Edmonton-based Ann Vriend (pronounced “Vreend”) was born in Vancouver, BC. When her parents discovered their 3-year-old could play nursery songs on a Fisher Price xylophone, they encouraged her musical development by enrolling her in violin lessons. At age nine, when Vriend sought to accompany herself as a songwriter, she took piano lessons from an elderly woman down the street who charged $5 per visit. In high school, in order to be able to submit her home-made recordings for a school project, Vriend was coerced into performing 3 of her compositions at the school talent show. Accolades from her fellow students translated into projects with older students in bands, scholarships at music college, 1st place in a songwriting contest which paid for her debut album, and praise from critics and loyal fans around the world. Ann Vriend's new album, entitled "For The People In The Mean Time" tells tales of her rough, inner city neighbourhood against the backdrop of explosive indie soul beats and harmonies.
Here is a live version of the first ever performance of I AM THE BLUES, a new song inspired by the wonderful EyesteelFilm movie of the same name released in 2016. I AM THE BLUES, the film, is the most moving journey through the blues that I have ever seen.
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Nov 18 - From Oregon - KAREN LOVELY BAND
Jan 20 - From Toronto/Austin, Texas - THE 24th STREET WAILERS
March 24 - From Texas & Toronto - DANNY BROOKS w. LIL’ MISS DEBI & THE MEMPHIS BROTHERS
May 12 - From Vankleek Hill, ON - TERRY GILLESPIE BAND
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Wednesday, October 5 - Qualifying Round #1
Wednesday, October 12 - Qualifying Round #2
Thursday, October 20 - Finals
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“Clapton, Page, Hendrix…Philip Sayce. The young guitarist reviving blues-rock.” – London Metro, UK
2016 Contemporary Album Of The Year (Blues Blast)
2015 Boom Town Billboard Top 10 #5
2013 & 2014 Piano Player Of The Year (BMA)
Thanks to the legendary Rainbow Bistro for once again providing the venue for what will be our 13th Annual Xmas Bash. Ticket details and special guests to be announced in October.
LAST WALTZ 40th Anniversary Celebration
Rainbow's 32nd Anniversary Party