Annie Nolan

Annie Nolan


West Coast insight with East Coast soul.


When given occasion to say my name people seem to say the whole name, first and last, as if the one must naturally follow the other, Annienolan.

A friend I’d known for many years once told me, “Annienolan, if you ever wrote a song for me and played it for me in your back yard, I’d go out that night and do all the things I’ve always wanted to do but was afraid to.” First and last name, dinner and dessert.

I tell people I was born in London, Ontario but the diminutive berg of Belmont, is actually closer to the truth. Comparable in size to the room you are sitting in now reading this, it possessed the essential elements of all small towns worth their town square: a creepy looking church, a big field with a single willow tree in which to build forts, some sort of abandoned piece of farm equipment so rusty that you fear you’ll get “lock jaw” by touching it (although no one who is of the fort-building age truly knows what “lock-jaw” is), a creek with a hundred ghost stories surrounding it, and a 7-2-11 on the corner of Main St. Heck, it had a Main St., and meant it.

A child’s fantastical imagination at once companion and inspiration, I played alone. I explored places and investigated people as fast and as far as a banana seat can go, singing as loud as I could. It didn’t matter that people were out in their driveways washing their cars or having dinner on their patios. With the wind in my ears and my voice ringing loud, I sang about everything I saw and heard. Somehow the beauty of it all resounded through my whole body and shook my soul.

At the age of nineteen, to a soundtrack of The Tragically Hip and The Guess who, I followed a trail blazed by Simon Fraser and Wilfred Laurier before me, headed West and now call Victoria my home. It is here that I began performing, leading bands with original material and collaborating with producers and other musicians.

I write songs because explaining how I feel could never be enough. To be balanced is to know yourself so well that you have the tools to come back to earth when you are spun from your body by a feeling. I learned to utilize songwriting to label that beauty which outshines the ordinary and to create that balance.


Like New - December 2008

Set List

Available for opening sets and headlining shows.

We currently have an hour and a half of original music, as well as covers ranging from Dolly Parton to The Decemberists and Death Cab For Cutie.