AV Top Secret Side Project – Shows This Weekend!


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Ms. April Valiant….. !?!?

Dear AV supporters:

We are writing you to tell you about a NON Ann Vriend show. As to why…. well, we’re not quite sure…. but a leaked document and recent Top Secret photos by the paparazzi (Tom Turner) have given us cause to believe a purple haired chanteuse going by the name Ms. April Valiant has a remarkably similar voice and looks (minus the purple hair and 80s wardrobe) as our very own Ann Vriend. Is Ann Vriend moonlighting?? Has Ms. April Valiant stolen Ann Vriend’s identity?? If any of these accusations are correct, this could mean Ms. April Valiant, who is the lead singer for the outrageous jazz quartet called The Valiant Thieves– is THE VERY SAME PERSON AS AV– the other “AV”. (!!!!!!)

Now, we are not sure of this. More investigation needs to take place, obviously. But, as Ann Vriend supporters, we felt it was important for you to know. In fact, we may need your help to get to the bottom of this quite confusing situation!

So, here’s some background info:

Who are the Valiant Thieves? Well, they are a jazz quartet that plays ’80s pop and rock songs– in quite unusual arrangements from their feathered bangs and stirrup pants origins– but not necessarily any less silly. They happen to have 2 gigs in Edmonton this coming weekend, the first of which is on Friday (details below), and the 2nd of which is under wraps as to location, but will be on Sunday, and will be announced on Friday at the VT show, and other places such as this email list.

A link to the Valiant Thieves’ music and their biography can be found below.

And this is where we need your help: if you think there are some strange resemblances b/w April Valiant and Ann Vriend that you can make out, either in the singing, the biography, or in the photos, please let us know! Any info at this point is very helpful!

Show details are:

Date: June 26, 2009 Venue: the Haven Social Club, http://www.thehavensocialclub.com Address: 15120 A Stony Plain Road Description: as part of Edmonton International Jazz Festival, 10 pm, $10 at the door (no opening act). Sunglasses at night and other similar attire will not be shunned.

http://www.myspace.com/valiantthieves

Ms. April Valiant, or AV??? And A Leaked Interview!

To top it off, we’ve come across an interview featuring Ms. April Valiant– somehow government radio (CBC) kidnapped her briefly and was able to extract info regarding her upcoming shows and music. A link to it is below. Check it out– are we the only ones noticing a strange resemblance here??

http://www.cbc.ca/edmontonam/edpod.html

Agent AV

And the Upcoming Top Secret Shows Are:

BC Tour:

Date: July 30, 2009 Venue: Lorenzo’s Cafe,http://www.lorenzoscafe.com Address: Enderby, BC, CAN Description: solo, 8 pm, $10

Date: August 2, 2009 Venue: House Concert Address: Salmon Arm, BC, CAN Description: solo, for details email booking@annvriend.com

Date: August 6, 2009 Venue: Old Fire Hall Address: Rossland, BC, CAN Description: solo or duo with bassist

Date: August 8, 2009 Venue: Egans’, http://www.ballardjamhouse.com Address: Seattle, WA, USA Description: solo or duo with bassist

Date: August 20, 2009 Venue: Green Frog, http://www.acoustictavern.com Address: 902 N State St, Bellingham, WA, USA Description: solo, 9 pm start

Date: August 23, 2009 Venue: The Railway Club Address: Vancouver, BC, CAN Description: solo, opening act Matt Epp

Date: August 27, 2009 Venue: Joe’s Garage Address: Courtenay, BC, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp

Date: August 30, 2009 Venue: Hermann’s Jazz Club Address: Victoria, BC, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp

Date: September 2, 2009 Venue: Breeze Osoyoos Bar and Grill Address: Osoyoos, BC, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp

Date: September 5, 2009 Venue: private show Address: Edmonton, AB, CAN Description: email booking@annvriend.com for details

Date: September 10, 2009 Venue: Ironwood Stage and Grill Address: 1429 9th St SE, Calgary, AB, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp, tix $10

Date: September 11, 2009 Communitea Cafe, http://www.myspace.com/communiteacafe Address: #17, 1001 6th Ave, Canmore, AB, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp, tix $12, 8 pm Date: September 12, 2009 Venue: Twin Butte General Store Address: Twin Butte, AB, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp

Date: September 15, 2009 Venue: House Concert Address: TBA, Saskatoon, SK, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp, details TBA

Germany/Switzerland Tour: more dates TBA

Date: September 28, 2009 Venue: Radio Bremen, http://www.radiobremen.de Address: Bremen, DE Description: solo

Date: October 1, 2009 Venue: Landschulheim (LSH), http://www.lsh-holzminden.de Address: Holzminden, DE Description: solo

Date: October 2, 2009 Venue: Kiste, http://www.kiste-stuttgart.de Address: Stuttgart, DE Description: solo

Date: October 3, 2009 Venue: Kofferfabrik, http://www.kofferfabrik.cc Address: Fürth, DE Description: solo

Date: October 4, 2009 Venue: Blues Bar, http://www.live-club.de Address: Bamberg, DE Description: solo

Date: October 6, 2009 Venue: Cafe Vinyl, http://www.franzis-hoersturz.de Address: Wetzlar, DE Description: solo

Date: October 7, 2009 Venue: Erbse, http://www.erbse-dillenburg.de Address: Dillenburg, DE Description: solo

Date: October 9, 2009 Venue: Variete Chat Noir, http://www.variete-trier.de/ Address: Trier, DE Description: solo

Date: October 10, 2009 Venue: Studio Wallhalla, http://www.walhalla-studio.de/ Address: Wiesbaden, DE Description: solo

Southern Ontario Dates (more TBA):

Date: October 18, 2009 Venue: Flying Cloud Folk Club (hosted at Tranzac Club) Address: Toronto, ON, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp
Cure for Breast Cancer Fundraising Tour, WWW.BABESFORBREASTS.COM

Date: October 20, 2009 Venue: Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Address: Yellowknife, NWT, CAN Description: songwriters in the round: Ana Muira, Amanda Rheaume, Leela Gilday, Ann Vriend

Date: October 21, 2009 Venue: TBA Address: Vancouver, BC, CAN Description: songwriters in the round: Ana Muira, Amanda Rheaume, Leela Gilday, Ann Vriend

Date: October 22, 2009 Venue: Haven Social Club, http://www.thehavensocialclub.com Address: 15120 A Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, CAN Description: songwriters in the round: Ana Muira, Amanda Rheaume, Leela Gilday, Ann Vriend

Date: October 23, 2009 Venue: Wild Bill’s Saloon Address: Banff, AB, CAN Description: songwriters in the round: Ana Muira, Amanda Rheaume, Leela Gilday, Ann Vriend

Date: October 24, 2009 Venue: Ironwood Stage and Grill Address: Calgary, AB, CAN Description: songwriters in the round: Ana Muira, Amanda Rheaume, Leela Gilday, Ann Vriend

Date: October 30, 2009 Venue: Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Address: Yellowknife, NWT, CAN Description: songwriters in the round: Ana Muira, Amanda Rheaume, Leela Gilday, Ann Vriend

November 2009: Alberta Band Dates

Date: November 6, 2009 Venue: Medicine Hat Folk Club Address: Medicine Hat, AB, CAN Description: with trio, Matt Epp opening act

Date: November 8, 2009 Venue: TBA Address: Edmonton, AB Description: full band, Mapp Epp opening

February – April 2010: Australian Tour, details TBA

http://www.annvriend.com/shows

New Live Album Coming This Fall!

Well here is some Top Secret Info that IS related to Ms. Ann Vriend: she will be releasing a live album this fall. The album will include songs from various concerts she has performed, including at The Basement, in Sydney, AU, live studio performances in Vancouver and on CBC radio, and a few selections from her show on the Double Agent Tour this past May in her hometown of Edmonton. The album will include repertoire from her past 3 albums, as well as 2 new songs, so stay tuned as the details come together over the summer! We will release a few of the tracks online, so make sure to check back and keep in touch.

Officially the album will first be released in Germany, then in Canada, and in Australia in early 2010.

In the meantime, as always, you can purchase AV music at the link below.

Thanks for your support in these confusing times!

–Top Secret Headquarters, AV Management

http://www.annvriend.com/cd

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