The Legendary Judy Collins To Play Kingston’s Sydenham Street United Church!

An evening with Judy Collins
Friday, April 22, 2011 – 8:00 pm
Sydenham Street United Church
82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3H4
Tickets: $35 plus HST
Available at the Grand Theatre Box Office
613-530-2050
www.kingstongrand.ca

and at:

Brian’s Record Option
381 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
613-542-2452

“Just over a month to go before the legendary Judy Collins comes to Kingston’s Sydenham Street United Church. 75% of the tickets are gone so don’t wait too much longer to get yours. This will certainly sell out. Here’s a video of Judy Collins and her protege Leonard Cohen singing Suzanne, the poem she convinced him to turn into a song – very sweet!

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her famously ethereal voice and her distinctive interpretation of some of the classic songs of our time. Her legendary career began in 1961 with the release of her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists – particularly the social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Judy was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience including Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her 1967 album, Wildflowers, which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her famously moving version of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns won a Grammy Award in 1975. Judy has continued an impressive musical career with an extensive catalogue from every decade throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and up to the present. Her latest creative project is a new CD, Paradise, a collection of 10 songs that include duets of Judy with the legendary Stephen Stills and Joan Baez.

Judy Collins is still writing, performing, and nurturing fresh talent and plays 80 to 100 dates a year around the world. She is a relentlessly creative spirit, a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.” www.judycollins.com

Opening for Judy Collins is the very gifted Belfast-born singer-songwriter, Andy White. Andy, who has released ten internationally acclaimed albums since 1986, has just released Songwriter, and a new book called 21st Century Troubadour is also now available. Andy White is currently on tour in Canada with Stephen Fearing and joins Ms. Collins in April in Ontario.

(Stay tuned for a future post about Andy White!)

Former Spy Ann Vriend Is A Sizzling Chanteuse!

Ann Vriend is a former spy. She had been working incognito for an undisclosed European agency, posing as a freelance journalist, when she met someone who was also a spy but for the other side. Against all odds, they fell in love and thus entered an increasingly complicated game of torn loyalties, dangerous, clandestine passion, and treacherous lies.

It is these experiences which inspired When We Were Spies; the exquisite baroque pop album by former agent Ann Vriend, an impressive collection of 11 moving, catchy pop songs; a richly layered, edgy yet tender declaration of bravery and love in a time of confusion and fear, produced by Juno nominated producer Douglas Romanow.

Before the album was pressed it had pre-sold 800 copies and garnered 4 star national reviews, including in NOW Magazine, A n E Magazine, and others.

Hovering perfectly between the accessibility of mainstream “pop” and a fresh, quirky writing and singing style all her own, ex-spy Vriend has crossed genres such as pop, rock, roots, electronica, cabaret, soul, and even tinges of alt country– all with humor and flare. This continues to allow her commercial radio hits while seamlessly fitting into the solo soft-seat theatre and festival circuit, celebrated by both Indie music fans and accomplished fellow musicians as much as listeners of mainstream radio. Her blend of originality with pop sounds is comparable to innovators such as Kate Bush, Regina Spector, Sarah Slean, and Feist. Her literary, poetic lyrics have likened her to Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon, and her honest voice shows hints of Dolly Parton’s clear, direct heartbreak, and Aretha Franklin’s stunning, exquisite soul.

With years of international performances under her belt Vriend has wowed audiences around the world with her well-known command as a solo performer, while with her accomplished, world class band unleashes a fuller sound with fervent passion.

Ann’s eclectic fan base is testimony to the fact on record and on stage, her talent lies in her ability to encompass the feelings of true music lovers of any sort. Fans from all walks of life agree, “This is one well-kept secret everyone should have access to.” — Pop Matters, March 2008

Leaked Info about Agent AV:

* over 10,000 albums sold independently
* headliner at Holzminden Jazz Festival (Germany), International Leonard Cohen Festival (Berlin), Cobargo Folk Music Festival (Australia), among others
* commissioned to write song for 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne
* 3 singles on commercial radio, including Gold and heavy rotation, in hometown of Edmonton, AB (Canada)
* song placed in DVD release of hit TV series “Party of Five
* recorded at Sony Studios (NYC), the Hit Factory (NYC), Magnet Vision Studios (LA), among others
* key performances include Port Fairy Folk Music Festival (AU), Edmonton and Calgary Folk Music Festivals (CAN), showcases at SXSW, NXNE, Folk Alliance, NYC venues such as CBCB’s, Fez, Rockwood Music Hall, Bottom End, international venues such as Debaser (Sweden), the Basement (AU), La Fleche D’or France), Canadian Embassies in Washington D.C. and Sydney, AU
* key publicity includes national TV appearances such as “Mornings with Keri Anne” (AU), Arte (France/Germany), and Good Morning Canada
* distribution in Germany (Glitterhouse), Australia (MGM)

Instrumentation

Ann Vriend, solo: vocals, piano (or 88 key electronic keyboard when nec)
Band or duo option upon request. Full band consists of: drums, bass, guitar, organ/synth, 2 backup vocals, Ann on piano and lead vocals

Discography

Soul Unravelling, 2003
Modes of Transport, 2005, produced by Paul Brill, NYC
The Clandestine EP, 2007
When We Were Spies, 2008, produced by Juno nominated Douglas Romanow

Links

http://www.annvriend.com

http://www.myspace.com/annvriend

Check out Ann’s new video for the title song from her latest album When We Were Spies and you can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dvh-gij3C4

Ann Vriend’s music is available for purchase at: http://cdbaby.com/all/avmusic