Midnight + Swing Time ~ December 18
Allison Crowe's music + movies mash-up series takes another joy-filled turn in this homage to the 1936 b/w film classic, "Swing Time".
This "Never Gonna Dance"
sequence features the immortal dancing of Fred Astaire and
Ginger Rogers - choreographed by Astaire and Hermes Pan.
The film's directed by George Stevens.
The music soundtrack is "Midnight", a recording from Allison Crowe's debut CD - on which her voice and piano is accompanied by the bass-playing of Dave Baird and the drumming of Kevin Clevette.
What Child Is This (Greensleeves) ~ December 14
Allison Crowe, solo, here performs her jazz arrangement of the traditional “What Child Is This (Greensleeves)”. Recorded live-in-the-studio by film-maker Alex Postowoi and his team: Karen Duthie, Randy Rotheisler (cameras); & Shirley Claydon (editor). Audio captured by Larry Anschell at Turtle Recording, White Rock, BC, Canada: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsIVLKjzerU
Ten years ago, Allison Crowe and her trio of Dave Baird (bass) and Kevin Clevette (drums) performed live for a television audience at The New VI (now A-Channel), “Pandora’s Box” studio in Victoria, BC, Canada. This one-hour “Tidings” tv special, from producer Doug Slack and crew, was broadcast across the nation – from British Columbia to Newfoundland – for years, each Christmas season. Here’s Allison and the boys performing her jazz arrangement of a traditional – “What Child Is This (Greensleeves)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMm21jRXG7M
Allison Crowe in Be-CREATIVE: Found in Translation ~ December 11
Italy’s Be-CREATIVE has Allison on its cover this month - http://be-creative.lifestylecommunity.it/3 - and, now, the feature is translated for us all by the fine Italian hand of Rhonda C.
“Allison Crowe: La Sua Voce Ha Stregato Anche L’uomo D’acciaio,” says the publication’s cover - "Allison Crowe: her voice has bewitched even the Man of Steel" – and, here’s the rest of the story:
Allison Crowe, originally from Nanaimo, (November 16, 1981), is a Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist. She records for her own label, Rubenesque Records Ltd. Her first albums, Secrets and Tidings, were published in 2004, while the double album Live at Wood Hall, recorded live on tour, was published in July, 2005. She also produced a DVD containing live in-the-studio performances made during the recording of Tidings, in November 2005.
Of Irish, Scottish and Manx descent, Allison grew up listening to jazz, classical, and rock, and under the influences of musicians such as Ani DiFranco, Pearl Jam, Tori Amos, and Counting Crows.
Her music is the result of the union of all these genres, and the uniqueness of her voice has such force that it has been compared to that of Mahalia Jackson. She usually accompanies herself with the piano.
Her percussive style, characterized by a great physicality, was often associated with the pioneers of R&B and rock and roll like Fats Domino. She perform as a soloist, and has also been a part of musical bands, specifically a trio known as the Allison Crowe Band (2000-2003).
One of her songs, Whether I'm Wrong, composed in early 2003, was selected for the initiative endorsed by UNESCO, New Songs for Peace. However, she is also very popular for her interpretations of songs by other authors, from Jerome Kern and Pearl Jam, through to John Lennon, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Her interpretation of the song Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) was named Record of the Week by Record of the Day (UK) in August 2004, and again in November, 2005. Towards the end of 2005, she held a series of concerts in Europe, with stops in Dublin, London, Monaco, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Paris. In the spring of 2006, Allison Crowe made a coast-to-coast tour of her own country, making most of the journey by VIA Rail Canada Company.
In October 2006, she released her new album, This Little Bird, and subsequently held a series of concerts that have touched England, Ireland, and Scotland. On March 17, 2010, she released the album "Spiral". Recently, she has also performed in Italy, specifically in 2010, and 2012, at the Teatro del Sale in Florence. In 2013, she appeared in a cameo role in the film "Man of Steel" directed by Zack Snyder and released in Italian cinemas on June 20.
Q: Hi Allison, how are you? Singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist: with which of these roles do you identify most?
A: I'm doing great, thanks! I don't know if there is one thing that I do that expresses myself the best - I'd have to say it's likely a combo of all of these things! I'm always wanting to learn new ways to express myself and explore new things, and they sort of all work together in that way.
Q: In addition to having made several albums, you also really love the connection with the audience, and the thing that is more amazing is that your voice is as beautiful, and vibrant live as on CD. How important is it for you the relationship with your fans?
A: I think my favourite part of what I do is the live performance and getting to interact with a live audience, and see and hear how they respond. My relationship with my audience is incredibly important to me, as the energy I get from people is energy I put in to doing what I do.
Q: Where do you prefer to perform: in large concert halls, or in a more intimate environment, perhaps with fewer people?
A: All of the different types of venues all have great features! A smaller, cozier show is nice because everyone is up close and it's such a nice feeling, whereas a larger seated theatre show is maybe more dramatic and theatrical - due to the various circumstances that come with that. (lighting, seating, etc.) - and outdoor shows are big, fun and lively events with lots of energy. They are pretty much all good, in their different ways!
Q: From where does the inspiration for your albums come?
A: I get inspiration for writing from different places for each album - a lot of it has come from my past relationships with people or the world around me. This new album (Heavy Graces) is more to do with my relationship with myself, than anything else, and how I go about dealing with and viewing that, from both in and outside of myself.
Q: Your slogan is “Why music? Why breathing?”. With this phrase it is as if you want to say that music is life, energy for your soul. True?
A: It is! I find if I go too long without music, in one way or another, I feel like something is missing - especially live performance. It's just who I am.
A: It's very cool to see a song I've written be used for dance - I love dance (and I wish I could dance like that!). I love seeing someone's interpretation of what I've written through movement, and they've done such a wonderful job!
Q: You recently participated in the film “Man of Steel” about the origins of Superman. How’s it to play "yourself", a singer, in such an important movie?
A: It was such a cool experience being in Man of Steel - just to see how everything works, and what everyone else does in making a movie, and how good they are at what they do! For me, playing a singer in a bar definitely wasn't a stretch, and is something I've done for a very long time, so it felt pretty natural.
Q: Plans for the future? Maybe a visit to Italy for your concerts?
A: My new album, Heavy Graces, was released on October 15, and I will be in Europe for a tour in 2014, in the Spring, and hopefully in Italy soon.
Nota Bene: Allison Crowe anticipates at least two European tour visits in 2014
To the Be-CREATIVE collaborators we say grazie!! Buon Natale – to all! :)
Be-CREATIVE Covers Allison Crowe ~ December 8
Joy! ~ December 6
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree has deep roots – as we hear in this carol first shared in the 1800s. Here’s a joyous performance from Allison captured by Alex Postowoi and crew at the merry and bright Turtle Recording studios in White Rock, Canada:
In France they kiss... AND skate on Main Street! ~ December 4
Closer magazine’s Eliane da Costa reports:
"Florent Torres avait épaté les jurés et le public la semaine dernière. Cette semaine, le petit protégé de Surya Bonaly va tenter de renouveler l'exploit en réalisant un double piqué. Pour cela, le chanteur s'est entraîné toute la semaine avec plus ou moins de succès. Et c'est sur Hallelujah d'Allison Crowe qu'il va essayer de relever le défi. Avec une moyenne de 10,5 Florent Torres prend provisoirement la tête du classement."
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet Opens "Doorway" Anew ~ November 30
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet will perform its brilliant and beautiful dance, choreographed by Jorden Morris - "The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen" in a mixed repertoire program - January 25, 2014 at the Eric Harvie Theatre, The Banff Centre - Alberta, Canada:
"Royal Winnipeg Ballet returns to The Banff Centre with a unique mixed program that will not appear anywhere else on their Canadian tour. The complex and beautiful songs of Leonard Cohen come to life in Jorden Morris’s new ballet, The Doorway. Plus works by Banff Centre alumnus Peter Quanz, William Forsyth, and Canadian dance legend, Brian Macdonald.
Quantz by Quanz – Peter Quanz
The Doorway – Jorden Morris
Pas D’Action – Brian Macdonald"
Amazing choreography, dancers and spirit combine for one of the most exciting and enervating collaborative opportunities ever enjoyed by Allison Crowe – whose interpretation of Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, she’s thrilled, is part of this ballet: http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/hallelujah
Banff, already a wonderful place to be, will be even moreso when the RWB comes to town!
Sophia Lee dances to Allison Crowe's performance of "Hallelujah" in "The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen" - during the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's debut run in May 2012
Snow on Snow ~ November 29
Fun Facts: Musician Allison Crowe lives in one of the snowiest parts of Canada - Corner Brook - second only to Gander, NL as the snowiest city of them all. Her music label, Rubenesque Records, lives in the least snowiest region of Canada - on Salt Spring Island - between Victoria (#1) and Vancouver, BC (#3): http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Science/2013/11/28/snow1280.jpg
When there’s snow sighted, the best thing, of course, is to sing. Here’s Allison Crowe performing “In the Bleak Midwinter”, a traditional song of the season: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNo5U3C0cB4 This recording was made ten years ago this week – for “Tidings”, a national television special. Warmest thanks to Doug Slack and the production elves at the New VI/A Channel.
Like snow-flakes, no two musical performances are the same. Here's the "In the Bleak Midwinter" recording of Allison Crowe made live-in-the-studio at Turtle Recording, White Rock, BC Canada - by the teams of Alex Postowoi (film) and Larry Anschell (audio): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI00JhQpiaA
Human Voices: Muruch's "Words" Video Premere ~ November 22
Today, one of the world's original and most passionate music blogs, Muruch, drawing from a deeply personal well, premieres its video for "Words", a song recording from Allison Crowe, with images from photographer George Hodan.
Fun Universe Brings Allison Crowe’s Music Home this Holiday Season ~ November 20
How does one of the world’s great musical voices, and most
independent artists on the planet, land amidst a face-off
between man and Superman in an
“I’m a big Johnny Cash fan. And I’m a big Allison Crowe fan. So the combination to me seemed like an awesome opportunity if we could make it happen,” explains “Man of Steel” Director Zack Snyder. “Allison and I had talked about trying to get some of her music in one of my movies whenever we could – and I thought, well, if I just put her in the film then there’s no way that it won’t work. So, that’s where you get Allison from.”
The film-maker, along with his stellar cast and crew, deliver insights into the production of this epic science fiction adventure, in “Journey of Discovery”, a just-released special feature of MoS in Blu-ray edition.
“(Zack) keeps trying to get me into movies and it’s amazing,” responds Crowe in the feature. “I first kinda met Zack over the internet about songs online... I think about four or five years ago the first one would have been the ‘Watchmen’ and he was looking to do ‘Hallelujah’. And then the second one we were looking at another song for ‘Sucker Punch’ and so now we have Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’ and the altercation ensues…”
Allison Crowe with Zack Snyder on "Man of Steel" set - photo courtesy
Clay Enos / Warner Bros.
Allison Crowe with Zack Snyder on "Man of Steel" set - photo courtesy Clay Enos / Warner Bros.
The movie itself reveals how all the pieces fit – and it’s an exhilarating ride and humbling experience for the Canadian singer-songwriter. And it’s all inspiring.
“In an entertainment world that increasingly genuflects at
the altar of instant fame, Crowe seems an anomaly, building
her career slowly and carefully,” commented Times
Colonist newspaper scribe Adrian Chamberlain some years
back. Fine-tuned at the keyboard in arts reportage, (and an
r’n’b combo), the writer noted how the “
The universe is ever-expanding for the now Corner Brook, Newfoundland-based, Vancouver Island-born, Crowe, still her goals and values are constant. "Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make," she’s said. More than a dozen years along the road less-traveled, she succeeds like no one else.
From attending the red-carpet premiere and festivities of “Man
of Steel” this Summer, she traveled from
People everywhere can enjoy the music – and folks in Allison Crowe’s hometowns can join in “Tidings”, a celebration of music for the season... and all-time, happening:
Nov. 30 – Arts and Culture Centre,
Dec. 7 –
Dec. 12 – Real Food, Old City Quarter,
Dec. 14 – St. Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo, BC – with guests: Chelsea Peckett; Daniel Knapp; Melissa Kahan; Taylor Johnstone; Raymond Salgado; & Joshua Holloway - to aid Woodlands Secondary Band and Basketball
Up, Up and Away... Man of Steel flies into home theatres ~ November 12
Allison Crowe has a cameo in "Man of Steel" - the highly-imaginative, epic science fiction adventure featuring Superman.
In this Hollywood blockbuster, directed by Zack Snyder, Allison appears as a singer/musician in Cassidy's Bar where Clark Kent is working incognito. She performs "Ring of Fire", a song penned by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and made legendary by Johnny Cash.
The movie, a tremendous international hit, is out now on DVD and BluRay.
By Your Side + Autumn Fire ~ November 2
Love makes the world go 'round. And it does in this, the latest in our music-movie mashup series.
Labeled "a film poem" by its creator, Herman G. Weinberg, "Autumn Fire" is an impressionistic love letter from its director to actress Erna Bergman ("The girl" to Willy Hildebrand's "The boy").
As well as making films, Weinberg is a noted writer and film historian, and adapted (subtitled) numerous movies for the screen including cinema classics such as "La Strada" (directed by Federico Fellini) and "La Grande Illusion" (d. Jean Renoir).
Halloween Treat ~ October 31
Happy Hallowe’en, everyone!! For a treat, on this occasion, the curtain rises on a new music-movie mash-up – Allison Crowe’s song “Spiral” together with excerpts from “Der Golem” – one of the earliest films of “horror” and art.
A classic of German Expressionism joins our series of music-movie mashups with Canadian musician Allison Crowe's song "Spiral" as soundtrack.
"Der Golem", the first of three movies featuring the legend of a Golem, an animated anthropomorphic being, from director Paul Wegener, and co-directed by Henrik Galeen, was released in North America in 1915 as "The Monster of Fate" and exists today only in fragments.
Wegener, a renowned stage actor, drew from varied sources for his cinematic vision of the Golem, a term for an "unformed" being first appearing in Scriptures, and, popularly, rooted in a Polish-Jewish folk-tale tradition dating back to around 1600. The actor-film-maker is said to have found inspiration as well in "William Wilson", Edgar Allan Poe's short story with its theme of the doppelgänger and a person suffering through multiple personalities.
"Famous Blue Raincoat" mash-up ~ October 21
Concluding "Heavy Graces", the album, and the music-movie mash-up series that accompanies Allison Crowe’s newest release, is this second version of “Famous Blue Raincoat”.
Leonard Cohen, master songsmith, says his composition reflects on the "tyranny" of possession -- of the kind that enslaves us as women and men.
"Dissolve" mash-up ~ October 20
"Dissolve" - a term from music, film, and life in general - and the title of this song from Allison Crowe's newest album, "Heavy Graces". In this episode of our music-movie mash-up, Johnnie Gray (Buster Keaton) is no longer riding the rails – he and Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack) adventure off-track.
There’s so much of this classic film still to be enjoyed, we heartily recommend viewing “The General” in full @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncapCvkPgVw (or anywhere else you can catch this classic – online, at home, or at the cinema).
"Control" mash-up ~ October 19
Humor and pathos combine in this Allison Crowe - Buster Keaton music-movie mashup - as they do in the original, individual, creations.
Allison Crowe's Timeless Voice Lifts "Heavy Graces" ~ October 18
"Heavy Graces" is out now.
It’s musician Allison Crowe’s second album of new recordings in 2013 – the releases book-ending Crowe’s cameo appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster, “Man of Steel”, and her curating and music-directing TNL’s stage production of “Newfoundland Vinyl”, an hit show at this Summer’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival.
On this latest collection the Canadian artist is writing, singing, playing piano, guitar, doing percussion, engineering, production, album art, and photography. And she’s picked up her Great-Grandfather’s fiddle and includes it on several tracks – adding shades of Scarlet Rivera, had the Rolling Thunder Revue sought shelter from the storm in Corner Brook, NL.
“It seems our favorite independent singer-songwriter is more determined than ever to forge her own path. I predict we’ll be seeing Allison Crowe not once but twice on our best of the year list,” says music blog Muruch @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/10/allison-crowe-heavy-graces.html
Muruch’s review of “Heavy Graces” references, as well, “Newfoundland Vinyl”, Allison Crowe’s LP of popular and traditional songs of the island region where she’s home on the Atlantic. It’s an album which has listeners recalling Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Ryan’s Fancy, Anais Mitchell, and the McGarrigle sisters, Kate and Anna.
All told, Crowe’s released three albums so far this year: “Songbook”- an oeuvre-spanning 22-song compilation – the music of which, naturally, draws more diverse praise including comparisons with Solomon Burke, Joni Mitchell, and Modest Mussorgsky – all the while Crowe’s passionate singularity is recognized and enjoyed by critics and fans alike.
"Heavy Graces", features new songs from the pen and soul of Allison Crowe, alongside her interpretations of tunes composed by Leonard Cohen (“Famous Blue Raincoat” – in two versions) and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder (“Better Man”).
Allison Crowe delights in working with today’s film directors – this year, Tom Anton on “The Pardon”, and Zack Snyder for the Superman reboot, “Man of Steel” – and their amazing production teams.
Via today’s digital archives, there’s now opportunity for artistry and fun to combine music and movies in timeless fashion. The songs of “Heavy Graces” are accompanied visually, in video form, by a series of excerpts from silent-era, and other classic b/w, films from directors D.W. Griffith, Josef von Sternberg, Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman.
(Album @ http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heavy-graces and via iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and all major music services online.)
"Words" mash-up ~ October 17
lling with "Words" - from Allison Crowe's newest album, "Heavy Graces", and Buster Keaton's classic film, "The General".
"You All Haunt Me" mash-up ~ October 16
Back on track we go with Allison Crowe, Buster Keaton and co. (When all the song videos are posted, we'll make a playlist.) Here's "You All Haunt Me", from Allison's newest album, "Heavy Graces", and the second excerpt episode from the silent film classic, "The General".
"Heavy Graces" out now ~ October 15
“It seems our favorite independent singer-songwriter is more determined than ever to forge her own path. I predict we’ll be seeing Allison Crowe not once but twice on our best of the year list,” says music blogger Muruch in a review of Allison’s new album, “Heavy Graces”, (and referencing “Newfoundland Vinyl”, her LP/album out earlier this year):
The new album, "Heavy Graces", is now out - and more music videos are coming.
Here's Allison Crowe's Pearl Jam cover - "Better Man" - with a scene from D.W. Griffith's silent film classic "Broken Blossoms".
Allison's newest song collection is released today - and is available online @ Bandcamp (Allison's own music shop), iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon DE - and pretty much any digital music site of your choice.
Here's links to a few of the many options (click on any to find the music):
http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heavy-graces - Allison @ Bandcamp
http://www.facebook.com/AllisonCroweMusic/app_204974879526524 - facebook music page
http://cdbaby.com/cd/allisoncrowe7 - CD Baby
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FNPIKI6 - Amazon US
"Through These Heavy Graces" mash-up ~ October 14
"Through These Heavy Graces" opens the newest album of music from Allison Crowe.
Original songs in this collection from the Canadian artist are accompanied visually by a series of excerpts from the classic silent film, "The General" -- a celebration of Buster Keaton's genius.
Allison Crowe enjoys working with today's film directors -- this year, Tom Anton on "The Pardon", and Zack Snyder for "Man of Steel" -- and their amazing production teams.
Via online videos, there's now opportunity for artistry and fun to combine music and movies from an earlier era.
"Heavy Graces", an album which includes new songs from the pen and soul of Allison Crowe, alongside her interpretations of tunes composed by Leonard Cohen and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, is released October 15, 2013 (and will be available everywhere - via Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon +).
Happy Thanksgiving -- from Canada!!
"Famous Blue Raincoat" (choral) ~ October 10
"Famous Blue Raincoat", its composer, Leonard Cohen, says, reflects on the "tyranny" of possession - of the kind that enslaves us as women and men.
It's territory covered here by musician Allison Crowe. (Crowe's previously celebrated the Cohen songbook via renowned interpretations of "Hallelujah", "Joan of Arc" and other tunes from the master songsmith.)
Impressionistic visual accompaniment comes via film scenes from "The Blue Angel" ("Der blaue Engel" first released in Europe in 1930 saw its full North American release the following year.)
This choral rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic is the first of two versions recorded by Allison Crowe for her album "Heavy Graces".
Heavy Graces Track Listing + Release Date ~ October 6
"Heavy Graces", Allison Crowe's newest music is released October 15, 2013.
Here's the track listing:
1. Through These Heavy Graces
2. Famous Blue Raincoat (choral) (Leonard Cohen)
3. You All Haunt Me (Allison Crowe)
4. Words (Allison Crowe)
5. Better Man (Eddie Vedder)
6. Control (Allison Crowe)
7. Dissolve (Allison Crowe)
8. Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)
Music, videos and more are rolling our way :)
Image: still from Buster Keaton's "The General"
"Through These Heavy Graces" ~ September 26
“Through These Heavy Graces” is a new song set from Allison Crowe – a recording to be released very soon. Here’s the cover art. Allison’s created plenty over the years, and with this collection she’s writing, singing, playing piano, guitar, doing percussion, engineering and production, album art, photography – and, for the first-time ever, adding fiddle to her palette!
Maintaining a musical tradition that’s as much fun for the artist as it is for audience, alongside a batch of new original songs, Allison delivers interpretations of songs by her personal favourites - this time out, tunes from Leonard Cohen and Pearl Jam are in the mix.
Allison Crowe photo/artwork
"Snow" Ellipses debut ~ September 19
Los Angeles-based Ellipses Dance Company debuts its newest screendance - "Snow". Choreographed by Kelly Ciurczak, directed by Irene Young, "Snow" features dancers Laura Marcin and Bryan Volozanin and the music of Allison Crowe. Full credits are found on Ellipses' YouTube page - where the piece can be enjoyed now!
Ellipses, a cross-media dance endeavour, under the direction of Irene Young and Kelly Ciurczak, has a mission "to put storytelling at its forefront, promote indie musicians, and overall make dance more accessible to a broader audience".
Allison Crowe in Triple-Bill of Summer Hits ~ September 12
Movie, stage show, and vinyl LP find Canadian musician flying high in unique style
“Weirdly typical” is how the dean of Canadian rock music critics, Tom Harrison, describes the newest album from Allison Crowe. That fun billing aptly suits the approach Crowe’s taken to establishing herself as one of the great voices in popular music – as singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, live performer and more.
The 31-year-old bi-coastal Canuck celebrated in New York City earlier this Summer at the red carpet premiere of “Man of Steel” - the epic new Superman movie directed by Zack Snyder in which Crowe cameos as “Singer in Cassidy’s” – the bar where Clark Kent busses. MoS tops Yahoo’s “Ultimate Summer Movie Poll”, (in this, Hollywood’s highest-grossing Summer ever), via its fresh science fiction vision crafted by a stellar cast and crew. The Warner Bros. mega-production has now grossed over $650 million at the global box office
Allison Crowe flew directly from festivities in NYC to rural Newfoundland for the release of her newest album – a collection of traditional tunes and vinyl-era songs of the region on which she provides all voices, instrumentation and production. “Newfoundland Vinyl” finds its name and inspiration in TNL’s hit musical show that’s delighted audiences these past two Summers at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.
And the recording’s struck a chord ’round the planet. Muruch, on its own site and the No Depression blog, was first to rave: “It has the timeless beauty of a classic folk album." The Celtic Music Fan blog, calling it an “one-of-a-kind must-have album”, says “There is something about this album that makes the songs become the soundtrack of your life.” The Province newspaper’s Tom Harrison off the top underscores the quirky nature of things – selecting the album “CD of the Week” and noting it’s not a CD: “Crowe’s ninth record is weirdly typical of her in that it defies convention, stick-handles around the pop idiom, shows imagination and daring, and opts for vinyl.” East Coast Kitchen Party, an hub for Atlantic Canada’s arts, entertainment and lifestyle news, points to the distinctive kitchen party-type approach to creation: “It seems simple, but it really is a classic treatment of the classic songs that are performed by Crowe. She has renewed with stylish vigor traditional songs that deserve new life and interpretations.” ECKP offers: “This record was made for sitting back in the big chair while relishing a favourite drink. Maybe Screech. It will probably bring a tear to the eye of a few. It’s that good.”
(Screech, a potent mainstay of Newfoundland life and lore, is an island tradition since the days when salt fish was shipped to the West Indies in exchange for Jamaican rum.)
“Newfoundland Vinyl”, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s GMTF stage production, has just wrapped its two-month run. Allison Crowe, the show’s song curator and musical director, is home in Corner Brook, NL readying a panel presentation for the geek and nerd-fest that is Atlanti-Con 2. Atlantic Canada’s colourful convention celebrating sci-fi, fantasy, comics, gaming, anime+ happens September 28 and 29, 2013 at the city’s Sir Wilfred Grenfell Campus, MUN.
This time last year Crowe was preparing to rejoin Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet for a second engagement performing songs of Leonard Cohen on-stage with the company’s amazing dancers. The RWB, inspiring and vital as ever, will mark its 75th anniversary in 2014. Right now, a very different sort of institution, also high-flying and one with which Allison Crowe’s honoured and delighted to meet and experience in collaboration, turns 75. To salute Superman reaching the milestone, Canada Post and the Winnipeg-based Royal Canadian Mint this week issued philatelic and numismatic tributes. The Man of Steel leaped onto the world stage in Action Comics #1 – a joint creation of great friends, Toronto, Canada-born illustrator Joe Shuster and American writer Jerry Siegel (born in Cleveland, Ohio).
In a recent feature, “Canadian Music Rocks the Global Stage”, Epoch Times’ nation reporter Justina Reichel tells readers: “Singer-songwriter Allison Crowe is well aware of what it takes for a Canuck to achieve commercial success internationally.” The uber-independent musician’s choices on “the long road to success” are, indeed, weirdly typical – and, for her, an artist of supreme talent and integrity, the only way to fly.
East Coast Kitchen Party Spins Newfoundland Vinyl ~ September 6
East Coast Kitchen Party serves up a stack of Atlantic Canada’s Arts, Entertainment and lifestyle news. At plate now is the site’s review of “Newfoundland Vinyl”, the new hale and hearty song collection from Allison Crowe – an LP that finds its name and inspiration in TNL’s hit musical show that’s delighted audiences these past two Summers at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.
“It seems simple, but it really is a classic treatment of the classic songs that are performed by Crowe. She has renewed with stylish vigor traditional songs that deserve new life and interpretations,” says ECKP. “This record was made for sitting back in the big chair while relishing a favourite drink. Maybe Screech. It will probably bring a tear to the eye of a few. It’s that good.”
Feast on the full review, stream ECKP radio and
Whether I'm Wrong ~ September 5
This Little Bird flies free ~ September 2
May you and yours have a high-flying holiday, and joyous times beyond.
Rousing our Allison Crowe music video series - (enjoy the
et Lumière' playlist @
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzwM8Ztw_8D1zBB_ZjkF9270RyojzYFP5 ) -
here's "This Little Bird".
"This Little Bird", from Allison Crowe's album of the same name, flies here with excerpts from "The Story of the Birds" - created by animation pioneer Max Fleischer in 1935 (as the fourth entry in his "Color Classics" series).
Click a date/line for other 2013 and earlier news: