December 11, 2010
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 Boheme at 8. She has been performing ever since. In the mid 90s, Chvostek moved to Montreal to, as she puts it, “live like a bohemian.” There, she earned a degree in interdisciplinary fine arts at Concordia, composed for dance and film, played in bands that ranged from old-time to electronica, and served as a percussionist for dance classes. She also traveled in India and Japan and did work as a journalist, camera girl and multimedia tech – all the while writing songs and performing them on the Montreal-Ontario-New York circuit.
When Annabelle Chvostek joined the Wailin’ Jennys in 2004, the rest of the world found out what a grassroots network of Canadian roots fans had known for several years: that Chvostek is a formidable songwriter, a versatile multi-instrumentalist, and a fearless and innovative artist whose beguiling left-of-centre compositions straddle the divide between mainstream roots and acoustic indie pop.
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. It remained at #3 in 2007. Her latest solo release recieved similar accolades, nominated for Contemporary Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and as a top Canadian album finishing #2 for January 2009 (Folkdj-l playlists).
After two and a half years of recording and touring with the 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 released her much-anticipated solo album, Resilience. Resilience picked up nomination for Contemporary Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and received critical accolades around the world.