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!
Allison

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! 
Allison 

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!
Allison
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

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August is trailing off and cool breezes are in the air - bringing along Uncle Dan to round out the summer with a mini-tour with my pal Ali McCormick, and the Shelter Valley Folk Festival!

We kick off the mini-tour with a stop in Guelph at The Cornerstone for a Wednesday night show on August 30th with our pal Max Marshall - don't miss this first time quartet appearance! PWYC, 9:00pm!  Ali, Dan and I go from there to a special house concert at Amherst Island's Topsy Farms on Thursday, August 31st - email for details allisoncbrown@yahoo.com.

Labour Day weekend brings us to the Shelter Valley Folk Festival near Cobourg where I'll be doing some stage hosting through the day and singing a few songs!  It's the finale of the 13 year festival history so be sure to be there!

Holiday Monday, September 4th brings us to The Old Church Theatre in Trenton/Quinte for an afternoon concert beginning at 2pm! Perfect way to wrap up your Shelter Valley weekend just 35 minutes on your way to Kingston from the festival site.  Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door - don't take a chance, get your tickets in advance here:
http://oldchurch.ca/event/allison-brown-ali-mccormick-uncle-dan-henshall/

Taking a 'gig-break' for September where I'll be living on beautiful Pelee Island working for the whole month at the Pelee Island Winery.  I'll be off the radar for a while, working, writing, and enjoying all this magical southern Ontario island has to offer!

Then, in October I hit the road with the Queen Of Vancouver Island, Carolyn Mark! We'll be performing in Waterloo, Hamilton, London, Toronto, Peterborough, Wakefield and more - stay tuned to the concerts page for updates!

See you at Shelter Valley and along our road to the festival !
Allison

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August is already rolling along and I'm just back on the radar after a magical weekend at Pelee Island Unplugged, fantastic music and still feeling the island vibes!  This weekend I'm on deck for some stage hosting throughout the Kingsville Folk Festival weekend August 11th to 13th at Lakeside Park in Kingsville - I'll be joining the always fashion-forward Magoo as a co-host for Friday night's mainstage!

On the flipside of the KFF weekend, I'll be headed right to Stratford to play a few songs from back in the Perth County Conspiracy days at the Black Swan Coffeehouse Revival Fundraiser on Monday, August 14th!

Later on in the month I'll be performing at Leamington's Sip And Savour Festival on Friday, August 18th for a solo set beginning at 8:00pm, and I head to Amherstburg the following weekend for a noon set in the craft tent at Fort Malden on Saturday, August 26th at Art By The River.  .. great gigs in my Southwestern Ontario stompin' grounds to round out August.

I'll be heading out on a mini-tour with the 'Lioness of Lanark County', Ali McCormick at the end of the month, up in Guelph at the Cornerstone on August 30th with our pal Max Marshall... 


and then to Amherst Island for a special house concert at The Wool Shed at Topsy Farms on August 31st before heading to the Shelter Valley Folk Festival near Cobourg where I'll be doing some stage hosting and workshops!

Labour Day brings us to Trenton for an afternoon concert Monday, September 4th at the Old Church Theatre!  Tickets are available online - so get yours in advance here:


  
Here's a few photos from my recent summer rambles; see you at home and on the road!

On Stage At The So-Ho Bar & Grill in London!
Pelee Islander is #1 - a wavy ride to Island Unplugged!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Exeter's Elusive White Squirrel
July is flying by and I've been having a blast here in Exeter, Ontario working with The Bach Music Festival of Canada..! It's been two amazing Bach-to-Bach weekends of music, and I did see one of Exeter's famously elusive White Squirrels! Lots on the horizon as July rolls into August - Sunday, July 23rd I'll be joining up with Lonesome Lefty for a concert at the Two Creeks Conservation Area in Wheatley, 6:30pm, PWYC. C'mon out to Wheatley for an evening of your favourite country music and some surprises!

I'm back in London on Thursday, August 3rd for my first performance at the new So-Ho Bar And Grill (466 South Street) along with my pal String Bone! 9:00pm PWYC!

Super excited to be part of the line-up for this year's Pelee Island Unplugged! An amazing two days of music on Canada's southernmost Island destination!  Including Elliott Brood, The Ron Leary Sextet, Samantha Martin & The Delta Sugar and more of your favourites.  I take the stage with Uncle Dan around 5:30pm 'Island Time' on Sunday, August 6th.
Later in August I'll be doing some Stage Hosting for the Kingsville Folk Music Festival coming up August 11th through 13th at Lakeside Park in Kingsville!  Another stellar lineup including Sylvia Tyson, Cowboy Junkies and more! 
More on the list for August: 
Friday, August 18th ~ Leamington Sip & Savour, 8:00pm
Saturday, August 26th ~ Art By The River, Amherstburg, Noon
and even more coming up as September rolls in - check the In Concert section for more!

See you out at so many fantastic festivals this summer!
Allison

Monday, May 29, 2017

June is upon us and summer in Southwestern Ontario will soon be in full bloom!  Got a few shows coming up in June and July that keep me down here in the stompin' grounds and up to the big smoke for a rare Toronto show!

This weekend I team up with the one and only Lonesome Lefty for a night of songs at the Bridge House in Kingsville from 9:00pm to 1:00am on Saturday, June 3rd! Holy Smokes! 19 Main Street E., Kingsville.  No cover!

Saturday, June 10th brings me up to the city for a rare Toronto show as part of the Distillery District music series where I'll be joined by a surprise special guest!  2pm to 4pm!

Later on in June I join up with Lauren Baillargeon and her band of family and friends for a special fundraiser in Amherstburg for Kids Curing Cancer on Sunday, June 25th! 2:00pm at St. Andrew's Church, donations all towards helping these super kids fight cancer!

Thrilled to be working for a few weeks through July in Exeter as a Production Assistant for The Bach Music Festival of Canada, where I'll be helping with setting up and helping organize this fabulous festival of concerts celebrating the music of Bach!

Friday, July 7th brings me back to Pelee Island Winery for an afternoon of music with Karen Morand from 4pm to 8pm... and later in August I'll be back on Pelee to play as part of the Pelee Unplugged Festival!

See you out in the summer sun!
Allison