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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 

 

 

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