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Summer Begins in The New Normal 

Late May is heating up here in the deep South of Ontario, I've been on the farm for ten weeks straight which is the most time I've spent in any one place since leaving London in 2015.  Been enjoying my quiet time, working up some more songs to add to my set list, having some fun making some live Facebook videos from my back trailer.  You can watch the first two episodes of "Drinking Alone" here:

 

Episode One: https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown/videos/10158061270761023/

Episode Two: https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown/videos/10158102715751023

I'm doing a special "All Originals" Episode on Friday, June 5th at 3:00pm https://www.facebook.com/events/272081507496155/Not raising any money for anything - totally free to tune in and you can watch it on my Facebook page after the live event ends if you're not available to watch it as it happens.  If I have 100 or more views, this concert will be eligible for some SOCAN royalties as part of their COVID-19 Encore Program!

Been enjoying the late spring and early summer weather, expanding my bubble a little bit, biking out on the Greenway Trails and trying my hand at some drawing... spring birds!

 


Join me in the Trailer on June 5th - can't wait to see you all in real life soon! 
Allison 

Online Hoot, Farewell to John Prine, and Diving Into "The Vault" 

April is fading away and our quiet times in isolation are taking us into another month of reflection as we stay home and stay safe. I'm still at the farm taking some time to work on a few projects, chill out, watch springtime come to Southern Ontario and think about what adventures to go on once the coast is clear!

I had a chance to join in on Carolyn Mark's (virtual) Hootenanny a few weeks back, alongside a stellar lineup of musicians from across North America! I played a few songs live from the trailer in the backyard! You can watch the whole show at https://www.facebook.com/deadtroll/videos/10157384065652371 

Sadly, we marked the passing of one of the greatest songwriters of all time, John Prine, whose music I've covered throughout my life in singing... I added my 2005 cover of "Angel From Montgomery" to my Bandcamp page, and it was listed as one of the top 8 Canadian John Prine covers by Roots Music Canada.  You can have a listen here: https://allisonbrown.bandcamp.com/track/a-from-m

and you can read the Roots Music Canada feature including more great Prine covers here: https://www.rootsmusic.ca/2020/04/09/8-canadian-covers-of-john-prine-classics/  "Angel From Montgomery" was also featured on a Prine tribute set by Mike Regenstreif on CKCU's "Saturday Morning", you can listen to the full show here: https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/128/47623.html 

Also took a deep dig into the "Vault" as I've been using this time to look through some old files and recordings and added a few "Lost Tapes From The Vault" to my Bandcamp page as well, might add some more vintage tracks later on... https://allisonbrown.bandcamp.com/album/lost-tapes-from-the-vault

Stay home and stay safe - and stay tuned!
Allison 

 

 

 

New Lyric Video - Currents Collide 

Hello friends... hope you're all staying safe and healthy, and enjoying this quiet time of self-isolation.  I'm back on the Southern Ontario farm for the time being, where things are usually isolated on a regular day... working on some home projects and making plans for the summer so stay tuned for updates. 

All the cool kids are putting out 'Lyric' videos, so I thought I'd create one for "Currents Collide" using my extensive footage of Southwestern Ontario bean fields and wind turbines, along with some photos and videos from my many adventures on Pelee Island.  Big thanks to Michelle Harrison Stevenson who contributed some winter scenes of turbines.  The song was inspired by watching the final Tragically Hip concert on TV while on Pelee Island at the Westview Tavern, and a drowning death at Fish Point that happened on the same day... a song about fragility and legacy, with a call for reconciliation.  Half of the proceeds of downloads of the song will be donated to the Downie Wenjack Fund, you can download it here on my music page , or on Bandcamp at https://allisonbrown.bandcamp.com/

Really feeling for many of my musical pals who had to cancel full tours and big concerts.  Please ramp up your support for our independent musicians by purchasing music, donating to them individually and tuning into the many live streaming shows happening online. Enjoy your quiet time, stay in and stay healthy!

Allison 

 

Marching On... 

Happy mid-February Folks!

Had some great adventures over the last while on some rambles up to Kitchener, Guelph, Toronto and London... so good to get out in the winter and take the train for some fun gigs, house-sits, jams and hangouts.  Photos below! 

Coming up to round out February I'll be continuing my work-search in Kitchener where I'll be for the last days of the month up to March 6th, if you hear of any work opportunities that would be perfect for me, for sure to send them my way.  My resume is all here on https://allisonbrown.ca/resume and I'm still searching for any freelance projects; writing, voice, administration, home projects and cleaning - all my superpowers are available to help you with your next project, check out https://allisonbrown.ca/freelance

Busy keeping things organised for this summer's Old School Bluegrass Camp coming up in Elphin, Ontario from July 5th to 10th! Classes are filling up so check out https://oldschoolbluegrasscamp.wordpress.com/ to sign up! 

March keeps me in the deep South around Windsor and Tecumseh, next on the gig list I'll be singing at Carolyn Hardy's Art Opening at Sissy & Roche in Kingsville on Thursday, March 12th - the theme is Magic and Carolyn's art will spark your imagination.. see you there!  

Allison

Here's some photos from my recent winter ramble:

 

 

January and February Gigs 

Happy New Year and welcome all to my brand new allisonbrown.ca! - glad to have a refreshing new update for a new decade! If you were on my old email newsletter list - you have to re-sign up for updates here in the contact section.

Spending time in Kitchener, Guelph, Toronto, London and Kitchener again this winter - with a few stops at home at the farm in Southern Ontario. Still looking for work of all kinds - so you can have a look at my resume here on the new website as well.  Amidst some dog-sitting and work-searching - I have a few gigs on the calendar too.  This weekend I play two opening sets in Kitchener, at the Registry Theatre opening for Gathering Sparks on Saturday, January 18th and on Sunday, January 19th I'm opening for New York songwriter James Van Deuson at Emmanuel United Church in Waterloo.  

On the horizon in February I'll be back at long last to the Local Pub in Toronto joined by my pal Amanda Lynn Stubley on February 11th, and I'm at the romantic St. Regis Tavern in London on Saturday, February 15th re-uniting The Assembly Line band after a long fall/winter break.  Yes - there will still be Ginger Cookies up for grabs at the Regis Sweet Draw and you can keep the tupperware.  Check it out!

"Fireside Christmas Radio Hour" - Christmas Eve 

BORDER CITY ROOTS FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS RADIO HOUR 
Christmas Eve, December 24th 
6:30pm to 8:30pm (Two Hours!) 
Live From A Snow-Covered Cabin In The Woods on CJAM 99.1fm or cjam.ca. 
Spend Christmas Eve tuning in live from a snow-covered cabin in a secret location in Northern Ontario as I share Christmas and Winter songs by the fireside on CJAM 99.1fm in Windsor/Detroit or on cjam.ca from anywhere in the world! An annual Christmas tradition... get your mug of hot chocolate and join me fireside on Christmas Eve for a special TWO HOUR radio hour full of holly jolly jingle jangles and heartwarming songs and stories. 
www.cjam.ca