Canadian performer and songwriter Ann Vriend is best known for her soaring, evocative vocals. She ain’t too bad at the piano, either.
With a compelling combination of defiant resilience and heartfelt vulnerability she delivers her unique brand of gritty, inner-city soul and sometimes quite the funky old-school dance party.
Ann shows off her style with her latest single, the gospel-style ballad ‘All That I Can’ from her most recent EP ‘Anybody’s Different’. The track made it to many Top 20 of 2017 radio charts and lists, and was awarded the Cobalt Music Prize at the 2017 Maple Blues Awards.
Often compared to Janelle Monae and Alicia Keys, and her vocal hero Aretha Franklin, Vriend won the national ‘She’s the One’ performance contest at the Ottawa Bluesfest, and was nominated for ‘Female Artist of the Year’ at 2017 Edmonton Music Awards. Now with eight releases, Vriend has sold over 18,000 albums independently.
A regular visitor to Australia, and having previously appeared on the music show ‘Spicks and Specks’, Ann Vriend returns for shows across Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and ACT. Tickets are on sale now from venues.
“Holy wow! What a voice, what a performance…. She had a commanding stage presence and a control of dynamics that actually made my jaw drop making me grin like an idiot…. if you have not heard of her, get on that, because she was absolutely phenomenal!” — The AU Review, Top 15 of 150 acts to see at BigSound 2015
Ann Vriend Australian Tour March 2018
Thursday 1st March – Kave Bar, Newport NSW: kavebar.com.au
Friday 2nd March – Venue 505, Surry Hills NSW:
Saturday 3rd March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra ACT: smithsalternative.com
Sunday 4th March – Bended Elbow, Albury VIC: thebendedelbow.com.au
Saturday 10th March – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne VIC:
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Sunday 11th March – Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne VIC:
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Thursday 15th March – The Old Vic Inn, Canowindra NSW: facebook.com/oldvicinn
Friday 16th March – Goulburn Club, Goulburn NSW: goulburnclub.com
Thursday 22nd March – Doo Bop Jazz Bar, Brisbane QLD:
Friday 23rd March – Bison Bar, Nambour QLD: thebisonbar.com/news/2018/ann-vriend
Saturday 24th March – Riverbend Tour Live Music, Cooktown QLD: facebook.com/riverbendtours
Sunday 25th March – Nature’s Powerhouse, Cooktown QLD: facebook.com/naturespowerhouse
Video for ‘All That I Can’:
Ann Vriend is available for interviews and live-to-air performances.