Former Spy Ann Vriend Is A Sizzling Chanteuse!

Ann Vriend is a former spy. She had been working incognito for an undisclosed European agency, posing as a freelance journalist, when she met someone who was also a spy but for the other side. Against all odds, they fell in love and thus entered an increasingly complicated game of torn loyalties, dangerous, clandestine passion, and treacherous lies.

It is these experiences which inspired When We Were Spies; the exquisite baroque pop album by former agent Ann Vriend, an impressive collection of 11 moving, catchy pop songs; a richly layered, edgy yet tender declaration of bravery and love in a time of confusion and fear, produced by Juno nominated producer Douglas Romanow.

Before the album was pressed it had pre-sold 800 copies and garnered 4 star national reviews, including in NOW Magazine, A n E Magazine, and others.

Hovering perfectly between the accessibility of mainstream “pop” and a fresh, quirky writing and singing style all her own, ex-spy Vriend has crossed genres such as pop, rock, roots, electronica, cabaret, soul, and even tinges of alt country– all with humor and flare. This continues to allow her commercial radio hits while seamlessly fitting into the solo soft-seat theatre and festival circuit, celebrated by both Indie music fans and accomplished fellow musicians as much as listeners of mainstream radio. Her blend of originality with pop sounds is comparable to innovators such as Kate Bush, Regina Spector, Sarah Slean, and Feist. Her literary, poetic lyrics have likened her to Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon, and her honest voice shows hints of Dolly Parton’s clear, direct heartbreak, and Aretha Franklin’s stunning, exquisite soul.

With years of international performances under her belt Vriend has wowed audiences around the world with her well-known command as a solo performer, while with her accomplished, world class band unleashes a fuller sound with fervent passion.

Ann’s eclectic fan base is testimony to the fact on record and on stage, her talent lies in her ability to encompass the feelings of true music lovers of any sort. Fans from all walks of life agree, “This is one well-kept secret everyone should have access to.” — Pop Matters, March 2008

Leaked Info about Agent AV:

* over 10,000 albums sold independently
* headliner at Holzminden Jazz Festival (Germany), International Leonard Cohen Festival (Berlin), Cobargo Folk Music Festival (Australia), among others
* commissioned to write song for 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne
* 3 singles on commercial radio, including Gold and heavy rotation, in hometown of Edmonton, AB (Canada)
* song placed in DVD release of hit TV series “Party of Five
* recorded at Sony Studios (NYC), the Hit Factory (NYC), Magnet Vision Studios (LA), among others
* key performances include Port Fairy Folk Music Festival (AU), Edmonton and Calgary Folk Music Festivals (CAN), showcases at SXSW, NXNE, Folk Alliance, NYC venues such as CBCB’s, Fez, Rockwood Music Hall, Bottom End, international venues such as Debaser (Sweden), the Basement (AU), La Fleche D’or France), Canadian Embassies in Washington D.C. and Sydney, AU
* key publicity includes national TV appearances such as “Mornings with Keri Anne” (AU), Arte (France/Germany), and Good Morning Canada
* distribution in Germany (Glitterhouse), Australia (MGM)

Instrumentation

Ann Vriend, solo: vocals, piano (or 88 key electronic keyboard when nec)
Band or duo option upon request. Full band consists of: drums, bass, guitar, organ/synth, 2 backup vocals, Ann on piano and lead vocals

Discography

Soul Unravelling, 2003
Modes of Transport, 2005, produced by Paul Brill, NYC
The Clandestine EP, 2007
When We Were Spies, 2008, produced by Juno nominated Douglas Romanow

Links

http://www.annvriend.com

http://www.myspace.com/annvriend

Check out Ann’s new video for the title song from her latest album When We Were Spies and you can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dvh-gij3C4

Ann Vriend’s music is available for purchase at: http://cdbaby.com/all/avmusic

For The Love Of The Blues!

Me with Blues singer/musician/harmonica player extraordinaire, David Rotundo!


I’ve been a lover of live Blues music since I was in college in the early ’80’s and have seen many amazing Blues artists play in Kingston, Belleville, Toronto, Vancouver and Austin. I’ve highlighted some of my very favourites in bold on the list below. I am a member of and photographer for the Kingston Blues Society and highly recommend that if you love the Blues and your city has a Blues society, you should join!

ZZ Top (2x)
BB King (2x)
Buddy Guy
Junior Wells
Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows
David Wilcox (4x)
The Neville Brothers
Lucky Peterson
Deborah Coleman
Little Feat
Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir
Guitar Shorty
Sapphire
Smokey Wilson
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Jimmy Vaughan
Delbert McClinton (my favourite!)
Colin James (4x)
Son Seals
Robert Cray
Eugene Smith (4x)
Roy Buchanan
Bleeker Street (4x)
Fathead
Powder Blues Band
Brownie McGhee
Matt “Guitar” Murphy (2x)
Dan Aykroyd (of The Blues Brothers)
Albert King (2x)
Roomful of Blues
Lou Ann Barton
The Fabulous Thunderbirds (4x)
Bugs Henderson
Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson
Morgan Davis (6x)
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (2x)
Albert Collins
Professor’s Blues Review (2x)
The Phantoms (5x)
Jeff Healey (2x)
Angela Strehli
Omar & The Howlers (excellent!)
Wild Blues Yonder (8x)
Downchild Blues Band (2x)
Jim Byrnes (4x) (great bluesman and lovely man!)
Long John Baldry w/Kathi McDonald (3x)
Jack de Keyzer (3x)
The Blue Nites
Blue Avenue (4x)
The Southbound Blues Band (2x)
Wailin’ Al Walker
Taj Mahal (amazing!)
Ruthie Foster
Stanley Road
Elyssa Mahoney
Agent Blue (2x)
Mojo Shooters (4x +)
JW Jones Band (2x)
Marg Bass Blues Band
Big Bill Morganfield
Coco Montoya
David Rotundo (2x)
Michael Pickett
Lee Oskar
Steve Marriner
George Thorogood & The Destroyers (consummate pro!)

Eden Refugee – Poetry and Lyrics by Christine Bode

Eden Refugee

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Christine Bode self-publishes her first book of poetry – Eden Refugee – available at Lulu.com

KINGSTON, ON – JUNE 26, 2008 – Christine Bode was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She has lived in Toronto and Vancouver and has been writing poetry and song lyrics since she was a teenager. Her first poem, about Shaun Cassidy, was published by Scholastic Book Services in Rock’s Biggest Ten and 16 Magazine in 1978. Encouraged by a personal letter received from Bob Geldof in 1987 and mentored in this decade by Canada’s legendary broadcasting icon, author, actor and Renaissance man, Patrick Watson, she continues to write and almost understands the meaning of metre. Some of her work has been published in local newspapers, various American anthologies and on the Internet. Many of the original versions of the poems and lyrics in Eden Refugee have been edited.

Christine is the owner and operator of Scully Love Promo, an Internet-based business through which she provides online marketing and promotion for first-class talented musicians, authors, and other artists.  Christine is also a senior entertainment writer for PartyinKingston.com (*Note: this website no longer exists) and contributes concert and CD reviews as well as a monthly feature called Actor’s Spotlight.

EDEN REFUGEE viscerally reflects the experiences of a young woman consumed by sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, unrequited love and a constant quest for spiritual enlightenment.

This is Christine Bode’s first published collection of poetry.

Link to preview the book or order your copy of Eden Refugee at:

http://www.lulu.com/content/951416

ISBN: 978-1-4357-2630-7

Daisy Dooley Does Divorce by Anna Pasternak

I would like to tell you about a fantastically funny, heartwarming delight of a book called:

DAISY DOOLEY DOES DIVORCE by Anna Pasternak

It’s a funny inspiring tale for anyone who has braved the courageous and sometimes disastrous journey towards true love.

Meet Daisy Dooley:

“The only thing sadder than being thirty-nine and still single is being thirty-nine and freshly divorced. And unemployed. And living with your mother. (And her dogs.)”

In the tradition of Sex and the City and Bridget Jones’s Diary, Anna Pasternak’s popular column in the London Daily Mail, Daisy Dooley Does Divorce, has evolved into this witty novel full of hope, humor, wine…and dachshunds.

Publisher: 5 Spot (Hachette Book Group USA) / Ebury Publishing under their Vermilion titles in the UK

Author Bio:

ANNA PASTERNAK is the author of the popular column, Daisy Dooley Does Divorce, which has been running in London’s Daily Mail since November of 2004. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Princess in Love about Diana’s love affair with Major James Hewitt. The grandniece of Russian novelist Boris Pasternak of Dr. Zhivago fame, she lives outside of London with her daughter Daisy and her dog Wilfred.

More about Anna, by Anna:

Believe it or not, a woman as daft, ditzy, desperate, daring and occasionally as delightful as Daisy Dooley is someone I relate closely to. I’m not saying I’m quite that self-absorbed. Actually that’s a fib because I am. But really my life had started out with such promise. The idyllic childhood. The famous ancestry. The revered Oxford academic father. The beautiful interior designer mother. The place at Oxford University with the glittering social life to match. With a siren-spinning surname, I owed it to myself and my family to do something of note. So of course my future was all mapped out. I’d waltz out of Oxford and into some top job that marked me out as special, wouldn’t I? But that wasn’t quite the way it happened, and it knocked me for quite a loop. Really, who wouldn’t agonize over such monumental life cock-ups- realizing on your honeymoon that you had married the wrong man. Come on, could it get any worse?

Naturally I worried myself half to death about how I was then going to get my life right, let alone learn to love again- myself and a worthy mate, that is. So Daisy Dooley was born out of my own ridiculous and miserable myopic marriage and divorce, followed by my dire dating experiences. I found that the only way to reach the other side of unhappiness and raging insanity was to poke fun and send myself up in the most unbecoming, but hopefully often endearing ways. And judging by the sales in self-help, I can’t be the only woman who has stood in a bookshop by a stack of best sellers, feeling utterly broken inside and turned with trembling hands to any uplifting tome that might just instill a further nugget of promise that actually, yes, if you believe this or chant that, you will feel less of a failure and more emotionally grounded and secure.

As I ricocheted from starter marriage to a relationship with a younger man that ended in- further shock and horror- my single mother status, at least I clung to my spiritual support. I began to believe in something bigger than myself- if the knight on the white charger wasn’t going to save me, at least my guardian angel might. I’ve lived through all Daisy’s disappointments but have an amazing daughter to show for it. And would you believe it, after all the life knocks, I still believe in the happy ending!