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Thursday, November 5 ~  Atop Crowe's Nest as Caring Canucks Brush Up for Kidney Foundation


The Kidney Foundation of Canada gives us another reason to remember the Fifth of November, today hanging “A Brush of Hope” on eBay ~ click here


For the next 10 days, the Foundation’s eBay gallery displays paintings by athletes, politicians, performers, journalists, and others in a collection more diverse than the crew sent out to all corners of the Earth from Atlantis (“Hail Atlantis!”) All funds raised from this art auction benefit kidney research in Canada.


Allison Crowe is delighted to be aboard, for her third voyage in aid of the Kidney Foundation’s artful campaign.


Fellow travellers include poet, novelist and musician, Leonard Cohen, the happiest man touring today, who’s donated a limited edition print – Parc du Portugal. Vinyl Café host and raconteur extraordinaire, Stuart McLean has paired with Amanda Walther of acoustic pop duo Dala, to paint “Which Way is Up?” Also flying under the CBC Radio flag, comedian Elvira Kurt, Q’s Curator of the Cultural Hall of Shame, envisions one giant leap for squirrelkind in oils. Helping keep things centred is Tavares – not the Cape Verdean-American soul funk brothers, but, John, the hockey player selected #1 in the 2009 NHL entry draft (by the NY Islanders). Legendary on the Rush, too, is guitarist Alex Lifeson, a perennial booster of “A Brush of Hope”.


From stern to bow, you can take in, and bid on, paintings by all of these folks and more, on eBay (@ and join the Kidney Foundation community on facebook ~ here


Allison Crowe - A Brush of Hope - Kidney Foundation 2009

Canada's natural beauty informs the life and art of Allison Crowe 


Allison Crowe is applying the final strokes to her seventh album/CD in seven years. Plenty more on this new song collection, “Spiral”, is coming (soon, Reena).


Days after album recording wraps, the singer-songwriter, loved for her peerless, and fun, live shows, launches her annual Tidings tour, with concerts in these Canadian locations:


27.11 ~ Pender Islands Community Hall, Pender Islands, BC

28.11 ~ Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, BC  w. guest Ellisa Hartman, to aid Artemis Place and HepCBC
04.12 ~ First United Church, Ladysmith, BC  w. guest Lena Birtwistle
05.12 ~ St. Peter's Anglican Church, Campbell River, BC w. The Campbell River Childrens Choir & Director Barbara Prowse, to aid Campbell River Hospice Society and CR Food Bank
11.12 ~ St. James Hall, Vancouver, BC
12.12 ~ St. Andrew's United Church, Nanaimo, BC with Musical guests tba to aid The Mind’s Eye (NYSA) and Woodlands SS Band and Basketball Programs
18.12 ~ First United Church, Corner Brook, NL


It’s music for the season and all time.


p.s. this year's auction was a tremendous success - raising over $13,000 for kidney research. Folks posted 37 bids for Allison's painting which contributed $274.90 to the cause. Thanks to everyone for supporting "A Brush of Hope"!


ho, ho, ho... and mistletoe






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