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Online Birthday Concert February 8th! 

Winter is in the air and a few things are coming up on the horizon... I'll be celebrating my birthday this year with a solo concert on Wednesday, February 8th as I return to Acoustic Spotlight Online, you can tune in from anywhere at 7:00pm Ontario Time at https://www.facebook.com/acousticspotlightlondonont

Gearing up for the Old School Camps season, I'll be helping out as Camp Assistant at Song Writing Camp coming up in March, and registrations are open for July's Old School Bluegrass and Fiddle & Banjo Camps, you can sign up at https://oldschoolcamps.com/ 

Home and Pet-Sitting is booking up fast for 2023, I'll be up in London in February and back again in March... openings still available for April and May! https://allisonbrown.ca/house-pet-sitting

My spring and summer gig calendar is still very open - message me if you'd like to host a house concert, or there's a venue or festival I should inquire about performance opportunities! allison@allisonbrown.ca

Stay tuned for more as I'll be re-designing the website soon with some amazing new photos...

Happy wintering!
Allison 

"Fireside" Christmas Radio Hour 

Merry merry merry! It's been a flurry of fun projects this November and December... I handcrafted over 160 Christmas and Holiday cards this season, and I've been busy chopping firewood and gathering a stocking-full of songs for my annual "Fireside" Christmas Radio Hour, broadcast through the magic of radio from my snow-covered cabin in the woods tucked into a mystery location in the forest of Northern Ontario.

It's my favourite way to wish friends near and far a Merry Christmas and all the best in the winter season, you can tune in on CJAM 99.1fm in Windsor/Detroit, Radio Western in London, Midtown Radio online from Kitchener, and a few other stations around Ontario.  You can also listen on demand anytime on Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/user-518551521/sets/fireside-christmas-radio-hour

Midtown Radio: December 22nd, 9:00pm to 10:30pm www.midtownradio.ca

Radio Western (94.9fm, London, Ontario): December 23rd at 8:00pm to 9:30pm, December 24th, 4:00pm to 5:30PM

CJAM 99.1fm Windsor/Detroit: December 24th at 5:00pm, December 25th at 2:30pm

and Radio 42 North online; December 25th at 12 noon and then again at 8:00pm.

So happy to hear that "Just Another Memory" my EP of five covers has been charting on community radio; it was #2 on the Radio Western Charts and #16 on CJAM! 

 

You can download it free on the MUSIC page and you can stream on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4aivD2guyo8emHttreZEI1?si=GzIFHycmQC2JcYuLJtfZdA The Spotify version of the release also includes my back catalog of cover recordings from the Stitches & Incisions, Viper at The Virgin's Feet and Everything That Shined albums.

Wishing you all the best for 2023 and a Merry merry merry holiday season from here at the snow-covered cabin! 

Allison 

Just Another Memory - Covers Collection Available! 

I'm thrilled to announce that "Just Another Memory", my covers recording project is available here on my music page: https://allisonbrown.ca/music and will soon be available on Spotify!  You can listen or download for free, if you'd like to make a donation towards my musical adventures you can e-transfer allison@allisonbrown.ca.  Thanks so much to everyone who made donations to my Go Fund Me which made these recordings possible!  The covers EP features FIVE songs, artwork by Sarah Jane Baggio, a stellar lineup of musicians including Paul Aitken, Ian McKay, Russ Macklem, Tara Dunphy, Dan Henshall, Jedd House, and was recorded in August at London's Sugar Shack by Simon Larochette! I'm so happy with how these songs sound and hope you all enjoy!

Coming up on Monday, November 21st, I'm playing as part of the Monarch Cafe Songwriters' Series at The Bank Theatre in Leamington along with Ron Leary, Julie Ross and host with the most, Justin Latam! Tickets are $15.00, don't take a chance, get your tickets in advance here: https://checkout.square.site/buy/PHEWZLRZSXO4YMAZJV4MWLAO 

It's the last week to order your Christmas and Holiday Cards! Last day for orders is November 21st, hand-crafted cards are a great way to spread cheer to your friends, family and colleagues! You can find the order form on the cards page here: https://allisonbrown.ca/cards 

And as the holidays get closer, I'm getting ready once again to head up to my snow-covered cabin in the woods in a mystery location in Northern Ontario to share my annual "Fireside" Christmas Radio Hour, I'm searching for new Christmas, Holiday and Winter music to include, particularly from Canadian artists... this year's theme is "The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future", if you have any recommendations or if you're a musician with new holiday music to share, get in touch - allison@allisonbrown.ca.   

Thanks so much again to everyone involved in the "Just Another Memory" recording project and hope you enjoy the first recordings I've done since 2018! Allison

Holiday Cards, October in Southern Ontario 

October is here and I'm preparing for my annual Christmas and Holiday Card fundraiser; last year I hand-crafted over 200 cards, so I'm hoping for another flurry of orders that will make the sparkles fly here in my own little Santa's workshop!  More info is on the CARDS page; and you can click the order form to put in your requests!  The last day to order cards this year is Monday, November 21st, so order soon!

Recording Update: I had an amazing time in the studio in August recording at The Sugar Shack in London and FIVE new cover songs are coming your way soon.  If you haven't followed me on SPOTIFY be sure to keep posted to my page as I'll be adding the new songs soon!  Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to my Go Fund Me towards this project and you'll be getting the new tracks as soon as they're ready (before everyone else)!

I'll be spending October in Southern Ontario; doing some dog-sitting in Amherstburg, while working on a ton of great freelance projects supporting other artists and musicians. And, I'll be back at The Serenity Cafe in Windsor's Ford City on Thursday, October 27th, one hour solo set, 8:00pm, pass the hat!

Stay tuned for when those new tracks drop, and enjoy the glorious fall weather! 

Allison 

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