AV Leaked Documents & Photos: New Tour Begins!

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The Double Agent Tour Part II Begins– the Secret is Out!

Two shows in to their Top Secret Tour and somehow someone has blown it– the agents are already in the press. See the 2 links below, and paparazzi photos thereof…

So we may as well admit we know that indeed Agent AV and Agent Beard (whose identities uncannily resemble songwriters Ann Vriend and Matt Epp) are now on tour in the land of Canada, beginning on the West Coast and making their way across the prairies this month and next.

Revisiting some stops they made this past May on the Double Agent Tour Part I– and adding some stops– this evasive duo definitely made some waves and got invited back to quite a few places– using their humor and wit, harmonies and accompanying skills, and downright poignant songs they seemed to grab some folks’ attention despite the Top Secret-ness of this under-the-radar tour.

So, be sure to catch these 2 together before they both go their separate ways, as both are releasing albums shortly and will be touring extensively but separately in many parts of the world this year to support these releases.

The Top Secret Appearances Are:

Date: August 23, 2009 Venue: The Railway Club, http://www.therailwayclub.com Address: Vancouver, BC, CAN Description: solo, opening act Matt Epp, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm

Date: August 25, 2009 Venue: Hermann’s Jazz Club, http://www.hermannsjazz.com Address: Victoria, BC, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp

Date: August 27, 2009 Venue: Joe’s Garage, http://www.myspace.com/joesgarageon5th Address: Courtenay, BC, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp

Date: August 29, 2009 Venue: house concert Address: Salt Spring Island, BC, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp, for details contact booking@annvriend.com

Date: August 30, 2009 Venue: Duncan Garage Showroom, http://www.duncangarageshowroom.ca Address: Duncan, BC, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp

Date: September 2, 2009 Venue: Breeze Osoyoos Bar and Grill, http://www.breezeosoyoos.com Address: Osoyoos, BC, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp

Date: September 3, 2009 Venue: Sabine’s Salon Address: Kelowna, BC, CAN Description: Songwriting Workshop – double bill with Matt Epp

Date: September 4, 2009 Venue: Bignote Music Address: 517 16th Ave NE, Calgary, AB, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp, 8:00 pm; here is the link for viewing the concert online: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-from-bignote-music

Date: September 5, 2009 Venue: house concert Address: Edmonton, AB, CAN Description: email booking@annvriend.com for details

Date: September 11, 2009 Communitea Cafe, http://www.myspace.com/communiteacafe Address: #17, 1001 6th Ave., Canmore, AB, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp, tix $12, 8 pm

Date: September 12, 2009 Venue: Twin Butte General Store, http://www.twinbuttestore.ca Address: Twin Butte, AB, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp

Date: September 15, 2009 Venue: House Concert Address: Saskatoon, SK, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp, 7 pm, tix $15, Email Sandy Gilchrist at fritzie@sasktel.net or call 306-933-2887 for info

Date: September 16, 2009 Venue: House Concert Address: Swift Current, SK, CAN Description: double bill with Matt Epp, email booking@annvriend.com for details

Date: September 18-19, 2009 Venue: the Cyrk Address: Winnipeg, MB, CAN Description: Leonard Cohen Festival, for details visit http://thecyrk.ca

1st Leaked Document Link


2nd Leaked Document Link


Facebook Events

If you are on Facebook check out the link below to some of the shows on the Top Secret Tour Part II. Those NOT found in this are house concerts– if you would like info about those ones please email booking@annvriend.com.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149339732523 – The Railway Club, Vancouver
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140415722385 – Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114330172678 – Joe’s Garage, Courtenay
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117940908610 – Duncan Garage Showroom, Duncan
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155441854288 – Breeze Osoyoos Bar and Grill, Osoyoos
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118405991863 – Bignote Music, Calgary
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153981566489 – The Communitea Cafe, Canmore
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=146319815922 – Twin Butte General Store, Twin Butte

OR, a link to all these events is:


Kelowna Songwriting Workshop

As part of the Top Secret Tour Agent AV and Agent Beard will be teaching a songwriting workshop in Kelowna on September 3. No need to know how to play an instrument, and no songwriting experience required! Agent AV has taught these courses around the world, and it is a fun and inspiring experience. For more information please email booking@annvriend.com. Space is limited so be sure not to wait too long!

And– not to mention, this workshop will be hosted in the studio of Sabine Jasper – zu Putlitz, a very accomplished and well-known German painter who is a great supporter of the arts scene in the Okanagan.

It will be a great time– Sabine’s is a “home away from home” for Miss AV. Thanks in advance for your continued hospitality, Sabine!


Bluebird North Edmonton

Another tour stop is in AV’s home town of Edmonton, where she will host the first ever “Bluebird North Edmonton.” This is going to be a very exciting series for songwriter lovers, which will take place 4 times a year in Edmonton!

We would like to send out a huge thanks to the Met Agency for their superb poster design for this event.

Here is a description of the event:

Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell

Don’t miss out on this musical showcase of some of Canada’s most inspiring songwriters during an intimate and interactive evening of Bluebird North, on Sunday, September 6th, at The Haven Social Club (15120A Stony Plain Road.

Bluebird North is based on Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café, which opened in 1982 as a casual gourmet restaurant with some live music. It quickly became a music club first and a restaurant second. In 1985 Sunday writer’s nights were added as a chance for new writers to audition and perform before a special guest writer. The Bluebird Café has been featured in many newspapers, TV, and is also the setting for the movie “The Thing Called Love,” starring River Phoenix, K.T. Oslin, Samantha Morton & Sandra Bullock. Kathy Mattea was the first star to be identified with The Bluebird, followed by Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift. The Bluebird’s concepts were adopted by The National Songwriters’ Association and were soon popping up all over the country.

After a continually successful run of Bluebird North in Vancouver, run by Shari Ulrich, the Songwriters’ Association of Canada is excited to bring this popular songwriter “sing and tell” showcase to Edmonton, hosted by local singer/songwriter Ann Vriend.
Showcased at this event will be:

Colleen Brown (AB) — this Alberta Emerging Artist Award recipient and folk/pop singer/songwriter has been called a national treasure in the making, along the lines of Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, or k.d. lang (S.Sperounes, The Edmonton Journal). With her new CD Foot in Heart in tow, and dedicated radio play across the country, Colleen is not to be missed!

Carrie Catherine (SK) – Currently recording her fourth album in Nashville with producer Colin Linden, Carrie has played festivals, showcases, house concerts, bars and performance spaces. She is a ‘confident entertainer…with a voice that seems a cross between the stylings of 50s girl groups and vintage country chanteuses” (O’Keefe).

Mark Davis (AB) – Mark has been an active participant in the Alberta music scene for over twenty years as a musician, record store owner, promoter, and instructor. He has appeared on no less than 20 albums as either a solo artist or as a member of Old Reliable. In 2007 Mark garnered him the title of most-played Canadian roots arts on CBC’s Galaxie satellite. He will release his third solo record early in 2010.

Matt Epp (MB) – “See where Frank Sinatra meets Ryan Adams and walks with Sam Cooke to Woody Guthrie’s house” (Jesse DeNatale). “Real as the ground we walk on… Matt writes music that feels ..as natural as the earth that shakes, spins and cradles us.” Matt’s latest album, “Safe or Free” is an honest soul-filled record, being toured from coast to coast.

Don’t miss out on this amazing event, Sunday September 6 at The Haven Social Club. Tickets are $12 at the door or at Tix on the Square (or $10 at the door for S.A.C. members who show their valid card). For more information on the S.A.C.’s mandate, activities and membership programs, please visit http://www.songwriters.ca.

Bluebird North is endorsed by the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN.


Edmonton Postering Needed– Tix and CDs in Return!

AV is looking for someone willing to poster around key areas in Edmonton to advertise the Bluebird North show– since rumor has it she herself is on tour hundreds of miles away from Edmonton this week and next, and thus will find it exceedingly difficult to do it herself.

The job would involve putting up the great posters — generously designed by the Met Agency in Edmonton, as above– in places such as Whyte Ave, downtown, and various cafes and artist friendly locations in Edmonton. There is not a budget to print that many posters, but it is still a time consuming job, so if you want to get a group together to do it we would be happy to provide your whole group with tickets and CDs, or, if you just want to do one particular neighborhood or section that is also ok, and we will disperse the task amongst the people who reply.

Please contact info@annvriend.com if you are interested in helping out!

Live Album

Yes, it’s almost here: AV’s much anticipated live album. It will be released first in Germany at the end of September, and not in Canada til much later, then Australia in early 201– but we’ll make sure you can get in online as soon as we possibly can, so please stay tuned!


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