ANNABELLE CHVOSTEK is a fearless and innovative artist
whose beguiling left-of-centre songs straddle the divide
between mainstream roots and acoustic indie-pop.
She is one of Canada’s outstanding contemporary
songwriters, attracting international attention with her
persuasive vocals, compelling lyrics and genrespanning
Chvostek’s latest CD Live from Folk Alley is her first ever live
release. It puts the listener front-and-center in an intimate
solo concert setting. Chvostek’s understated guitar virtuosity
is especially in evidence, as is her extraordinary voice. ‘Live
from Folk Alley’ is an exquisite snapshot of one of North
America’s finest folk artists. The set was recorded on the
performance stage at BluSeed Studios, an arts centre in
Saranac Lake, New York, and produced by Linda Fahey and Jeff
Oehler for Folk Alley.
In the spring of 2011, Annabelle performed at a number of
North American venues with Bruce Cockburn in support of his latest release Small Source of Comfort,
which features two co-written duets between Chvostek and the Canadian songwriting legend.
Her 2008 studio album Resilience (Borealis Records) was recorded with Grammy-nominated Canadian
producer Roma Baran (Laurie Anderson) and Vivian Stoll. 'Resilience' has received rave reviews
internationally and was nominated for "Contemporary Album of the Year" at the 2008 Canadian Folk
'Resilience' was a much anticipated solo release following two and a half years of recording and
touring with Canadian band The Wailin’ Jennys, highlights of which included several appearances on
A Prairie Home Companion, performing at New York's legendary Town Hall and singing on the Juno
Awards telecast. Chvostek's songs were repeatedly singled out by critics as highlights of the Jennys'
Juno-nominated CD, Firecracker. Her opening song "Devil's Paintbrush Road" was the #1 song at US
folk radio in 2006.
“Fiercely talented ... Chvostek has a sultry voice you can’t and won’t forget.”
Suzy Malik, Xtra, Toronto
In addition to Annabelle’s collaborations with Bruce Cockburn, other musicians that she has worked
with include renowned alt.country artist Mary Gauthier, Ani DiFranco alumnus Julie Wolf and multiple
Juno nominee Michael Jerome Browne.
“...this is music that takes your soul on the road.”
Western Morning News, UK
About Annabelle Chvostek:
Born and raised in a musical family in Toronto, Chvostek made
her professional debut with the Canadian Opera Company at
the age of 7, and appeared in La Bohème at age 8. She has
been performing ever since. In the mid 90s, Chvostek moved
to Montréal where she earned a degree in Interdisciplinary
Fine Arts at Concordia University, composed for dance and
film, played in bands that ranged from old-time to electronica,
and served as a percussionist for dance classes. She has also
produced soundscores for choreographers in Montréal and
New York, including five works for choreographer Aviva
Geismar/Drastic Action. In 2004, she collaborated with Anna
Friz and toured Europe and Canada with their multidisciplinary
performance, The Automated Prayer Machine. She
has travelled extensively in India and Japan and has done
work as a journalist, camera girl and multimedia tech – all the
while writing songs and performing them throughout North
America and Europe.
2011 LIVE FROM FOLK ALLEY
2006 Firecracker - with The Wailin' Jennys
2006 What Is Indie? Compilation
2004 Burned my Ass
2004 Pop Montreal Compilation/ SOPREF
2000 Full Stop
1997 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.