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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Montreal’s Pop Sensation Bridgeway Introduce New Single “Liberty” with Official Video Release

MONTREAL’S POP SENSATION BRIDGEWAY
INTRODUCE THEIR NEW SINGLE
“LIBERTY”
WITH AN OFFICIAL VIDEO RELEASE NATIONWIDE

Montreal Pop Sensation Bridgeway

From left: Vince Vertefeuille, Raph Pilon, Chris Carignan, Phil Chevrier

Toronto, Canada.  Montreal’s pop band, BRIDGEWAY, continue to enjoy their music journey and contribution to the creativity of their city. Touted as “the next Quebec sensation” (Roberto Ciurleo, Virgin Radio France), Bridgeway are making strides at national radio with the release of their new single, “Liberty” (CANCON) from their debut full-length album WHATCHA WANT FROM ME (January 2016). The immensely talented four-man high-energy delivering band, consists of Raph Pilon (vocals, keyboards), Vince Vertefeuille (guitars), Phil Chevrier (bass) and Chris Carignan (drums).

Recorded at multi award-winning Armoury Studios (Vancouver) under the direction of co-producers Tommy Mac (Hedley) and Luc Tellier (David Usher, Marie-Mai, The New Cities), “Liberty” written by Raph Pilon, is an honest rite of passage about viewing the world from a different place and space,something all of us, especially the young, can’t wait to do. Supported at radio with tracking and promotions by Linda Dawe of Music Solutions, the edgy pop vibe and compelling lyrics are captured in a fresh, captivating video. Filmed in Quebec and under the direction of Cat Around Films (Epitaph Records, Mediaskare, Artery Foundation), the visual inclusion of hilltops and river carved valleys is a visual treat.

Performing in front of audiences spanning hundreds to thousands, Bridgeway have rocked stages at Richelieu Summer Festival, Music City North (Toronto), Cabaret Lion d’Or and supported, “Hold the Fort – Giving Back to Fort Mac, Toronto Style” to name a few. They have opened for Hedley and enjoyed provincial success with their third single, “So Far Away” achieving a listener audience of 17,630,000.

With a growing fan base and a combination of diverse instrumental and songwriting talents, Bridgeway are poised to generate a new musical buzz beyond their beloved Montreal.

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Learn More:

www.bridgewayband.com

Radio Tracking | Promotions:

Linda Dawe
linda@lindadawe.com
905-722-4543
Music Solutions Inc.

Media Interviews | Industry Enquiries:

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Irene Carroll Et Associates
Public and Media Relations

Irene Carroll, Strategist

t] 416.366.5473
e] irene@iseeassociates.ca

 

Alex Runions Releases “If I Won The Lotto” to Country Radio Nationwide, January 25th

Alex Runions

[Toronto, Canada]  After spending the latter part of 2015 writing with some of North America’s most prolific writers and building a strong industry team, Regina based, Alex Runions is set to release his brand of heartland Country that will be embraced by his current fans and impossible to be ignored by new fans. Recorded at 2-time CCMA Award winning MCC Recording Studio (Calgary), his new single, “If I Won the Lotto” will release to radio on January 25th.

“If I Won the Lotto” (Alex Runions, Steve Mitchell, Nashville) is tracked at radio by Lauren Tutty of Lauren Tutty Promotions. It is a fun, loose and energetic song — something we need to help get us through the winter blues. “It’s nice to dream sometimes of what you would do if you won the lotto,” said Runions, “give some away, go on a trip, buy nice things or invest it. Whatever you think you would do, it’s still great to dream sometimes.” The lottery is something we can all relate to, especially on the heels of the record-setting Powerball draw in the United States earlier this month.

A constant in the Saskatchewan Country Music Association, and highly regarded by SaskMusic, Runions had a big 2015 and was a 3-time SCMA Nominee in the categories of Male Vocalist of the Year, Fan’s Choice Entertainer and Song of the Year – “Little Bit of Sunshine” (A. Runions/W. Mack).

In 2013, Runions won the Big Dog 92.7 FM/SaskMusic ‘Next Big Thing’ competition and received funding through the RAWLCO Radio 10K20 Grant. This opened the door for the creation and production of his current and sophomore CD, SOUTH OF THE CITY, recorded at two-time CCMA Studio of the Year, MCC Recording Studios. SOUTH OF THE CITY released Sept 25, 2015.

Performing across Saskatchewan and throughout Canada for several years, Runions has taken stages at Big Valley Jamboree, Craven Country Jamboree, Dauphin Countryfest and is a regular on the Canadian Country club circuit including Eldorado Country Rock Bar (Regina), Ralph’s (Medicine Hat) and Ranchman’s (Calgary). He’s opened for many prominent country artists including Gord Bamford, Aaron Pritchett and Rodney Atkins while also closing out performances from Dallas Smith, The Road Hammers and Neal McCoy.

His honest voice, tireless dedication and heartfelt approach have made Alex Runions a familiar voice in the Saskatchewan music scene with music industry experts betting the Queen City singer/songwriter will breakout nationally in 2016.

 “If I Won the Lotto” is available on iTunes.  Alex Runions acknowledges Gee Bee Construction (Kipling, SK) for their support and contributions.

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For More Information: 

http://www.alexrunions.com/

Proudly Sponsored By:

Gee Bee Construction

Radio Tracking:

Lauren Tutty

www.laurentutty.com
t. 902.354.2929 | f. 902.354-2929

Media Enquiries:

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Irene Carroll Et Associates
Public and Media Relations

Irene Carroll,
Strategist

t] 416.366.5473
e] irene@iseeassociates.ca

Canadian Country Singer-Songwriter Steve Rivers to Release New Single in January 2016

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Nashville based, Canadian country singer/songwriter Steve Rivers, is kicking off 2016 on a high note with the release of his debut single “Don’t Come Here Tonight” from his sophomore studio album, NO BOUNDARIES. Lyrically compelling, “Don’t’ Come Here Tonight” will resonate with anyone that’s encountered relationship challenges, breakups and a broken heart while enduring the process of moving on.

“Steve is an artist who keeps it real in all the songs he writes. You can tell he has lived in every lyric and experienced every line. What’s great about that is Steve puts the listener in the story right there with him.” – John Roberts, Program Director Country 93 WMPA (Grand Haven MI) 

With radio tracking and promotions through Adrian Lock of Vancouver’s Pitbull Promotions and radio consulting and strategy management through Dale Peters of Toronto’s Dale SpeakingNO BOUNDARIES was supported through the FACTOR-juried sound recording program, recorded and produced in Toronto and London (Ontario, Canada) by award winning producer Dan Brodeck. With firm roots planted in both Canada and the USA, Steve has opened for The Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Charlie Worsham, Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson and Greg Allman to name a few. “Don’t Come Here Tonight” (single) will be available on iTunes and digital retailers on January 8.

For more information on Steve Rivers: steverivers.com

FOR ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES:

Irene Carroll/ Media Relations Canada
irene@iseeassociates.ca 
Laura Demetrious / Media Relations US
laura@steverivers.com

RADIO INQUIRIES:

Adrian Lock:  Pitbull Promotions
adrian@pitbullpromotions.ca
Dale Peters:  Dale Speaking
dale@dalespeaking.com

Dirt Road Angels Soon To Release Their Second Single to Canadian Country Radio

Dirt Road AngelsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dirt Road Angels Soon To Release Their Second Single to Canadian Country Radio

From the dirt road to the main stage, the Dirt Road Angels have slowly but surely been paving their way towards success and have been performing up a storm!

The Dirt Road Angels, consisting of Shawna Lynne, Dahlia Wakefield, Shila Marie, Karen Claypool and Danita Lynn are five creative, seasoned and talented singer songwriters.  They are excited to announce the release of their second single “Paint The Town Red” to country radio across Canada off their brand new album of the same title on Monday, July 20th.

Produced by Rob Hewes and performed by CCMA award winning instrumentalists Chad Melchert, Ryan Davidson, Tyler Vollrath, Bart MacKay and Derek Stremel, their high-energy country rock song “Paint The Town Red” is sure to get your toes tapping and you dancing in your seat! “We are thrilled with the single and can’t wait to hear it on the airwaves!”

Since their “Paint The Town Red” CD release concert at Festival Place in September 2014, they have continued to take the main stage at many events and have a full 2015 year booked. Look for these Angels at many of this year’s summer music festivals, rodeos, galas and local venues where they will be sharing the stage with Kira Isabella, High Valley, Aaron Pritchett, Doc Walker, The Road Hammers, Gil Grand, Jack Semple, Tim Hicks and more!

With their brand new single off their brand new album, these Angels are sure to fly!

Shawna says, “Thank you to team DRA for all your continued support and guidance – we cannot thank you all enough!”

Contact Shawna Lynne for more information
(780) 292-4154 / shawndal@telus.net
www.dirtroadangels.ca

Canadian Songstress Ann Vriend Releases The Next Australian Single From Her Acclaimed Long Player For The People In The Meantime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW SINGLE YOU CAN HAVE ME RELEASED TO RADIO ON FRIDAY 15TH  MAY 2015

Ann Vriend You Can Have Me

Copyright © 2014 Leroy Schulz http://www.leroyschulz.com/2014

Canadian songstress Ann Vriend is following up the success of her recent pop/soul long player For The People In The Mean Time with a catchy soul/funk single You Can Have Me, chosen specifically for release in Australia this May. After a successful tour down under at the start of 2015, it was quickly evident that Ann’s rapidly growing fanbase missed the pint-sized singer- songwriter, so she hand-picked one of her favourite tracks from the album to share with music lovers.

The Vancouver born singer hit her musical strides early when her parents discovered her picking out songs by ear on a toy xylophone at age three. She was enrolled in violin lessons by age four, and by the age of nine she was a composing songs on piano. Inspired to continue a career in the music industry, she entered school talent quests, enrolled in music college and won first place in a songwriting competition, which funded her debut album.

Ann’s sound has been described as an enchanting cross between the ‘girly timbre of Dolly Parton and the blues-filled prowess of Aretha Franklin’. In 2013 she won Canada’s nation-wide ‘She’s The One’ talent search at the Ottawa Bluesfest, and her live show with her band received 4/5 stars in Die Rhineplatz, Germany this past April. Meanwhile Ann’s songs have garnered airplay on both commercial and independent stations alike. Her latest album, For The People In The Mean Time, an energetic retro soul offering received 4/5 stars in Beat Magazine and is currently up for Pop Recording of the Year and Female Artist of the Year in her hometown of Edmonton. It was also nominated at the Toronto Independent Music Awards for Pop Album of the Year.

Track three from the album, the single You Can Have Me is a playful anti-romantic, or a realistic relationship song, says Ann. “I wrote it to be in contrast with the idealistic pop love songs out there,” she says. “But it’s still really upbeat and has a funky dance vibe rather than a sobering one. In fact, the whole album is about realistic expectations in my rough neighbourhood – sad if you read the lyrics, but the music is quite the opposite. It’s an old-school disco party, a really good time, heavy bad-ass beats, groovy basslines – the kind of thing to play on a Saturday night. I think inadvertently my philosophy of soul music came through, which is that people need to dance and sing and let loose – not because they are problem free and without any blues, but in spite of that, as a way of managing.”

Like many of Ann’s lyrical influences – Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Dylan – You Can Have Me is both tongue-in-cheek and simultaneously serious in nature: “It is about accepting and/or settling for someone to be with, in contrast to all the pop songs out there about ‘you’re so perfect and so beautiful and sexy 100 per cent of the time’,” she says. “I came up with a couple of characters who, like most people, want a person who fulfills all the things on their Ideal Person List– but instead they are advised maybe they should consider lowering their expectations of meeting all the points on their List– at least within the span of their lifetime– if they want to actually have a relationship with anyone! It may be on the one hand a bit of a cynical thing but I meant it to be more of a ‘hey, nobody’s perfect’, let’s celebrate people for who they really are kind of song.  I mean, none of us are perfect!”

The album For The People In The Mean Time is firmly rooted in R&B, with nearly all its samples and influences coming from funk artists such as Sly Stone and Parliament, Motown artists such as Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, and soul artists like Ray Charles and Ann’s all-time favorite singer, Aretha Franklin. The background vocals throughout are arranged in 3-part harmonies taken straight from the pages of the Rayelettes and Aretha, with You Can Have Me being no exception.

The original of You Can Have Me was recorded in Ann’s attic in Edmonton on Garageband as a rough demo, and sent to the album’s producer, Tino Zolfo, in Toronto. The demo had only the bare bones of the track: just piano, lead and background vocals, and a Motown type of chord progression. But Tino decided to put a different groove underneath. “Once he was done with it only the pre- chorus and bridge has any chord progression; he made it all about drums and bass,” says Ann. “After that we re-did the vocal and background vocals in Toronto, but in the end Tino liked how my original vocals sounded better, over the original chord progression he had then removed, because they imply this old-school harmony that’s no longer there. So it’s kind of a crazy thing but we kept those original vocals I did on a Sure 58 mic in my attic. I had no intention of that every being a keeper; I didn’t use a proper recording mic at all, but I am excited by how it sounds- it’s got a quirky old-school gritty undertone to it, while still being dance-like and poppy. That’s what Tino was after and I thought it suited the lyrics, and my neighbourhood, and me, perfectly.”

After releasing “You Can Have Me in Australia Ann hopes to return back down under in September 2015. Almost an ‘honorary Australian’, Ann has spent a considerable time touring the country, and considers it her “home away from home.” So when it came to releasing a new single from her album, Australia was one of the first places she decided to share the song.

Ann Vriend’s single You Can Have Me is released to radio on Friday 15th May 2015.

For more information, please visit www.annvriend.com

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