Support from local fans keeps musician going
By Kim Mannix Vermette
for Metro Ottawa
There are a lot of
challenges associated with being a totally
independent musical artist, but there can be
just as many rewards.
From Allison Crowe’s
perspective, being an independent musician has
brought her both success, and a network of
supporters that stretch from her hometown on
Vancouver Island, to her new home in Corner
“It takes grassroots
building through the people you meet online or
in the towns and cities you go to. What’s
rewarding about that is I’m still talking to a
lot of the same people I did when I started, and
they become friends.”
One of those friends Crowe
encountered early in her career was Sam Awwad,
the Managing Director of Ottawa’s Vision
An Internet search to find
the perfect song for his wedding led Awwad to
Crowe, and her cover of Throw Your Arms Around
Me - a song which Awwad’s favourite band,
Pearl Jam, had also recorded.
When Awwad and his fellow
organizers needed someone to play a benefit
concert for the theatre, and another local
not-for-profit - Canines With A Cause (CWAC) -
Crowe quickly came to mind.
The show proved to be a
success for the charities, and provided jut one
more way for Crowe to share her unique mix of
rock, jazz, folk and blues, which she pumps out
with passion, and a healthy dose of humour, from
behind her piano.
“Watching her perform is
a fantastic experience, and I really think that
more people should know about her and her
music,” shares Awwad.
The benefit show was
equally rewarding for Crowe, so she decided to
come back again this year to aid CWAC and Vision
“It’s always nice to
have everyone working towards a common goal. It
gives you a sense of community, even when
you’re not from that city,” says Crowe.
After playing in the city
Saturday nights, Crowe will do a handful of
shows on the East Coast before heading to
Scotland - a country that loves her almost as
much as Canada does - to perform in the John
Lennon Northern Lights Festival.
She says she feels lucky to
have recognition and fans throughout the world,
and credits the internet for creating buzz.
“With my Hallelujah video
especially I suddenly had tons of viewers from
all over the place and I thought “Where did
they come from? It can’t all be my Mom,” she
says with a laugh.
Crowe says she’s looking forward to reconnecting with Ottawa fans, and friends, at her show tomorrow night.
Indie music artist Allison Crowe will share her humour and passion with Ottawans on Saturday night.
Tickets for the concert at
Library and Archives Canada Auditorium are $18,
or $12 for students and seniors. They can be
purchased at the door, or at Arts Court Box
Office, 2 Daly Avenue.