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Crowe’s star ascends to new heights

B.C.-based musician plans two Whistler shows during holiday season

The Whistler Question    December 20, 2007

By Reporter Jennifer Miller


For many people, the holiday season is about honouring long-standing family traditions that seem to bring on the Christmas spirit. For B.C. singer/songwriter Allison Crowe, one of those traditions is attending a Christmas Eve party with a group of different musicians where everyone gets together to play music — kind of a jam night, of sorts. The Christmas Eve jam has been a tradition since she was little.

With two local performances coming up, it seems that Crowe is also beginning a new tradition of spending time in Whistler over the holidays. Last year she spent Christmas day in the resort and this year Crowe will be on hand to help ring in Whistler’s New Year. But before 2007 comes to a close, Crowe will also treat local audiences to an intimate show at Millennium Place next Thursday (Dec. 27).

The show will include a range of original material and Crowe’s signature, passionate interpretations of music by artists such as Leonard Cohen, the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin and more. Crowe’s powerful voice and expert piano weave together rock, jazz, folk, gospel and soul.

“It’ll be a big mix of stuff,” she said.

Since the show is taking place after Christmas it will be a little less geared toward holiday songs than Crowe’s much-acclaimed Tidings performances, which are titled after her 2005 album of the same name. But whatever the 26-year-old artist chooses to sing, there’s no doubt the evening will be full of creative talent and sincere emotion.

When asked why she thinks her holiday shows are so well received, Crowe humbly said she’s not too sure. “I guess I have a lot of fun with it and maybe that carries over (to the audience),” she said.

Despite her humble nature, Crowe has been collecting critical acclaim and accolades all over the world. She recently earned a standing ovation at the John Lennon Northern Lights Festival in Scotland, where her performance was described as “one of the weekend’s most magical moments.” Others have described Crowe and her performances as “stunningly talented” and “spine-tingling.”

As an independent artist releasing music on her own record label, Rubenesque Records, Crowe has also been gaining fame on the Internet with videos of her performances on YouTube collecting hundreds of thousands of viewings.

As Crowe’s star continues to rise, perhaps many people in Whistler will start a new Christmas tradition of catching her local holiday performances. Allison Crowe will share her passion and talent with Whistler on Dec. 27 at Millennium Place starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $19 for students, seniors and members, and are available at ticketmaster.ca or by phone at (604) 935-8410.

Crowe will also take the outdoor stage in Village Square at about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 as part of First Night, Whistler’s family, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. First Night tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Check out www.firstnightwhistler.com for more information.



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