Some History

An Ana Bon-Bon performance can transport you to the rollicking music hall stages of the 1930s or a country juke joint on a sultry summer afternoon.   Chanteuse, rhythm accordionist, songwriter, and musical hostess Ana Bon-Bon pours jump blues, spirituals, country, and ‘bump & grind’ rhythms into a cocktail of homegrown Canadiana.   "Exotic prairie gospel" -the 'Canadian King of Western Swing', Ray Condo

Miss Bon-Bon also creates 'her own ‘niche’ as an experienced musical hostess and emcee who always brings the mostest to stages big and small, having hosted mainstages at Accordion Noirfest, Dawson City Music Festival, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Vancouver Intern'l Burlesque Fest, and many more!  Ana was co-founder and creative director of VENUS NIGHTS women's music and charity event at London's Hippodrome Casino UK, and produced her own Vancouver variety show, 'Amazeball'.  

Bon-Bon lived in London UK for 5 years, where she was a choice act at popular venues (Nightjar, Ain’t Nothin’ But A Blues Bar, The Convent) performing solo and in her trio with John Ruscoe (The Stupids, Fallen Heroes) & Chilly Mike Watts (James Hunter, Tracy Rae).  Bon-Bon also joined Big Mamma's Door Rhythm & Blues Revue AND New Orleans-style pianist Sophie Smiles at UK venues and festivals.  Bon-Bon continues to pack the house for her monthly show ‘Sundays for Sinners’ at The historic Princeton Pub in East Vancouver.   Now home again in Vancouver, Ana is forging years of collected experience, travel, and notes into new material and creative explorations.

Bon-Bon currently plays SOLO "Blues Cabaret" AND with her select TRIO of MIKE KENNEY (The Modelos, Daniel Wesley) on guitar, TAYLOR LITTLE (The Judys, Bughouse 5) on drums, MIKE KENNEDY  on bass (The Enablers, The Bluesberries) and sometimes NOAH WALKER (Kitty & The Rooster, The Walkman Brothers) on guitar. 

Since 1999 Bon-Bon has toured and performed internationally, fronted her rock band HARD CANDY, created vaudevillian burlesque solo & with Empire Follies Troupe, and played swingin' country blues in accordion-fiddle-harmonies duo BON-BON & ROSE.  She received a Canada Council for the Arts Award to write music in Paris, has published articles in BC Musician magazine, and is played on Accordion Noir and CBC Radio. 

Countryfried and mountain-whipped* genre-bending performer Ana Bon-Bon squeezes savoury rhythms from her accordion to bring joy and comfort to those in yearning...

(*original lyrics) 

Discography: BARE NAKED BLUES~2007, SISTER~2001, BON-BON & ROSE EP~2005, plus guest/backing work for numerous bands including SWANK, Florence Joelle, Big John Bates, and Bughouse 5.   

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CONTACT BY EMAIL: anabonbon@hotmail.com or submit form below

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photo by Nikoletta Monyok

photo by Nikoletta Monyok

Nodding to old blues, gospel, and tin-pan alley tunesmithing, Vancouver's Ana Bon-Bon and her full-bodied voice and accordion playing bring a vintage, bawdy-house, bon-temps vibe to life.”

— Rupert Bottenberg, Montreal Mirror (best description ever!)

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