Ann Vriend Talks About: Video, 1 Sydney Show Tues, Aus, AB, Album, Poland

Video For “On Your Street”

Shot this summer in one hour with my bassist, James Forrest (also known to some from recent tours as “Agent Many Trees”).

Story: Me and James played an impromptu and very fun house concert in Edmonton this past summer. Director Steve Ashworth was in the audience and was so inspired by “On Your Street” that he immediately organized a video shoot for us — for free! — by calling in favors from camera men, editors, etc. We had only one hour to shoot it so it was pretty intense!

Thanks to Ponytails and Horseshoes for donating hair styling, James Kershaw for once again donating make up services to me, Shoshona Kish for lending me her red dress, Brett Manaluck for donating his camera and immense talent, David Kelso for editing and keeping track of everything (Steve included!), and to Steve Ashworth for directing.

Comments welcome 🙂

Watch by clicking here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfDxi–rRTA

One and Only Sydney Show This Tues (tomorrow)

Yep, a brief stop in the big Aus city. Sharing the bill with Melanie Horsnell, who is AMAZING, and one of my top most favorite Aus artists. Please pass this info on to any Sydney folks you may know. I can’t wait for this show! And can’t wait to see the Sydney gang again! And can’t wait to get out of this airport where I confess I have missed my flight out of Tas (semi long story) and spent 3 hrs working on this newsletter, among other less exciting things….

Deets:

Melanie Horsnell, Ann Vriend, and Jason Walker

The Raval (above the Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills)

8:00 pm

For more details see the flyer to the right of this newsletter or call the Raval at 02 8262 8868

Advance tix here: www.moshtix.com.au

Drum Media Article

Not keeping you very abreast of the (what seems like) hundreds of press things that have been going on — mainly because I have been so busy DOING them! (and oh boy getting around by car on the other side of the road has been good for the adrenalin levels).

But here’s one in Drum Media (see jpeg to the right).

Got a phone call from an old lady in Tasmania today who saw one in a Tas paper — so apparently there was a story in there, too. I told her my website but she said she’d never used the internet. But somehow she got my phone number! Wow.

If you missed the last newsletter I also made the front page of The Australian last month– see my website for the hyperlink. I’ll get organized one of these days and post the rest…

Other Aus Dates

Here’s deets for the rest of the Aus shows. It’s been amazing so far! I am learning Australian at an alarming rate, thanks to my new mates here. For instance, I def have been chucking my fair share of u-eys (sp?) this week, due to my first bout of driving on the tour (and yes, I have a GPS but still find myself screwing up anyways– am discovering there are Elizabeth Streets in every friggin’ town in this country! And not all of them have ABC stations on them). Also there is a Perth in Tasmania, which is not where I thought Perth was, but then there is one in Ontario, too, which is also not where one would expect Perth to be.

Date: April 14, 2010 Venue: Woonona Bulli School of Arts Address: 479 Princes Hwy, Woonona, NSW 2517, AU Description: solo, show 8:30 pm

Date: April 15, 2010 Venue: The Clarendon Guest House – http://www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au/ Address: 68 Lurline St., Katoomba, NSW 2780, AU Description: triple bill with Jason Walker (8:00 pm) and Melanie Horsnell Band (9:50 pm), show 8:50 pm, Tix $20

Date: April 16, 2010 Venue: Bon Amici’s – http://www.myspace.com/bonamicicafe Address: Shop 13-14, 191 Margaret St., Toowoomba, QLD 4350, AU Description: double bill with Brianna Carpenter, show 9:00 pm, Tix $10

Date: April 17, 2010 Venue: Brisbane Jazz Club Address: 1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, QLD 4169, AU Description: duo; doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm, Tix $15 members, $20 Non-members, $17 Concession; contact Malcolm Wood at (07) 3391 2006 / 0407 063 375

Date: April 18, 2010 Venue: Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach Surf Club Address: 7-11 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast, QLD 4573, AU Description: solo, show 2:00 pm

Date: April 18, 2010 Venue: The Troubadour – http://www.thetroubadour.com.au Address: 1st Fl., 322 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006, AU Description: triple bill with Ben Stewart and Brianna Carpenter, show 7:30 pm, Tix $15

Date: April 20, 2010 Venue: Ric’s Bar – http://www.ricsbar.com.au/ Address: 321 Brunswick St., Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, AU Description: double bill with Eleanor Angel, show 8:30 pm

Date: April 22, 2010 Venue: Premiers Bar, Brisbane Conrad Treasury Casino (Top of the Mall) Address: 21 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, AU Description: solo, show 9:15 pm

Date: April 23 – 25, 2010 Venue: Mount Beauty Music Festival – http://www.musicmuster.org.au/ Address: Beauty Ave., Mount Beauty, VIC 2699, AU Description: solo

Date: April 30 – May 3, 2010 Venue: Wintermoon Folk Festival – http://www.wintermoonfestival.com/ Address: Brodies Road, Mackay, QLD 4798, AU Description: solo

www.myspace.com/annvriend

Alberta in May– you can be on the new album!

Yep, there are also some Alberta shows on the horizon. Full details and ticket info will be announced soon– but for now let’s just say that I will be recording my next studio album with my band IMMEDIATELY following these shows. I will be bringing the whole band with me so that we can air the songs out in front of you before we go into the studio and record them. (Plus of course we’ll be playing some favorites from the other previous albums.)

The band is going to be stellar!! And it will include background harmonies and trumpet by Coco Love Alcorn, who will also be opening the shows. We toured together in Feb. and it was SUPER fun! She was nominated this year for 2 East Coast Music Awards and is amazing!

www.cocolovealcorn.com

PLUS: we will be RECORDING THE AUDIENCE for at least 2 songs on the album for which I have written crowd background vocals and percussion parts. So, if you show up and participate and write your name down after the show your name will be in the liner notes. Yep, there will need to be an extensive liner notes booklet but I will make sure it’s printed on recycled paper. More on this later. But for now make sure to mark these dates down in your calendar:

Date: May 23, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: Medicine Hat, AB, CAN Description: details TBA

Date: May 26, 2010 Venue: Cantos Music Foundation – http://www.cantos.ca Address: 134 11 Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB, T2G 0X5, CAN Description: with band, for details contact Greg Curtis at gtcurtis@ucalgary.ca / 403-543-5115; opening act: Coco Love Alcorn – www.cocolovealcorn.ca

Date: May 27, 2010 Venue: TBA Address: Drayton Valley, AB, CAN Description: with band, more details TBA; opening act: Coco Love Alcorn – www.cocolovealcorn.com

Date: May 29, 2010 Venue: Myer Horowitz Theatre Address: 8900 114 St. NW, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2J7 CAN Description: with band, details TBA

www.annvriend.com/shows

Poland

I have been invited to play at the International Leonard Cohen Festival in Krakow, Poland this coming August. Very excited! Never been to Poland before. That’s all. Just wanted to tell you.

That’s all for now.

Gotta go board flight and not miss THIS one!

–AV

Ann Vriend Releases Gorgeous New Video for ‘On Your Street’

Edmonton singer-songwriter Ann Vriend is quietly working her way towards global domination this year as she has not only toured across Canada from Vancouver to Quebec this past winter and appeared at the Folk Alliance Music Conference in Memphis, Tennessee in February, but is currently touring Australia where she recently made the front page of The Australian newspaper as well as Sauce magazine in Tasmania.

Ann Vriend in Sauce Magazine from Tasmania

In addition to playing many more Canadian dates this year, Ann will also be playing the International Leonard Cohen Festival in Krakow, Poland from August 6th – 8th and she’ll begin a European tour this fall which will include dates in Germany from November 5th – 21st. More details will soon be announced.

If you have never seen or heard Ann perform before, you’re in for a real treat! She is a unique and exciting voice in the Canadian music scene and a superb storyteller as well.

Ann’s new video ‘On Your Street’ is from her live/live-off-the-floor 2009 album “Closer Encounters”.

Steve Ashworth-Director
Brett Manyluk-Director of Photography
David Kelso-Editor
Katrina Beatty-Assistant Director
Brendon Rathbone-2nd Camera Operator
Hair design by Ponytails and Horseshoes
Make up by James Kershaw

Music by Ann Vriend and lyrics by Ann Vriend and David Aide.

Performed by Ann Vriend and James Forrest.

NYE – Tix Nearly Gone, Get Here. AU Dates Announced

NEWS FROM ANN VRIEND

Second Hand New Year’s: AV, Amber Bissonnette, and James Murdoch Band Play Rumours Album

Tickets are nearly gone folks– can only get them at the Haven Social Club and at Ticketmaster (direct event link below). So, do not delay!

Here’s the info about the gig:

This New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, the James Murdoch Band will be teaming up with Ann Vriend and Amber Bissonnette to perform, in full, the iconic album, “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac. James will be singing Lindsay Buckingham’s parts, Ann will sing Christine McVie’s parts and play keys, and Amber will sing Stevie Nick’s parts. Add to that the killer instrumentation of the full James Murdoch band: Nathan Carroll on guitar, Scott Gallant (also of the Faunts) on bass, Chris Budnarchuk on drums, and David Aide on organ and additional keys — and you have a pretty awesome line-up of professional well-known Edmonton performers! This idea originated with James Murdoch, who says: “This is not a cheesy tribute band type thing, we simply all love these incredible songs and want to play them. All of them!” In addition to the Rumours album the above line up will also play other covers of the 70s era to complete a full evening of great music. Tickets are $25 advance and $30 at the door, which includes hors d’oeuvres served throughout the evening and a glass of champagne for each guest.

www.ticketmaster.ca/Secondhand-New-Years-James-Murdoch-Ann-Vriend-Perform-Fleetwood-Mac-tickets

Edmonton Journal Article about the Show

Did I mention I get to be Christine McVie???!

www.edmontonjournal.com

Australia Tour Dates Announced

Good’ay Mates! As promised, here’s my tour itinerary for the Australian release of my new album, “Closer Encounters”. A few more dates may be added but this is mostly it. Look forward to seeing you all again!
And, you can mail order the album from within Australia via the link below.

ADELAIDE Date: March 3, 2010 Venue: Speigeltent, Adelaide Fringe – http://www.spiegeltent.net/ Address: Adelaide, SA, AU Description: double bill with Emily Smart & The Clever Girls, 7:00 pm show

ADELAIDE Date: March 4, 2010 Venue: Grace Emily Hotel – http://www.myspace.com/graceemilyhotel Address: 232 Waymouth St., Adelaide, SA 5000, AU Description: solo

VICTORIA Date: March 6 & 7, 2010 Venue: Burke & Wills Festival – http://www.wineandmusic.net/B&W_festival.html Address: Burke & Wills Winery, 3155 Burke & Wills Track, Mia Mia, Melway 609 G6, VicRoads Country Directory 60 B2, VIC, AU Description: solo

VICTORIA Date: March 7, 2010 Venue: Hickinbotham Winery – http://www.hickinbotham.biz/ Address: 194 Nepean Hwy, Dromana, VIC 3936, AU Description: solo, 1:30 pm show

VICTORIA Date: March 10, 2010 Venue: Clifton Hills Hotel – http://www.cliftonhillhotel.com/ Address: 89 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill 3068, VIC, AU Description: solo

VICTORIA Date: March 13, 2010 Venue: Harmony Row Vineyard – http://www.harmonyrow.com.au/ Address: 362 Pipers Creek, Pastoria Rd., Pastoria, VIC 3444, AU Description: double bill with Emma Wall

MELBOURNE Date: March 14, 2010 Venue: The Union Hotel – http://theunion.com.au/ Address: 41 Victoria St., Nhill, VIC, AU Description: double bill with Jed Rowe

MELBOURNE (NORTHCOTE) Date: March 17, 2010 Venue: Wesley Anne – http://www.wesleyanne.com.au/ Address: 250 High St., Northcote, VIC 3070, AU Description: triple bill with Kel Day and The Neverbells

VICTORIA Date: March 19 – 21, 2010 Venue: Yackandandah Folk Festival – http://folkfestival.yackandandah.com/ Address: Yackandandah, VIC 3749, AU Description: solo

MELBOURNE Date: March 24, 2010 Venue: The Drunken Poet – http://www.myspace.com/drunkenpoets Address: 65 Peel St., West Melbourne, VIC 3003, AU Description: solo, 8:00 pm show

MELBOURNE (NORTH) Date: March 25, 2010 Venue: The Edinburgh Castle Hotel – http://www.thecastlehotel.com.au/main.html Address: 55 Courtney St., North Melbourne, VIC 3051, AU Description: triple bill with Tash Parker and Lydia Phillips

MELBOURNE (NORTHCOTE) Date: March 26, 2010 Venue: Bar Nancy – http://www.myspace.com/barnancysundaysongs Address: 61 High St., Northcote, VIC 3070, AU Description: solo

MELBOURNE Date: March 30, 2010 Venue: The Glasshouse Hotel – http://www.glass-house.com.au/ Address: 51 Gipps St., Collingwood, VIC 3066, AU Description: Play Like A Girl, 7:30 pm show

VICTORIA Date: April 2, 2010 Venue: The Selby Folk Club – http://www.home.aone.net.au/~selbyfolkclub/index.htm Address: Selby Community House, Wombalana Rd., Selby, VIC 3788, AU Description: solo

VICTORIA Date: April 3, 2010 Venue: The Palais – http://www.thepalais.com.au/ Address: 111 Main Rd., Hepburn Springs, VIC 3461, AU Description: triple bill with The Baker Suite and Emma Wall

MELBOURNE (FITZROY) Date: April 4, 2010 Venue: The Empress – http://www.theempresshotel.com.au/ Address: 714 Nicholson St., Fitzroy North, VIC 3068, AU Description: triple bill with Jolene Moran and Emily Smart & The Baker Suite

HOBART Date: April 6, 2010 Venue: The Republic Bar – http://www.republicbar.com/ Address: 299 Elizabeth St., North Hobart, TAS 7000, AU Description: double bill with James Parry

TASMANIA Date: April 8, 2010 Venue: Brookfield Vineyard – http://www.brookfieldvineyard.com/ Address: 1640 Channel Hwy, Margate, TAS 7054, AU Description: double bill with Rosie Burgess, 8:00 pm show

TASMANIA Date: April 10, 2010 Venue: The Stage Door Café – http://www.myspace.com/stagedoorcafe Address: 254 Mount St., Upper Burnie, TAS 7320, AU Description: double bill with James Parry

HOBART Date: April 11, 2010 Venue: The Alley Cat Bar – http://www.myspace.com/thealleycatbar Address: 381 Elizabeth St. North, Hobart, TAS 7000, AU Description: solo

SYDNEY Date: April 13, 2010 Venue: The Raval – http://www.raval.com.au/ Address: Level 1, 42 Wentworth Ave., Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW 2010, AU Description: triple bill with Melanie Horsnell Band and Jason Walker

BULLI (WOLLONGONG AREA) Date: April 14, 2010 Venue: Woona School of Arts Address: Sydney, NSW, AU Description: solo

KATOOMBA Date: April 15, 2010 Venue: The Clarendon Guesthouse – http://www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au/ Address: 68 Lurline St., Katoomba, NSW 2780, AU Description: triple bill with Melanie Horsnell Band and Jason Walker

TOOWOOMBA Date: April 16, 2010 Venue: Bon Amici Café – http://www.myspace.com/bonamicicafe Address: 191 Margaret St., Toowoomba, QLD 4350, AU Description: double bill with Brianna Carpenter

BRISBANE Date: April 17, 2010 Venue: Queen Street Mall (and Brisbane Jazz Club) – http://www.queenstreetmall.com/ Address: 12/15 Adelaide St., Brisbane, QLD 4000, AU Description: duo

BRISBANE Date: April 20, 2010 Venue: Ric’s Bar – http://www.ricsbar.com.au/ Address: 321 Brunswick St., Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, AU Description: double bill with Eleanor Angel, 9:00 pm show

VICTORIA Date: April 23 – 25, 2010 Venue: Mount Beauty Music Festival – http://www.musicmuster.org.au/ Address: Beauty Ave., Mount Beauty, VIC 2699, AU Description: solo

MACKAY Date: April 30 – May 3, 2010 Venue: Wintermoon Folk Festival – http://www.wintermoonfestival.com/ Address: Brodies Road, Camerons Pocket via Calen, QLD 4798, AU Description: solo

https://4tknox.au.com/onyasoapbox.com/onyashop/

Vancouver – Ottawa Tour (expanded “Little House Concert on the Prairies” Tour)

This all began with some people in Stony Plain inviting me to perform a house concert out at their log cabin in Stony Plain at the end of January (can’t wait!). Other house concerts in the area got added, and then my bass player (a.k.a. Agent Many Trees) told me he was going to need to get himself and his car from Vancouver to Toronto, and I got this idea that it would be great to use that opportunity to do some house concerts with him along the way, at least for the prairies portion of his trip.

So, I came up with the name “Little House Concert on the Prairies Tour”, which I was quite proud of.

However, the tour has expanded in both western and eastern directions to include places that simply are not on the prairies. So, the name is not really that accurate anymore.

But humor me, isn’t that still a great name? My parents read me the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was a kid, nostalgia, you know?

The weather, on the other hand…. let’s just say I came up with this idea BEFORE the very cold weather hit here in Edmonton, and before my own car broke down on the side of the highway a couple of weeks ago in – 28 degree weather (which led to some bizarre albeit happy rescue adventures), but which initially brought on a brief moment of panic, as neither myself nor Agent Many Trees were very prepared to sit in a cold car on the side of the highway all nite…. (not to mention we were supposed to be at a show in an hour).

Anyway, here are the “Expanded Little House Concert on the Prairies Tour Dates”. I am really looking forward to this! Please note: Agent Many Trees’ car is much more reliable than the very old AV tour mobile, so I do think we will arrive sans need for rescue– though you never know, I do seem to attract unwanted adventures…

Places we are still looking for shows (in case you feel like being a house concert host!):

Calgary area– Jan 23 Kingston or Perth– Feb 12 Toronto– Feb 9, 12, 13, or 14 Guelph– Feb 9, 12, 13, or 14 Hamilton– Feb 9, 12, 13, or 14
Confirmed dates:

VANCOUVER Date: January 17, 2010 Venue: The Railway Club Address: 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC CAN V6B 1Y4 (604) 681-1625 Description: Double bill with Kate Reid – http://www.katereid.net – doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, tickets $10

ROSSLAND (KOOTNENAYS) Date: January 20, 2010 Venue: Old Fire Hall – http://www.oldfirehall.ca Address: 2115 Queen Street, Rossland, BC, CAN Description: with bassist; tickets and start time TBA

CROWSNEST PASS Date: January 21, 2010 Venue: TBA Address: Crownest Pass, AB, CAN Description: with bassist

LETHBRIDGE Date: January 22, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: Lethbridge, AB, CAN Description: with bassist; contact booking@annvriend.com for details and map or call Judy at 403 328 8126. Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm start, $15 at the door. BYOB event.

HINTON Date: January 24, 2010 Venue: TBA Address: Hinton, AB, CAN Description: with bassist, fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, details TBA

STONY PLAIN (JUST WEST OF EDMONTON) Date: January 30, 2010 Venue: Dawn and Kev’s Log Cabin (House Concert) Address: Stony Plain, AB, CAN Description: with bassist, 8 pm, call or email Kevin for directions, 780 884 2372, solitude@xplornet.com, tix $20

SASKATOON Date: January 31, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: Saskatoon, SK, CAN Description: with bassist; for more details contact Gillian by email at gillians@sasktel.net or call 306-382-5714

YORKTON Date: February 1, 2010 Venue: House Concert (at B & B) Address: Yorkton, SK, CAN Description: with bassist, details TBA

WEYBURN (JUST SOUTHWEST OF REGINA) Date: February 2, 2010 Venue: Pump Jack’s Address: Weyburn, SK, CAN Description: with bassist

MORDEN (SOUTH OF BRANDON) Date: February 3, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: Morden, MB, CAN Description: with bassist, details TBA

WINNIPEG Date: February 4, 2010 Venue: The Cyrk – http://www.thecyrk.ca – House concert Address: Winnipeg, MB, CAN Description: with bassist, double bill with Kerri Woelke, for more details and tix contact Darek at darek@drekdaa.com

THUNDER BAY Date: February 5, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: 205 Marks St. South, Thunder Bay, ON, P7E 1L9 CAN Description: duo with bassist, contact Dave at 807-472-5909 for details. 7:30 pm $15, $10 for students, kids free

SAULT SAINTE MARIE Date: February 6, 2010 Venue: Loplop’s Lounge and Gallery – http://www.loplops.com Address: 651 Queen St.E., Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2A6 CAN Description: duo with bassist, triple bill with Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire

LONDON Date: February 7, 2010 Venue: TBA Address: London, ON, CAN Description: with bassist, details TBA

OAKVILLE (B/W HAMILTON AND MISSISSAUGA) Date: February 10, 2010 Venue: Moonshine Cafe, http://www.themoonshinecafe.com Address: 137 Kerr Street, Oakville, ON, L6K 3A6 CAN Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn, local opener “Marty the Martender”

WAKEFIELD (20 MIN OUTSIDE OF OTTAWA) Date: February 11, 2010Venue: Blacksheep Inn – http://www.theblacksheepinn.com/ Address: 420 Riverside Drive, Wakefield, PQ J0X 3G0 CAN Description: songwriters in the round: Coco Love Alcorn, Lindsay Ferguson, Ann Vriend. Show 8:30 pm. Tix $10, available at http://www.ticketweb.ca or call 1-888-222-6608

www.myspace.com/annvriend

Happy New Year to everyone!

To those (unfortunate people) who won’t be at the Haven on New Year’s Eve, I wish you in advance a very happy new year, and thank you for your ongoing support of yours truly. I really appreciate it 🙂

Cheers,
Ann Vriend and AV Headquarters