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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 

Website Re-Design, March Adventures! 

Howdy Folks! February brought some great adventuring up in London with dog-sitting and some music, had a chance to join The Rizdales for a few songs during their monthly show at The Richmond Tavern, and catch up with lots of friends! 

I'm back in London again at The Richmond Tavern coming up Sunday, March 12th as a special guest with Emily Garber, 3pm to 6pm, Pay What You Can! https://www.facebook.com/events/9132018290206905

I'll be hanging out in London for the week before heading to Guelph, and then to Old School Song Writing Camp on Wolfe Island! 

Brought to you by the Old School Camps team, there are spots still available for Old School Bluegrass and Fiddle & Banjo Camps coming up in July, check it out: https://oldschoolcamps.com/ 

And happy to show off the newly redesigned allisonbrown.ca featuring photography by Sarah Kivell

 

Booking home and pet-sitting into fall and early winter 2023, find out more at https://allisonbrown.ca/house-pet-sitting

Can't wait to see you on my March adventuring back in London, Guelph and Wolfe Island!

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