Tuesday, November 27, 2018

December is on the doorstep...reflecting on an amazing 2018... lots of new adventures, highlighted by Assembly Line gigs in Wheatley and on Pelee Island, Old School Bluegrass Camp, working with Windsor Classic Chorale, recording "Currents Collide" and more... looking forward to my annual Border City Roots Fireside Christmas Radio Hour on December 20th on CJAM!
Tune in Thursday, December 20th at 10:30am as I broadcast live by the roaring fireplace at my snow-covered cabin in the woods in a secret location in Northern Ontario. CJAM 99.fm in Windsor/Detroit, www.cjam.ca from anywhere in the world (including the North Pole)!

Windsor Classic Chorale will be singing at several community events this holiday season - I'll be joining up on a few in the alto section!

To round out a great year of gigging, I'll be joining up with Tim Swaddling for some back-up harmonies at Taloola on December 29th!

It's been a great year of music and adventures - Happy Holidays to everyone and all the best for 2019!
Allison

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Beautiful times in Kitchener area through October.. great shows with new and old pals and enjoying the autumn weather and colours.. back in Deep Ontario South for November as fall subsides and we look into winter... couple things cookin'..
Thursday, November 15th I get to play a short set opening for Jane Siberry at the Kordazone Theatre here in Windsor...
https://www.facebook.com/events/256528265004606/
and the next day I'm back in Tecumseh for a dinner show at Carrots N' Dates, Friday, November 16th 6:00pm to 8:00pm...
and later on in November I'm playing a set at a special Rotary Club Event at Phog, Wednesday, November 21st.. https://www.facebook.com/events/486543645186848/


Big thanks to everyone who made pledges for CJAM's annual Pledge Drive helping keep campus/community radio alive in Windsor and Detroit!  You can still make pledges at https://grouprev.com/CJAM35 ...!  So happy that "Border City Roots" exceeded my pledge drive goal this year - keep tuning in 10:30am to 12 Noon every Thursday at 99.1fm in Windsor/Detroit or on cjam.ca!

I'm home for the winter and into the springtime - always on the lookout for winter projects including, house and pet sitting, writing, musician services, event organization, and more! If you have a job for me, give a shout allison@allisonbrown.ca..!

See you in the late autumn air!
Allison

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Kitchener in October...

The leaves are changing colour here in Kitchener, where I'm spending most of the month of October on another glorious house-sitting adventure... got a couple area shows lined up!
I'll be playing a set on Saturday, October 13th at the 7th Annual Talbot Street Firepit Potluck Harvest Picnic along with Alison Corbett and Twas Now! This is a private party, so email allison@allisonbrown.ca and I can connect you with the details! https://www.facebook.com/events/2070370939941087/

Wednesday, October 17th I'll be at the Boathouse for a show with Alison Corbett, and Barry James Payne (the artist formerly known as String Bone), starting it up at 8:00pm and we'll play till about 10:00pm or so, probably later.  Steve Wood joins the fun on Pedal Steel; Pay What You Can.

Later on that week on Saturday, October 20th I pop down to London for a show with Uncle Dan Henshall on mandolin at the London Brewing Co-Op that will be broadcast live on the CHRW Radio Western Airwaves as part of Radio Western's annual Fund Drive! Tune in at 94.9fm or show up to hear us play in person and join the fun! 

So far I've been here in Kitchener for only a few days, but have been popping in to hear great music at a lot of cool venues, and hopping around at a few open stage and jams - great to be here in the sweet month of October in the K-dub!
Allison 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Back in Windsor/Essex for the whole month of September with tons of solo shows and coffeehouse performances on the books!
Thursday, September 6th ~ Carrots N' Dates ~ Walkerville 
Saturday, September 8th ~ Rino's Kitchen 
Friday, September 14th ~ Windsor Folk, Mackenzie Hall
Friday, September 21st ~ Dale's Coffeehouse, Leamington 
Friday, September 28th ~ Taloola Cafe 

My new single "Currents Collide" has been getting some excellent area radio airplay on CJAM 99.1fm, CBC on Windsor Morning and Afternoon Drive and on 93.9fm The River on Dan MacDonald's Hear + Now show! So far I've only got a few downloads - half of all proceeds go towards the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund towards reconciliation and education projects.  Give it a listen and download here:
I'll be spending most of October in Kitchener - looking at setting up some shows with some pals in the area, anywhere you can suggest, or if you'd like to host a house concert, for sure get in touch! allison@allisonbrown.ca.  I may also look into setting up another edition of my "Get Your Show On The Road" Touring Workshop as well - stay tuned!
The sweetest spot to spend September is Southwestern Ontario - see you out at some of my Windsor/Essex County shows this month!
Allison

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New Song - Currents Collide

It's true! I have a NEW SONG - my first original recording since 2015. Currents Collide is being released as a download single ONLY and can be found right here on www.allisonbrown.ca under 'Music' and on my Bandcamp page.  It will soon available on I-Tunes and Spotify in the next few weeks.  Currents Collide was inspired by the final Tragically Hip concert in August 2016, where I watched the concert on TV at the Westview Tavern on Pelee Island.  For each $8.00 download, $4.00 will be donated to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund towards reconciliation and improving the lives of First Peoples.  If you choose to pay more, half of whatever you pay will be donated towards the fund. The song was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Deni Gauthier at Second Records in St. Thomas, Ontario and features Martin Horak on Cello.
 Currents Collide will also be featured as part of CJAM's monthly 'Singles Club' so you can call in for requests on 99.1fm in Windsor/Detroit through the month of August!

I'll be spending lots of time on Pelee Island again this August as I'm headed over on the ferry this weekend to kick off the Island Unplugged Festival  on Friday, August 3rd at the new Stone House 1891 on the patio along with Kelly Hoppe (Mr.Chill) and Jedd House as the Assembly Line!  I'll be doing a special feature set at the Pelee Island Winery Pavilion on Saturday, August 4th at 2pm along with a re-assembled Assembly Line including the stellar Max Marshall on guitar, and I'm back at the winery Sunday for a solo set at 3:00pm.

Also super excited about Kingsville Folk Music Festival where I'll be stage hosting through the weekend - don't miss an amazing lineup including Jory Nash, The Mayhemingways, Ben Sures, Slocan Ramblers, Shawna Caspi and more - August 10th-12th in Lakeside Park in Kingsville!

Later on in August I've joined up with a mysterious theatre project on Pelee Island as the finale of the Stone & Sky art and performance series in the historic quarry - Equilibre happens on Sunday, August 19th on the Island!

I'll be popping over to Amherstburg for this year's Art By The River for a duet set with Karen Morand from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at Fort Malden on Saturday, August 25th.

Hope you enjoy this powerful new track - see you out festivalling in Southern Ontario through August!
Allison

Thursday, July 12, 2018

July Adventures Continue!

Amazing times over the beginning of July at Old School Bluegrass Camp where Dan and I made so many new friends, shared stories and music - and learned stuff! Can't wait to be back next year! We also had some great gigs at Capers in Belleville and at a house concert in Marmora...

Tonight Dan and I are off to Caygua to play a special show for the Cayuga Creative Exchange  at the Carolinian Cafe in Cayuga! Join us tonight Thursday, July 12th in the heart of Haldimand County!
Saturday, July 14th I take the stage at the historic Richmond Tavern in London for an afternoon show with the Assembly Line (Jedd House on Upright Bass and Uncle Dan on Mandolin) with some surprise special guests! 4pm to about 7pm Pass The Hat!
Sunday, July 15th I head up to Kitchener for another afternoon of tunes from 2pm to 5pm at TWB Brewing, Dan will be bartending at the Richmond that day so won't be able to make it after all - three super solo sets! 

Super thrilled to be performing on some workshop stages at Home County this year! I'll be joining the Willie P. Bennett Tribute workshop on Saturday July 21st at 4:30pm and the Gospel workshop at noon on Sunday, July 22nd - the best weekend of your life in Victoria Park! 

Stay tuned for more as we slide into August!
Allison

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Super-June: Part Two!

Still glowing after a magical triple-gig weekend in Southern Ontario with the most recent incarnation of The Assembly Line backing me up at The Windsor Beer Exchange, a sweet porch concert and at Two Creeks Conservation Area! Big thanks to Jedd House, Lonesome Lefty and Mr.Chill Kelly Hoppe for a great week of rehearsals and gigs!
Check out this great video for Invisible Line filmed by Charlie O'Brien at his porch house concert! https://youtu.be/QWffuUv4-kU
 
and from Two Creeks here's our Finale of "Howlin' At Midnight"!
https://www.facebook.com/heyjoe.pinsonneault/videos/10156830433507923/ 

Lots more happening in June as I team up again with Stratford's String Bone for a show at Taloola in Windsor on June 15th (8pm, PWYC), and at Amherstburg's Fort Malden on June 16th as part of a mysterious Escape Room Festival! We play from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Fort!
and again later in the month in Hamilton at the Artword Artbar on June 29th!

I round out my Super-June by returning to Toronto's Distillery District music series on Saturday, June 20th from 2pm to 4pm outdoors in the heart of the historic Distillery area! Uncle Dan joins up on Mandolin!

From there Dan and I embark for Old School Bluegrass Camp and more shows coming up in July! Stay tuned for more summer shows as things heat up!
Here's some more photos from our Assembly Line weekend...
Allison 
Allison Brown & The Assembly Line at Windsor Beer Exchange

"Mr.Chill" Kelly Hoppe, Jedd House, Allison Brown & "Lonesome Lefty" Mike Houston