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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 

More Summer Gigs! 

Howdy Folks!

Summer is in full swing and I'm back at the HQ in Essex County after some amazing rambles at Old School Bluegrass Camp in Elphin, and lovely concert at the Enchanted Roots Garden in London re-united with The Assembly Line (Jedd House on Bass, Dan Henshall on Mandolin). 

Music is reviving all over Ontario and I've got some more great shows coming up. 

 

Tonight, Saturday, July 17th - I'm at Open Streets in Kingsville at 6pm, kicking off a full lineup of music with a solo set..!

 

Next week, on Saturday, July 24th I'm in Amherstburg's Navy Yard Park for a solo set at 4pm, I also take the Navy Yard Park stage on Sunday, August 15th, also at 4pm!

Saturday, August 7th brings me back to London for a patio show at Anderson Craft Ales, with Dan Henshall on Mandolin from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

In the mix of all this, I'm taking on more fun work for musician friends, writing grants, sending music out to radio stations, bio writing and more... let my superpowers work for you - https://allisonbrown.ca/writing-administration !

See you out at a few of these LIVE shows - in person with people!! 

Allison 

July Rambles; Old School Bluegrass Camp, London Entangled Roots Concert 

Howdy Folks! June is sliding away and I've been back in Canada's Deep South in Essex County enjoying bike rides on the Greenway, ice cream in Amherstburg, and gardening at the farm.  I'm excited to get out on some summer rambles up to Elphin, Ontario for Old School Bluegrass Camp, with a stopover in London for a special Garden Concert in Byron! 

Old School Bluegrass Camp returns with it's Sixth season, the third of which I'll be along as Camp Director Jenny Whiteley's Camp Assistant.  They've added TWO new Pop-Up Camps dedicated to Fiddle & Banjo and Old Time Music bookending the full week of camp.  Spots are still available at the two 3-day camps, and spots in Guitar and Upright Bass are still available for the full week.  Check out https://oldschoolbluegrasscamp.wordpress.com/ for all the details and sign-up information! I'll be hosting the open-mic, giving the famous 'morning announcements' and hanging out at all the jams... will be awesome to see you there and share music this July! 

Tuesday, July 13th brings me to London, for my first show since Labour Day at Call The Office! The Entangled Roots Garden Concert takes place in Byron, 7:00pm to 9:00pm and includes a permaculture garden tour.  I'll be playing a few songs solo and then be re-united with Jedd House (Upright Bass) and Dan Henshall (Mandolin) as The Assembly Line for the second set. Reservations are $10 - and as numbers are very limited, as of today there is only one ticket left! Tickets online at: https://entangledroots.ca/product/garden-concert/  If you can't make it, I'll be back in London in early August, if you or anyone you know might be interested in hosting an outdoor concert, just get in touch! 

A while back, I posted a new video for "Currents Collide", which was part of Graeme Bachiu's 'Music From Windecker Road'  TV Show airing on Eastlink Cable! The full show features a brand new song co-written with Will Gillespie that we wrote while being filmed!! Have a look and listen here: https://youtu.be/i0PpgUxuNPE 

Happy Summer Everyone and remember it goes by fast - hit the beach, have that ice cream... excited to be out to play and hear live music again! 
Allison 

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.  As folks start to plan vacations again I've already had some 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