarist Adam Dobres from British Columbia, Canada. All of these musicians have international reputations and are first-class in their field. Between the three of them, they have a variety of awards and nominations including JUNO, Canadian Folk Music, TG4 Irish Traditional Musician of the Year, and a Grammy.
JESSE MEA & ROLAND BOURGEOIS 
Composer and performer, Jesse Mea is a multi-instrumentalist who travels the world with Acadian compatriots such as Danny Boudreau, Christian "Kit" Goguen, Pascal Lejeune and El Fuego. He was for a few years the music director of the Luc and Luc show presented on Radio-Canada produced in Acadia. Passionate about writing for accordion, he went to France where he took part in an artistic residency at the National and International Music and Accordion Center (CNIMA) of the French master Jacques Mornet. For his first participation in the festival, he will be accompanied by Acadian trumpeter Roland Bourgeois who has played in the Toronto area with jazz musicians such as Claude Ranger and Fred Stone. These musicians offer us an intimate encounter of two breaths, those of the accordion and the trumpet.

 

 
DOUBLE-DOUBLE DUO 
In a classy and dynamic show, Double-Double Duo uniquely fuses classical showpieces with jazz, world and folk music. In the 2015-16 season, they toured Ecuador, Alberta, and Ontario; and in 2016-17, they embark on two European tours through France, Poland, and the United Kingdom.
Bringing comedy, virtuosity, and musical sensitivity to a broad repertoire, DDD “brings every composition, from the past to the 21st century, to life!” Playing orchestral works, jazz tunes, and world music, “Double-Double Duo is the best of new, young ‘classical’ musicians opening the windows to fresh air and bringing their own style of intellect, expertise, talent and just plain fun to a new 21st century audience.” (Barrie Examiner)
Double-Double’s music is fun and fiery, as they continue to push the boundaries of live performance to the next level!

 

 
FILIPPO GAMBETTA AND EMILYN STAM
The collaboration between Filippo and Emilyn originates from the mutual friendship and musical collaboration with Canadian composer and fiddle player Oliver Schroer, a great artist who passed away in 2008. Emilyn is a Toronto-based fiddler, pianist and accordionist who tours and performs folk / trad / neo-trad styles from Europe and Canada with the bands Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Shoeless and Té (Netherlands). Filippo and Emilyn propose a concert focused on the Bal Folk repertoire proposing both traditional and original music.
The duo presents in 2016 Filippo’s new album Otto Baffi, performing in festivals such as Kaustinen Folk Festival (Finland), FestinVal (Italy), Touscouleurs (Italy).
Otto Baffi is Filippo Gambetta’s fourth album of original compositions for diatonic accordion.

 

JELENA MILOJEVIC
is one of the foremost accordion performers of today. Born and raised in Croatia, she started playing the accordion at a very young age. She studied both in Croatia and Serbia and ultimately received her Master’s Degree in Accordion Performance and Education, in one of the most recognized accordion centres in the world, the Music Academy in Kragujevac (Serbia).Being a versatile musician with an extensive performing history, she has played numerous concerts in Europe, Canada and the USA, as a soloist, chamber musician and a soloist with various orchestras. She is the winner of some of the most prestigious international accordion competitions. Her debut concert in New York City at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, in 2009, was the first accordion recital after 30 years, in that prestigious venue. Her performances have been acclaimed as ‘an explosion of cosmic sensuality” and she has been praised for her “brilliant virtuosity”. She continues to actively collaborate with composers and performs and records new music for accordion.

 

 
ROMA SWING ENSEMBLE
The flare and passion of traditional Eastern European melodies with swingin’ jazz harmonies… and a little egyptian percussion for good measure… Lache Cercel and his Roma Swing Ensemble represent the latest chapter in an important movement in Canadian World Music – elite musicians from around the world who settle in Canada and create music that incorporates their own traditions with influences they find surrounding them here. Cercel’s music is firmly rooted in Roma tradition, styled with Doina Klezmer, Middle Eastern and European sounds, and held together with jazz improvisation. He calls his fusion Roma Jazz or Roma Swing. In the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephen Grappelli, Cercel lays classical and improvisational jazz alongside traditional renderings, which makes for a phenomenal sound.

 

BIJOUX DU BAYOU
Bijoux Du Bayou started as a traditional Cajun/Zydeco cover band. But when the guys started performing their own material, other influences crept into the sound. That's what happens when a bunch of West Coast Canucks write Louisiana Zydeco.
Although still strongly Cajun and Zydeco rooted, you can hear New Orleans, Tex-Mex, Calypso, Swing, Rock and Country elements coming through Bijoux's distinct sound.
The result is a musical gumbo that's sort of Cajun and very Canadian, making it Canajun music. But when you've got a sound that keeps the dance floor packed "tout la nuit," as they would say down South in Cajun Country.
AARON WATSON TRIO
Aaron Watson is a multi-instrumentalist, in-demand accompanist, studio musician, and teacher. His ability to switch genres has led to performances and recordings on guitar, accordion, clarinet, shakuhachi, and sitar to name a few. He has worked with vocal ensembles, accordion orchestras, gypsy jazz, country, punk, indy, rock and avant-garde groups. His trio comprised of the legendary Scott White on bass and unequivocal Chris Sartisohn on guitar will perform modern interpretations of Hot Jazz and French Musette classics.
VICTORIA ACCORDION CLUB BAND
is made up of 10-15 accordionists. The band was formed 2002, with the creation of the Victoria Accordion Club. Due to hard work and dedication of the group members, the group has become very popular and performed in many local venues.
The VAC band has performed at the former Chemainus Accordion Festival several times, as well as numerous venues and cultural events in Victoria.
More recently the band has performed at the Accordions by the Sea festival in Victoria in July each year and a variety of cultural events throughout the community. The VAC band, as well as numerous other well-known accordion soloists and groups from other areas of Canada and US, performed at the Victoria Accordion Festival.

 

 

DANIEL LAPP TRIO
Daniel Lapp, the mohawked Prince George resident who stole the show at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics is a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter. He has played on over 100 albums and performed across Canada, United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany with some of the world’s most renowned Folk and Jazz musicians. Daniel is the winner of the B.C. Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as the Prince George, Victoria, and Vancouver Symphonies. In his trio, he's teaming up with multi-instrumentalist Adrian Dolan (The Bills, Oliver Swain’s Big Machine), and quiet, slightly eccentric, unassuming guitar wizard Adam Dobres.

 

PATRICIA BARTELL
Originally from La Paz, Bolivia Patricia is internationally recognized adjudicator, performer, and teacher from Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Whitworth University with a B.A. in Music Education and Accordion Performance. In 2012, Spokane, Washington, she hosted the Trophee Mondial world accordion championships.  This was the first time this event had ever been held in the United States. Patricia has been teaching piano and accordion from her Spokane studio Able To Play Music since 2003. In the continual quest to improve her students' accordion skill levels, Patricia researches new techniques and methodologies from around the world to integrate into her curriculum. Patricia has helped develop the Hohner Teacher Certified Simply Music Accordion Method and is owner and producer of one of the most comprehensive online accordion video education website accordionlife.com
MARY ROSS
Her Scottish Heritage contributes to her strong ties to Celtic Music. She began Highland Dancing at five and then started accordion lessons after being inspired by Scottish Accordionists. Mary's musical career has taken her from Greenland to Texas, Scotland and various Canadian and USA destinations.
Her professional focus for the last twenty years has been a lead player for Scottish Country Dancing. In 2015, she was named the first recipient of the "Bobby Brown Memorial Scholarship" and was invited to Virginia for ten days to participate as a musician for a Scottish Country dancing summer school. In addition to Scottish music, Mary completed a music Diploma Program in 2013 with accordion as her major, under the direction of Jelena Milojevic at the Camosun College in Victoria.