September’s Top Secret Ann Vriend News!!

The Valiant Thieves Cover Art

Live TODAY (Saturday)

Long ago, in a land far away (for some of you, at least) the allusive Ann Vriend released her 3rd full length album entitled “When We Were Spies,” in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The date was March 31, 2008. Some of you were there, and some of you might even remember it. It was a sold out house and it seemed everyone had a very good time.

Well, it is now those of you who missed it can hear what it was all about, and those of you who were there can sit back and think nostalgically about days gone by, and one in particular because: the show is going to be broadcast on CBC Radio 2’s “Canada Live” program, tomorrow (Saturday, September 6, 2008), from 8:00 – 10:00 pm MST, and other times across the country. Tune in, in Canada on your FM dial, or listen from anywhere in the world via the link below, and let us know what you think!

Alberta Shows this month

Before world traveler Ann Vriend heads out to different places on the globe she will appear on Albertan soil a number of times this month, so, Albertans, be sure to catch her before she, and the snow, flies:

Please note this date has been changed from September 20, 2008: Date: September 18, 2008 Venue: The Slice Bar and Grill, Address: 314 8th Street South, Lethbridge, AB, CAN Description: solo, 9:30 pm, bar concert setting;

Please note this date has been changed from September 18, 2008: Date: September 19, 2008 Venue: Twin Butte General Store, Address: Twin Butte, AB, CAN Description: solo, 8 pm;

Date: September 20, 2008 Venue: Hughes House, Address: 315 11 Ave NE, Calgary, AB Description: house concert, double bill with Deon Blyan, call Kelly at 403.804.4431 or email ahead for tix,;

Date: September 24, 2008 Venue: Matchbox Theatre Address: 110 5301 43rd Street, Red Deer, AB, CAN Description: solo, songwriters in the round , concert series, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, tix $20, contact the Matchbox Theatre or for tix.

The Valiant Thieves

Top Secret insider info:

Ann Vriend has been moonlighting on the side!!!

That’s right, in addition to her secretive-spy-solo-singer-songwriter activity, Ann has joined forces with some of Western Canada‘s top jazz musicians (Mike Lent–bass, Sandro Dominelli–drums, and Chris Andrew– piano) to form a group called “The Valiant Thieves”. This is a classic jazz quartet that steals songs from the not-so-serious decade called “The 1980s”, and morfs them into their own jazz/pop arrangements. (Yes, morf is a word). Sometimes these songs are very silly. Sometimes they are just really breathtaking arrangements of a tune you thought was really silly, but once these professionals get their hands on them, you find that it was a serious song dressed up in, well, the way people dressed and sounded in The 1980s. In both cases, it makes for some stunning entertainment.

In February of 2008 The Valiant Thieves went into the studio with producer Douglas Romanow and recorded some of these songs. The disk is now done and currently at the pressing plant, and will be released in Edmonton on Sunday, September 28, 2008, 8 pm, at the Haven Social Club, with international songwriting award winner Ben Sures as the opening act.

This show will ALSO be a launch of the exhibit of the exquisite artwork of Edmonton visual artist Sandra Kunz, Raven Illustration, whose artwork is the cover design for the Valiant Thieves’ CD cover (as shown here).

SO, for a mere $20.00 you can get a 2-in-one show of some of Edmonton‘s finest talent. Tickets are available at Tix on the Square (order online or by phone via the link below), or at the Haven Social Club, located at 15120 A Stony Plain Road.


Ok, that’s a bit of an eye catcher for a headline, EH!?

Well, we’re not even being misleading, this paragraph really is about breasts. You see, (well, you can’t, sorry), 4 female singer songwriters from across Canada are getting together to raise money for breast cancer research by doing fundraising shows across Canada, through an organization called “Babes For Breasts” (link below). The very busy AV will be one of those 4 songwriters for the western Canadian leg of the tour.

So, western Canadianers, be sure to get out to one of these shows to support a good cause, and for some fine entertainment. All in the name of breasts!

Here are the shows AV will be part of (to see a complete list of all the shows click on the link below):


The Media Club, 695 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC (604) 608-2871


The Garage Showroom, 201-330 Duncan Street, Duncan BC V9L 3W4 (250) 748-7246


The Royal, 330 Baker Street Nelson, BC V1L 4H5 (250) 352-1269


That Empty Space, Show time: 3:30 pm-5:30 pm University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 (403) 220-5110


Wild Bill’s Saloon, 201 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB (403) 762-0333


Ironwood Stage and Grill, 1429 9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB (403) 269-5581


The Haven Social Club, 15120 A Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB (780) 756-6010

Aussie Dates

We’ve been telling you for ages that miss AV will return to the Land Down Under to release “When We Were Spies” on Aussie soil, and we weren’t lying! More dates will be rolling in, but the first handful have been solidified, and here they are:

Date: November 27, 2008 Venue: Byron Cultural Centre Address: Byron Bay, QLD, AU Description: solo

Date: November 28, 2008 Venue: Sound Lounge Address: Currumbin, Gold Coast, QLD, AU Description: solo

Date: January 15 – 18, 2009 Venue: Illawarra Folk Music Festival Address: Illawarra, NSW, AU Description: solo

Date: January 22, 2009 Venue: New Capers Club Address: Melbourne, VIC, AU Description: solo

Date: January 24, 2009 Venue: Rye Services Club Address: Rye, Mornington Peninsula, VIC, AU Description: solo

Date: January 25, 2009 Venue: Waterfront Cafe Address: Geelong, VIC, AU Description: solo

Date: January 29, 2009 Venue: Grace Emily Hotel Address: Adelaide, SA, AU Description: solo

Date: February 6, 2009 Venue: Bulli School of Arts Address: Bulli/Wollongong, NSW, AU


In case you haven’t seen the newest video from AV yet, you can view it here:


Don’t forget AV albums, downloads, tote bags and even the collector’s item EP can be bought at the link below.

Thanks for your time,

AV Headquarters

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