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Happy Spring! Back to Essex County this summer... 

Spring is springing here in Kitchener, and with the new season comes new adventures!  I've decided to move back to the farm in the greater not-at-all metropolitan Paquette Corners area in June... I've loved my time here in the KW area, and thank everyone here who were so welcoming in these strange times.  In July, I head up to lovely Elphin, Ontario for Old School Bluegrass Camp, and will be doing a songwriter residency as part of the Stone & Sky series on Pelee Island for some of August.  In September, I'm heading out west to Vancouver Island on a housesitting trip, as folks start to plan vacations again I've already had more offers for housesitting opportunities, so if you'd like me to take care of your place and pets while you're away, get in touch soon! 

Would love to put together some backyard house concerts or outdoor patio concerts somewhere in the mix of this - get in touch if you'd like to book a show, allison@allisonbrown.ca.

Back in February, I was part of some online shows, thrilled to be part of Carolyn Mark's Hootenanny and Acoustic Spotlight, here's some links if you missed them:

Carolyn Mark's 48th Virtual Hootennany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exXEnJl0seA

Acoustic Spotlight Part One: https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown/videos/10158859307661023

Acoustic Spotlight Part Two: https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown/videos/10158859432366023

Was thrilled to join the vaccine mosh pit with my fellow Gen-Xers earlier this spring, getting closer to ending this pandemic and getting back to live shows!

Stay tuned for more summer adventures on the horizon!
Allison 

Hootenanny! and Acoustic Spotlight 

Happy Winter...!  Been in hibernation mode and cozying in here in Kitchener, watching the snowy scenes from the top of Cedar Hill... 

A few virtual gigs coming up... I'll be back on Carolyn Mark's amazing virtual Hootenanny on Sunday, February 7th (My Birthday "Eve")... stay tuned to the SHOWS page for the link to watch online, I'll be playing a 3 song set.  Carolyn hosts the Hootenanny every Sunday night, and has been going strong since the early days of the pandemic - features all-star guests from across the country and around the world! Starts at 4:20pm Victoria time, 7:20pm Ontario time!

And on February 17th, I'll be back on Acoustic Spotlight - London's long running Wednesday night house concert series that has gone virtual..!  Tune in to the opening set by host Jake Levesque at 6:30pm and then I'll take the virtual stage at 7:00pm for about a 40 minute set of covers and a few originals.  Tune in at my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown or https://www.facebook.com/acousticspotlightlondonont

I'm looking ahead at spring and summer performances - so if you're hosting an outdoor house concert, mini-festival or anywhere you think you'd like to have me sing a few songs, get in touch at allison@allisonbrown.ca   And - I'm revving up my work search for jobs and projects.. let me know how my many superpowers can help you - check out my resume here!

 

Stay safe and cozy out there and tune in for some virtual shows coming up in February!

Allison 

"Fireside" Christmas Radio Hour 

The snow is softly falling here at my snow-covered cabin in the woods in a mystery location in Northern Ontario as I chop wood and hand-pick my favourite Christmas, hoilday and winter music to share with you on my annual "Fireside" Christmas Radio Hour.  I always look forward to wishing you all a Merry Christmas over the radio and internet airwaves, and you can tune in from anywhere in the world - even the North Pole!  This year is extra special as four great community stations will be airing the show!  Here's the full schedule on where and when you can tune in:

CHRW - Sunday, December 20th at 8:00pm on 94.9fm in London or www.radiowestern.ca 

CJAM - Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24 at 2:30pm and Christmas Day Friday, December 25 at 6:30pm on 99.1fm in Windsor/Detroit or www.cjam.ca 

MIDTOWN RADIO - Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24th at 9:00pm and Christmas Day Friday, December 25th at 3:00pm on www.midtownradio.ca 

CKWR - Christmas Day Morning 9:00am on 98.5fm in Kitchener/Waterloo or on www.ckwr.ca

Tune in for 90 minutes of Christmas music featuring jazz, folk, country, bluegrass, pop, indie-rock; classics and brand new songs with lots of Canadian songwriters.  As always - a Mariah-Carey-Free zone.  

I had a busy fall working with Kitchener's Festival Of Neighbourhoods on their annual celebration, this year happening online.  Check out some fun neighbourhood interview videos I put together as I explore my new hometown on - https://www.facebook.com/FONKitchener.  Hard to believe I've been in town for a half-year already!

The episode of Music From Windecker road featuring myself and Will Gilliespie  is airing on Eastlink Cable this month as one of 6 Tuesday night episodes; check out the promo video: https://www.facebook.com/windeckerroadfilms/videos/1445269612349581

And I was also part of an online video birthday tribute to my friend and musical mentor David Essig! 

Wishing you all the best for this very different holiday season, and looking forward to more adventures as we jump into 2021 !

Merry merry merry, Allison 

 

 

Autumn Rambles 

September was a whirlwind of early autumn adventures kicked off by a great weekend back in London playing at the legendary Call The Office patio with the always amazing Dan Henshall on mandolin... here's a video: https://www.instagram.com/p/CE479RfHlMJ/

Then, I headed up to lovely Elphin, Ontario for Old School Songwriting Camp... a beautiful batch of days on a farm, writing and sharing songs with old and new friends... Headed back to KW for a set at the Schneider Creek Porch party, then hopped back on the bus up to Hamilton to meet up with Will Gillespie before teaming up in Cayuga to film an episode of Music At Windecker Road... we wrote a song live in front of the TV cameras! The show will air on Eastlink Cable and online.  The show is filmed and produced by our pal Graeme Bachiu and his super crew.  Here's some photos from the set at Windecker Woods Flower Farm taken by Susan Robinson.October rolled in and I had a chance to head back to Essex County for Thanksgiving weekend at the height of the fall colours on the Greenway rail trail...And in the mix of all this I've got a full schedule of clients for my Housekeeping Services! If you're in Kitchener or Waterloo and would like to be added to my waiting list, get in touch!

I'm also working with the folks at Kitchener's Festival Of Neighbourhoods on an exciting online celebration happening Sunday, November 15th... I'm creating some spotlight videos on different Kitchener neighbouhoods and planning "A Mosaic Of Neighbourhoods".. check it out: https://festivalofneighbourhoods.ca/

And as October fades into November, my annual hibernation sets in and no gigs are in the works... in these strange times I've got nothing on the gig calendar for the first time in a long while... but stay tuned for some fun holiday projects and more Drinking Alone live videos on Facebook...

Hope you're loving all the fall colours as much as I am and settling into the cozy sweater season!
Allison 

New Videos, Late Summer Gigs, and More! 

Hello folks... it's been a strange and different summer with lots of new things cookin'..! I've had a lovely, quiet summer easing into my new home town here in Kitchener, meeting new friends while staying safe and socially distanced in this bittersweet summer.. really missing gigs and festivals, so now that things are slowly re-opening I've got some gigs in the works! 

Coming up Sunday, September 6th I'm re-uniting with Dan Henshall for an outdoor patio gig at the legendary Call The Office in London!  We start at 7pm and will go till about 11pm or so, Pay What You Can! Stay tuned for details on some surprise special guests! Check it out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1214249732286669/

Then I'm off to Old School Songwriting Camp September 11th to 13th - the fine folks at Old School Bluegrass Camp are hosting two weekend songwriting workshop camps with Juno-winning songwriter David Francey! I'll be on deck as Camp Assistant to Camp Director Jenny Whiteley, hosting song circles and campfire jams and even maybe writing a new song myself! Check it out at https://oldschoolbluegrasscamp.wordpress.com/As we slide into deep September, I'll be playing my first gig in Kitchener since moving to town at the Schneider Creek "Walk Around Our Hood Festival" on Saturday, September 19th... stay tuned for time, and for whose beautiful front porch I'll be singing from at this fun music, art and community event! https://www.facebook.com/events/769727983839406/  

I also have a brand new video of Bob Dylan's "One More Cup Of Coffee" along with my violin-playing pal Alison Corbett!  

https://youtu.be/RU1SvQwAGik

And earlier in August, I did another episode in my "Drinking Alone" isolation live video series, this time from my new place and featuring my electric guitar! Watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown/videos/10158355953551023/  

Also been still looking for regular work, taking on all kinds of projects and ramping up my Housekeeping Services... I have a few clients I've been cleaning for but I'm looking for a few more - Don't Let Housework Get You Down!

Hope to see some of you London pals at Call The Office on September 6th and make sure to make the most of the late summer days still ahead!

Allison 

More live videos, moving to Kitchener! 

July is on the horizon and as restrictions are starting to ease here in Ontario, I'm taking a big step and finally going ahead with my plan to move up to Kitchener! I found an amazing place all to myself right downtown at a comfortable price... so I'll miss the hot Southern Ontario summers and the Lake Erie swims, but I'm looking forward to a new start... so, if you have any projects or covid-safe work I can help you out with, give me a shout! I do house-cleaning and dog walking, paint jobs and garden work among my many superpowers. 

A few things coming up before I make my big move! 

Wednesday, June 24th at 8:00pm I'm playing a 45 minute or so set live on Acoustic Spotlight London Online; continuing the long-standing weekly house concert series.  You can tune in on my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown or on Acoustic Spotlight London's FB Page -  https://www.facebook.com/acousticspotlightlondonont

Sunday, June 28th, I'm playing my first post-pandemic live show as a social distanced backyard house concert with a very small invite list.  Private party, part of the Stone & Sky series.  

Wednesday, July 1st I'm playing as part of Amherstburg's Oh Canada! Virtual Canada Day celebration with a 20 minute set of all-Canadian songs live at 3:00pm on the Visit Amherstburg FB page - https://www.facebook.com/events/1139913363023810/

I made a short mini-film to promote the event - check it out!

Did a few more Trailer Videos as part of the "Drinking Alone" Series:

Episode Three - All Originals: https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown/videos/10158178010701023

Episode Four: https://www.facebook.com/allisoncbrown/videos/10158204192121023

Hope you're all staying safe and healthy as we settle into this strange summer without festival weekends and touring adventures... and looking forward to my exciting next chapter in Kitchener - see you there or online!
Allison 

 

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 SUNDAY JUNE 7th at 3:00pm https://www.facebook.com/events/272081507496155/ 

 

 

RESCHEDULED from Friday the 5th to Sunday the 7th due to extreme heat conditions!! 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: