New Ann Vriend Album Available For Download

From Ann Vriend’s Latest Newsletter:

IT’S HERE!!

Folks, I am very happy to announce that my new album, “Love & Other Messes”, is now available for download via the link below. You can download the whole album and front cover artwork, or individual tracks.

I produced the album myself, co-produced with engineer Alan Wall and my bassist James Forrest. I have to say it’s the one I am most proud of to date, and I’m dying to know what you think of it!

Now, before you do anything reckless like download the songs immediately, read this little insider fan tidbit of info, because it might affect your decision:

1) the physical album will be available in a matter of days or even hours to order online, and it contains a 28 page lyric booklet which has blurbs about the songs and a lot of photos, as well as the lyrics and musician credits, and the whole package is made from 100% recycled material. So, you may want to wait to get the real deal vs the digital deal for only a few more bucks than downloading all the tracks. There will be a Paypal button posted on my website shortly, and on it will be an option to get it signed and/or a personalized message written on it by yours truly. Makes an excellent Christmas present if I don’t say so myself! (bias accusations accepted).

2) the album is going to be pressed on vinyl in a month or 2, and the vinyl album will come with a download card for the songs. It will cost about $25 – $35 because it costs a lot to manufacture them, but in case this is an option you prefer you might want to hold off til then. HOWEVER: the record on vinyl will ONLY BE AVAILABLE AT LIVE SHOWS so be aware of that!

So, you see, it pays to be on the AV Mailing List :).

By the way, my stance on downloading versus album sales is that while I don’t want to give away my music for free I think hey, this is the new medium, people want to have songs digitally, CD cases take up storage room, and as long as in general I can keep on making a living from music I am happy– which is the case so far, thanks to YOU. I feel very supported by the fans of my music so I’d rather have you download my music and pass on the word about it then never get around to listening to it because it’s too expensive/cumbersome to get the actual CD. My hope is that you’ll like the songs so much you’ll either come to a show, bring your friends, pass the music on to other people who will then become fans, host a house concert, or something else that puts $ into my pocket one way or another down the road. I do make some income from digital downloads so this little paragraph is to clear your consciences about downloading my music. Download away, and thanks so much for your ongoing support 🙂

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/annvriend

REMAINING GERMAN TOUR DATES

I have one week of shows remaining in Deutschland. So far I’m having a blast! The concerts have been going really well and I am learning a (mostly unrelated) mix of German words, visiting castles and cathedrals, loving the lack of speed limits on the Autobahn, and slowly figuring out the Deutsche Bahn train schedules (still working on that one). Biegen sie links ab! Rot wein! Genau!

Here’s a list of my remaining tour dates in Germany. Full details for the shows are posted via the link below.

Danke to everyone in Germany who has made this tour so fun so far!

Wetzlar November 16

Dillenburg November 17

Trier November 18

Düesseldorf November 19

Mülheim an der Ruhr November 20

www.annvriend.com/tour-dates

BLUEBIRD NORTH EDMONTON: SEASON II, SHOW 2

It’s on Sunday, November 28. Which, I just discovered today, is the same day that the Grey Cup will be held in… Edmonton. Argh! If only I was on top of Canadian football news I would have known this. But alas, I regret to say that I am obviously not on top of that, and my excuse is that I’ve been out of the country for a few weeks, and out of the province since the end of Sept. (But I did vote in advance for the municipal election, does that count for anything?)

Anyway, it occurred to me that not all Edmontonians are football fans, and so I have decided the unofficial title of this next Bluebird North Event will be: The Alternative Show to Men Jumping On Top Of Each Other For Fun And/Or Money”. (Or TASTMJOTOEOFFAOM, which admittedly is not the best acronym there ever was.)

It will be my first week back in Edmonton after a long hiatus, so, my fellow Edmontonians, do come by and say hello, and enjoy a show– in which I will be very surprised if anyone, male or female, jumps on top of each other. But it still will be entertaining– I’m excited about the line up and the shows are getting rave reviews from attendees!

I am the host and producer of the show, and will play a song at the beginning of each set, but in general it features 4 other songwriters from across Canada who will play 2 sets in the songwriters-in-the-round style. This show’s 4 featured songwriters are:

Karyn Ellis, Brian McCleod, Kim Wempe, and Dave Newberry.

For advance tickets and complete details please visit this link:

http://www.tixonthesquare.ca/event/detail/2765/

ON THE DECKS DECEMBER AND ONWARD

Kelowna show and live internet streaming thereof on Friday, December 11 (deets via the link below). Looking for a house concert or 2 that same weekend as a duo with my bassist for the 10th and/or 12 in the Okanagan area, so if you’d like to host one let me know at booking@annvriend.com

Coming up in 2011:

Full 7 piece band tour to release the album across Alberta at the end of January

CD Release Tour of Australia late February – Early April

CD Release Tour of Canada May – Mid June

Details are slowly coming together for each, so stay tuned and keep checking in!

Thanks for your support!

Cheers,

av

www.annvriend.com/tour-dates

TO ORDER ANN VRIEND’S NEW ALBUM ON CD BABY, CLICK: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/annvriend

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, www.thecentral.ca 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 info@untangledliving.com Time: TBA– early evening sometime Description: double bill with Dave Borins, www.myspace.com/daveborins, both artists accompanied by drummer Pat Phillips. For details (ie: address, start time, etc) contact Sue at info@untangledliving.com. 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! booking@annvriend.com.

www.annvriend.com/tour-dates

Krakow

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!

http://leonardcohenevent.info/

BC

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…)

www.annvriend.com/tour-dates

Shumka

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!

http://www.shumka.com/gallery/videos/contemporary

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,
AV

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.

Ann Vriend 2010: Canada, US, Australia, Europe

Ann Vriend

Expanded “Little House Concert on the Prairies” Tour

(FULL SHOW DEETS BELOW)

VANCOUVER– JAN 17
OKANAGAN– JAN 18 OR 19– TBA
ROSSLAND (Kootenays)– JAN 20
TWIN BUTTE– JAN 21
LETHBRIDGE– JAN 22
CALGARY– JAN 23
HINTON– JAN 24
STONY PLAIN (just West of Edmonton)– JAN 30
SASKATOON– JAN 31
YORKTON– FEB 1
WEYBURN (1 hr southeast of Regina)– FEB 2
MORDEN (just south of Brandon)– FEB 3
WINNIPEG– FEB 4
THUNDER BAY– FEB 5
SAULT SAINTE MARIE– FEB 6
LONDON– FEB 7
OAKVILLE (between Hamilton and Mississauga)– FEB 10
WAKEFIELD/OTTAWA (Quebec side just outside of Ottawa)– FEB 11
INVERARY (Just outside of Kingston)– FEB 12 – SOLD OUT!
OWEN SOUND– FEB 13
TORONTO– FEB 14 or 15, TBC

This all began months ago with some people in Stony Plain, Alberta, inviting me to perform a house concert out at their log cabin at the end of January. Other house concerts in the area got added, and then my bass player James Forrest (a.k.a. Agent Many Trees) told me he was going to need to get himself and his car from Vancouver to Toronto this winter, 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.)

The weather, on the other hand…. let’s just say I came up with this idea when it was unusually balmy (for Edmonton) in November, and the roads were dry. This was also before my own car broke down on the side of the highway last month in – 28 degree weather on the way to a very high paying gig.

It all turned out ok: we were rescued by a person who happened to have a (broken) life support system in his Ford Escort (see my up-side-down video on FB for more details), so, to quote Ma from Little House on the Prairies: “All’s well that ends well” (the life support system was not needed, anyway, by the way).

This time we will not have a life support system on board, but, due to Agent MT’s change of plans, we are going to RENT a car rather than take his OR my “can’t believe it still runs at all” ’96 station wagon, which has caused me enough grief lately! (See recent FB posts).

So have no fear, we shall arrive in prime form across this frozen land, to many a destination, almost all of which are house concerts, and a few of which are on the prairies.

Hope to see you all soon!

FULL TOUR DETAILS:

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

Date: January 20, 2010 Venue: Old Fire Hall – http://www.oldfirehall.ca Address: 2115 Queen Street, Rossland, BC, CAN (Kootenays) Description: with bassist, tix $12, 8 pm

Date: January 21, 2010 Venue: Twin Butte General Store Address: Box 461, Twin Butte, AB, CAN T0K 2G0 Description: with bassist, 8:00 pm, $10, 1-888-976-7378

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.

Date: January 23, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: 539 Markerville Rd. NE, Calgary, AB, CAN Description: with bassist, 8:00 pm, $15, BYOB, side door (this is the studio where I mixed and recorded some of my last album! Steinway piano!), email Alan at alwall@shaw.ca for confirmation or more info

Date: January 24, 2010 Venue: Hinton Alliance Church Address: 147 Swanson Drive, Hinton, AB, CAN Description: with bassist, for tickets call Byron at 780-817-7741 or 780-865-3975. Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm start, $20 tickets, fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.

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

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

Date: February 1, 2010 Venue: Patrick’s Place (House Concert at B & B), www.patrickplace.com Address: 88 5th Ave N, Yorkton, SK, CAN Description: with bassist, for details contact Margaret at margaret@patrickplace.com

Date: February 2, 2010 Venue: Pump Jack’s Address: 596 18th St., Weyburn, SK, CAN S4H 3B3 (Just southwest of Regina) Description: with bassist, 8 pm

Date: February 3, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: Morden, MB, CAN (Southeast of Brandon) Description: with bassist, email Jeannie at jnickel@smd.mb.ca for tickets and details, BYOB event

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

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

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

Date: February 7, 2010 Venue: East Village Arts Co-op – http://www.eastvillagearts.com Address: 757 Dundas St. E., London, ON, CAN Description: double bill with Leah Morise, tickets $8.00 in advance at Grooves, $10 at the door, doors at 7:30 pm, show 8:00 pm. For tickets contact Grooves at 519-640-6714 or email allisoncbrown@yahoo.com

Date: February 10, 2010 Venue: Moonshine Cafe, http://www.themoonshinecafe.com Address: 137 Kerr Street, Oakville, ON, L6K 3A6 CAN (b/w Hamilton and Mississauga) Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn, local opener “Marty the Martender”

Date: February 11, 2010 Venue: Blacksheep Inn – http://www.theblacksheepinn.com/ Address: 420 Riverside Drive, Wakefield, PQ J0X 3G0 CAN (20 min. outside of Ottawa) 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

SOLD OUT! Date: February 12, 2010 Venue: Rankin Gallery Address: 3248 Round Lake Road, Inverary (just outside of Kingston), ON Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn. Show 8:00 p.m. – by reservation only: as.rankin@sympatico.ca or call 613-353-6650. Suggested donation $20

Date: February 13, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: Owen Sound, ON, CAN Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn

Date: February 14 or 15, 2010 Venue: house concert, TBC Address: Toronto, ON, CAN Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn

www.myspace.com/annvriend

Tennessee Waltz

Before I head home Coco, myself, and probably some other Canucks will head from Toronto to Nashville and Memphis to do some showcasing. (What are we showcasing? In theory, some musical talent, but who knows. I expect to be quite under-slept for over a month at this point so anything is possible.)

Anyway, I absolutely can’t wait to see some of the people I met last year in Nashville, and also to attend the Folk Alliance Music Conference in Memphis. I had so much fun last yr at that conference, jammed every nite on the balcony, wrote a song with Agent Beard and others, spent an awful lot of time in the hot tub, and that is also where the idea for the Double Agent Tours began! (Not in the hot tub, but at the conference in general).

Who knows what will happen this time! If Shai is coming can someone please tell him to bring his melodica again!?

Ah, shucks, all this anticipation will mean we’ll probably just end up having quiet conversations about taxes and go to bed early every night. Anyways, here’s the deets:

Date: February 16, 2010 Venue: 12th and Porter – http://www.12thandporterlive.com Address: 114 12th Avenue North, 37203-3605 Nashville, TN, USA Description: showcase on Billy Block Show, details TBA

Date: February 18 – 21, 2010 Venue: Folk Alliance Music Conference Address: Memphis, TN, USA Description: Official Showcase in Sweet Beaver Suite #1821 on Friday, February 19th at 1:30 am

www.myspace.com/annvriend

Warming Up Down Under

After Tennessee I return home to Edmonton for a few days to host Bluebird North and pack my suitcase full of SUMMER clothes. Then I will get on a very long flight and 2 days later arrive in Australia, where I will be touring non stop for 2 months.

Aussies, the VERY WHITE person arriving March will be me. This skin has not seen vitamin D for a VERY LONG TIME. In fact, due to the fact that I’ve been wearing longjohns all month it’s safe to say I have a negative amount of tan, if there is such a thing.

On a more important note: to get a keyboard from one show to the next I will be needing to rent– or as they say in Aus, “hire”– a car, which is going to be expensive– so in case anyone knows someone who could let me rent/hire one in Melbourne, Tassie, Sydney, or Brisbane at a discount rate let me know (I am very good at driving on the right– and by right I mean left– side of the road by now).

Here’s the Aus itinerary:

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

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

MELBOURNE AND VIC:

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, VIC, AU Description: solo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 AND TASMANIA:

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

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

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

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 AND NSW:

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

Date: April 14, 2010 Venue: Woona School of Arts Address: Sydney, NSW, AU Description: solo

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

BRISBANE AND QLD:

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

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

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

VIC FESTIVAL:

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 FESTIVAL:

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

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Europe in the Fall

I don’t have any details figured out yet, but the plan is that I will return to Europe some time in the fall.

Stay tuned, and anyone who wants to host a house concert let me know; contact booking@annvriend.com.

Cheers,
AV and AV Headquarters