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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:

 

 

January and February Gigs 

Happy New Year and welcome all to my brand new allisonbrown.ca! - glad to have a refreshing new update for a new decade! If you were on my old email newsletter list - you have to re-sign up for updates here in the contact section.

Spending time in Kitchener, Guelph, Toronto, London and Kitchener again this winter - with a few stops at home at the farm in Southern Ontario. Still looking for work of all kinds - so you can have a look at my resume here on the new website as well.  Amidst some dog-sitting and work-searching - I have a few gigs on the calendar too.  This weekend I play two opening sets in Kitchener, at the Registry Theatre opening for Gathering Sparks on Saturday, January 18th and on Sunday, January 19th I'm opening for New York songwriter James Van Deuson at Emmanuel United Church in Waterloo.  

On the horizon in February I'll be back at long last to the Local Pub in Toronto joined by my pal Amanda Lynn Stubley on February 11th, and I'm at the romantic St. Regis Tavern in London on Saturday, February 15th re-uniting The Assembly Line band after a long fall/winter break.  Yes - there will still be Ginger Cookies up for grabs at the Regis Sweet Draw and you can keep the tupperware.  Check it out!

"Fireside Christmas Radio Hour" - Christmas Eve 

BORDER CITY ROOTS FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS RADIO HOUR 
Christmas Eve, December 24th 
6:30pm to 8:30pm (Two Hours!) 
Live From A Snow-Covered Cabin In The Woods on CJAM 99.1fm or cjam.ca. 
Spend Christmas Eve tuning in live from a snow-covered cabin in a secret location in Northern Ontario as I share Christmas and Winter songs by the fireside on CJAM 99.1fm in Windsor/Detroit or on cjam.ca from anywhere in the world! An annual Christmas tradition... get your mug of hot chocolate and join me fireside on Christmas Eve for a special TWO HOUR radio hour full of holly jolly jingle jangles and heartwarming songs and stories. 
www.cjam.ca