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Rising Music Star Hopes To Highlight Local Talent
Lynn Welburn, Nanaimo Daily News
October 24, 2001

Allison Crowe, just 19 and touted as Nanaimo’s next musical star, knows she wouldn’t be where she is without the help and support of others during her formative years.

That’s why she’s hosting two nights of entertainment, featuring some of the best local young talent.

The concerts, called Allison Crowe and Friends, will take place Friday and Saturday nights at the Bailey Studio on Rosstown Road.

At first only the Friday concert was planned, but when that sold out quickly, Crowe and her manager, Adrian du Plessis, arranged for a second show.

"We wanted to showcase Nanaimo youth talent, to show what people are learning from the great teachers here," says Crowe. "These people, like Andrea Bertram and Rick Becker, were my teachers and they gave me a lot. So we wanted to give their current students a chance to perform as well."

"It grew out of Allie’s wanting to show her roots," says du Plessis.

"Her band is all former Woodland students and they’re all doing well, so this was a chance to bring in the stars of tomorrow."

Crowe plays with drummer Kevin Clevette and bass player Dave Baird.

The show grew to include Wellington Secondary students, and when the second show was added, students from Dover Bay were able to perform as well.

Tickets to Saturday’s show are available at Andrea Bertram Studio, Arbutus Music, Blackball Records, Fascinating Rhythm and Thrifty Foods in Longwood Station.

Crowe, a singer-songwriter-pianist with one CD behind her, was recently a performer at the New VI TV station downtown, along with jazz superstar Diana Krall. Crowe says she was impressed by Krall mentioning her former teachers at the event.

"She remembers her roots and that’s a good thing," says Crowe. "By the time I was in the school system, a lot of support had already been cut out of the band program and that was really disappointing to me. It seemed like every year something new was cut back."

"It’s hard for the young musicians because the talent is there, the desire to do it is there, but the opportunity isn’t always there."