Be-Creative Covers Allison Crowe

Allison Crowe: La Sua Voce Ha Stregato Anche L’uomo D’acciaio” says the cover sthis month of “Be-Creative”, Italy’s vital copyleft+ webzine. Translated – “Allison Crowe: her voice has bewitched even the Man of Steel“. The full story on Allison, with fabulous fotos from Canada’s Billie Woods, and plenty more from Art Director Fabrizio Mazzarella, partner Vladimiro Guindani and Daniela Vivarelli and all the super Be-Creative collaborators is found @ http:// be-creative.lifestylecommunity. it/3 Molto buono!!

From the creative commons of Italia and more, to the homesteads of Nanaimo, Canada Allison’s “Tidings” train rolls on– next stops – this Thursday’s Community Sing-Along to “Light Up a Life” – http://www.facebook.com/events/160120880864944 – followed by Saturday’s Tidings Concert with the brightest of new stars – http://www.facebook.com/events/324121414372072

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Snow on Snow

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.
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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

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Fun Universe Brings Allison Crowe’s Music Home this Holiday Season

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 Hollywood blockbuster?

“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.

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 “Nanaimo songbird seems uninterested in celebrity and its trappings”.

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 New York City to Cow Head, NL to musically direct the hit stage show “Newfoundland Vinyl”, a production of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Her LP/album of the same name, joins her latest, “Heavy Graces” among 2013’s best new releases. Crowe’s third album out this year, “Songbook”, is an oeuvre-spanning 22-song compilation.

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, Corner Brook, NL
Dec. 7 – Fairfield United Church, Victoria, BC – to aid Artemis Place and HepCBC
Dec. 12 – Real Food, Old City Quarter, Nanaimo, BC – Community Sing-along to aid Haven Society
Dec. 14 – St. Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo, BC – with guests: Chelsea Peckett; Daniel Knapp; Melissa Kahan; Taylor Johnstone; Raymond Salgado; & Josh Holloway – to aid Woodlands Secondary Band and Basketball

Concert and community sing-along details coming soon.

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Curtain Rises on “The Pardon”

Makers of “The Pardon” movie are rolling with news of a series of screenings slated this month for Louisiana, the location of the film’s historic action.

The World Premiere happens March 13, 2013 in the Theatres at Canal Place in New Orleans. This night will be a benefit for The Eden House – a charity devoted to helping women who’ve been victims of human trafficking. After this special showing, the film opens on screens in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Shreveport, LA on March 22, 2013. (Additional release dates tba)

The Pardon” stars Jaime King (Sin City, Pearl Harbor and Hart of Dixie), as Toni Jo Henry, at the centre of a sensational murder trial; Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, The Sessions, and Lincoln) as Henry’s partner-in-crime; Jason Lewis (Sex and the City and Mr. Brooks) as her husband; M.C. Gainey (Lost and Con Air) as the jailer; and T. J. Thyne (Bones) as the priest, Father Richard.

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Allison Crowe’s “Tidings” recording of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is heard in the film’s dynamic trailer @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe9yC13crc0

Curtains rising as well on a facebook page for the movie @ http://www.facebook.com/thepardonmovie

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 1)

Peace on the earth, good will toward all…

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River ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 2)

Should you have a “Blue” Christmas, here’s a “River” you can skate away on… Allison Crowe’s “Tidings Concert” lights up this musical evergreen from Joni Mitchell.

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Hallelujah ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 3)

As we near the calendar close of this year, full of births and deaths, agonies and ecstasies, and everything in between, may there be peace and joy for you and yours. And, may we join in a chorus of “Hallelujah“. Here’s Allison Crowe, and “Tidings Concert“, channeling Leonard Cohen’s old ideas through modern times.

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In the Bleak Midwinter ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 4)

Next in the “Tidings Concert” set-list from Allison Crowe is this song – “In the Bleak Midwinter” – with words from Christina G. Rossetti – and music added later by Gustav Holst (“The Planets“+). Allison’s vocal and piano arrangement and performance once again bridging heaven and earth :)

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Northern Lights ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 5)

The world is a wondrous place – and among nature’s beautiful displays is the Aurora Borealis. Here’s Allison Crowe’s song from “Tidings Concert” which reflects on that beauty and the expanses of love: “Northern Lights“.

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Mary ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 6)

Here’s “Mary“, a song Allison Crowe first heard on an episode of the “Sons of Anarchy” television drama – and which got her into Patty Griffin, the song’s brilliant creator. Allison’s friend, driver, and European tour manager, the legendary Axel Dollheiser, was Patty’s driver in the 1990s and has been raving about her ever since – particularly the “Living With Ghosts” album. Things happen when and how they do – and, it’s a confessional scene involving Gemma Teller (played by Katey Sagal) on SoA that brought this music into Allison’s repertoire and “Tidings Concert“.

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