Ann Vriend: SXSW, BC, Songwriting Lessons, Prairies

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Howdy folks! Just a quick note to let you know about AV’s upcoming shows, beginning with a whole batch of them at South By Southwest, one of the largest music festivals and conferences in the whole world, held annually in Austin, Texas.

Ann will be joined on stage by T. Nile,, who will be singing background harmonies with Ann.

All shows except the Wednesday one are free of charge! The Wednesday show is accessible by purchasing a SXSW wristband or paying at the door.

You can view the shows here, and/or download the handbill to the right for your handy SXSW guide. A link to SXSW is below.

Tue., Mar. 17th, 6:00 – 6:30 pm, Artz Ribhouse, 2330 S Lamar Blvd

Wed., Mar 18th, 10:00 – 10:45 pm, Stephen F’s Bar & Terrace (Intercontinental Hotel), 701 Congress Ave

Thur., Mar 19th, 11:00 – 11:45 am, Opal Divine’s Penn Field, 3601 South Congress

Thur., Mar 19th, 4:00 – 4:30 pm, G & S Stage, 2420 South 1st St

BC (and Washington State) Shows

After SXSW, AV heads to beautiful British Columbia for some shows. Please be sure to forward this email to friends and family you know in the area; yes, we still do rely greatly on “guerilla” (no, not gorilla) marketing! Your help is much appreciated!

A big thank you to Alina Coles for heading the Duncan Street Team for this tour!

Date: March 21, 2009 Venue: Harrison Concert Series Address: Harrison, BC, CAN Description: duo with bassist, double bill with T. Nile,

Date: March 23, 2009 Venue: Green Frog Cafe, Address: 902 N State St, Bellingham, WA, USA Description: duo with bassist, 9 pm start

Date: March 30, 2009 Venue: Duncan Garage Showroom, Address: 330 Duncan St, Duncan, BC, CAN Description: duo with bassist, 8 pm start, double bill with Noah Zacharin, Advance tix available at Ten Old Books Bookstore located on street level at 330 Duncan St, or by calling 250-490-9012

Date: March 31, 2009 Venue: Joe’s Garage, Address: 115 5th St, Courtenay (Cumberland Valley), BC, CAN Description: duo with bassist, tix $20 or $15 with donation to the food bank

Date: April 1, 2009 Venue: Hermann’s Jazz Club, Address: 753 View St, Victoria, BC, CAN Description: duo with bassist, 8 pm, tix $10 at the door

Speaking of Street Teams…

Speaking (well, typing) of street teams:

If you see AV is coming to your city or town and would like to help out with marketing Ann’s shows, well, please let us know! Being on the street team involves putting up posters, inviting your friends to our events via Facebook, MySpace, and/or your own personal email list, and/or helping sell CDs or working the door at the show. In return you get a free pair of tickets to the show, a signed CD by Ann, and a photo op with AV if you so choose!

Please email us at if you are interested. A complete list of confirmed shows can be viewed here:

Songwriting Lessons

After her BC tour AV will be taking some time to be in one place for the month of April and early May; namely, her home town of Edmonton, AB, CAN. During this time she will be teaching some private songwriting lessons, so if you or anyone you know is interested in a songwriting lesson please let us know.

Background info: AV has been teaching group and private songwriting lessons while on tour; some in schools, some privately. To date she has taught in Ontario and Alberta, CAN, Queensland, AU, and will be teaching at Vancouver Community College on March 28th.

If we have enough interest in the Edmonton area for lessons during Apr/May we will organize a workshop to have a group lesson. Otherwise the lessons will be one-on-one. Please email us at and we can send you more information about how the lessons work, and are also happy to forward you AV’s resume in the songwriting department.

Outside of the Edmonton area: with enough notice we can organize a group or private lesson if AV is coming on tour to your city or town. So, let us know ahead of time if you would like us to try to organize that around AV’s touring schedule.

Prairie Shows

AV will hit the prairie provinces in May, touring on a double bill with Winnipeg based singer songwriter Matt Epp (

Here are their tour dates so far!

Date: May 8, 2009 Venue: Haven Social Club, Address: 15120 A Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, CAN Description: solo, triple bill with the Bop Ensemble (Bill Bourne, Wyckham Porteous, and the amazing Jaz) and Matt Epp

Date: May 9, 2009 Venue: Communitea Cafe Address: #17, 1001 6th Ave, Canmore, AB, CAN Description: solo, double bill with Matt Epp

Date: May 10, 2009 Venue: The Slice Bar and Grill Address: Lethbridge, AB, CAN Description: afternoon concert, 3pm, solo, double bill with Matt Epp, opening act Richard Doerksen, tix $12 at the door

Date: May 11, 2009 Venue: House Concert Address: Medicine Hat, AB, CAN Description: solo, double bill with Matt Epp

Date: May 12, 2009 Venue: Hayloft House Concerts Address: Saskatoon, SK, CAN Description: solo, triple bill with Richard Carnegie and Matt Epp, details TBA

Date: May 13, 2009 Venue: Park Theatre Address: Winnipeg, MB, CAN Description: solo, double bill with Matt Epp,

Date: May 18, 2009 Venue: house concert, for tickets contact Address: Riding Mountain National Park, MB, CAN Description: solo, double bill with Matt Epp

Europe and Australia on the Horizon

Plans are underway for AV to tour to Western Europe at the end of September/ beginning of October. She will be going to Germany and possibly Switzerland and/or Holland. Stay tuned! Let us know if you have any particular venues you think she should play at!

Then in early 2010 AV will return to Australia, we are working on plans for the Australian festival season, so stay tuned for that as well.

Thanks for your time and support,

–Ann Vriend and Management

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