Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March is out like a lamb as temperatures rise... I've got a pretty chill April on the horizon, looking ahead and planning another fantastic summer of music and rambles. March was a whirlwind with my "Get Your Show On The Road" Touring workshop and a 30-minute songwriting challenge I led for folks at the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation conference at Point Pelee National Park:
30 Minute Songwriting Challenge
 inside an O-Tentik
Campfire 'Concert' Finale

Check out a video from our Campfire "Concert" Finale:

I'll be doing a three-song set at the next edition of Windsor Folk's Acoustic Stage on Friday, April 6th at Mackenzie Hall, if you haven't dropped in for an Acoustic Stage cm'on out and enjoy an eclectic lineup of seasoned and brand new performers - 8pm, Pass The Hat!

And later in the month I'll be doing an opening set for my pal Dave Quanbury, April 26th at Phog as he releases his new record, 'Still Life With Canadian'.

Up ahead in May, I'll be at Carrots and Dates in Tecumseh for a dinner show on Friday, May 25th.

Looking ahead to July where I'll be working as an assistant at Old School Bluegrass Camp in Prince Edward County!
Registrations are open for a week of master classes in Fiddle, Banjo (Clawhammer and Bluegrass), Dobro, Bass, Mandolin, Vocals and Guitar! There's also a Bass Scholarship that covers the entire cost of camp you can apply for until June 1st. Check it out and register today! www.oldschoolbluegrasscamp.wordpress.com

I'm also working on booking a small tour around the Prince Edward County, Belleville, Kingston, Trenton, Peterborough area from July 7th to 11th so if you know of any venues or festivals I should connect with, or if you'd like to set up a house concert let me know!

2009 called and suggested I should probably join Instagram!  I've just set up a profile and figuring out how it all works:

Singing and springing - stay tuned!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

February was a flurry of music and celebrations as I rang in my 40's in style.. had a great time rambling up the highway meeting up with pals along the way... lots on the horizon for March!
My pals from Winnipeg, The New Customs gave me a fantastic birthday present by covering "All Our Emergencies" as part of their "52 Songs We Didn't Write" project - so thrilled to hear their version...Thanks Dale & Emma !! https://www.facebook.com/TheNewCustoms/videos/1866976359982298/
Coming up on Wednesday, March 14th, at 6:30pm I'm hosting "Get Your Show On The Road: Touring In Canada" as part of the Arts Council of Windsor and Region's "Art:Work" workshop series.  Lots of tips on booking, scheduling, geography, parking, packing and more - an in-depth look behind the scenes of touring life as an independent musician in Canada.  Register in advance at: http://acwr.net/workshops/acwr-art-work-workshop-get-your-show-on-the-road-touring-in-canada-with-allison-brown/

Lots going on with The Windsor Classic Chorale in March as well - The Windsor Choral Festival, United In Song is coming up March 1st - 3rd and concludes with a special concert featuring choirs from all over the Windsor Essex region.  And - a free vocal workshop open to singers of all levels on Friday, March 2nd hosted by guest choral clinician Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff.  Get your sing on at The Windsor Choral Festival! 

No need for a boredom meltdown as winter slowly slips away - lots going on!
See you out there!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Lots coming up as we leave January behind.. and I leave my 30's behind and enter my 40th year, celebrating with a rip up the 401 to play some fun shows and team up with lots of musical pals..!

Friday, February 2nd ~ Willie P. Bennett Tribute, Revival House, Stratford
Saturday, February 3rd ~ Musical Chairs! At The St. Regis Tavern, London
Tuesday, February 6th ~ The Local, Toronto with Will Gillespie
Thursday, February 8th *Allison's Birthday ~ special guesting at The Cameron House with Corin Raymond & The Sundowners
Friday, February 9th ~ The Cornerstone, Guelph with Northland Rail Service
Saturday, February 10th ~ Willie P. Bennett Tribute, Aeolian Hall, London
Sunday, February 11th - Private Party, Fingal

back home for another fundraiser in Amherstburg, February 17th for Kids Curing Cancer... and later in February...
Friday, February 23rd ~ Taloola Cafe, Windsor

Hope to see you all at these string of shows as I rip through Southern Ontario on my Birthday Week.

January flew by with my new role as General Manager for the Windsor Classic Chorale, I'll miss their February concert as I'll be touring, but if you're in a romantic mood and hungry for choral music check out "If Music Be The Food Of Love", coming up February 10th at Paulin Memorial Church in South Windsor.

Coming up on Wednesday, March 14th I'm hosting a workshop on touring!  "Get Your Show On The Road: Touring In Canada" is presented by the Arts Council of Windsor & Region... be sure to register early!

Hope to see you all on my February run and join the party!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 was an amazing year of interesting and unexpected opportunities - thanks for coming along for the ride! Looking ahead at 2018 there's some new projects and celebrations as I turn the page into my forties..!
Happy to have accepted a position with the Windsor Classic Chorale as their General Manager!  I'll be helping to organise and promote concerts, seek sponsorship and more.  Have a look at what's coming up for their exciting season at www.windsorclassicchorale.org ...!

Ramping up for a February Birthday Week Tour including two tribute concerts to the great Willie P. Bennett.
Friday, February 2nd ~ Willie P. Bennett Tribute, Revival House, Stratford
Saturday, February 3rd ~ Musical Chairs! At The St. Regis Tavern, London
Tuesday, February 6th ~ The Local, Toronto with Will Gillespie
Thursday, February 8th *Allison's Birthday ~ special guesting at The Cameron House with Corin Raymond & The Sundowners
Friday, February 9th ~ The Cornerstone, Guelph with Northland Rail Service
Saturday, February 10th ~ Willie P. Bennett Tribute, Aeolian Hall, London
Sunday, February 11th - Private Party, Fingal
and later in February I'm back at Taloola...
Friday, February 23rd ~ Taloola Cafe, Windsor

I'm still looking for part-time work and adding more freelance projects to my schedule as winter rolls through... my biggest resolution is to do more HARMONY SINGING on stage and for session projects, so if you've got something on the go, give a shout!

Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The last month of the year is fast approaching, and as the falling leaves turn into snowflakes I'm reminiscing about an interesting year of new adventures, making plans for 2018 and getting in the holiday spirit!

My annual "Border City Roots" Fireside Christmas Radio Hour is on Thursday, December 21st this year, I'm starting to chop my firewood to bring up to my snow-covered cabin in the woods to broadcast live by the fireside and share my Christmas favourites!  Tune in at 10:30am to Noon on CJAM 99.1fm in Windsor/Detroit or from anywhere in the world (including the North Pole) at www.cjam.ca!

And earlier in December I'll be joining up with Mouthpiece Storytelling for their final show of the year at Villains Beastro on December 8th as their musical guest!  The theme for the evening is "Childhood", 7:00pm, Free Admission!

Finally I've updated my email address- you can now email me at allison@allisonbrown.ca!
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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October is flying by and I'm back home from touring adventures with Carolyn Mark and her New Best Friends!  We had a fantastic tour through Eastern Ontario to Montreal; highlights included a surprise peek at the Sloan recording studio, playing at The Horseshoe and The Black Sheep, picking up an amazing fringe jacket in Toronto, hiking up the mountain in Montreal and connecting with so many friends along the way. 

I'm back at the Southern Ontario homestead for a long while, just in time for CJAM's annual PLEDGE DRIVE..! Super excited about being back live on Border City Roots after a long-ish tour/work hiatus.  This year, I'm offering a THEME CHALLENGE to listeners who pledge $50 or more to the show.  With your $50 pledge, I'll create a full episode featuring songs on YOUR THEME!  You can donate online here: https://grouprev.com/CJAMPledge-border-city-roots or you can call in during my special Pledge Drive show on Thursday, October 26th from 10:30am to 12:00 noon, CJAM 99.1fm in Windsor/Detroit or online at www.cjam.ca.

Coming up on November 11th, I'm back at Taloola in Windsor joining up with my Stratford pal String Bone for an hour of duets from our collected songbook - don't miss it! 8:00pm to 9:00pm, Pass The Hat!
Later on in November I'll be teaming up with Lauren Baillargeon and her musical family and friends for another fundraiser for Kids Curing Cancer, November 26th at St. Andrew's Church in Amherstburg.. stay tuned for more details!

Don't miss your chance to support community radio in Windsor/Detroit by making your pledge to CJAM's annual Pledge Drive! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Halfway through my adventures working at The Pelee Island Winery Pavilion out on Pelee Island this September..been beautiful on the Island, summer weather, swimming, biking and stunning sunsets every night... and of course, wine! Looking ahead to October which brings eight super shows with Carolyn Mark on our 'Middle Eastern' Tour that brings us to Hamilton, London, Toronto (twice!), Wolfe Island, Peterborough, Wakefield and Montreal!  We'll be joined by many guests along our way including Jenny Whiteley and many more 'New Best Friends"..! Uncle Dan is with us on the road too!

Thursday, October 5th - Hamilton - The Casbah w/Jenny Whiteley, 8pm, $15.00
Saturday, October 7th - London - The Richmond Tavern w/Jenny Whiteley, 4pm, Pass The Hat
Sunday, October 8th - Toronto - The Horseshoe Hootenanny w/Jenny Whiteley, Li'l Andy, David Newberry, Tony Dekker, Lindy, Corin Raymond, Bobby Dove, Joey Wright, Kristine Schmitt, Gregory "Goose" Macdonald, Kenneth Paul Kelly and hopefully Sam Allison
Tuesday, October 10th - Toronto - The Local, 9pm, PWYC
Thursday, October 12th - Wolfe Island - TBA
Friday, October 13th - Peterborough - The Garnet w/Naomi Kavka, probably 9pm, around $10
Saturday, October 14th - Wakefield - The Black Sheep Inn - 8:30pm, $15
Monday, October 16th - Montreal - Brasserie Beaubien  w/  Lil Andy, Bobby Dove, $10 adv/$15 door

Looking forward to the tour of a lifetime with Carolyn and her New Best Friends!!!
Check it out - http://carolynmark.com/  
In the meantime, loving the unique natural beauty of Pelee Island - here's some photos!
Monarch Migration on Pelee Island

Walking to work snack at the Winery

Pelee Island's Historic Lighthouse

Striking Sunsets on the West Coast of Pelee Island