Ann Vriend’s 2 Nite Edmonton Extravaganza

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2 Nite Edmonton Extravaganza

Hey folks I am back in my hometown, gearing up for a 2 nite triple bill extravaganza show at the Haven Social Club May 7 and 8. I am the “ham in the ham sandwich”, meaning that I will be the middle act — prior to me will be my Double Agent Tour mate Matt Epp, and after me will be the Bop Ensemble, comprised of festival favorites Bill Bourne, Wyckham Porteous, and the amazing Jaz — including her hoola hoop routine! All this entertainment will cost you only $20.00, $10.00 for students, and you have a choice of 2 nites (or both :)) to attend.

These will be my only 2 shows in Edmonton until at least the fall, so my lovely Edmontonians, I hope you can make it out, we will have some great collaborations on stage and there are Top Secret Plans to perhaps record the show– your applause and perhaps coughs, sneezing, and whatever other sounds you make might make it onto the next AV CD!

The details are:

Date: May 7 & 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, tickets $20 each nite, available at the Haven and, doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm, limited seating

And the Facebook event link is:

Facebook event

Top Secret Prairie Tour

The recent press release sorta sums it all up. Please pass this along to folks in these towns who might like to come:

“First meeting this past fall at a secret conference (perhaps entitled the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) double agents and singer-songwriters Matt Epp of Winnipeg and Ann Vriend of Edmonton reunited briefly this past February in Alberta for 2 Top Secret performances. They then resurfaced a week later in Memphis, Tennessee, where they further musically collaborated — all while carrying on their Top Secret espionage type of (it’s Top Secret, of course). Now a leaked document reveals that Matt Epp and Ann Vriend will be touring across Canada’s prairie provinces this May. We are sworn to secrecy about their spy-ness but we can give some details about their upcoming shows:

Date: May 7 & 8, 2009 Venue: Haven Social Club, Address: 15120 A Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, CAN Description: solo, triple bill with the Bop Ensemble, tickets $20 each nite, available at the Haven and Tix on the Square, doors 7:30 pm, show 8:00 pm, limited seating

Date: May 9, 2009 Venue: Communitea Cafe, Address: #17, 1001 6th Ave, Canmore, AB, CAN Description: Show 8:00 pm

Date: May 10, 2009 Venue: The Slice Bar and Grill, Address: 314 8th St S, Lethbridge, AB, CAN Description: Mother’s Day afternoon concert, show 3:00 pm, opening act Richard Doerksen, tix $12 at the door

Date: May 11, 2009 Venue: House Concert Address: Medicine Hat, AB, CAN Description: 7:30 pm start, $15 or pay what you can, call (403) 527-0657 or email for tix and address

Date: May 12, 2009 Venue: Hayloft House Concerts Address: 401 27th St West, Saskatoon, SK, CAN Description: triple bill with Richard Carnegie, doors 7:00 pm, show 7:30 pm, for tix follow this link:

Date: May 13, 2009 Venue: Park Theatre Address: 698 Osbourne St, Winnipeg, MB, CAN Description: doors 7:15 pm, show 8:00 pm, tix $12 in advance, $15 at the door, available at Winnipeg Folk Festival Store and Music Trader

Date: May 15, 2009 Venue: Double Decker Tavern, ph: 204-727-4343 Address: 943 Rosser Ave, Brandon, MB, CAN Description: 8:00 pm show

Date: May 18, 2009 Venue: House Concert Address: Riding Mountain National Park, MB, CAN Description: for tickets contact

Join the AV Fangroup on Facebook

This is what the cool people do apparently. I got the news directly from Top Secret Headquarters.

And/or AV Music Group on Facebook

Or if you are more “group” than “fan”….
(That would be an interesting sociological study: who prefers to join fan groups versus group groups???)

That’s All For Now

Well there are many tour plans underway, such as August in BC and Sept/Oct in Germany, back and forth across Canada in the Fall, and, believe it or not, already plans to return to Australia in Feb 2010. Some tour dates are already posted at

ALSO: a live album is going to be coming out soon, yay!

But it is already 1:02 a.m. so I am too tired to tell you about it all right now…. more later.

In the meantime, here’s a link to where you can buy AV already-released music.

Thanks so much for your time!

–Ann Vriend and Management

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