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Wine and Song in September 

Howdy Folks! September has rolled in and I'm taking it easy for a few weeks after a fun, whirlwind summer with tons of musical adventures.  I'm over the moon with how the recording sessions went in August at The Sugar Shack  in London with the creative and highly skilled Simon Larochette at the studio controls and with an all-star cast of stellar session musicians! We recorded FIVE covers after all, as I surpassed my $1000.00 goal with my Go Fund Me Fundraiser - thanks so much to everyone who made a contribution, you'll be amazed at how these songs turned out... for sure different from my previous recordings but with my signature sound at the heart of this fun project.  Stay tuned for release details coming soon!  

Coming up in September; I'm teaming up with Ron Leary for an afternoon of song swapping at Viewpointe Estate Winery on Saturday, September 17th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, join us for wine and songs on the Lake Erie shoreline in the lovely mid-September weather!

As September rolls out, I'll be the last feature musician for the Monday Night Mixer series at Kingsville's Pelee Island Winery  on Monday, September 26th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm... I'll be joined by Dan Henshall on Mandolin!  Bring a lawn chair!

 

Autumn brings me to more pet-sitting adventures in Tecumseh and Amherstburg, if you have a vacation coming up and need house and pet-sitting services, be in touch as my fall and winter is booking up fast!   https://allisonbrown.ca/house-pet-sitting      

And - soon I'll be starting to take orders for my annual Christmas Card fundraiser, if you'd like a batch of cards this year, for sure give me a heads up on what you'd like! 

Looking forward to a lovely autumn and to these two winery performances in deep Ontario South to roll in the crisp weather!
Allison                      

August Adventures in London, Recording! 

Howdy Folks! July flew by with adventures at Old School Bluegrass Camp, some cat-sitting time in Kitchener, beach days at Turkey Point and wrapped up the month with a weekend of gigs in Kingsville and Amherstburg! Huge thanks to everyone who contributed to my Go Fund Me towards my summer recording project coming up soon while I'm in London in August, as of today I'm only $30 away from reaching my goal of $1000.00! 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/allison-brown-four-song-recording-project if you'd still like to contribute or give the video a share!

Kicking off August with two shows around home; Thursday, August 4th I'll be at Serenity Coffee House in Ford City Windsor for a one hour solo set at 8:00pm, PWYC.  https://www.facebook.com/events/561476792114639Sunday, August 7th I'll be in downtown Cottam for an afternoon of music on the patio (weather permitting) at The Bank Social Pub swapping sets of songs with Ron Leary! August 12th to 14th weekend I'm hosting stages at Kingsville's Greenway Jam!  Later on in August, I head up to London for a "Re-Assembly" tour of two shows with The Assembly Line (Jedd House, bass and Dan Henshall, mandolin plus guests!) Sunday, August 21st we're at The London Brewing Co-Op from 1 to 3pm and Saturday, August 27th we're back at the glorious Richmond Tavern from 4pm to 7pm! Looking forward to a fantastic August of music, see you there! Allison 

BIG NEWS! Summer Recording Project, July Adventures! 

Hi Folks! June was a whirlwind of fun; worked for the Ontario Election, re-painted my Bedroom/World Headquarters, made some music videos at 14th Coffee Co. out in the wilds of Essex County, played a great House Concert in Walkerville, did some cat-sitting in South Windsor and did a bit of reporting for the Harrow News!  

BIG NEWS! I know you’ve been eagerly waiting for some new music from me; this summer I’ll be recording four surprise cover songs at The Sugar Shack studio in London, Ontario.  I’m contributing $1000.00 of my own money towards the project but I’ll need your help to make these recordings sound amazing. 

I’m asking for One Thousand Dollars from you, my friends and fans to help contribute towards this project.   

I’m not printing CDs for this project, and the recordings will be available on digital streaming platforms, will be played on radio stations, and will be downloadable from my website.  You can find out how to contribute and what fabulous gifts are available with your generous donation at the GO FUND ME: www.gofundme.com/f/allison-brown-four-song-recording-project and you can check out the video here: https://youtu.be/OsZDjZDNumY

I'm headed off to beautiful Lanark County for Old School Bluegrass and Fiddle & Banjo Camps to work as Jenny Whiteley's Camp Assistant - can't wait for this summer highlight of music and friends! Find out more at https://oldschoolbluegrasscamp.wordpress.com/ 

And, on Saturday, July 23rd, I'm back in Kitchener for a show at The Falls Road Pub with Ally Corbett and Grady Caplin! 

And I round off a busy July with two gigs back in the deep Ontario South, I'll be at Kingsville's Open Streets on Saturday, July 30th and Amherstburg's Music In The Park on July 31st! 

Exciting times as the summer gets into full swing - stay tuned for more gigs in London in August!

Thanks so much for helping me out with the Go Fund Me towards my first recording project since 2018! 

Allison 

May and June Rambles! 

Howdy Folks..! I had a lovely April pet-sitting in Amherstburg, Russell Woods and Tecumseh taking care of some furry friends, getting ready to get out gigging as spring moves along with summer on the horizon.  Coming up Saturday, May 14th I'm making my return to downtown Windsor's Phog Lounge for an early show starting at 7:30pm, Pay What You Can.  Grady Caplin and Ally Corbett join me on guitar and fiddle, possibly some surprise guests! More at: https://www.facebook.com/events/500204388259082

Later on in May, I'm back for Amherstburg's Open Air Music In The Park at the King's Navy Yard Park Gazebo - Sunday, May 29th from 3pm to 4pm, Grady Caplin joins in on that one too! https://visitamherstburg.ca/ And into June, I'm playing a Backyard House Concert in Walkerville (Windsor), Saturday, June 11th, 7pm to 9pm, Reservations only, $15, email me at allison@allisonbrown.ca for details and reservations.  Getting excited about Old School Bluegrass Camp coming up in July; there's still spots left in the Song Writing Camp June 17th to 19th and the Fiddle & Banjo Camp July 7th to 10th, sign up: https://oldschoolbluegrasscamp.wordpress.com/ 

Lots of great music to watch online; some fun duet videos with Grady Caplin on the videos page and you can watch our live Acoustic Spotlight concert here: https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown/videos/759379445047098

And I was thrilled to be part of Craig Norris' Key of C Playlist on CBC on April 30th; you can listen here: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-149-in-the-key-of-c/clip/15909665-in-the-key-c

Stay tuned for more music and adventures, and see you in Windsor and Amherstburg!

Allison 

 

Spring is Springing! 

Howdy Folks!
It's been a slow and lazy start to 2022, cat-sitting and renewing my obsession with The Beatles after watching the amazing Get Back film over the New Year.  Started doing administrative work for The Slocan Ramblers, who are just wrapping up a month-long tour to Canada's west!  And, been looking ahead to this summer's Old School Bluegrass Camp season, featuring a Song Writing Camp, the week-long Bluegrass Camp and a Fiddle & Banjo Camp; spots are filling quickly but some are still available in all three camps! Sign up at https://oldschoolbluegrasscamp.wordpress.com/

Coming up Wednesday, April 20th I'm back for Acoustic Spotlight Online, for a concert at 7:00pm streamed live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/acousticspotlightlondonont, I'll be joined by Grady Caplin on guitar.  

And at long last I'm back at Phog in downtown Windsor for an early show on Saturday, May 14th at 7:30pm, along with Grady Caplin on guitar and some surprise guest accompanists.  Pay What You Can! https://www.facebook.com/events/500204388259082 

Lots of adventures in the works for the summer, including some house and pet-sitting in Kitchener and London; if you'd like to host a concert while I'm in your town, be in touch at allison@allisonbrown.ca.  As folks are back to vacationing, I'm getting tons of bookings for pet-sitting, so if you are planning something this fall or upcoming winter, get in touch soon as my schedule is filling fast! https://allisonbrown.ca/house-pet-sitting

I'm also starting to research ideas on Tiny Homes as I'm working towards Tiny Home living in the next few years as a great and more affordable alternative to renting.  If you know of any Tiny Homes I can visit in my travels, or have a contact in the Tiny Home community that can offer any advice, be in touch! 

Looking forward to seeing you all as the renaissance of live music continues this spring!

Allison 

 

"Fireside" Christmas Radio Hour, London House Concert 

Winter is slowly drifting in here in Southern Ontario and I had a restful fall here at the farm crafting cards, baking cookies, chopping firewood and getting ready for the holidays.. my favourite way to wish friends near and far a Merry Christmas is with my annual "Fireside" Radio Hour broadcast beside my crackling fire from a snow-covered cabin in the woods.  This year's "Fireside" features an All-Canadian two hour playlist of classic and new Christmas and Winter music.. get your hot chocolate and candy canes and cozy up to your radio! 

 


 

 

Stations and Broadcast Times:

Wednesday, December 22nd and Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Radio Western in London, 94.9fm www.radiowestern.ca 
Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th at 8:00pm to 10:00pm on CJAM 99.1fm in Windsor/Detroit, www.cjam.ca 

Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th at 9:00pm to 11:00pm and Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Midtown Radio, www.midtownradio.ca, @MidtownRadioKW

Christmas Day, Saturday December 25th - 5:00pm to 7:00pm on CJAM 99.1 in Windsor/Detroit, www.cjam.ca

Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 8:00pm to 10:00pm on Radio42North, www.radio42north.com

Stay tuned for more dates and times at www.facebook.com/firesidechristmasradiohour

I'm also performing an Online Live Stream House Concert in London just before the New Year; Thursday, December 30th, I'll be joined by special guests The Heartaches (Duo, Amanda Lynn Stubley and Martin Horak, https://www.facebook.com/TheHeartaches) at 3:00pm streaming live from my facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown, Pay What You Can via e-transfer to allison@allisonbrown.ca

Join us from the cozy comfort of your own home as you eat through your stash of Christmas treats wearing your new pyjamas!

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/335223551284043

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, all the best to the winter season.. wishing you all the best in 2022, and looking forward to new adventures in a brand new year! 

Allison 

 

 

Novembering... 

Howdy Folks! Been enjoying the autumn colours and crisp weather as winter and the holiday season is just around the corner... a couple of fundraiser performances coming up to round out November here in Southern Ontario... I'm thrilled to be part of the return of Dale's Friday Coffeehouse at The Bank Theatre in Leamington on Friday, November 26th along with a stellar lineup of local folks! More info is at https://banktheatre.com/project/dales-friday-coffee-house-98/ .  Admission by donation to the Food Bank!

and on Sunday, November 28th, I'll be playing a few songs as part of Melodies for Mental Health, an online fundraiser concert for CMHA... you can register to attend at: https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/melodies-for-mental-health  the Facebook event is at: https://www.facebook.com/events/623403915489195 

Every year at Christmas, I make the annual trek up to my snow-covered cabin in the woods in a secret location in Northern Ontario to broadcast my “Fireside” Christmas Radio hour beside the crackling fire.  I’m already chopping firewood and perfecting my special hot chocolate recipe, and starting my search for new Christmas, Winter and Holiday songs to add to the 2-Hour show; this year featuring All-Canadian music! The elves down at CJAM 99.1fm in Windsor are helping me bring the show from the cabin to the airwaves, and it'll be broadcast on CJAM as well as on CKWR and Midtown Radio in Kitchener, and Radio Western in London; stay tuned for times and dates coming soon! 

If you have a new holiday single or album coming out this year, get in touch at allison@allisonbrown.ca before December 12th, looking forward to hearing your songs!

Bookings are filling up for Pet and Housesitting through the winter season; if you're planning a March Break escape and need someone to take care of your home and pets while you're away, get in touch - still some availability as we look ahead to spring! More at: https://allisonbrown.ca/house-pet-sitting

See you out in Leamington or over ye olde internet as November fades into the holiday season!
Allison 

 

 

 

 

London in November, Holiday Cards! 

Howdy Folks! The cool weather is settling in here in Southern Ontario and I've been spending the early autumn on some fun house and pet-sitting adventures in Tecumseh and Windsor, with a ramble up to Kitchener camping out at Laurel Creek Conservation area... looking ahead to late fall with some gigs to round out the year.

I'm back in LONDON at The Richmond Tavern on Friday, November 5th with my pals The Assembly Line (Jedd House, Upright Bass, Dan Henshall, Mandolin) with our special guest String Bone! We hit the Richmond stage at 9:00pm and go until about midnight - Pay What You Can! https://www.facebook.com/events/4541380719261554

I still have some great availability for HOUSE and PET SITTING through winter 2021 and early 2022 - so if you're planning a much-needed vacation, for sure keep me in mind to take care of your home and pets while you're away - https://allisonbrown.ca/house-pet-sitting

*** DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, CARD ORDERS HAVE ENDED FOR THIS SEASON! Stay tuned for next year! *** Everyone loves my handcrafted Christmas and Holiday cards every year... a handmade card is the perfect way to reach out to your friends, family and colleagues this season with a great surprise in the old fashioned mailbox.  I'm now taking orders for this year! All cards are “4.25 x “5.5 and include an envelope.   

Pack of 5 Cards - $15.00 plus $3.00 postage = $18.00 

Pack of 10 Cards - $30.00 plus $4.00 postage = $34.00 

Pack of 20 Cards - $60.00 plus $4.00 postage = $64.00 

Orders of over 20 cards will be priced individually.  Order now as availability is limited and mailout orders will not be accepted after December 6th. Designs will vary based on supplies, and you can let me know which designs you prefer!  Email allison@allisonbrown.ca to place your order.  Detailed photos are at: https://allisonbrown.ca/freelance

Stay tuned for more about late November gigs, and my annual "Fireside" Christmas Radio Hour coming up soon!

Enjoy the sweater season and see you in London!
Allison 

Autumn Rambles.... 

September has slipped away into glorious October with the crisp weather and colour changes in Southwest Ontario... My late summer adventures included new videos; some for my CJAM Instagram Takeover for CJAM 99.1fm, and this one filmed in Belle River along with my great pal Alison Nicholl of an old song "Tomorrow Night":

I recorded a few other videos for Neil Young's "One Of These Days" and Bill Poss' "Star Motel" which you can find on my new IGTV (Instagram TV) Channel: https://www.instagram.com/allisonbrownmusicandmore/channel/

Labour Day weekend I had a relaxing camp-out in Wheatley Provincial Park... always a favourite spot for beach lounging after a busy summer! 

I also spent a week out on Pelee Island as part of the Stone & Sky Artists' Residency series, where I performed a concert in the historic stone Quarry Amphitheatre along with visual artist Tina Newlove and electronic musician Christina Sealey, was another inspiring time out on Pelee Island! 

Fall brings me to stops in Kitchener to catch up with friends; and working on setting up a show in London in early November, so stay tuned! 

Getting tons of House and Pet Sitting Bookings for the fall, winter and into the spring of 2022...If you need someone to take care of your home and pets while you're out on adventures, be sure to get in touch soon! I can do shorter or longer term live-in house and pet-sitting in Essex County or for stays longer than a week anywhere in Ontario in urban or suburban settings... https://allisonbrown.ca/house-pet-sitting

I'm also working to assist my musician friends with administrative work, including grant writing! Four out of five projects I worked on this year so far have been awarded funding! https://allisonbrown.ca/writing-administration - get in touch if you have a project I can help you work on!

See you out there in the fall colours!
Allison 

August Rambles...Amherstburg, Pelee Island and More! 

Things are heating up as August rolls in, I'm back in Deep Ontario South after great adventures, playing at Kingsville's downtown music series, doing some recording with my pal Tim Swaddling in a historic Belle River railway shed, and a great gig at Anderson Craft Ales in London!

On the August horizon, I'm back in Amherstburg on Sunday, August 15th for another solo set as part of Music In The Park.  From 4 to 5pm I'll be singing on the Gazebo stage at the King's Navy Yard Park - Free!

Later on in the month on Saturday, August 28th, I'm playing as part of a Front Yard Concert on Pelee Island at The Gathering Place, along with Duncan Ivany and The North Coast Band.  This concert is part of Worldwide Play Music On The Porch Day, from 4 to 8pm with back-to-back sets from both acts.  Free! Bring a Lawn Chair. 933 West Shore Road on beautiful Pelee Island! Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/982138509292849

Coming up in September I'm heading back to Pelee Island for a special Artists' Residency with the fine folks at Stone  & Sky and adventures in Tecumseh... see you in Southern Ontario this month!
Allison