Ann Vriend News: The 2 Letter Short Form Mystery & Poland


Leaving the muggy and hot Big Smoke and Centre of the Universe this evening on the way to Europe; as I have the privilege of performing at the International Leonard Cohen Festival in Krakow, Poland this coming weekend.

It will be my first time in Poland and I am very much looking forward to it. I know zero words in Polish so this should be an interesting week indeed!

Details for the festival can be found at the link below.

Thanks also to all the people we’ve been hanging out with all week in Ontario for making this such a fun trip! In fact it has been so fun that my worst problem all week has been finding time to sleep b/w jams, parties, gigs, hangs, hot tubs, and house concerts. If that is your worse problem all week then life is pretty good, right? (well, another problem is that I literally have over 75 mosquito bites from the wedding I attended this weekend, but I’ll probably survive).

BC and AB

If BC stands for “Before Christ”, what does “AB” stand for I wonder?
While contemplating this question I will also type out the dates I will be performing in these 2 provinces over the next 2 months. Full details for each of these shows can be found at the link below.

Duncan, BC, Aug 12
Crofton, BC, Aug 13
Vancouver, BC, Aug 14
Revelstoke, BC, Aug 17
Kelowna, BC, Aug 18
Log cabin festival outside of Stony Plain, AB, Aug 29
High River, AB, Sept 24
Beaver Mines (Crowsness Pass), AB, Sept 25

DC (Washington)

And if that isn’t a mind boggling enough question, what does DC stand for? (Da Capital?)

Well, regardless, the 3rd weekend of Sept I get to perform there, Sept 17 – 19, and will have full details posted about that soon!


ON stands for “on”, but with more vigor.

I will be touring in that province for the month of October, and will have full details posted soon about that, too.


DE stands for Germany, naturally.

That is where I will be touring in November, including some double bills with my long time cohort Mr. Matt Epp (a.k.a. Agent Beard).

We will be posting the full tour details within the week on this one!

New MySpace, AU

My Australian booking agency has taken it upon themselves to re-do the look of my MySpace page, including using the photo taken for the front cover of The Australian (national newspaper) last March when I was touring there. You can check it out via the link below.

Looks like the 2011 Aus tour will take place Feb – April 2011, and this time with my bassist. Can’t wait! Hope your Winter is going well, mates!
(by the way, AU stands for one of the many vowels in the Aussie pronunciation of the word “no”).

News From Ann Vriend: Ontario, Poland, BC, and Shumka

Ottawa, Toronto, Collingwood

As of Thursday I’ll be away from home for a month, beginning with a week in my mother’s home turf of Ontario. Have a good friend getting married so decided to play a few shows with friends while I’m out there. The public ones are:

Ottawa Thursday, July 22 Venue: Fat Tuesdays Address: 62 York Street, Ottawa, ON Time: 8:30 pm Description: Duo with drummer Pat Phillips, 2 sets Top Secret Insider Info: see the attached evite above.

Toronto Thursday, July 29 Venue: The Central, Address: 603 Markham Street (the Annex), Toronto, ON Time: 9 pm Description: Triple bill with Dave Borins (Toronto) and Ian Foster (Newfoundland). AV on first at 9 pm. Some musical collaboration and duets may happen as the nite wears on…

Collingwood Friday, July 30 Venue: House Concert Address: contact Sue at Time: TBA– early evening sometime Description: double bill with Dave Borins,, both artists accompanied by drummer Pat Phillips. For details (ie: address, start time, etc) contact Sue at AV’s first time in Collingwood!

AND: myself and my drummer both unexpectedly have the nite off in the Ottawa area this Friday nite– when does THAT ever happen? we would LOVE LOVE LOVE to play a house concert or party or back yard BBQ in the greater Ottawa/Gatineau region so, mes amis, si vous avez une maison qui veut la musique….? (et les gens…) m’a dit! Let me know!


Then (naturally) I head to Poland, where I am playing at a Leonard Cohen Festival August 6 – 8. (Details via the link below). First time ever in Poland. 5th time in 3 continents playing at a Cohen festival– doubt I’ll ever get the chance to meet the man (tho he’s on my top 5 list of people who would probably be a very cool person to have a conversation with).

Thanks to all the Cohenites for inviting me back again!


Yep, after Poland I head West to British Columbia, Canada, to do some shows out in my birthplace province with my bassist James, and say hello to the Pacific Ocean while it’s at its warmest on Canadian soil (which is still not very warm, but still beautiful).

The shows are listed via the link below– check back again in a week or 2, as some of them are still shifting around, BC – style 😉

After the shows by the ocean I go to the interior of BC to play a concert in Kelowna with a trio I met in Australia, and then head up to Mabel Lake for a family holiday (no electricity, running water, or internet– just the family, lake, and mosquitoes…), and then back to civilization at the end of August (assuming my family doesn’t count as civilization– debatable, esp after a few days of non showering and a few drinks…)


The Shumka Dancers choreographed and performed my song “Take My Hand” with me this past November at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, at their annual gala. There is finally a clip posted, featuring Jeff Mortenson from Cirque Du Soleil. Click below and scroll down to the video “Take My Hand”, Ann Vriend.

I hope to get my hands on a copy of the whole song soon!

Album Update

As of Sunday I finished the tracking of my next studio album. I hope to have copies available by sometime in September. I feel very proud of this one and am very excited to have you all hear it. Stay tuned! I’ll be playing songs from it at my upcoming shows.

Thanks again for your support,

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:–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….


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:

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Address: Beauty Ave., Mount Beauty, VIC 2699, AU Description: solo

Date: April 30 – May 3, 2010 Venue: Wintermoon Folk Festival – Address: Brodies Road, Mackay, QLD 4798, AU Description: solo

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!

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 – Address: 134 11 Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB, T2G 0X5, CAN Description: with band, for details contact Greg Curtis at / 403-543-5115; opening act: Coco Love Alcorn –

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

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


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!


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.