A Christmas chanteuse 

Allison Crowe returns to Whistler to get tourists and locals into the spirit, kick off the Whistler Holiday Experience

click to enlarge Christmas with Crowe Allison Crowe Takes centre stage to kick off the Whistler Holiday Experience on Saturday evening
  • Christmas with Crowe Allison Crowe Takes centre stage to kick off the Whistler Holiday Experience on Saturday evening

What: Whistler Tidings Concert

When: Saturday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Telus Whistler Conference Centre

Admission: Free

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 reach.

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, Little Light , 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.

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