SUNDAY, JUNE 24 7:30 PM
Medicine Hat Brewing Company
Tickets available at the door beginning at 7:00 PM
We're wrapping up JazzFest this year by taking the party to one of our new breweries, the Medicine Hat Brewing Company, and throwing in an Edmonton performer who has become one of Medicine HatŐs favorites.
The final event of JazzFest is a thank you to all JazzFest volunteers, and any seats left over are up for grabs to the public.
The Medicine Hat Brewing Company will be offering brewery tours and the kitchen will be open, so we're expecting a party!
Ann Vriend is known for her soaring, evocative, Aretha-esque vocals, as well as her abilities as a songwriter. 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.
Coming from a humble background on Edmonton's east side, Vriend contributes her own Canadian brand of R&B in the rich tradition of soul artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Ray Charles, Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and all the way up the line to Janelle Monàe and Beyoncé.
Often compared to her vocal hero, Aretha Franklin, Ann Vriend also kills it live, having sold 18,000 albums. A consistently critically acclaimed artist she is also known for assembling a live band that is the admiration of all. She is an award-winning performer and songwriter, having won the "SheŐs The One" performance contest at the Ottawa Bluesfest, as well as the 2017 Cobalt Music Prize at the Maple Blues Awards for her gospel style ballad "All That I Can."
The band's recently released EP Anybody's Different reached #1 in Edmonton on CJSR, #13 on CKUA, the Top 10 on Stingray Blues channel from August - October 2017 and the tune "Will You Be There" reached #11 for 2017; #2 on SoundslikeCafe (Australia); and daily rotation in Cole grocery stores (Australia). AV has also been a guest on such esteemed shows at CBC's Vinyl Cafe with the late Stuart McLean, as well as Holgar PetersenŐs "All Natch'll Blues," Germany's Arte TV, and Australia's prime time "Spicks and Specks."
Ann has several projects, but brings to JazzFest AV which focuses on a dancy presentation, focused on heavy rhythm section grooves, and full R&B production. Vriend's early 2018 schedule includes tours of Japan, Australia, continental Europe, and Canada. She will have new recordings released under both projects throughout the 2018 calendar year.