What: Whistler Tidings Concert
When: Saturday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Telus Whistler Conference Centre
Among the many Christmas concerts set to take place over the
holiday season throughout the Sea to Sky region, there’s one that stands out
from the rest: Allison Crowe’s Whistler Tidings Concert.
Oft-compared with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and
The Beatles, it’s clear that Crowe’s sound is both strong and versatile. And at
just 27 years of age, she has plenty of time to expand her repertoire and
Despite the strong parallels drawn to Mitchell, Cohen and The
Beatles, Crowe contends that she is actually influenced by all of the music she
listens to, whether it be grunge rock, like Pearl Jam, or jazz and blues.
“If I think it’s good, I’ll like it,” she said with a laugh.
She says she can’t seem to identify with just one genre.
The bicoastal singer-songwriter had a strong musical background
and upbringing that helped foster her diverse approach and style.
“From a really young age, close family friends of mine have
always played music, so it was always sort of around me,” she explained.
Her parents also nurtured her musical talent, putting her into
lessons at the age of five. And while she always wanted to make music her
career, it wasn’t until late into high school that she decided to actively
pursue her dream.
She’s not just a pretty face and a stunning voice, Crowe also
writes all of her own music and lyrics, though the process doesn’t always come
easily. In fact, she admits that often, songwriting is most natural for her
when something horrible is going on in her own life, because she draws
inspiration from her personal experiences.
“It’s therapy, really,” she said with a laugh.
But world events and issues also occasionally feed into the
process, though Crowe is quick to point out that she isn’t constantly on a
pulpit, preaching through her music.
Her latest album,
, is a compilation of live recordings and studio tracks that had
accumulated while she was touring.
Last year, she was invited to perform at the John Lennon
Northern Lights Festival in Durness, Scotland.