World Accordion Day marked by return of "V-Accordion Idol"

    VANCOUVER, May 6 /CNW/ - This isn't your grandparents' accordion. No
longer sidelined to Polkas and Parisian sidewalks, the accordion takes center
stage with the launch of the 3rd Roland V-Accordion Festival, dubbed
"V-Accordion Idol", a national, Canadian accordion performance competition.
    The launch of the contest marks "World Accordion Day" - a world-wide
celebration of the instrument. It also marks a resurgence of interest in the
accordion. The Roland V-Accordion - the world's first digital accordion - has
been at the forefront of this growing buzz.
    From appearances on pop artists' concert stages, to growing international
sales, excitement about the V-Accordion, and the creative possibilities it
opens, has been steadily building within the accordion community and beyond.
    The Roland V-Accordion Festival has tapped into this growing interest and
allowed accordion players to showcase their talents on a national and
international level as well as compete for amazing Roland V-Accordion prizes.
    The V-Accordion Festival invites players to send in a two- to five-minute
video of their best accordion performance (performances on any accordion -
acoustic or digital - of any make are welcome) to Roland Canada to be
evaluated by a panel of judges. The top three entrants will be invited to
compete at the National Finals in Toronto where they will compete live for
fantastic prizes, including the grand-prize: a top-of-the-line Roland FR-7
V-Accordion (Value: $7,729.00) and an all-expenses-paid trip to Rome, Italy
for the International Finals.
    For information regarding the 3rd Roland V-Accordion Festival as well as
past festival winners, please visit:

    About Roland Canada Ltd.

    Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of
electronic musical instruments, professional audio equipment, multimedia
products and music accessories. The Roland brand family includes Roland, BOSS,
EDIROL by Roland, Rodgers, RSS by Roland, and Cakewalk by Roland. Roland's
impressive line of products includes, but is far from limited to, guitar
effects pedals, electronic percussion, acclaimed digital pianos, synthesizers,
digital mixers and music production software.

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For further information: please contact: Agnes Gulbinowicz, Roland
Canada Ltd., (604) 270-6626 (x102),

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