Ann’s Stories

Dining with the Queen
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On the day that I was dine with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as the date of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, I was in rehearsal…

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The Truth of the Moment
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I was beside myself with terror. I had been invited to facilitate a workshop on singing at Hollyhock Farm, a centre of learning, connection and culture on Cortes Island, British…

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From Tunisia to Kairos
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I had been travelling for over three years and didn’t know whether I would ever return to singing. Then, in the city of Tunis, where I was spending a few…

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The Stories that Travelled
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Once they are shared, stories can travel in surprising ways and for great distances. This is the tale of how two stories told to a friend while we were sitting…

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A Voice in the Darkness
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At the beginning of a week-long workshop I always ask the participants what brought them here. What was their desire, motive, hope, need, or intention in coming? A calmer BC…

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Laughter on Molokai
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One of my most unusual concert locations was the Kalaupapa Leper Colony on the island of Molokai in Hawaii. I spent four days there after being invited to do a…

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The Floating Stage
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One of the most memorable stages I performed on was a floating stage. At the Elora Arts Festival in Ontario the stage was on a raft which floated in a…

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Looking Back with Love
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 Valerie Hennell was my manager and dearest friend. We were two impassioned innocents without a clue as to what we were doing or where we were going. “Valerie Hennell and…

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Music and Lyrics and Brel
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A passion for writing songs and a great friendship was born when Valerie Hennell and I met. I was playing the lead in a university musical, and she and I began…

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Stepping Onstage
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In junior high school I was in a quartet, harmonizing the songs of the day at school dances. I began to play the guitar at 14, when a friend gave…

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