Birds, Fleetwood Mac, Laura Ingalls Wilder – News from Ann Vriend!

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Edmontonians: Bluebird North This Sunday, December 6

Just a reminder to Edmontonians that this Sunday is the December rendition of Bluebird North Edmonton; a songwriters in the round event held 4 times a year and hosted by yours truly (Agent AV, aka Ann Vriend). Click on the link below for a detailed description of this event, and for advance tickets. See ya’ll there!

Last Minute Concert in Crowsnest Pass! Blackbird Cafe

From Bluebird Cafe to Blackbird Cafe…. (please note this awesome transitional pivot):

Out of the blue (white?) came a last minute great opportunity to play in a week or so in the Crownest Pass in Southern Alberta, a great little venue I heard about through some house concert hosts called Blackbird Cafe (the venue is called Blackbird Cafe, not the house concert hosts). Apparently it’s (the venue) is in an old church, can’t wait for the acoustics! (And, the concert is on a Sunday, so, how appropriate).

(I am aware that as a person who majored in English for a while that that the above sentence coulda been written more betterly, but I am lazy and plus and in additionally– I didn’t graduate.)

Anyway, here’s the deets:

Date: December 13, 2009 Venue: Blackbird Cafe – Address: Hwy. 3 (or 20th Ave.), Coleman (Crownest Pass), AB Description: duo with bassist; 7 pm, $15 at door, call 403-562-8222 for tickets

Can’t wait!

A 2nd Hand New Year’s– I am going to be Christine Mc Vie

So, here’s what’s happening: myself, the James Murdoch Band, and Amber Bissonette are going to play the full Rumours album by Fleetwood Mac on New Year’s Eve at the Haven Social Club in Edmonton.

That’s James Murdoch and Nathan Carrol as Lindsey Buckingham, Amber Bissonette as Stevie Nicks, Chris Budnarchuk as Mick Fleetwood, Scott Gallant (also of the Faunts) as John Mc Vie, and me, (Agent AV) as Christine Mc Vie (vocals and keys), with additional keyboards by Mr. David Aide.

IT’S GONNA BE FUN! We have already started snorting cocaine! (Just kidding).

But we have started rehearsing– I was already a big fan of this album but now I am even more, now that I am intimately learning all the parts. Killer band. An album full of hits!

So, get your tickets now! Price includes hor d’ourves and other live music from us all night. Tickets available at the Haven Social Club, Blackbyrd Myoosik, Megatunes, and via the link below.

Vancouver and the Little House Concert on the Prairies Tour

Well I have been persuaded I should make an appearance in some Canadian cities other than in Alberta to release my new live album before I head Down Under in early March.

So, first I will be heading by plane to Olympic fevered Vancouver to play a show at the Railway Club on January 17, from where I will then make my way across the mountains and then the prairies, by car, with my bassist James Forrest (a.k.a. Agent Many Trees), his RELIABLE (cross your fingers) vehicle, his upright bass, my keyboard, CDs, a small sound system, and a couple of changes of clothes– all the way to Toronto and perhaps Ottawa– in the balmy month of — February.

This idea seemed really great when we were blessed with dry roads and unbelievably nice weather for the Alberta release tour in early November.

Now that it is very dark and cold outside my house and it is very much Winter I am a little less confident about the whole idea, but, if Laura Ingalls Wilder could survive prairie winter WITHOUT a car then I can WITH, I say!

And hence the title of our trip: the Little House Concert on the Prairies Tour. I know, it’s def not the hippest title and I don’t think Laura had to worry much about an upright bass freezing, but it aptly describes exactly what we’ll be doing for the most part– most of the shows are indeed house concerts, booked in the last few weeks by yours truly.

Having said that, miraculously there were also some actual venues not booked in Feb yet who have agreed to have us play a concert, so you will see some of the listed here, and hopefully a few more will be added in the next week or so.

Any suggestions for house concerts along the way, here’s what we’re still looking for:

Feb 1 and 2: somewhere between Saskatoon and Brandon

Feb 7: somewhere in Michigan, somewhat en route b/w Sault Ste Marie and Grand Rapids

Feb 8: somewhere between Michigan and Toronto

Feb 10 – 13: places between or including Guelph/Hamilton and Ottawa


VANCOUVER Date: January 18, 2010 Venue: The Railway Club Address: 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC CAN V6B 1Y4 (604) 681-1625 Description: start time and opening acts TBA

ROSSLAND (NEAR TRAIL, BC) Date: January 20, 2010 Venue: Rossland Miners Hall Address: 1765 Columbia Ave., Rossland, BC, CAN V0G 1Y0 Description: with bassist; tickets and start time TBA

LETHBRIDGE Date: January 22, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: Lethbridge, AB, CAN Description: with bassist; contact for details and map or call Judy at 403 328 8126. Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm start, $15 at the door. BYOB event.

STONY PLAIN (JUST WEST OF EDMONTON) Date: January 30, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: Stony Plain, AB, CAN Description: with bassist; for more details contact Kevin Forbes by email at or call 780-884-2372

SASKATOON Date: February 1, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: Saskatoon, SK, CAN Description: with bassist; for more details contact Gillian by email at or call 306-382-5714

MORTEN (SOUTHWEST OF BRANDON, MB) Date: February 2 or 3, 2010 Venue: house concert Address: Morten, MB, CAN Description: with bassist, details TBA

WINNIPEG Date: February 4, 2010 Venue: The Cyrk – – House concert Address: Winnipeg, MB, CAN Description: with bassist, double bill with Kerri Woelke, for more details and tix contact Darek at

THUNDER BAY Date: February 5, 2010 Venue: house concert Address: Thunder Bay, ON, CAN Description: with bassist, details TBA

SAULT SAINTE MARIE Date: February 6, 2010 Venue: Loplop’s Lounge and Gallery Address: 651 Queen St.E., Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2A6 Description: duo with bassist, triple bill with Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire

Hope to see many of you in the upcoming months! Happy Holiday Season, stay warm (Aussies, don’t rub it in!)

–Agent AV and AV Headquarters

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