Lights, Cameras… Cassidy

Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder discusses action of the newest Superman movie shot inside the historic Cassidy Inn pub on Vancouver Island, BC. Allison Crowe, in a role very familiar to the Canadian musician, appears in this scene with Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Ian Tracey (Ludlow), Carmen Lavigne (Chrissy), Howard Siegel (Weaver) and other members of the cast – actors whom it was a delight to meet and an honour to work alongside. Same goes for the privilege of working with the film’s amazing crew and production team – a stellar family of professionals united in creativity.

The Blu-Ray edition of “Man of Steel” released in late 2013, includes a feature called “Journey of Discovery”. Zack Snyder and many of the people involved walk us through the making of MoS from pretty much every angle. It’s extraordinary, and, rather than taking away from the movie magic – the explanations of how the science fiction epic comes together leave you more enthralled. It’s super – and fun:

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Allison Crowe in Triple-Bill of Summer Hits

Movie, stage show, and vinyl LP find Canadian musician flying high in unique style

“Weirdly typical” is how the dean of Canadian rock music critics, Tom Harrison, describes the newest album from Allison Crowe. That fun billing aptly suits the approach Crowe’s taken to establishing herself as one of the great voices in popular music – as singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, live performer and more.

The 31-year-old bi-coastal Canuck celebrated in New York City earlier this Summer at the red carpet premiere of “Man of Steel” – the epic new Superman movie directed by Zack Snyder in which Crowe cameos as “Singer in Cassidy’s” – the bar where Clark Kent busses. MoS tops Yahoo!’s “Ultimate Summer Movie Poll”, (in this, Hollywood’s highest-grossing Summer ever), via its fresh science fiction vision crafted by a stellar cast and crew. The Warner Bros. mega-production has now grossed over $650 million at the global box office.

Allison Crowe flew directly from festivities in NYC to rural Newfoundland for the release of her newest album – a collection of traditional tunes and vinyl-era songs of the region on which she provides all voices, instrumentation and production. “Newfoundland Vinyl” finds its name and inspiration in TNL’s hit musical show that’s delighted audiences these past two Summers at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

And the recording’s struck a chord ’round the planet. Muruch, on its own site and the No Depression blog, was first to rave: “It has the timeless beauty of a classic folk album.” The Celtic Music Fan blog, calling it an “one-of-a-kind must-have album”, says “There is something about this album that makes the songs become the soundtrack of your life.” The Province newspaper’s Tom Harrison off the top underscores the quirky nature of things – selecting the album “CD of the Week” and noting it’s not a CD: “Crowe’s ninth record is weirdly typical of her in that it defies convention, stick-handles around the pop idiom, shows imagination and daring, and opts for vinyl.” East Coast Kitchen Party, an hub for Atlantic Canada’s arts, entertainment and lifestyle news, points to the distinctive kitchen party-type approach to creation: “It seems simple, but it really is a classic treatment of the classic songs that are performed by Crowe. She has renewed with stylish vigor traditional songs that deserve new life and interpretations.” ECKP offers: “This record was made for sitting back in the big chair while relishing a favourite drink. Maybe Screech. It will probably bring a tear to the eye of a few. It’s that good.”

(Screech, a potent mainstay of Newfoundland life and lore, is an island tradition since the days when salt fish was shipped to the West Indies in exchange for Jamaican rum.)

Newfoundland Vinyl”, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s GMTF stage production, has just wrapped its two-month run. Allison Crowe, the show’s song curator and musical director, is home in Corner Brook, NL readying a panel presentation for the geek and nerd-fest that is Atlanti-Con 2. Atlantic Canada’s colourful convention celebrating sci-fi, fantasy, comics, gaming, anime+ happens September 28 and 29, 2013 at the city’s Sir Wilfred Grenfell Campus, MUN.

In dog-eat-dog entertainment world, Canada’s Allison Crowe dishes unique success – pictured here, Allison’s friend, Link

This time last year Crowe was preparing to rejoin Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet for a second engagement performing songs of Leonard Cohen on-stage with the company’s amazing dancers. The RWB, inspiring and vital as ever, will mark its 75th anniversary in 2014. Right now, a very different sort of institution, also high-flying and one with which Allison Crowe’s honoured and delighted to meet and experience in collaboration, turns 75. To salute Superman reaching the milestone, Canada Post and the Winnipeg-based Royal Canadian Mint this week issued philatelic and numismatic tributes. The Man of Steel leaped onto the world stage in Action Comics #1 – a joint creation of great friends, Toronto, Canada-born illustrator Joe Shuster and American writer Jerry Siegel (born in Cleveland, Ohio).

In a recent feature, “Canadian Music Rocks the Global Stage”, Epoch Times’ nation reporter Justina Reichel tells readers: “Singer-songwriter Allison Crowe is well aware of what it takes for a Canuck to achieve commercial success internationally.” The uber-independent musician’s choices on “the long road to success” are, indeed, weirdly typical – and, for her, an artist of supreme talent and integrity, the only way to fly.

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East Coast Kitchen Party Spins Newfoundland Vinyl

East Coast Kitchen Party serves up a stack of Atlantic Canada’s Arts, Entertainment and lifestyle news. At plate now is the site’s review of “Newfoundland Vinyl”, the new hale and hearty song collection from Allison Crowe – an LP that finds its name and inspiration in TNL’s hit musical show that’s delighted audiences these past two Summers at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

“It seems simple, but it really is a classic treatment of the classic songs that are performed by Crowe. She has renewed with stylish vigor traditional songs that deserve new life and interpretations,” says ECKP. “This record was made for sitting back in the big chair while relishing a favourite drink. Maybe Screech. It will probably bring a tear to the eye of a few. It’s that good.”

East Coast Kitchen Party - review of Allison Crowe's Newfoundland Vinyl LP

Feast on the full review, stream ECKP radio and more @
http://www.eastcoastkitchenparty.net/Music_Newfoundland_Vinyl.php

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Empire State

Man of Steel”, the Zack Snyder-directed Superman epic, tops Yahoo!’s “Ultimate Summer Movie Poll” as audience “Favorite Summer Movie”.

The film opens today, August 30, in Japan – and it’s super-fitting our friend, photographer, Amy Neufeld shares this new pic of Allison Crowe on her own epic adventure, earlier this Summer, in New York City for the World Premiere.

Allison is here seated in the lobby of the Hotel Empire, moments before joining the red carpet ceremony at NYC’s Lincoln Center.

Amy Neufeld photo

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“Canadian Music Rocks the Global Stage” reports Epoch Times

Journalist Justina Reichel keys on the Canadian music revolution inThe Epoch Times. US-based blogger Muruch recently commented: “I’m starting to think Allison Crowe’s DIY folk style is Canada’s answer to Ani DiFranco…” and in this new feature article Crowe reveals her recipe for success.

Allison Crowe Zack Snyder - Man of Steel - film set - Clay Enos / Warner Bros.

B.C. musician Allison Crowe with Hollywood director Zack Snyder on the set of “Man of Steel” in Cassidy, B.C. Canadian music is becoming more popular and lucrative around the world, according to the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. (Courtesy Clay Enos/Warner Bros)

Above – as pictured and reported in The Epoch Times feature: “Canadian Music Rocks the Global Stage” – click on the photo or newspaper and story titles for links to reach the full, in-depth, news reportage. Or, or use this URL below:

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/244344-canadian-music-rocks-the-global-stage

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“I saw rock and roll future…”

Tom Harrison, dean of Canadian rock music critics, writes for The Province newspaper – the most widely-read daily in the province of British Columbia.

It’s a long holiday weekend across Canada – and, due to a quirk in the world of online/print media, we’re able to read what’s published next Tuesday in the paper – and, therein his weekly Garage column, Harrison selects:

CD OF THE WEEK

“Allison Crowe is bi-coastal and her latest record on her own Rubenesque label isn’t a CD. She is from Nanaimo and her manager still lives on Vancouver Island, so, the island ties are there even if she now lives most of the time in Corner Brook, Nfld. Crowe’s ninth record is weirdly typical of her in that it defies convention, stick-handles around the pop idiom, shows imagination and daring, and opts for vinyl. Her Newfoundland Vinyl balances traditional folk and more contemporary sounds that serves as well as a soundtrack to a Newfoundland festival. A marvellous singer, Crowe plays down vocal gymnastics in favour of restraint, which translates as respect. The arrangements are minimal — often no more than guitar enhanced by background vocals — with a little humour thrown in to lighten the load.”

http://blogs.theprovince.com/2013/08/01/tom-harrisons-garage-for-aug-6

Alongside those fine stores in Newfoundland and on Vancouver Island previously noted, “Newfoundland Vinyl”, ((limited-edition 180 gr. vinyl LP incl. digital d/l code), is now available in Vancouver, Canada at:

Highlife Records (1317 Commercial Drive); Neptoon Records (3561 Main); Red Cat Records (4332 Main); and Zulu Records (1972 – 1976 West 4th)

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Muruch + Music = Win, Win

There’s 10 days still to shake the world, and enter Muruch’s marvelous musical contest for your chance to win a copy of Allison Crowe’s “Newfoundland Vinyl” LP + d/l code – the collection of songs about which the veteran, West Virginia-based, music blogger says: “It has the timeless beauty of a classic folk album.” (read the full review @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/07/allison-crowe-newfoundland-vinyl.html

It’s fun, it’s simple, and you only live once! (unless you’re James Bond… or a cat)

<a href=”http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/newfoundland-vinyl”>Newfoundland Vinyl by Allison Crowe</a>

Allison Crowe - Newfoundland Vinyl - LP / album cover

For the scoop, visit Muruch’s reminder post – http://www.muruch.com/2013/07/giveaway-reminder-win-allison-crowes-new-album.html – and/or the original invitation to claim your prize music – http://www.muruch.com/2013/07/giveaway-win-1-of-5-allison-crowe-vinyl-lps-digital-downloads.html

Good luck/bon chance!!

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Hail Atlanti-Con! Fantastic Forum Coming Soon to Grenfell

Allison Crowe is super-delighted to join the line-up of Atlanti-Con 2 – a fabulous convention for fans of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming, Comics and Anime that takes place September 28 and 29, 2013 at Grenfell Campus, MUN in lovely Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada.

“Our ever growing list of awesome just got longer!!!!!” says Jeff Keeping, Co-Executive Director of Atlanti-Con, in announcing: “So this past Summer, Man of Steel made a killing at the box office and we are lucky to be joined by singer / songwriter ALLISON CROWE who appeared in the film with Henry Cavill (Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman)!!” http://www.atlanti-con.com/guests.aspx +  http://www.atlanti-con.com

Musician Allison Crowe with Director Zack Snyder on the set of “Man of Steel” – photo courtesy Clay Enos / Warner Bros.

Crowe’s singular vocal, musical and song-writing powers are known all over this planet. Something more of her secret identity is a passion for gaming – a theme, perhaps, for a rock opera (esp. considering her 100% achievement in Oblivion). Stepping into a phone-booth recently, following the red carpet premiere of the Zack Snyder-directed epic, “Man of Steel”, in NYC, Crowe revealed to Superman Homepage’s Steve Younis:

“I also play a lot of video games. (I played World of Warcraft for years – (Human Warlock, for what it’s worth) and Elder Scrolls Skyrim and Oblivion… I love the Sims games… I just finished playing through all the Mass Effect series (SO AMAZING… I was really sad when it was over) … also Bioshock Infinite is awesome as is the new Tomb Raider – I hope to start playing the Last of Us soon!)” http://www.supermanhomepage.com/movies/movies.php?topic=interview-allisoncrowe

(btw, Henry Cavill, Superman for this generation, is an avid gamer as noted in various articles eg. http://m.ca.ign.com/articles/2013/04/30/superman-star-talks-skyrim-world-of-warcraft-and-bond )

Atlanti-Con 2 guests already announced include: actor Robert Maillet (“300” – another Zack Snyder blockbuster, “The Immortals”, “Sherlock Holmes”, Guillermo del Toro’s just-released “Pacific Rim”, and more); Modern Fantasy Art Muse, and Cosplayer, Drakaina; raconteur Fat Apollo (of “Geeks Vs. Nerds” comedy show); artist / illustrator Kevin Kendall; authors Krista D. Ball, Darren Hann, and Charles O’Keefe; plus the cast of “Star Trek Reliant” – the fan-made YouTube web-series, created in St. John’s, NL.

(Brains and brawn aplenty in this Atlantic line-up joins a plenitude of pulchritude piled on with a pair of Haligonians in attendance. Drakaina’s role as international model and muse will meet with another legend – the too-sexy-for-his-gloves Fat Apollo – who, in a readers’ poll in Coast magazine, ended the seven-year reign of actress Ellen Page as “Sexiest Person in Halifax”.)

Feel like letting my geek flag fly…

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Muruch blog shares music joy many ways

Muruch’s marvellous Summer flag unfurls some more with a contest/give-away of Allison Crowe’s new album. Of “Newfoundland Vinyl“, the West Virginia-based blog says: “It plays like a lovely, vintage collection of traditional Irish and Canadian folk ballads, lively sea chanteys and drinking songs, parlour songs and country tunes with surprising retro, girl-pop harmonies woven throughout. The album is full of dazzling melody and such a unique charm.” (Enjoy the full review @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/07/allison-crowe-newfoundland-vinyl.html )

The site shares four song tracks – “Black Velvet Band“, “Tiny Red Light“, “Seven Old Ladies“, and “Sweet Forget Me Not” – and offers you a chance to receive one of these special LP/download albums @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/07/giveaway-win-1-of-5-allison-crowe-vinyl-lps-digital-downloads.html

To hear Allison’s “strong and spectacular” voice deliver these songs of Newfoundland and Labrador – and to possibly win the music collection – simply visit Muruch and post your comment :)

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“Newfoundland Vinyl” Revolution at GMTF – July 12 – August 30

The hit stage show that’s inspired Allison Crowe’s newest album, (and vice-versa), opens tonight at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival in lovely Cow Head, NL. Written and Directed by Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s Artistic Director Jeffrey Pitcher – with Musical Direction from Allison Crowe – ‘Newfoundland Vinyl: The Flip Side” plays from July 12 through August 30, 2013.
For insight into this creative revolution, CBC Radio’s Weekend Arts Magazine, with Host and Producer, Angela Antle, announces that Allison Crowe’s coming up this weekend on “Liner Notes” – which you can catch on air, and online @ http://www.cbc.ca/wam/liner-notes/2013/07/12/wam-july-13-14-liner-notes—allison-crowe

Here on the west coast of the country, we’ve barely had opportunity to chat with the amazing artist since she returned to Corner Brook, Canada from New York City and the red carpet premiere of “Man of Steel” – the Zack Snyder-directed Superman epic in which she appears performing “Ring of Fire“, a song made famous by another iconoclast, Johnny Cash. In between the intensive rehearsals, she has tweeted a little – so we know for certain: “The NL Vinyl band is awesome” – and Allison is “So proud of everyone involved! :)

Mussel boil beach fire – Cow Head, NL – Canada’s Gros Morne National Park

The theatrical and musical cast that, starting tonight, is bound to delight music-and-fun-loving audiences all Summer comprises: Jennifer Furlong, Elena Claire Hewlett, Brad LeRiche, Amelia Manuel, Marquita Walsh – and, as the two Eds, Adam Brake and Stuart Simpson.

On the production side, making it all happen, are: Stage Manager, Courtney Harris; Set Designer, Derek Butt; Costume Designer, Lindsay Code; Original Sound Designer, Dirk Ave; Sound Coordinator, Ryan Borshuk; Lighting Designer, Johnny Cann; Tech Director/Crew Chief, Lisa Lahue; Head Scenic Painter/Asst. Carpenter; Natalie Tsang; Asst. Stage Manager, Stefanie Power; plus Production Assistants Dustin Payne and Jerry Combdon.

Direct from GMTF’s 2013 Program, here’s what’s in the grooves:

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

How could we resist? While putting together last year’s show of hits of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s by Newfoundland’s biggest recording stars we quickly realized there were enough hits for two shows, or three or four! An added fascination for me is what drove our singer/songwriters from Newfoundland to Toronto in the 60’s in the first place? Was it fame and fortune? Was it about finding an audience in Toronto? Or was it something inherent as an artist being born and raised on an island that inspires him/her to test the waters in foreign lands? I believe those questions are answered in the song writing. So sit back, relax and listen to the songs that Allison chose tonight – I believe they reveal a whole lot about who and what were in the 60’s. It’s also particularly rewarding to have Allison Crowe, one of the most compelling and talented singer/songwriters in Canada working and living here on the west coast of Newfoundland. This is very much her show – her sound! Let’s spin a few! ~ Jeff (Pitcher)

MUSICAL DIRECTOR’S NOTES

I am SO excited to be able to work again in beautiful Cow Head, NL this summer at the GMTF with TNL – I love it here, and I can’t wait to get started! (I’m also admittedly pretty pumped for Lobster Festival.) My task this year was to find another great batch of songs, from or made popular in Newfoundland and Labrador, for this, newest incarnation of Newfoundland Vinyl – The Flip Side. And find those songs I did! There is an overwhelming abundance of beautiful music and wildly-talented musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador, and we are lucky to be able to hear them together. Interpreted tonight by some incredible and talented musicians and actors, each song has its own story to tell, heart to break, laugh to incite, thought to spur, and memory to recall – so please, enjoy the music and feel free to sing along! ~ Allison (Crowe)

And, of course, what happens on stage is possible thanks to the efforts of the stellar TNL/GMTF Front of House staff: incl. Kristi Caines, Tiffany Payne; FOH Manager, Ruth Payne; Box Office Manager, Dawn Payne; Head Usher, Deanna Hutchings; Box Office Attendants, Jodi Payne and Savannah Smith; and Ushers, Shellden Biggin and Vanessa Brown – together with volunteers incl.: Claudine Brown; Nancy Brown; Rachel Hutchings; Bill Payne; Freeman Payne; Loretta Payne; Marjorie Payne; Norma Payne; and Peggy Wheeler.

Overseeing the hugely successful annual festival be: TNL’s General Manager, Gaylene Buckle; Production/Company Manager, Denise Dolliver; Artistic Associate, Sara…h McDonald; Assistant Administrator, Natasha Butt; and Financial Admin., Cynthia Harris.

For ticket info and other details on “Newfoundland Vinyl: The Flip Side” and all the great shows happening this Summer at Gros Morne Theatre Festival – visit TNL’s official website @ theatrenewfoundland.com/gmtf.html  +  telephone (709) 243-2899 or toll-free 1-877-243-2899.

Slainte mhaith!!

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