Interview: Ann Vriend (Canada), 2014 Australian tour

Image courtesy of Ann Vriend
Image courtesy of Ann Vriend

Not too many summers go by in Australia these days without a tour by Canadian singer-songwriter-keyboardian Ann Vriend.

2014 continues that rich tradition.

Ann has already started this year’s tour on the Gold Coast and she’s heading south to Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales before winding things up in Brisbane later this month.

In between dips in the pool on a Saturday afternoon (and no doubt a stack of photos on social media back home to envious and shivering Albertans), Ann talked to Bill Quinn about this year’s Australian tour.

Bill Quinn: Ann, from memory this is your ninth tour of Australia. Does it get easier, or harder or different?

Ann Vriend: I definitely think it’s getting easier. I have more and more people coming on board to help me out, and the fan base is slowly growing. And also different because I’m getting more and more used to being here!

Every tour I have different shows and different itineraries, so it doesn’t get boring.

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Ann Vriend (Canada) 2013 Australian Tour — interview

Image courtesy of Ann Vriend
Image courtesy of Ann Vriend

Ann Vriend (Canada) is a very regular and very welcome visitor to Australia and this week she’s touched down in Sydney to kick off a month of shows that will take her south to Tasmania and north to Queensland — with appropriate stops along the way.

Ann’s first shows are in Sydney at The Basement where she’s received some great support from David Hand and Newport Consulting; the tour opener was fairly bursting with staff thereof.

In between set-list writing, sound-checking and dress-up* for the show, Ann took some time out to talk with me about weather, Aus-stray-lee-an pronunciation, more weather and suburb names. And music.

* When Ann came back in for the show, I dead-set wondered who was this elegant woman who looked like she was off to the races. And why was she waving at me from across the room?

I’m blaming it on jet lag.

P.S. Check out Ann Vriend on Facebook and that photo she was talking about of leaving Edmonton for sunny Australia!

Ann Vriend’s Australian tour dates

Friday 22nd March – Private concert, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd March – French’s Forest, NSW (house concert) SOLD OUT
Sunday 24th March – Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, NSW
Wednesday 27th March – Bulli Heritage Hotel, NSW
Saturday 30th March – The Stage, Hobart, Tas
Sunday 31st March – Jazz at Mona, Hobart, Tas
Monday 1st April – private rural house concert, Tas
Tuesday 2nd April – Skwiz Cafe Gallery, Sheffield, Tas
Friday 5th April – The Upfront Club, Maleny, Qld
Saturday 6th April – Music by the Sea, Sandgate, Qld
Friday 12th April – Albert Park Yacht Club, Vic
Saturday 13th April – Candelo Music Festival, NSW
Monday 15th April – venue TBA, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Wednesday 17th April – private concert, Jan Juc, Vic
Thursday 18th April – private concert, Geelong, Vic
19th to 21st April – Mt Beauty Music Festival, Vic