Canadian Songstress Ann Vriend Makes Her Annual Summer Pilgrimage To Australia With Her Band The Rooster Davis Group

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Monday 31
st October 2016

CANADIAN SONGSTRESS ANN VRIEND MAKES HER ANNUAL SUMMER PILGRIMAGE TO AUSTRALIA WITH HER BAND THE ROOSTER DAVIS GROUP

TOUR DATES FOR FEBRUARY / MARCH 2017 ANNOUNCED

Ann Vriend Australian 2017 Tour Poster

Revered songstress Ann Vriend is returning to her honorary home of Australia for her annual summer tour. Bringing her band back with her down under, the sultry songwriter will be traversing throughout New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and even the nation’s capital. Showcasing new material from her as-yet-untitled EP – due for release in early 2017 – Ann will also jammin’ out audience favourites from her current release For The People In The Mean Time.

It has been almost 12-months since the soulful performer was in Australia and she can’t wait to get back on local stages. “I can’t wait to play some of my new tunes for everybody down there,” says Ann. “Some of the new tunes we’ve been playing for a year live already and people always ask for them at the merch table. And, I’m not going to lie, Australia’s summer is such a thing to look forward to when you’re from such a cold northern city as Edmonton.”

Despite the cold, it has been a huge year for Ann – both on the home front and internationally. She has recently signed on the dotted line with major Canadian record company Aporia Records and spent several weeks touring Europe. Add to that a plethora of festivals throughout Canada and needless to say, there has been little downtime for Ann and her band. In fact, the few breaks in touring they had throughout the year were spent in the studio, laying down tracks for a new release.

Returning to Australia will continue the busy streak that looks set to carry Ann through well into 2017. She is also bringing her acclaimed band back with her, the Rooster Davis Group, who have already garnered their own heady reputation in Australia with their New Orleans blues and funk sound. Ann says she can’t wait to get back on the stage with the rockin’ outfit.

“We’ll play the new songs we’ll be releasing, plus some favourites from the previous albums,” she says. “In general, it’s a lively show on the soul-funk-pop side, with some quiet ballads on the piano here and there. The band has two keyboard players – me on piano or wurly and Rooster Davis on basslines on the Hammond organ (and drums and vocals). It is a very unusual set-up instrumentally. We have been touring this way for about three years and although people are always sceptical when we’re first setting up – as they don’t see a guitar or bass guitar – by the end of the show even the biggest sceptics are converted. I’m very lucky to have monster musicians in my band to make it work.”

For those who have previously seen Ann perform – either with her band or in a solo setting – it is evident that the effortless songstress is comfortable in any situation – on any stage. The Vancouver born singer has been finding her feet musically since she was three. By age nine she was already composing music on the piano and she hasn’t really stopped since. Described as an enchanting cross between ‘the girly timbre of Dolly Parton and the blues-filled prowess of Aretha Frankin’, Ann is revered for her live shows – endearing audiences from the first bar to the closing song.

As a musician, she loves the diversity of playing both by herself and with the backing of her soul band, and it is that versatility that has seen Australian audiences embrace Ann and her music. She is always pushing the envelope – both in the studio and on the stage – and acknowledges the great support she receives from fans ‘down under’ for her live shows. “I love both scenarios equally,” she says of performing in a solo or band setting. “As an artist you sometimes get pigeonholed in the music biz so that your artistic freedom gets very compromised. I’m lucky to be working with people who see my diversity as a plus and not a minus – that is a real gift.”

Don’t miss Canadian songstress Ann Vriend as she brings her exceptional live shows with The Rooster Davis Band back to Australia in 2017.  Tickets are on sale now.

Thursday 9th February 2017
Brass Monkey, CRONULLA NSW
www.brassmonkey.com.au

Friday 10th February 2017
Australian Blues Festival, GOULBURN NSW
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Saturday 11th February 2017
Australian Blues Festival, GOULBURN NSW
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Sunday 12th February 2017
Smith’s Alternative, CANBERRA ACT
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Friday 17th February 2017
Paris Cat, MELBOURNE VIC
www.pariscat.com.au

Saturday 18th February 2017
Paris Cat, MELBOURNE VIC
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Sunday 19th February 2017
Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs VIC
Presale $12 / door $15
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Friday 24th February 2017
The Heritage Hotel, BULLI NSW
www.heritagehotel.com.au

Saturday 25th February 2017
Venue 505, SYDNEY NSW
www.venue505.com

Thursday 2nd March 2017
Lizottes, NEWCASTLE NSW
www.lizottes.com.au

Friday 3rd March 2017
Flow Bar, OLD BAR NSW
www.flowbar.com.au

Saturday 4th March 2017
63 First Ave, SAWTELL NSW
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Thursday 9th March 2017
The Bison Bar, NAMBOUR QLD
www.thebisonbar.com

Friday 10th March 2017
Nightquarter, GOLD COAST QLD
www.nightquarter.com.au

Saturday 11th March 2017
Brisbane Jazz Club, BRISBANE QLD
www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au

Sunday 12th March 2017
The Rails, BYRON BAY NSW
www.therailsbyronbay.com

***NOTE: copies of AV’s currently released album “For The People In The Meantime” can be found in AUS at the following stores:

Sydney:
Egg Records
3 Wilson St
Newtown, New South Wales
eggrecords.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Egg-Records-162119267137836/

Melbourne:
The Basement Discs
24 Block Place
Melbourne, Australiwww.basementdiscs.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/The-Basement-Discs-822563744521920/

For more information, please visit http://www.annvriend.com

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Ann Vriend New Single “Anybody’s Different” out September 16 on Aporia Records

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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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 For more information, photos, mp3s, WAV files, interviews, please contact:

MEDIA CONTACT:

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Canadian Songstress Ann Vriend Returns to Australia for Special East Coast Australian Tour, with a Limited Edition Vinyl Release

Ann Vriend 2016 Australian Tour

NEXT SINGLE THOSE RECORDS DUE AT RADIO IN FEBRUARY 2016

Internationally acclaimed Canadian retro soul songstress Ann Vriend is returning to Australia for a special tour throughout March.  Aptly titled the Those Records tour, Ann will not only be releasing the song of the same name in the lead-up to the tour, but will also be bringing a swag of limited release vinyl with her. Celebrating the Australian vinyl release of her album For The People In The Mean Time, this whirlwind tour will be the last time Ann performs down under before she heads into the studio to record the material for her next long player.

Considered by many an honorary Australian, Ann is well-known for her enigmatic shows and is looking forward to bringing her band back with her for her 2016 East Coast tour. “I am known to a lot of Aussies as a solo performer, as up until recently I’ve performed almost exclusively solo  in Australia,” says Ann.  “And while I enjoy that intimate way of performing and am glad I’m able to have that ability up my sleeve, this latest album is all about groove, all about the rhythm section. So I’m pretty excited about showing off my band to Aussie audiences. We’ve toured a lot in the last two years and we have worked out some live arrangements of our material from the album that I’m really proud of.”

Ann’s last tour of Australia was a select amount of tour dates surrounding a showcase spot at BIGSOUND in September 2015. The songstress is no stranger to industry showcases and festival slots, but it was still a highlight and something she – and the band – found inspiring.

“Professionally, playing for a full house and getting such great reviews of our show was a pretty great reception to my first foray with the band in Australia,” says Ann. “Personally, it was cool to see my band members go a bit ga-ga over seeing kangaroos for the first time… even seeing one poo was apparently Instagram worthy for them.”

While 2015 was the band’s first trip to Australia, Ann has been touring Oz for almost a decade. In fact, she has made Aussie tours almost a bi-annual pilgrimage, and it is no surprise that in that time she has been embraced by Aussie music lovers. For the impressive songstress, it doesn’t get much better than escaping the Canadian winter to tour her ‘second home’ during the warmer months.

“I love that it’s your summer when it’s our winter, I love the Aussie hospitality, and I have made some really great friends- er- mates down there,” she says. “No one other than Aussies would shout out something like ‘good onya, mate’ after a song, that’s for sure… although up until a few tours ago I thought people were saying ‘good onion, mate,’ which was a bit perplexing, but still better than a BAD onion, I thought to myself. Aussies are the opposite of reserved – I like the banter back and forth between me and the audience. I get people singing along on songs and I really like it when shows are interactive.”

Always wanting to do something special for audiences, Ann is also bringing along a limited release of For The People In The Mean Time on vinyl for her Australian tour. So far the special release has been available in Canada only, so this is a big coup for Aussie fans, being the first outside of her home state to have access to the LP. Celebrating the next Australian single – Those Records – to coincide with the tour makes March 2016 an exciting time for Ann Vriend.

“It is such a retro sounding album that it was just begging to be on vinyl,” says Ann. “The fact that there’s a song on it the album called Those Records made it a no-brainer that I should release that as the next single. I’m so happy with how the mastering on the pressing turned out, so I’m pretty proud of it, and just so pumped to have finally have it out. It was a big ordeal getting vinyl done in any sort of timely fashion, due to the high demand for it that there is these days. And it was great to be able to work with the artwork in the sense of having a bigger canvas than you do on a CD, too.”

Ann Vriend’s next single Those Records is due for release in February 2016.

 

Friday 4th March 2016
The Treehouse, BYRON BAY NSW
25 Childe Street, Byron Bay www.treehouseonbelongil.com | www.facebook.com/treehouse.belongil

Saturday 5th March 2016
Tatts Hotel, LISMORE NSW
108 Keen Street Lismore NSW 2480
http://tattshotel.com/

Sunday 6th March 2016
63 First Ave, SAWTELL NSW
63 First Avenue, Sawtell NSW 2452 www.facebook.com/63FirstAveSawtell

Wednesday 16th March 2016
The Basement, SYDNEY NSW
7 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW Australia 2000 www.thebasement.com.au

Thursday 17th March 2016
Smiths Alternative, CANBERRA ACT
76 Alinga Street, Civic ACT 2601 www.smithsalternative.com

Tuesday 22nd March 2016
The Toff, MELBOURNE VIC
Level 2, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne www.thetoffintown.com

Friday 25th March 2016
The Goulburn Club, GOULBURN NSW
19 Market Street, Goulburn NSW
www.goulburnclub.com.au

Saturday 26th March 2016
The Milk Factory, BRISBANE QLD
48 Montague Road, South Brisbane QLD 4101 www.themilkfactorybar.com.au

*** more tour dates to be announced in coming weeks

For more information, please visit www.annvriend.com

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

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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

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