Ann Vriend 2010: Canada, US, Australia, Europe

Ann Vriend
Expanded “Little House Concert on the Prairies” Tour


ROSSLAND (Kootenays)– JAN 20
STONY PLAIN (just West of Edmonton)– JAN 30
WEYBURN (1 hr southeast of Regina)– FEB 2
MORDEN (just south of Brandon)– FEB 3
OAKVILLE (between Hamilton and Mississauga)– FEB 10
WAKEFIELD/OTTAWA (Quebec side just outside of Ottawa)– FEB 11
INVERARY (Just outside of Kingston)– FEB 12 – SOLD OUT!
TORONTO– FEB 14 or 15, TBC

This all began months ago with some people in Stony Plain, Alberta, inviting me to perform a house concert out at their log cabin at the end of January. Other house concerts in the area got added, and then my bass player James Forrest (a.k.a. Agent Many Trees) told me he was going to need to get himself and his car from Vancouver to Toronto this winter, and I got this idea that it would be great to use that opportunity to do some house concerts with him along the way, at least for the prairies portion of his trip.

So, I came up with the name “Little House Concert on the Prairies Tour”, which I was quite proud of.

However, the tour has expanded in both western and eastern directions to include places that simply are not on the prairies. So, the name is not really that accurate anymore. (But humor me, isn’t that still a great name? My parents read me the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was a kid. Nostalgia.)

The weather, on the other hand…. let’s just say I came up with this idea when it was unusually balmy (for Edmonton) in November, and the roads were dry. This was also before my own car broke down on the side of the highway last month in – 28 degree weather on the way to a very high paying gig.

It all turned out ok: we were rescued by a person who happened to have a (broken) life support system in his Ford Escort (see my up-side-down video on FB for more details), so, to quote Ma from Little House on the Prairies: “All’s well that ends well” (the life support system was not needed, anyway, by the way).

This time we will not have a life support system on board, but, due to Agent MT’s change of plans, we are going to RENT a car rather than take his OR my “can’t believe it still runs at all” ’96 station wagon, which has caused me enough grief lately! (See recent FB posts).

So have no fear, we shall arrive in prime form across this frozen land, to many a destination, almost all of which are house concerts, and a few of which are on the prairies.

Hope to see you all soon!


Date: January 17, 2010 Venue: The Railway Club Address: 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC CAN V6B 1Y4 (604) 681-1625 Description: Double bill with Kate Reid – – doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, tickets $10

Date: January 20, 2010 Venue: Old Fire Hall – Address: 2115 Queen Street, Rossland, BC, CAN (Kootenays) Description: with bassist, tix $12, 8 pm

Date: January 21, 2010 Venue: Twin Butte General Store Address: Box 461, Twin Butte, AB, CAN T0K 2G0 Description: with bassist, 8:00 pm, $10, 1-888-976-7378

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.

Date: January 23, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: 539 Markerville Rd. NE, Calgary, AB, CAN Description: with bassist, 8:00 pm, $15, BYOB, side door (this is the studio where I mixed and recorded some of my last album! Steinway piano!), email Alan at for confirmation or more info

Date: January 24, 2010 Venue: Hinton Alliance Church Address: 147 Swanson Drive, Hinton, AB, CAN Description: with bassist, for tickets call Byron at 780-817-7741 or 780-865-3975. Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm start, $20 tickets, fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.

Date: January 30, 2010 Venue: Dawn and Kev’s Log Cabin (House Concert) Address: Stony Plain, AB, CAN (Just West of Edmonton) Description: with bassist, 8 pm, call or email Kevin for directions, 780 884 2372,, tix $20

Date: January 31, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: Saskatoon, SK, CAN Description: with bassist; for more details contact Gillian by email at or call 306-382-5714

Date: February 1, 2010 Venue: Patrick’s Place (House Concert at B & B), Address: 88 5th Ave N, Yorkton, SK, CAN Description: with bassist, for details contact Margaret at

Date: February 2, 2010 Venue: Pump Jack’s Address: 596 18th St., Weyburn, SK, CAN S4H 3B3 (Just southwest of Regina) Description: with bassist, 8 pm

Date: February 3, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: Morden, MB, CAN (Southeast of Brandon) Description: with bassist, email Jeannie at for tickets and details, BYOB event

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

Date: February 5, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: 205 Marks St. South, Thunder Bay, ON, P7E 1L9 CAN Description: duo with bassist, contact Dave at 807-472-5909 for details. 7:30 pm $15, $10 for students, kids free

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

Date: February 7, 2010 Venue: East Village Arts Co-op – Address: 757 Dundas St. E., London, ON, CAN Description: double bill with Leah Morise, tickets $8.00 in advance at Grooves, $10 at the door, doors at 7:30 pm, show 8:00 pm. For tickets contact Grooves at 519-640-6714 or email

Date: February 10, 2010 Venue: Moonshine Cafe, Address: 137 Kerr Street, Oakville, ON, L6K 3A6 CAN (b/w Hamilton and Mississauga) Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn, local opener “Marty the Martender”

Date: February 11, 2010 Venue: Blacksheep Inn – Address: 420 Riverside Drive, Wakefield, PQ J0X 3G0 CAN (20 min. outside of Ottawa) Description: songwriters in the round: Coco Love Alcorn, Lindsay Ferguson, Ann Vriend. Show 8:30 pm. Tix $10, available at or call 1-888-222-6608

SOLD OUT! Date: February 12, 2010 Venue: Rankin Gallery Address: 3248 Round Lake Road, Inverary (just outside of Kingston), ON Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn. Show 8:00 p.m. – by reservation only: or call 613-353-6650. Suggested donation $20

Date: February 13, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: Owen Sound, ON, CAN Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn

Date: February 14 or 15, 2010 Venue: house concert, TBC Address: Toronto, ON, CAN Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn

Tennessee Waltz

Before I head home Coco, myself, and probably some other Canucks will head from Toronto to Nashville and Memphis to do some showcasing. (What are we showcasing? In theory, some musical talent, but who knows. I expect to be quite under-slept for over a month at this point so anything is possible.)

Anyway, I absolutely can’t wait to see some of the people I met last year in Nashville, and also to attend the Folk Alliance Music Conference in Memphis. I had so much fun last yr at that conference, jammed every nite on the balcony, wrote a song with Agent Beard and others, spent an awful lot of time in the hot tub, and that is also where the idea for the Double Agent Tours began! (Not in the hot tub, but at the conference in general).

Who knows what will happen this time! If Shai is coming can someone please tell him to bring his melodica again!?

Ah, shucks, all this anticipation will mean we’ll probably just end up having quiet conversations about taxes and go to bed early every night. Anyways, here’s the deets:

Date: February 16, 2010 Venue: 12th and Porter – Address: 114 12th Avenue North, 37203-3605 Nashville, TN, USA Description: showcase on Billy Block Show, details TBA

Date: February 18 – 21, 2010 Venue: Folk Alliance Music Conference Address: Memphis, TN, USA Description: Official Showcase in Sweet Beaver Suite #1821 on Friday, February 19th at 1:30 am

Warming Up Down Under

After Tennessee I return home to Edmonton for a few days to host Bluebird North and pack my suitcase full of SUMMER clothes. Then I will get on a very long flight and 2 days later arrive in Australia, where I will be touring non stop for 2 months.

Aussies, the VERY WHITE person arriving March will be me. This skin has not seen vitamin D for a VERY LONG TIME. In fact, due to the fact that I’ve been wearing longjohns all month it’s safe to say I have a negative amount of tan, if there is such a thing.

On a more important note: to get a keyboard from one show to the next I will be needing to rent– or as they say in Aus, “hire”– a car, which is going to be expensive– so in case anyone knows someone who could let me rent/hire one in Melbourne, Tassie, Sydney, or Brisbane at a discount rate let me know (I am very good at driving on the right– and by right I mean left– side of the road by now).

Here’s the Aus itinerary:


Date: March 3, 2010 Venue: Speigeltent, Adelaide Fringe – Address: Adelaide, SA, AU Description: double bill with Emily Smart & The Clever Girls, 7:00 pm show

Date: March 4, 2010 Venue: Grace Emily Hotel – Address: 232 Waymouth St., Adelaide, SA 5000, AU Description: solo


Date: March 6 & 7, 2010 Venue: Burke & Wills Festival – Address: Burke & Wills Winery, 3155 Burke & Wills Track, Mia Mia, VIC, AU Description: solo

Date: March 7, 2010 Venue: Hickinbotham Winery – Address: 194 Nepean Hwy, Dromana, VIC 3936, AU Description: solo, 1:30 pm show

Date: March 10, 2010 Venue: Clifton Hills Hotel – Address: 89 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill 3068, VIC, AU Description: solo

Date: March 13, 2010 Venue: Harmony Row Vineyard – Address: 362 Pipers Creek, Pastoria Rd., Pastoria, VIC 3444, AU Description: double bill with Emma Wall

Date: March 14, 2010 Venue: The Union Hotel – Address: 41 Victoria St., Nhill, VIC, AU Description: double bill with Jed Rowe

Date: March 17, 2010 Venue: Wesley Anne – Address: 250 High St., Northcote, VIC 3070, AU Description: triple bill with Kel Day and The Neverbells

Date: March 19 – 21, 2010 Venue: Yackandandah Folk Festival – Address: Yackandandah, VIC 3749, AU Description: solo

Date: March 24, 2010 Venue: The Drunken Poet – Address: 65 Peel St., West Melbourne, VIC 3003, AU Description: solo, 8:00 pm show

Date: March 25, 2010 Venue: The Edinburgh Castle Hotel – Address: 55 Courtney St., North Melbourne, VIC 3051, AU Description: triple bill with Tash Parker and Lydia Phillips

Date: March 26, 2010 Venue: Bar Nancy – Address: 61 High St., Northcote, VIC 3070, AU Description: solo

Date: March 30, 2010 Venue: The Glasshouse Hotel – Address: 51 Gipps St., Collingwood, VIC 3066, AU Description: Play Like A Girl, 7:30 pm show

Date: April 2, 2010 Venue: The Selby Folk Club – Address: Selby Community House, Wombalana Rd., Selby, VIC 3788, AU Description: solo

Date: April 3, 2010 Venue: The Palais – Address: 111 Main Rd., Hepburn Springs, VIC 3461, AU Description: triple bill with The Baker Suite and Emma Wall

Date: April 4, 2010 Venue: The Empress – Address: 714 Nicholson St., Fitzroy North, VIC 3068, AU Description: triple bill with Jolene Moran and Emily Smart & The Baker Suite


Date: April 6, 2010 Venue: The Republic Bar – Address: 299 Elizabeth St., North Hobart, TAS 7000, AU Description: double bill with James Parry

Date: April 8, 2010 Venue: Brookfield Vineyard – Address: 1640 Channel Hwy, Margate, TAS 7054, AU Description: double bill with Rosie Burgess, 8:00 pm show

Date: April 10, 2010 Venue: The Stage Door Café – Address: 254 Mount St., Upper Burnie, TAS 7320, AU Description: double bill with James Parry

Date: April 11, 2010 Venue: The Alley Cat Bar – Address: 381 Elizabeth St. North, Hobart, TAS 7000, AU Description: solo


Date: April 13, 2010 Venue: The Raval – Address: Level 1, 42 Wentworth Ave., Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW 2010, AU Description: triple bill with Melanie Horsnell Band and Jason Walker

Date: April 14, 2010 Venue: Woona School of Arts Address: Sydney, NSW, AU Description: solo

Date: April 15, 2010 Venue: The Clarendon Guesthouse – Address: 68 Lurline St., Katoomba, NSW 2780, AU Description: triple bill with Melanie Horsnell Band and Jason Walker


Date: April 16, 2010 Venue: Bon Amici Café – Address: 191 Margaret St., Toowoomba, QLD 4350, AU Description: double bill with Brianna Carpenter

Date: April 17, 2010 Venue: Queen Street Mall (and Brisbane Jazz Club) – Address: 12/15 Adelaide St., Brisbane, QLD 4000, AU Description: duo

Date: April 20, 2010 Venue: Ric’s Bar – Address: 321 Brunswick St., Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, AU Description: double bill with Eleanor Angel, 9:00 pm show


Date: April 23 – 25, 2010 Venue: Mount Beauty Music Festival – Address: Beauty Ave., Mount Beauty, VIC 2699, AU Description: solo


Date: April 30 – May 3, 2010 Venue: Wintermoon Folk Festival – Address: Brodies Road, Mackay, QLD 4798, AU Description: solo

Europe in the Fall

I don’t have any details figured out yet, but the plan is that I will return to Europe some time in the fall.

Stay tuned, and anyone who wants to host a house concert let me know; contact

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