Harrison Festival of the Arts features music on the beach

Ann Vriend will be one of the beach performers at this year's nine-day festival.

Ann Vriend will play at the Harrison Festival of the Arts on July 14 and 15.

It’s been a long few months on the road for Ann Vriend, promoting her most recent album Love & Other Messes.

But for the next few weeks, she’s taking a break from life on the road, and tending to business at home in Edmonton.

“It’s been a very intense tour,” she told the Observer. “I’m taking some time to take care of the other side of the business.”

Music is a full-time gig for the singer/songwriter these days. With five records under her belt, and a steady stream of performances on her calendar, there would be little time for anything else.

“I get criticized for pushing myself too hard,” she said. “And I’ve definitely been called a workaholic. But I really like doing things. I think of things and I want to record them, and play shows.”

What she’s wanting to play right now, is the music off Love & Other Messes, her first self-produced album. Like most artists, Vriend is passionate about her current work, and constantly striving to improve her craft.

“Every (record) I change it up and do a different genre,” she said. “But this one I kind of think of as an Americana solo record. There’s some old school and very acoustic songs. We did a lot of stuff live off the floor. It’s a very acoustic and organic sounding record.”

And if she has to pick a favourite, it would be the single Tin Man.

“I’m happy with a lot of them,” she said. “We were most excited about that one when it finally came together.”

While all the music on Love & Other Messes conjure up that organic, nostalgic feeling, fans shouldn’t get too attached to one particular sound.

“That era of music was a really, really rich era unlike one we’ve seen since and I think it’s just a really great musical era to borrow from,” she said. “But the next record won’t necessarily sound like this.”

Vriend will take the stage at the Harrison Festival of the Arts a few times this year, once in the evening on the beach (July 14, 7 p.m.) and once in the afternoon on the beach (June 15, 2 p.m.) She says she’ll be playing with one other artist, as a duo.

The music on the beach runs throughout the nine-day festival, and those wanting to sit and watch can purchase a button for $2 right on site.

Other beach performing musicians this year include Los Morenos, Jackie Essombe, Kunaka, New Country Rehab, Leela Gilday, the Fito Garcia Afro-Cuban Bass Project, Andrea Koziol, Navaz, New Directions: An Aboriginal Collaboration, Redgy Blackout and Kytami.

For a full list of the entertainment planned at this year’s festival, visit www.harrisonfestival.com or phone 604-796-3664.

 

Contributed by:

Jessica Peters

Black Press

Just Posted

Former U.S. Olympian urges audience at TWU to stay true to themselves

‘I made the decision to lie,’ says Marion Jones

Langley senior about to turn 102

Centenarian and then some Mary Foote remains independent

Rainfall warning issued across Lower Mainland into the weekend

50 to 70 mm of rain expected to fall starting overnight Friday and into Sunday morning

Husband pleads guilty in relation to 2009 killing of Kulwinder Gill

Abbotsford woman died in hit-and-run conspiracy

Crash closes 264 Street in both directions

Crash closes 264 Street during afternoon commute on Thursday

VIDEO: ‘Lyle the singing pig’ searching for home

SPCA say the pig is ‘not opera-ready’

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

‘Hearties’ descend on Langley

Fans of TV show ‘When Calls the Heart’ have gathered in Langley for the Hearties Family Reunion

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Have you heard about Black Press scholarships?

Up to 37 scholarships are awarded each year to students throughout British Columbia

Most Read