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Vancouver Island Pet-Sitting, March and April Shows! 

February is fading into March and springtime is on the horizon… lots of news and music coming up. This summer I'm heading out to Vancouver Island from May to August, booking Pet-Sitting and music all across the island! I just re-vamped the PET-SITTING page, and set up a new Facebook Page Pet-Sitting On Vancouver Island. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61556519068979 These pages feature my Pet-Sitting Wall Of Fame, and superdog photography by Mike Bourgeault.  Please give these a share to anyone out west who may need care for cats, dogs and other furry pals! I'm also booking shows too; so anyone hosting house concerts or other suggestions, be in touch allison@allisonbrown.ca!

Coming up in March, I'm back at The Richmond for a casual Thursday night show on March 7th for a Songwriters In The Round, with my pals Ron Leary and Barry James Payne

Starts at 8pm, PWYC Cash Only and we'll take turns playing songs and telling stories all together on stage. https://www.facebook.com/events/347518788108106

Coming up April 6th, I'm back in London again for a special unplugged House Concert along with Dan Henshall on Mandolin.  Tickets are $15.00 via e-transfer at allison@allisonbrown.ca, location information provided with reservation, audience space is limited!  Doors at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm, will be a lovely night of music and friends in London's Woodfield neighbourhood. https://www.facebook.com/events/649745287206513

Windecker Road Films' program ‘Shane Dreams of Sweet Corn’, includes a song I recorded with Barry James Payne! You can watch the whole show on Youtube! 

Looking forward to my adventure out on Vancouver this summer, and be in touch with any tips on pet-sitting, music, or things to check out I may not have on my radar - always appreciate it and see you all soon!
Allison 

Winter London Shows and More! 

Happy New Year!  I had a whirlwind of fun holidays, including the epic return of Two Dollar Bill and his Bad Pennies to the Richmond stage, great to see so many of you there! 2023 was full of adventures and music, and looking ahead at 2024 which will bring travels for music, pet-sitting, and more! 

First show of 2024 is at London Brewing, for a Sunday afternoon double bill on January 28th, with the Onion Honey Duo! 2pm to 4pm.  Dan Henshall along on this one on mandolin; enjoy some brews and tunes on a winter afternoon!

Thursday, February 8th, I'm back at The Richmond on my Birthday! Lots of Surprise Special Guests for a chill Thursday night, starting early at 8:00pm, Pay What You Can - cash only.  No Cake, no candles, no wishes!

I was thrilled to be invited by my old friend Jay Santarossa to be part of his new podcast, Into Music Lyrics, we got in-depth talking about my song “Currents Collide”, give a listen: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7FCuB3ffBaw5NPxR6rq55d?si=6UnwYMMVRq-LJR0nfs9vmQ 

 

CJAM 99.1fm's 40th Anniversary was celebrated in November, and a live version of “Scavengers” recorded on “The Windsor Scene” a few years back was included on CJAM's Live Off The Floor Compilation, you can get it on Cassette and get a special Zine with interviews and photos, a great way to support community radio in Windsor/Detroit! 

Check it out on Bandcamp: https://cjam-fm.bandcamp.com/album/cjam-live-off-the-floor-ii-from-the-vault-2006-2023

And in more exciting news; a song I recorded with my pal Barry James Payne was included in a TV Show! Windecker Road Film's Graeme Bachiu asked us to record a version of “The Farmer Feeds Us All” to be featured in “Shane Dreams of Sweet Corn” airing on Fibe TV! 

Still aglow from bringing Two Dollar Bill back to The Richmond, here's a great video filmed by Kevan Carmen, capturing some of a very special night of music and friends!

See you on my travels coming up soon - Happy New Year!
Allison 

Fireside Christmas Radio Hour, Two Dollar Bill Reunion! 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all..! It's been an amazing year of music and adventures with more to come in 2024..! I'm up at my snow-covered cabin in the woods again this Christmas to bring you The Fireside Christmas Radio Hour, sharing 90 minutes of Christmas music about Peace On Earth beside my crackling fire.  You can tune in to CJAM in Windsor, Radio Western in London, Midtown Radio online in Kitchener/Waterloo and a few more great stations this year, and you can listen on demand on Soundcloud here: 

https://on.soundcloud.com/APhCU

Radio Western 94.9fm in London, www.radiowestern.ca:
Saturday, December 23rd: 12:00 noon to 1:30pm
Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve: 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Monday, December 25th, Christmas Day: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

CJAM Radio 99.1fm in Windsor & Detroit, www.cjam.ca
Monday, December 25th, Christmas Day: 2:30pm to 4:00pm

 

Midtown Radio Kitchener/Waterloo online, www.midtownradio.ca
Friday, December 22nd: 9:00pm to 10:30pm
Monday, December 25th, Christmas Day: 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Radio 42 North Online: https://radio42north.com/

Stay tuned for more show times!

Coming up Friday, December 29th the one and only Two Dollar Bill Miles is coming back to London for a reunion show with some of his original Bad Pennies at The Richmond Tavern! Bill is coming to us all the way from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba after spending several years living off the grid in an old logging cabin north of Dryden.  This show will be huge!  Cash Only, Discontinued Currency Accepted.  Featuring myself, Allison Brown and Mike Houston (Lonesome Lefty) and tons of surprise special guests! 

Thanks so much to you all for listening, tuning in and coming to some really fun gigs in 2023 and can't wait to hang out more in 2024, January 28th I'm back in London at London Brewing with Onion Honey, and a special birthday show coming up at The Richmond on Thursday, February 8th - mark your calendars!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Allison 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas/Holiday Cards, "Fireside" Christmas Radio Hour 

November is here and I'm back on the farm in Southwestern Ontario to round out 2023, crafting up a flurry of Christmas and Holiday Cards, chopping firewood and collecting songs for this year's “Fireside” Christmas Radio Hour.  

If you're a musician with new or Christmas past music, I'm searching for songs for this year's “Fireside” Christmas Radio Hour, broadcast from a snow-covered cabin in the woods beside my crackling fire.  This year's theme is “Peace On Earth"; particularly looking for new holiday/Christmas/'peace' themed music from Canadian artists, and artists from the Windsor, London, Kitchener and Southern Ontario region where the show will air on campus/community radio stations. If you've got songs, send them my way at allison@allisonbrown.ca.  Songs not chosen this year will go into my red sack of songs for future shows.  Can't wait to hear yours! Also accepting suggestions from listeners too.

Christmas and Holiday Card orders are steadily coming in; order yours now as they'll be crafted and sent to you according to when your order is placed, deadline is Monday, November 20th.  Place your order on the CARDS page: https://allisonbrown.ca/cards All cards are hand-made by me (Allison) , are 4.25 x 5.5 and include an envelope. 

Choose from your favourite designs:

“Just Another Memory” my EP of covers is celebrating it's one-year anniversary! If you haven't downloaded it free here: https://allisonbrown.ca/music be sure to add it to your collection, or give it a spin on Spotify.  VERY LIMITED quantities of physical CDs are available for $10.00 by emailing allison@allisonbrown.ca, and they are exclusively available for retail sales at Grooves Records in London, Ontario. Fantastic artwork by Sarah Jane Baggio.

Looking forward to a cozy couple months of ‘hibernating’ from live shows, stay tuned for gigs being added for 2024!

Allison 

 

 

November 2nd at The Richmond, Holiday Cards! 

Autumn is in full swing and I've had some great early fall adventures playing at Phog with Mike Houston and heading up to Algonquin Park for the glorious changing colours… Next up I'm back in London at The Richmond Tavern for a casual Thursday night show November 2nd with my pal Dan Henshall, and some surprise special guests, 8pm sharp, Pay What You Can! 

It's that time of year again! 

Time to order your Christmas and Holiday Cards!

A personal handmade card is a great way to celebrate the season and reach out to your family, friends and colleagues.

All cards are “4.25 x “5.5 and include an envelope.  

Pack of 5 Cards - $17.50 plus $2.50 postage = $20.00

Pack of 10 Cards - $35.00 plus $3.00 postage = $38.00

Pack of 20 Cards - $70.00 plus $4.00 postage = $74.00

Orders of over 20 cards will be priced individually.  Place your order from the CARDS page or email allison@allisonbrown.ca.

Last day to place your order is Monday, November 20th, your cards will be mailed before December 4th.  Cards will be sent based on when you’ve placed your order, so order early! 

I recently added a few more videos to the VIDEOS page and to my YOUTUBE Channel from last summer at 14th Coffee Co. along with the amazing Grady Caplin on guitar - check those out!

Here's a few photos from Algonquin !  See you soon - Allison

 

September 15th at Phog! 

Happy September Folks! August was a heatwave of performances around Southern Ontario with one big show coming up this month in Windsor:

I'm back at PHOG on Friday, September 15th with MIKE HOUSTON (The artist formerly known as ‘Lonesome Lefty’) for an epic night of Classic Country, Fiddle Tunes, Lonesome Bluegrass, Folk, Roots and More.  We start at 9:00pm sharp and we'll go till 1:00am or later along with some surprise special guests.  This show marks Mike's return to the Phog stage after several years of hibernation.  Pay What You Can, $10.00 suggested.  Want us to play Cash? Well, you better bring some with you for when we pass around the jug. More on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/853039755805490

My October and November is very open; if anyone around Southern Ontario would like to book a concert or have me for your fall event's live music I can play solo, or with a variety of accompanists - get in touch, allison@allisonbrown.ca. Stay tuned for a show coming up back at The Richmond in London on November 2nd.  

Hard to believe it's been a year since the “Just Another Memory EP" recording sessions; you can download the tracks FREE here: https://allisonbrown.ca/album/2335841/just-another-memory

Winter 2024 is already booking fast for House and Pet-Sitting; I have openings in November and December if you're planning a late fall/early winter holiday, more info at: https://allisonbrown.ca/house-pet-sitting

Here's a few photos from my August adventures; see you at PHOG on September 15th!

Allison

August In Southern Ontario 

July was an amazing month of music and adventures taking me to Old School Bluegrass Camp in Elphin, Home County Music & Art Festival in London, cat-sitting in Kitchener, a mini-tour with Barry James Payne, camping in Norfolk County and wrapped up with the Tiny Home Show in Ancaster… back in Ontario's deep south for August, lots of shows on the calendar!

I'm back in Amherstburg's Navy Yard Park Gazebo on Saturday, August 5th for a solo set from 3pm to 4pm, bring a lawn chair!

August 11th, 12th and 13th Kingsville Music Society Presents The Greenway Jam!  I'll be hosting the Harbour View Stage all day Saturday and playing as part of the ‘Song Farmers’ workshop at noon, Sunday I'll be on the mainstage at 1:00pm as part of ‘Touring Troubadours’! 

Sunday, August 20th I team up with Mike Houston for an afternoon of music on the patio at Pelee Island Winery in Kingsville as part of their Summer Sunday series, Noon to 4pm! https://www.facebook.com/events/975167833749220

August wraps up with The Bank Social Pub in Cottam on Saturday, August 26th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm with a special mystery guest guitar accompanist!

Stay tuned for details for what promises to be an epic night of music at Phog on September 15th with Mike Houston!

I've got lots of openings for House and Pet-Sitting through fall and early winter, get in touch at allison@allisonbrown.ca to book me to take care of your furry pals on your fall vacation!

See you in Southern Ontario through August!

Allison 

 

Old School Camps, Home County and More! 

July is here!  I'm off on a month of adventures that bring me back to Old School Bluegrass and Fiddle & Banjo Camps up in Elphin as Camp Assistant, always a highlight of the summer and can't wait to be part of it all again this year! 

Another huge part of July is HOME COUNTY MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL in London coming up July 14th to 16th in Victoria Park.  I'll be doing a special Gordon Lightfoot tribute Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm on the East Stage, and a tweener on the mainstage later that night.  Sunday, July 16th I'll be joining a tribute to Nora Galloway on the South Stage at 12:00, then running over to the Home Grown Stage for my concert set with Dan Henshall at 1:00pm.  The fest wraps up for me at 3:00pm for “Tales From The Road” on the South Stage.  Full schedule is at https://homecounty.ca/schedule/#saturday-afternoon

I'll be back in Kitchener for a show with my pal Barry James Payne (String Bone) on Friday, July 21st at The Yeti Cafe, 8:00pm, $10 in advance, limited tickets available! https://www.facebook.com/events/573579414905261

Don't take a chance, get your tickets in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/allison-brown-barry-james-payne-at-the-yeti-tickets-630986165607

We team up again the next day and add Dan Henshall on July 22nd at Anderson Craft Ales in London, 1:00pm to 4:00pm! https://www.facebook.com/events/782508409849366

Episode #1 of the P.I.R.A.T.E. Radio Podcast from Pelee Island is LIVE; give a listen at https://stoneandsky.org/p-i-r-a-t-e-radio/  

Be sure to check out all the great music, art and theatre put together by the Stone & Sky Music & Art Series for an amazing season on Pelee Island!

See you in Victoria Park for HOME COUNTY and more of these amazing July adventures!
Allison 

 

 

 

June and July - Southern Ontario! 

Summer is just beginning, an exciting time of the year as flowers begin to bloom and the leaves are bursting out green… lots of great music is in the air here in Southern Ontario! Saturday, June 3rd brings me to Viewpointe Estate Winery in Harrow for music on the patio with a special guest guitar accompanist, 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Sunday, June 4th I'm back at Amherstburg's Navy Yard Park Gazebo, for Open Air Weekends! 

I'll be playing next to the Big Tomato in Leamington as part of the Leamington Arts Centre's Mill Street Markets on Friday, June 9th, 7:30pm, a great event showcasing local food, beverages, art and more!

A Mini-Tour with my pals Onion Honey rounds out the month with an outdoor concert at The Patillo Apple Orchard in Lakeshore, Friday, June 23rd - tickets are already SOLD OUT! Thanks for the amazing response to this concert and looking forward to seeing you there, no door tickets will be available.  

I'll be tagging along with Onion Honey up to Hamilton to drop in on a few songs at their performance at The Welcome Home Festival on June 24th before heading over to St. Thomas for music on the patio The Railway City Brewery

Re-uniting with Dan Henshall on Mandolin for this one!

July brings me back to Old School Bluegrass Camp, still spots left if you'd like to join up for these fun music camps! Super thrilled to be part of this year's Home County Music and Art Festival in London July 14th - 16th!  

More shows in July - I'll be teaming up with Barry James Payne for a show in Kitchener July 21st at The Yeti Cafe, limited spots available, tickets $10 - https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/allison-brown-barry-james-payne-at-the-yeti-tickets-630986165607

And at Anderson Ales in London on July 22nd! 

Can't wait to see you all soon, will be a great couple months of amazing shows around Ontario!
Allison

 

 

 

 

Spring and Summer Gigs: Home County in London! 

Howdy Folks! Spring has sprung here in Ontario's deep south and been working on booking some really fun shows and collaborations for the spring and summer. BIG NEWS - I'm thrilled to be back at London's Home County Music & Art Festival, as part of an amazing lineup of stellar acts including Stephen Fearing, Terra Lightfoot and more, can't wait to share the stage with some excellent performers! Can't wait to see you all again in Victoria Park July 14th to 16th!

Coming up on the May long weekend, I'll be playing two Essex County shows,  changes to this weekend's shows-  Saturday May 20th   Kingsville Brewery Taphouse with the one and only Mike Houston!  

Later on in May, I'm leading training sessions on radio and podcasting on Pelee Island as part of the P.I.R.A.T.E. (Pelee Island Radio and Training Experience) presented by the Stone & Sky Music & Art Series! Volunteers will contribute to a new podcast about life on the island. More information is at: https://www.facebook.com/events/574240938143176

June 3rd brings me back to beautiful Viewpointe Winery in Harrow for an afternoon of music along with a guest guitarist from 1:30 to 4:30pm, and more June dates are being added, check out the SHOWS page to stay updated! 

Super excited about sharing the stage for the June 23rd-25th weekend with my Kitchener pals Onion Honey!  We're at the Patillo Apple Orchard for a special outdoor concert on Friday, June 23rd, tickets are at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/onion-honey-with-allison-brown-patillo-apple-orchard-concert-tickets-617052148587 

We head to Hamilton on the 24th and we wrap up our mini-tour on Sunday, June 25th at Railway City Brewing in St. Thomas!

I'm still booking House and Pet Sitting into the fall and winter: https://allisonbrown.ca/house-pet-sitting 

Lots on the go and hope to see you as my performance schedule heats up for the summer season!
Allison