Ann Vriend Wins Cobalt Prize for “It’s Happening” at 2019 Maple Blues Awards

Ann Vriend wins Cobalt Prize

Edmonton based singer-songwriter Ann Vriend won the Toronto Blues Society‘s 5th Annual Cobalt Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award (her second win!) at the 22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards on Monday, February 4, 2019 for her song “It’s Happening”, an empowering and gritty, inner-city soul anthem.  Paul Reddick, the founder of the award and a Juno award-winning musician and songwriter, and the panel of judges chose Ann’s song from 55 different entries!

“It’s Happening” was recorded June 4, 2018, with students from the Sifton Elementary School ChoirSifton Elementary is a school in North Edmonton where some students come from war-torn countries and traumatizing and/or impoverished situations. The funding of this recording was made possible via an anonymous donor who saw the students and AV perform at a school fundraiser May 4, 2018. The donor was so moved and inspired by the performance of the song that he immediately asked how it could be immortalized by a studio recording of it. A week later he graciously provided the funding for this endeavor. A month to the day after their debut performance, the students, AV, and her producer and videographer, Tino Zolfo (Poppa Champagne), were in the recording studio recording the song and making a music video for it. None of the students had been in a recording studio prior to this date, but have since inspired many people with their talent, hope, and enthusiasm for this venture. AV and all involved in the making of this video would like to thank everyone for listening and being part of this experience. 

CREDITS

Words, Music, Choir Arrangement, Lead Vocals, Keys: AV
Choir: Sifton Elementary School Choir, directed by Music Teacher Kristina Kuchta
Bass, Percussion, Programming, Music Production, Video Filming, Video Director, Video Editing: Tino Zolfo (Poppa Champagne)

Music recorded by Randor Lin at Velveteen Audio, Edmonton
Music mixed by Brandon Unis, Edmonton
Music mastered by Peter Letros, Wreckhouse Mastering, Toronto
Video filmed at Velveteen Audio, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Camera Assistance by Brad Nelson, Cylinder Sound & Film
Project Coordinated by AV, Highlands Jr High Principal Brad Burns, Sifton Elementary School Principal Martin Fechner, Music Teacher Kristina Kuchta, and the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation via Tracy Poulin

You can purchase the song at: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/annvriend6

ARTIST LINKS

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/3vjHMysd98leqhwDotu9fZ

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnVriend

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnVriend

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnVriend

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annvriend  

ANN VRIEND WINS COBALT PRIZE AT 2017 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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ANN VRIEND

WINS COBALT PRIZE

AT 2017 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS

Ann Vriend Cobalt Prize


TORONTO – TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017 –
Big Win for Ann Vriend! Following on the heels of her powerful and well-received Blues Summit Eight showcase with Rooster Davis Group (also her backing band), Ann Vriend is more than thrilled that she has won the Toronto Blues Society’s COBALT PRIZE at last night’s Maple Blues Awards. The event took place at Toronto’s Koerner Hall where Vriend was handed the award for Contemporary Blues Composition/Songwriting for her song “All That I Can” (Aporia Records), a soulful gospel tune. For more information please visit: www.annvriend.com / www.aporia-records.com.

The Toronto Blues Society’s annual Cobalt Prize is judged on a song’s ability to creatively utilize blues traditions within the broad contemporary musical landscape. With a focus on melody, song structure, lyric etc. they also choose the song that “will refresh and enrich blues as an art form.”

The Cobalt Prize judges decided that Edmonton-based Ann Vriend’s “All That I Can” achieved just that, and selected it as first place winner among 75 entries from across Canada. Shocked and ecstatic from the win, Vriend gave a speech noting the inspiration from the African-American community, reminding the audience that they were all there because of a music that came out of great hardship, slavery, and abuse of the African-American people – and yet blues music has had the most profound influence on almost all genres of music world-wide than any other genre.

“All That I Can” is a new track from AV’s upcoming EP release via Aporia Records. It will also be released in Australia next month, alongside four other original tracks, in an EP entitled Anybody’s Different, licensed by David Hand Productions from Aporia Records. With the vocals recorded in primarily one take, the song has a live-off-the-floor feeling and falls into the category of gospel blues with its 6/8 time signature. The music is very traditional gospel, but the lyrics are secular. The Hammond organ combined with upright piano and AV’s soul vocals are reminiscent of early gospel and soul recordings in the era of Sam Cooke. However, there is also a contemporary twist in the sound too – since the drums used on this track are sampled in the style of retro hip hop, and eq’ed to give the song a rough low-fi edge, in contrast with Vriend’s smooth and sweet (though powerful) vocals.

The lyrics of the song are an earnest promise to a lover to do “all that I can” if the lover is willing to “take me just as I am” – a plea to be a true friend and companion in a world where “sometimes I think they wanna break me, just to see if they can.” Though Vriend points out: “but they mistake me as a weak and silly woman,” which could be taken as a slight jab at the misogyny that is sadly, still so prevalent in the world.

Following this very fruitful weekend in Toronto, is a showcase tonight at Aporia Record Label, 714 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, at 6:30 pm. Then Vriend will tour Australia with the Rooster Davis Group next month for a five-week tour, to support the Anybody’s Different EP followed by a European Tour from May 13-29, 2017.

More on “All That I Can”

Composer: Ann Vriend
Producer: Tino Zolfo
Mixing engineer: Brandon Unis, Cylinder Sound
Film mastering engineer: Peter Letros, Wreckhouse Mastering
Label: Aporia Records 

Musicians

Vocals and Piano: Ann Vriend
Organ: Rooster Davis (David Aide)
Programming: Tino Zolfo

Upcoming Dates

February 9 – March 12 – Australia EP Release Tour

Artist Links

Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/annvriend/all-that-i-canwav

https://soundcloud.com/aporia-records/ann-vriend-will-you-be-there

https://soundcloud.com/aporia-records/ann-vriend-anybodys-different/s-dEJII

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/3vjHMysd98leqhwDotu9fZ

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnVriend

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnVriend

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnVriend #WillYouBeThere #AllThatICan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annvriend  

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Ann Vriend New Video & Single “Will You Be There?” on Aporia Records Out Now

ANN VRIEND
NEW VIDEO
WILL YOU BE THERE?
OUT DECEMBER 9TH!

“Don’t miss her.” ~ Toronto Star
“Holy wow! What a voice!” ~ The AU Review in Australia
“Vriend’s voice is unmistakable, catching and powerful,” ~ The Calgary Sun

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TORONTO – 2016 – The captivating and powerhouse vocalist Ann Vriend (AV) releases new single and video “Will You Be There,” (Aporia Records), a compelling song propelled by an irresistible dance beat, a catchy horn sample, and Vriend’s invincible vocal prowess. The single’s out now on iTunes, Spotify and all regular digital distribution channels. For more info please visit: www.annvriend.com /www.aporia-records.com.

One listen to “Will You Be There?” and you’ll know how great a singer, songwriter, and musician Ann Vriend (AV) is; witness one live performance, and you’ll fall in love with her. Of all the things she is, AV is definitely the real deal.

The Edmonton-based singer-songwriter has spent considerable time with her backing band in New Orleans, studying the convergence of gospel, blues, funk, soul, Caribbean beats, and jazz – and staying up late trying to experience as much of it as possible. All those elements are combined in “Will You Be There?” as the ever-evolving and revolving door of sounds and culture from Crescent City continues to inspire and influence the world of pop and R&B – even as far north as Edmonton, Alberta.

Produced by Tino Zolfo – a soul bassist himself back in the day – “Will You Be There?” is an intense New Orleans funk/dance R&B song about how easy it is to “be around” for the good times, the party, the nightclub fun. But then it asks “will you be there for the other part?” Whether asking that of a lover, of friends, of fans, or of the world at large, it’s left open-ended for the listener to decide.

The song is musically very upbeat and danceable, but also has a darker vibe and is a cautionary tale about the night life and being careful when you cross the line. It continues in AV’s ‘70s soul direction, but would sit quite comfortably on any playlist alongside the contemporary voices of Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse, Meghan Trainor, and Adele.

More about AV

AV recently signed with Toronto-based record label Aporia. She has appeared on CBC’s “Vinyl Café” with Stuart McLean, ABC TV’s prime time music comedy trivia show “Spicks and Specks,” ABC Radio’s “The Inner Sleeve” plus Sydney Mornings with Wendy Harmer, and Germany’s “Arte TV.” She has been featured in Elle Magazine and performed at Koerner Hall via the Songwriters’ Association of Canada, alongside Dan Hill, Marc Jordan, Melanie Doane, and others.

Musicians on the Recording:

Ann Vriend: vocals, keys, background vocals
Tino Zolfo: bass, programming

Upcoming Dates

January 7 – The Rec Room, Edmonton, AB
January 21 – Toronto Blues Summit as part of Rooster Davis Group, Toronto, ON
February 9 – March 12 – Australia EP Release Tour

Artist Links:

Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/aporia-records/ann-vriend-will-you-be-there

https://soundcloud.com/aporia-records/ann-vriend-anybodys-different/s-dEJII

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/3vjHMysd98leqhwDotu9fZ

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnVriend

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnVriend

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnVriend #WillYouBeThere

Intagram: https://www.instagram.com/annvriend  

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Canadian Songstress Ann Vriend Makes Her Annual Summer Pilgrimage To Australia With Her Band The Rooster Davis Group

For Immediate Release
Monday 31
st October 2016

CANADIAN SONGSTRESS ANN VRIEND MAKES HER ANNUAL SUMMER PILGRIMAGE TO AUSTRALIA WITH HER BAND THE ROOSTER DAVIS GROUP

TOUR DATES FOR FEBRUARY / MARCH 2017 ANNOUNCED

Ann Vriend Australian 2017 Tour Poster

Revered songstress Ann Vriend is returning to her honorary home of Australia for her annual summer tour. Bringing her band back with her down under, the sultry songwriter will be traversing throughout New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and even the nation’s capital. Showcasing new material from her as-yet-untitled EP – due for release in early 2017 – Ann will also jammin’ out audience favourites from her current release For The People In The Mean Time.

It has been almost 12-months since the soulful performer was in Australia and she can’t wait to get back on local stages. “I can’t wait to play some of my new tunes for everybody down there,” says Ann. “Some of the new tunes we’ve been playing for a year live already and people always ask for them at the merch table. And, I’m not going to lie, Australia’s summer is such a thing to look forward to when you’re from such a cold northern city as Edmonton.”

Despite the cold, it has been a huge year for Ann – both on the home front and internationally. She has recently signed on the dotted line with major Canadian record company Aporia Records and spent several weeks touring Europe. Add to that a plethora of festivals throughout Canada and needless to say, there has been little downtime for Ann and her band. In fact, the few breaks in touring they had throughout the year were spent in the studio, laying down tracks for a new release.

Returning to Australia will continue the busy streak that looks set to carry Ann through well into 2017. She is also bringing her acclaimed band back with her, the Rooster Davis Group, who have already garnered their own heady reputation in Australia with their New Orleans blues and funk sound. Ann says she can’t wait to get back on the stage with the rockin’ outfit.

“We’ll play the new songs we’ll be releasing, plus some favourites from the previous albums,” she says. “In general, it’s a lively show on the soul-funk-pop side, with some quiet ballads on the piano here and there. The band has two keyboard players – me on piano or wurly and Rooster Davis on basslines on the Hammond organ (and drums and vocals). It is a very unusual set-up instrumentally. We have been touring this way for about three years and although people are always sceptical when we’re first setting up – as they don’t see a guitar or bass guitar – by the end of the show even the biggest sceptics are converted. I’m very lucky to have monster musicians in my band to make it work.”

For those who have previously seen Ann perform – either with her band or in a solo setting – it is evident that the effortless songstress is comfortable in any situation – on any stage. The Vancouver born singer has been finding her feet musically since she was three. By age nine she was already composing music on the piano and she hasn’t really stopped since. Described as an enchanting cross between ‘the girly timbre of Dolly Parton and the blues-filled prowess of Aretha Frankin’, Ann is revered for her live shows – endearing audiences from the first bar to the closing song.

As a musician, she loves the diversity of playing both by herself and with the backing of her soul band, and it is that versatility that has seen Australian audiences embrace Ann and her music. She is always pushing the envelope – both in the studio and on the stage – and acknowledges the great support she receives from fans ‘down under’ for her live shows. “I love both scenarios equally,” she says of performing in a solo or band setting. “As an artist you sometimes get pigeonholed in the music biz so that your artistic freedom gets very compromised. I’m lucky to be working with people who see my diversity as a plus and not a minus – that is a real gift.”

Don’t miss Canadian songstress Ann Vriend as she brings her exceptional live shows with The Rooster Davis Band back to Australia in 2017.  Tickets are on sale now.

Thursday 9th February 2017
Brass Monkey, CRONULLA NSW
www.brassmonkey.com.au

Friday 10th February 2017
Australian Blues Festival, GOULBURN NSW
www.australianbluesmusic.com.au

Saturday 11th February 2017
Australian Blues Festival, GOULBURN NSW
www.australianbluesmusic.com.au

Sunday 12th February 2017
Smith’s Alternative, CANBERRA ACT
www.facebook.com/events/1120922087997725/

Friday 17th February 2017
Paris Cat, MELBOURNE VIC
www.pariscat.com.au

Saturday 18th February 2017
Paris Cat, MELBOURNE VIC
www.pariscat.com.au

Sunday 19th February 2017
Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs VIC
Presale $12 / door $15
www.oldhepburnhotel.com.au

Friday 24th February 2017
The Heritage Hotel, BULLI NSW
www.heritagehotel.com.au

Saturday 25th February 2017
Venue 505, SYDNEY NSW
www.venue505.com

Thursday 2nd March 2017
Lizottes, NEWCASTLE NSW
www.lizottes.com.au

Friday 3rd March 2017
Flow Bar, OLD BAR NSW
www.flowbar.com.au

Saturday 4th March 2017
63 First Ave, SAWTELL NSW
www.facebook.com/63FirstAveSawtell

Thursday 9th March 2017
The Bison Bar, NAMBOUR QLD
www.thebisonbar.com

Friday 10th March 2017
Nightquarter, GOLD COAST QLD
www.nightquarter.com.au

Saturday 11th March 2017
Brisbane Jazz Club, BRISBANE QLD
www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au

Sunday 12th March 2017
The Rails, BYRON BAY NSW
www.therailsbyronbay.com

***NOTE: copies of AV’s currently released album “For The People In The Meantime” can be found in AUS at the following stores:

Sydney:
Egg Records
3 Wilson St
Newtown, New South Wales
eggrecords.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Egg-Records-162119267137836/

Melbourne:
The Basement Discs
24 Block Place
Melbourne, Australiwww.basementdiscs.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/The-Basement-Discs-822563744521920/

For more information, please visit http://www.annvriend.com

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Hot Off The Press Publicity | (03) 9014 1096 | (07) 4015 3205 | publicity@hotoffthepress.com.au

Julian Taylor Band Release Double Album ‘Desert Star’ on Friday, October 7 at Lee’s Palace

JULIAN TAYLOR BAND
DESERT STAR
FULL DOUBLE-ALBUM RELEASE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
@ LEE’S PALACE

529 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON | Tickets: $15 www.leespalace.com

“The band had transported me to that euphoric place one gets to at festival or a Saturday night where you don’t care about what time it is or what you might have to do tomorrow.” ~ Toronto Music Reviews

Julian Taylor Band Desert Star

TORONTO – The Julian Taylor Band’s highly-anticipated, full double-album Desert Star (Aporia Records), is set for release on Friday, October 7 at Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. West, in Toronto. Opening sets by the vagabond poet laureate of Parkdale, Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party, along with enchanting, powerhouse singer-songwriter Ann Vriend (AV), ramp it up at 9:00 pm with doors open at 8:30 pm. Advance tickets are $15 available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online at Ticketfly.

For more info please visit www.juliantaylorband.comhttp://fdkp.squarespace.com/ / www.annvriend.com /www.leespalace.com

Funk, soul ‘n’ roll best describes the Julian Taylor Band’s music. It’s as eclectic and all-encompassing as their taste will allow. They move effortlessly between vintage soul, tasty funk, tender balladry, indie rock, and even the occasional foray into social comment, solo acoustic, reggae and psychedelia. The amazing thing is that they do it all expertly, brilliantly, with Taylor’s drop-dead killer voice, impressive guitar work, and a knack for writing catchy, earworm choruses that don’t let go. Taylor can go wherever the music leads him, and come out a winner every time. And whether he’s reaching a hand out to a friend in need, riding the rollercoaster of romance, or taking on the abuses of the system, it’s easy to feel how he’s coming from a pure and genuine place. His is an authentic, eclectic talent for anyone’s palette.

Working on Desert Star has been a labour of love for Taylor and the band, clearly evident by the prolific flurry of songs that ensued, culminating in a masterpiece of a double-album.

“Coke Bottle Candy” is a perfect showcase for Taylor’s glorious falsetto vocal, set in a traditional soul format that’s been updated with some thoroughly modern production.

Using food as an extended romantic metaphor, “That Spice” sounds as if it was a perfect soul-pop single from 1973, as Taylor seeks to move a relationship up a notch with some good lovin’.

“Fever” proves that Taylor can combine genres as well as he mines them individually, as rock ‘n’ roll guitars and vocals (especially in the bridge) ride a reggae riddim, while a perfect union of soul horns, and catchy pop hooks provide the punches. Taylor sings the heck out of it, and the band tips their hat to the classic Toronto soul/rock sound that came from bands like Blood, Sweat and Tears.

“Get Loud Pt. 2” is a bluesy, funky call to arms that addresses the current, unprecedented wave of police brutality against unarmed black people, insisting that “If change is gonna come, we must get loud.”

The pure, vintage soul of “Set Me Free” is so catchy, and the vocal so captivating, that it spent six weeks on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20, peaking at No. 2. It’s just that irresistible.

“In My Life” is a heavy slice of slow, psychedelic rock, complete with a phase-shifted vocal and a truly wild guitar solo featuring Joey Landreth of Winnipeg’s famed The Bros. Landreth.

The Julian Taylor Band has also garnered huge success with Desert Star (Side One)‘s “Just a Little Bit,” which is now in rotation on major radio stations in Germany and the U.S., and was included in the Top 40 U.S. chart for the week ending July 23, 2016. Not to mention that the PA Announcer for the Texas Rangers loves the song and it made their playlist during the team’s home games.

The Band Members:

Julian Taylor – Vocals, guitar
Jeremy Elliott – Drums
Steve Pelletier – Bass
David Engle – Keyboard

UPCOMING CONCERTS:

Saturday, September 24th @ 5:00-5:45 pm – (Solo performance)
Farm To Fork On Common Ground
Fort York, National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON www.fortyork.ca

JULIAN TAYLOR BAND CD RELEASE FOR DESERT STAR

Friday, October 7th Doors @ 8:30 pm – (full band) w/ Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party plus Ann Vriend
Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
Tickets: $15 www.leespalace.com

Saturday, October 15th – (JTB Acoustic Duo)
Algonquin Theatre, 37 Main Street East, Huntsville, ON
Tickets: $40 http://www.algonquintheatre.ca/en/

Friday, October 21st – (full band)
Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York St, Ottawa, ON
Tickets: $13.50 www.zaphods.ca

MORE ARTIST LINKS:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejuliantaylorband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jtaylorband

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thejuliantaylorband

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/julian-taylor-band/id442707273

Spotify Artist Link: http://ow.ly/S0oHr

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Ann Vriend New Single “Anybody’s Different” out September 16 on Aporia Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ann Vriend Anybody's Different

“Don’t miss her.” ~ Toronto Star

“A delightful stage presence – she has an engaging, down-to-earth manner, and the audience loved her…do yourself a favour; go and see her!” ~ Scenestr Magazine (Australia)

 

TORONTO – THURSDAY, AUGUST 25TH, 2016 – The always assiduous and enchanting artist Ann Vriend (AV) is set to release her new single “Anybody’s Different,” (Aporia Records), on September 16th and will be out on iTunes, Spotify and all regular digital distribution channels. This release marks the first of a series that will culminate in a full album. Fans can also use the hashtag #anybodysdifferent to follow AV’s “post an image a day” campaign leading up to the single as well as an accompanying video release.https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/anybodysdifferent/

For more info please visit:

www.annvriend.com / www.aporia-records.com.

“Anybody’s Different” is a powerful, epic, minor key soul/pop song, sonically reminiscent of Adele’s “Skyfall,” though faster-paced. Lyrically, it addresses current, globally relevant news regarding political division, the refugee crisis, gun violence, and religious extremism. All this is achieved within a three-minute song, making strong use of rhyme, repetition, and simple, image-invoking words.

AV, as she prefers to be called these days, says she wrote the song “About as fast as it took to play it from start to finish.” She found it a challenge, though, to write about something so topical and politically charged without sounding “preachy, judgemental, or overly simplistic.”

She decided to base the song on her own observations as a world traveller, and her personal experiences with so many people from different cultures, races, religions, sexual orientations, etc. The song – which features AV’s high, ringing, Dolly Parton-esque voice and passionate delivery – moves from a simple piano-and-voice intro to 21st Century beats and sounds, but with a strong melody anchored in classic pop, culminating in a rousing, Gospel-style, call-and-response chorus. It begins by first questioning if there ever has been an age of innocence on this earth, and ends up giving voice to the struggle and predicament of the human condition that “everybody” faces.

It will be the first of many soul/pop songs that will lead to an EP release in February, 2017 followed by a full album release.

AV recently signed with Toronto-based record label Aporia, and has independently sold more than 16,000 albums off the stage over the course of her vigorous career. She has appeared on CBC’s “Vinyl Café” with Stuart McLean, ABC TV’s prime time music comedy trivia show “Spicks and Specks,” ABC Radio’s “The Inner Sleeve” plus Sydney Mornings with Wendy Harmer, and Germany’s “Arte TV.” She has been featured in Elle Magazine and performed at Koerner Hall via the Songwriters’ Association of Canada, alongside Dan Hill, Marc Jordan, Melanie Doane, and others.

Following their successful 2016 tours of Europe, Australia, and becoming semi-finalists at the Blues Challenge in Memphis, AV and her band “The Rooster Davis Group” have spent the summer playing prestigious Canadian blues and pop festivals.

Musicians on the Recording:

Ann Vriend: vocals, piano, background vocals
Tino Zolfo: bass, programming, background vocals
Brandon Unis: background vocals

Upcoming Tour Dates

September 16, 2016 – The Needle Vinyl Tavern, Edmonton 

For tickets: http://w.yeglive.ca/events/ann-vriend/sep-16-2016/the-needle

September 17, 2016 – Royal Canadian Legion, Calgary

For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2596310

October 7, 2016 – Lee’s Palace, Toronto (opening for Julian Taylor)

For tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1239105?utm_source=fbTfly&utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent

October 9, 2016 – Rainbow Bistro, Ottawa

For tickets: http://therainbow.ca/page8/

 

Artist Links:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aporia-records/ann-vriend-anybodys-different/s-dEJII

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnVriend

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnVriend

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnVriend #anybodysdifferent

Intagram: https://www.instagram.com/annvriend  

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 For more information, photos, mp3s, WAV files, interviews, please contact:

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Son of Rock’n’Roll Icon Jackie Wilson Joins Legends Class of ’59 Tour

CLASS OF ‘59 features the early years of Rock’n’Roll… Imagine the band with Buddy Holly on guitar … Jerry Lee Lewis on piano… The Big Bopper on string bass… plus special guests… Young Elvis… The Everly Brothers… Bill Haley… Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke plus “Mr Sax” Johnny Ferreira and more!  It’s a fabulous “oldies” Rock’n’Roll show… when the music was raw, pure and simple and played the way it’s supposed to be played… Just like the old days.

Class of '59

 

Bobby Brooks Wilson has been added to the Class of ’59 2016 touring cast. Wilson, for those that haven’t had the privilege, is the quintessential Motown entertainer who has a way of becoming the undisputed hit of any musical production he is part of. And, with Lance Lipinsky and Zachary Stevenson on the same show… that is really saying something. Wilson’s story is even better…

Bobby Brooks Wilson, known as Bobby Brooks back in the 1990’s, broke into show business portraying Jackie Wilson in the original Waikiki production of “Legends in Concert.” He was discovered by a Legends in Concert talent scout who suggested he perform a tribute to Jackie Wilson because of his uncanny likeness to the 1950’s recording star. Audiences found him an unusually close natural look-alike, especially for a tribute artist, and he went on to international success portraying the legendary 1950’s entertainer.

Overcoming early foster care and personal tragedies that read like a work of fiction, Bobby Brooks never knew his father… much less that he was a famous father. Through various acts of fate, he finally met some of Jackie Wilson’s family members. After comparing family timelines, it was discovered that Brooks could be the son of the late, great R&B recording artist Jackie Wilson. With the aid of one of Wilson’s family members, it was officially confirmed through a DNA test that Jackie Wilson was indeed his biological father.  The Wilsons have since accepted Bobby as family.

Buddy Holly and The Killer… will be playing guitar and piano, respectively, in the all-star Legends Band including the “Big Bopper” on string bass plus guest performers… Young Elvis, Bill Haley, Molly Dee, the Everly Brothers and introducing Bobby Brooks Wilson as Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke.

Don’t miss Class of ’59…  it’s a fabulous “oldies” rock’n’roll show… when the music was raw, pure and simple and played the way it’s supposed to be played… on tour in Canada during the fall of 2016.

More Information & Video Available at www.Classof59.info

Oct 6 – North Vancouver, BC
Centennial Theatre
Charge By Phone at 604.984.4484
Or Buy Online at www.centennialtheatre.com

Oct 7 – Victoria, BC
McPherson Playhouse
Charge By Phone at 250.386.6121
Or Buy Online at www.rmts.bc.ca

Oct 8 – Nanaimo, BC
Port Theatre
Charge By Phone at 250.754.8550
Or Buy Online at www.porttheatre.com

Oct 9 – Maple Ridge, BC
The ACT Theatre
Charge By Phone at 604.476.2787
Or Buy Online at www.theactmapleridge.org

Oct 11 – Camrose, AB
Lougheed Centre
Charge By Phone at 780.608.2922
Or Buy Online at www.camroselive.ca

Oct 12 – St Albert, AB
Arden Theatre
Charge By Phone at 780.459.1542
Or Buy Online at www.ticketmaster.ca

OCT 13 – Sherwood Park, AB
Festival Place
SOLD -OUT

OCT 14 – Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Shell Theatre
Charge By Phone at 780.992.6400
Or Buy Online at  www.ticketpro.ca

Oct 16 – Trail, BC
Charles Bailey Theatre
Charge By Phone at 250.368.9669
No Online Ticket Sales

OCT 17 – Cranbrook, BC
Key City Theatre
Charge By Phone at 250.426.7006
Or Buy Online at www.keycitytheatre.com

Oct 19 – Kelowna, BC
Community Theatre
Charge By Phone at 250.762.5050
Or Buy Online at www.selectyourtickets.com

OCT 20 – Vernon, BC
Performing Arts Centre
Charge By Phone at 250.549.7469
Or Buy Online at www.ticketseller.ca

OCT 21 – Chilliwack, BC
Cultural Centre
Charge By Phone at 604.391.7469
Or Buy Online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

OCT 22 – New Westminster, BC
Massey Theatre
Charge By Phone at 604.521.5050
Or Buy Online at www.masseytheatre.com

OCT 25 – Peterborough, ON
Showplace Performance Centre
Charge By Phone at 705.742.7469
Or Buy Online at www.showplace.org

OCT 26 – Brampton, ON
Rose Theatre
Charge By Phone at 905.874.2800
Or Buy Online at www.rosetheatre.ca 

OCT 27 – Brantford, ON
Sanderson Centre
Charge By Phone at 519.758.8090
Or Buy Online at www.sandersoncentre.ca 

OCT 28 – Lindsay, ON
Academy Theatre
Charge By Phone at 705.324.9111
Or Buy Online at www.academytheatre.ca 

OCT 29 – Oshawa, ON
Regent Theatre
Charge By Phone at 905.721.3399
Or Buy Online at www.regenttheatre.ca

OCT 30 – Guelph, ON
River Run Centre
Charge By Phone at 519.763.3000
Or Buy Online at www.riverrun.ca

OCT 31 – St Catherines, ON
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Charge By Phone at 905.688.0722
Or Buy Online at www.firstontariopac.ca

Canadian Songstress Ann Vriend Returns to Australia for Special East Coast Australian Tour, with a Limited Edition Vinyl Release

Ann Vriend 2016 Australian Tour

NEXT SINGLE THOSE RECORDS DUE AT RADIO IN FEBRUARY 2016

Internationally acclaimed Canadian retro soul songstress Ann Vriend is returning to Australia for a special tour throughout March.  Aptly titled the Those Records tour, Ann will not only be releasing the song of the same name in the lead-up to the tour, but will also be bringing a swag of limited release vinyl with her. Celebrating the Australian vinyl release of her album For The People In The Mean Time, this whirlwind tour will be the last time Ann performs down under before she heads into the studio to record the material for her next long player.

Considered by many an honorary Australian, Ann is well-known for her enigmatic shows and is looking forward to bringing her band back with her for her 2016 East Coast tour. “I am known to a lot of Aussies as a solo performer, as up until recently I’ve performed almost exclusively solo  in Australia,” says Ann.  “And while I enjoy that intimate way of performing and am glad I’m able to have that ability up my sleeve, this latest album is all about groove, all about the rhythm section. So I’m pretty excited about showing off my band to Aussie audiences. We’ve toured a lot in the last two years and we have worked out some live arrangements of our material from the album that I’m really proud of.”

Ann’s last tour of Australia was a select amount of tour dates surrounding a showcase spot at BIGSOUND in September 2015. The songstress is no stranger to industry showcases and festival slots, but it was still a highlight and something she – and the band – found inspiring.

“Professionally, playing for a full house and getting such great reviews of our show was a pretty great reception to my first foray with the band in Australia,” says Ann. “Personally, it was cool to see my band members go a bit ga-ga over seeing kangaroos for the first time… even seeing one poo was apparently Instagram worthy for them.”

While 2015 was the band’s first trip to Australia, Ann has been touring Oz for almost a decade. In fact, she has made Aussie tours almost a bi-annual pilgrimage, and it is no surprise that in that time she has been embraced by Aussie music lovers. For the impressive songstress, it doesn’t get much better than escaping the Canadian winter to tour her ‘second home’ during the warmer months.

“I love that it’s your summer when it’s our winter, I love the Aussie hospitality, and I have made some really great friends- er- mates down there,” she says. “No one other than Aussies would shout out something like ‘good onya, mate’ after a song, that’s for sure… although up until a few tours ago I thought people were saying ‘good onion, mate,’ which was a bit perplexing, but still better than a BAD onion, I thought to myself. Aussies are the opposite of reserved – I like the banter back and forth between me and the audience. I get people singing along on songs and I really like it when shows are interactive.”

Always wanting to do something special for audiences, Ann is also bringing along a limited release of For The People In The Mean Time on vinyl for her Australian tour. So far the special release has been available in Canada only, so this is a big coup for Aussie fans, being the first outside of her home state to have access to the LP. Celebrating the next Australian single – Those Records – to coincide with the tour makes March 2016 an exciting time for Ann Vriend.

“It is such a retro sounding album that it was just begging to be on vinyl,” says Ann. “The fact that there’s a song on it the album called Those Records made it a no-brainer that I should release that as the next single. I’m so happy with how the mastering on the pressing turned out, so I’m pretty proud of it, and just so pumped to have finally have it out. It was a big ordeal getting vinyl done in any sort of timely fashion, due to the high demand for it that there is these days. And it was great to be able to work with the artwork in the sense of having a bigger canvas than you do on a CD, too.”

Ann Vriend’s next single Those Records is due for release in February 2016.

 

Friday 4th March 2016
The Treehouse, BYRON BAY NSW
25 Childe Street, Byron Bay www.treehouseonbelongil.com | www.facebook.com/treehouse.belongil

Saturday 5th March 2016
Tatts Hotel, LISMORE NSW
108 Keen Street Lismore NSW 2480
http://tattshotel.com/

Sunday 6th March 2016
63 First Ave, SAWTELL NSW
63 First Avenue, Sawtell NSW 2452 www.facebook.com/63FirstAveSawtell

Wednesday 16th March 2016
The Basement, SYDNEY NSW
7 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW Australia 2000 www.thebasement.com.au

Thursday 17th March 2016
Smiths Alternative, CANBERRA ACT
76 Alinga Street, Civic ACT 2601 www.smithsalternative.com

Tuesday 22nd March 2016
The Toff, MELBOURNE VIC
Level 2, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne www.thetoffintown.com

Friday 25th March 2016
The Goulburn Club, GOULBURN NSW
19 Market Street, Goulburn NSW
www.goulburnclub.com.au

Saturday 26th March 2016
The Milk Factory, BRISBANE QLD
48 Montague Road, South Brisbane QLD 4101 www.themilkfactorybar.com.au

*** more tour dates to be announced in coming weeks

For more information, please visit www.annvriend.com

Vote for Anslem Douglas for Best Caribbean Style Artist for Black Canadian Awards 2014!

Anslem Douglas Project A.D.ANSLEM DOUGLAS

MAKES TOP LIST OF NOMINEES

for 

BEST CARIBBEAN STYLE ARTIST 

BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 EVENT

We still need more votes to reach the Top 5!

Please cast your vote by visiting this link
http://blackcanadians.com/awards  

You can vote twice each day. Nominations end November 10th

When voting for Anslem for Best Caribbean Style Artist, please tweet with the hashtags #BlackCanadians #BlackCanadianAwards for a chance to win tickets to the awards event, and you can also follow @BlackCanadians. Thanks!

Congratulations to ANSLEM DOUGLAS, songwriter of theinternationally acclaimed and Grammy award-winning hit, “Who Let The Dogs Out,” who has placed in the top list of nominees for Best Caribbean Style Artist for the upcoming BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 Event. For more information please visitwww.anslemmusic.com / www.BlackCanadians.com

Who hasn’t heard of the 2000 massive internationally acclaimed hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Who Let The Dogs Out”? Sure it was made famous by the Baha Men, (a band that utilized a popular style of Bahamian music called Junkanoo), but did you know it was written and recorded two years before, in the very exciting and traditional soca style by Toronto-based singer-songwriter Anslem Douglas? It was originally, affectionately called “Doggie” and here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27fagObxaM to that first recording which was a huge hit in the Caribbean initially and which is very different from the version that most of us know. The covered version was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at U.S. sporting events and featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

ABOUT:

The Black Canadian Awards ceremony is an event that reflects our commitment to showcasing and celebrating achievements of Black Canadian professionals, artists, trail-blazers and leaders within our community. The Black Canadian Awards will be hosted in Toronto on March 1st, 2014 at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with over 1,000 people in attendance. Volunteering, affiliations and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, please contact:

 

Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com
bev@speak-music.com
416-922-3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

 

Georgette Fry – AT LAST: A Tribute to Etta James

Georgette Fry Sings Etta JamesAT LAST! After a sold-out show at the 2013 Kingston Jazz Festival, Juno-nominated Georgette Fry, winner of the 2013 CBMA Blues Awards for Singer of the Year  will take to the stage at The Octave with her amazing “Georgette Sings Etta” concert.

Appearing with Georgette: Kevin Head, Mariko Ohtake, Anna Sudac (Vocals), Jon Stewart (Sax), James Wannamaker (Sax), Janet McRae (Trumpet), Dave Barton (Guitar), Zak Colbert (Bass), Ken Hall (Organ), Al McCain (Piano), Duncan Holt (Drums), Shout Sister! Choir (Gospel Back-up)

“I just want to say that I saw Georgette Fry’s tribute to Etta James at the Grand Theatre in Kingston last night and it was, without a doubt, the best show I’ve seen this year!

Georgette was SENSATIONAL and she received two standing ovations! This is definitely a MUST SEE show! …This show isn’t just for Etta James fans (of which I am)

but for anyone who wants to witness a spectacular night of blues, R&B, jazz, soul and gospel music.” C. Bode, Scully Love Promo

Watch Georgette sing “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” live on Vimeo, here

October 5th at 7:30 pm
The Octave Theatre (711 Dalton Ave)

Tickets $30 at Brian’s Record Option, Novel Idea, Renaissance Music, Tara Natural Food and at the door.For more information contact:

Nancy Greig at 613-453-6570
njgreig@absolutelymusic.on.ca