The Edmonton Accordion Society (formerly The Edmonton Accordion & Polka Festival Society) was formed following Edmonton’s first Polka Fest on the 1996 Thanksgiving weekend. Accordion players, teachers, and friends contacted one another and created the Edmonton Accordion & Polka Festival Society.
The Edmonton Accordion Society, with the financial help of the Edmonton Arts Council, the City of Edmonton and other valued sponsors, produces a yearly festival designed to promote awareness of the accordion. In 1999 the festival was renamed ACCORDION EXTRAVAGANZA!
The Edmonton Accordion Society is a registered not-for-profit society whose purpose is to:
promote the accordion and accordion music in all forms through instruction, performance and competition; produce a yearly accordion festival for the participation of all ethnic groups; foster a link between the many cultures which feature the accordion as a folk instrument.