“Don’t miss her!
~ TORONTO STAR
“Edmonton vocalist turns soul on its head, belting out delicate introspection in the form of fire.”
~ NOW MAGAZINE (TORONTO)
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FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE MEAN TIME
Edmonton's Ann Vriend's newest album depicts tales of tough inner-city life in her McCauley neighbourhood, against the backdrop of explosive soul harmonies. Despite the subject matter "backed with heavy grooves 'For The People In The Mean Time' is upbeat without forcing needless optimism" writes the Calgary Sun, adding "Vriend's voice is unmistakable, catching, and powerful."
The album was nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the Toronto Independent Music Awards (2014), while Australia's Beat Magazine wrote: "'For The People In The Mean Time' is essential listening for any lover of thoughtful, innovative, funky, modern soul" -- 4/5 stars.
Vriend's guest appearance Jan 2014 on CBC's “Vinyl Cafe” with Stuart McLean has aired 4 times since then to over 2 million listeners (Canada and USA).
The album's second track, "A Need So Wide," will appear in an upcoming Russian film, and an animated short appearing on Bravo later in 2015.
Vriend is also a powerful live performer, winning the nation-wide “She's the One” contest at the Ottawa Bluesfest in the solo category, while her show with her band garnered 4/4 stars in Die Rheinpfalz, Germany last April. To date, Vriend has sold over 15,000 CDs off the stage.
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