Anna Danova & the Rescuers
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Anna Danova & the Rescuers

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF

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"Comedic pianist comes to the rescue"

A Western comedy star has come back to London to perform. Ann Denny, a Western alumna is back in her hometown of London to perform her musical comedy act, Anna Danova to the rescue!
Her act addresses topics of life, love, snacking, stalking and casual sex, and showcases her voice and talents on the piano.
Following her graduation from Western, Denny — who performs under the stage name Anna Danova — pursued a master’s degree at the University of Toronto. She studied classical singing outside of university and has also embraced jazz, pop and rock.

NOW THAT’S CRAZY FUNNY. Ann Denny takes a light-hearted approach to dishing out advice. The Western grad will be at the London Music Club tonight to perform Anna Danova to the rescue!

Two years ago, Denny moved to Halifax where she took advantage of performing opportunities. Her leap into comedy came when a typical heartbreak song ended on a comical note. Influenced by the local Maritime comedy scene and her own sense of humor, her serious heartbreak song became a “jokey song about love.”
“Many great songs come out of something hurtful like heartbreak,” Denny says.
This was the beginning of a new direction for Denny’s musical talent, and Anna Danova emerged.
An avid fan of Flight of the Conchords, she began writing comedic material with an indie-rock direction. Songs of this genre such as “My Stalker and Me,” “Snack Attack,” “Conditions of Love” and “Emotional Condom” are featured in her act.
Drawing on past experiences, Denny’s act claims to have the solution to all your problems. The show plays off the social norm of giving advice to people, whether it is invited or not.
“Everyone has an opinion of what you should do,” she says. “You’re in danger, something bad is going to happen to you and you don’t know what to do, but I do.”
Denny started bringing her quirky take on life to Halifax crowds, and at an open mic her talent was recognized by London native Doug Taylor, who owns the Halifax-based Codapop Recording Studios. This led to the first full Anna Danova show in August.
“Codapop and Doug Taylor have really helped the show move forward,” Denny says.
She has now brought her act to Ontario, with a show in Toronto last week, one in London at the East Village Arts Co-op on Sept. 23 and a show tonight at the London Music Club. Denny is on her way to completing her goal, which she says is “to reach everyone in the world one person at a time.”
To fulfill that goal, Denny has taken advantage of the Internet by way of Myspace, YouTube and her own webpage — anndenny.com — where you can preview some of her songs and videos of her performances.
“It has all happened really quickly,” Denny says. She hopes to move onto other venues and is working on a show at New York City’s Gotham City Comedy Club. Although Denny’s show may bring her to bigger and more exciting cities, she hasn’t forgotten about London or Western.
“Years of studying anthropology [at Western] were helpful. It was then that I started giving advice to people over different things, like what they were eating,” Denny says.
Denny hopes her show will bring out a lot of the London community. The first song she ever wrote, “Be My London,” was inspired by the Forest City and features references to many familiar areas such as Victoria Park and the Thames River. Her wish is that she will also receive support from the university community as she experienced positive reception from the Halifax university scene.
With songs like, “Emotional Condom,” which addresses the all too common university experience of wanting to make love to somebody and not regret it in the morning, it is easy to see the appeal to a young student crowd.
Always pushing to expand her appeal and show, Denny’s next project is to add a third dimension to her act by writing webisodes.
Denny will be the headliner at the London Music Club tonight in the main room from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $7 with a student card. - UWO Gazette


"Collaboration in Clubland"

COLLABORATION Club Land

Hump day is usually the day that gets you closer to the
weekend, but the last Wednesday of 2009 began a new mid-
week tradition-Halifax Music Club at the Paragon. The Club
brings musicians and artists from different genres together
to coltabomte, with local blues musician Ganett Mason,
Cape Breton darling Carmen Townsend and actor/dancer/
jack-of-al1-trades Cory Bowles stepping up as regulars this
month, along with guests like Adam Baldwin.

Not composed of random collaboration, organizer Kelly
Mccuire says the Music Club will have artists practicing
before the shows to perform new matedal.

"All the musicians are re-
ally interested in it because
it's not like an open mic, or an
open jam, where you don't re-
ally know who's gonna show
up or whether you're going
to enjoy playing with them,"
says Mccuire. She adds that
she'tl be acting as matchmaker
for new-each-other artists to
keep things rolling.

ANNA DANOVA, the comedic alter ego of ANN DENNY, is on the list of
Music Club regulars. Denny's been in Halifax for two-and-a-half years,
and says it's tough to find artists for collaboration--specially across
dilJerent genres of art and music. "It can be a litfle awkward-'Oh hey, hi'
umm wanna collab?'" DENNY asks in a mock Yoice, extending an arm out as
if meeting someone for the first time. "But here, there's a space that we
all come to together". Denny's particularly excited to work with Three Sheet beat-boxer Eric Mclntire, while co-host Townsend has set her sights on a bigger fish. "lf Jack White ever shows up..." says Townsend, trailing off with
thoughts of The White Stripes frontman.

Mason brings the dreaming back to Halifax. 'l think it'd tle cool t0 do
some things with synth keyboards," he says. "My roommate is in the
band ]enocide, and I really like what they're doing, even though it's the
total opposite of what I'm doing." Mcguire nods her head in agreeme t to Mason's suggestion, and says there's no limit to what the artists can mix up. Welt, there may be one. don't know about Jack White for Carmen, but I'lltry," she says, laughing. -Holly Gordon
- The Coast


Discography

4 song "Emotional Condom" EP recorded at Codapop Studios, Halifax in August 2009.

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ABOUT THE BAND
Anna Danova & the Rescuers is a genre-defying musical comedy romp through quirky everyday life situations. The group is comprised of three multi-talented performers from Canada’s East Coast. Together they provide a show filled with stage antics, sing-a-longs, dance choreography, and music that ranges in style from heavy metal, to jazz, to opera, to folk, to pop, to comedy... often in the course of one song! Audiences will enjoy funny, but sincere songs about everyday life. The songs are played on piano, keyboard, drums, trombone and more, with banter and other surprises sprinkled in-between.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Anna is a busy bee, rescuing audiences from minor inconveniences! In the last year Ms. Danova has:
been selected as alternate showcaser for the COCA.org Conference in London, Ontario June 21st-24th 2010
been voted in as Comedian of the Week on the new radio show Laugh Out Loud on the CBC May 2010
been a guest at the Gather Round show in Kensington Market’s The Boat in Toronto April 2010
played in NYC at Gotham Comedy Club in November 2009 (video is online at: AnnaDanova.com)
participated in an artist-musician collaboration during the 2009 Halifax Pop Explosion
performed on a public bus during the brand new art-at-night Nocturne Festival 2009 in Halifax
been featured on the A-Channel News at 6 with Janice Zolf in London, Ontario in September of 2009
made several guest appearances at Yuk Yuk's for Picnicface shows in 2009 (including 2 standing ovations!)
made an audio and video recording of an EP at Codapop Studios in Halifax in August 2009

What’s next for Anna Danova & the Rescuers?
The 55-minute Anna Danova To The Rescue musical play makes its debut at the London Fringe Festival. Then, it will be touring theatres in the Maritimes this summer. In the fall, Anna Danova and the Rescuers will be taking their “Emotional Condom” rescue tour to Canadian Universities and Colleges this fall. They are also planning tours to the US and Europe in 2011 and beyond…

To schedule interviews, bookings and for further information contact:
Ann Denny, ann.denny@gmail.com, 902-877-5894

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Brand new musical comedy “Anna Danova to the Rescue!”
to be performed at Wolf Hall as a part of the London Fringe Festival.

June 17th to 27th playwright and London, Ontario native Ann Denny plays piano and sings the lead role of “Anna Danova” joined by professional East Coast musicians Ryan Veltmeyer and Noel Taussig. The show is filled with stage antics, sing-a-longs, dance choreography, and music that ranges in style from heavy metal, to jazz, to opera, to folk, to pop and comedy!
Anna Danova is an everyday superheroine on a mission to rescue the world (including you) from minor inconveniences. Enter a universe where anything can, and will happen. Learn where humanity is headed, discover creative solutions to mundane problems, and get tips on surviving the emotional roller coaster of daily life.
Anna has spent the last year musically saving people in Halifax, Toronto, New York City and now London. This fall, she is planning a campaign of helpfulness, bringing her aptly named “Emotional Condom Tour” to colleges and universities across Canada! Check out videos at: www.annadanova.com.

TECH REHEARSAL: Thursday June 17, 10:00am - 11:30am (Press welcome to film/photograph)

SHOW: Anna Danova to the Rescue! TICKET PRICE: $10 SHOW LENGTH: 55 min
VENUE: Wolf Performance Hall , 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario
PERFORMANCES: Fri June 18 10:00pm/Sat June 19 1:30pm/Mon Jun 21 5:30pm/
Wed June 23 8:30pm/Fri June 25 9:45pm/Sat June 26 4:00pm
HIGH RES PHOTOS: www.anndenny.com/photos.html or email ann.denny@gmail.com

Note: “Anna Danova to the Rescue!” welcomes press reviews. Contact via email ann.denny@gmail.com
or phone 902-877-5894 to receive complimentary tickets for yourself and a guest.

To schedule interviews, bookings and for further information contact:
Ann Denny, ann.denny@gmail.com, 902-877-5894