May 18/18 - The Week-Ender is back! - In it's 3rd year, the Friday afternoon outdoor show is back at the Barley Mow, 1060 Bank St. Start your weekend off with music and good times. John plays from 5:30-7:30pm every Friday until mid-Setember. C'mon down (if there is inclement weather, we take the party inside!)
May 18/18 - The Campistas hit the stage in June! - For the first time in a couple of years, John Allaire and the Campistas will be trodding the boards at Irene's. John has been busy with solo tours, The ALLAIRE SHOW, his Allaire & Stryker project, the resurrection of The Town Cryers and recording. So it's about time we see a little Campista action! Irene's Pub (885 Bank St. Ottawa) Saturday, June 23, 2018. Only $10 at the door! Spencer Scharf is the special guest. 9pm start!
Apr 17/18 - This Saturday, Allaire and Stryker!
Mar 30/18 - ALLAIRE SHOW line-up for Spring 2018 announced - Here it is! The ALLAIRE SHOW line-up for Spring 2018! And what a doozy!! The ALLAIRE SHOW at Quinn's Ale House is a singer/songwriter matinee series held weekly. It's from 3pm-5pm every Saturday at Quinn's (1070 Bank St. near Sunnyside in Ottawa) and feature John with a diferent songwriter each week! C'mon down and sing along!
Mar 10/18 - St. Patrick's Day Mayhem - As tradition would have it, John Allaire and Gilles Arsenault (affectionately dubbed "AllArse" by their fan), will be belting out the traditional tunes on Saturday, March 17th. Starting at Patty's Pub (1186 Bank St.), they be playing noon to 6pm. Then the'll move the whole darn show over to the Royal Oak at Hunt Club and Uplands from 7pm-11pm! C'mon out and hoist a stout! Always a good time.
Mar 10/18 - Key Ottawa Showcase Alert! - Sat. March 24 - Ottawa - Pressed 750 Gladstone Ave. with Astrid Young (yes, THAT Astrid Young!). Doors open at 8pm! Get there early for a seat!
Mar 10/18 - Themed Open Mic Nights! - And now for something completely different... John has teamed up with the Barley Mow (1060 Bank St.) for a few fun eveings of themed talent shows. John will be hosting themed "Hitsville Open Mic" nights the last Tuesday of every month, starting March 27th.
The Scheduled themes are:
March 27 - British Invasion (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who etc)
April 24 - West Coast Sound (Eagles, Beach Boys, Byrds, Green Day...)
May 29 - Canadiana (Lightfoot, Blue Rodeo, Hip, Guess Who...)
June 26 - The 80s (Frtom Springsteen to the Clash...)
Come on out and play!!!
Mar 10/18 - Residencies - Head on down to Old Ottawa South on any given day and you're sure to find John Allaire and friends playing somewhere! We're pleased to announce that John will be playing the Ottawa REDBLACKS' tailgate parties at the Barley Mow (1060 Bank St.) again this year before all the games. The WEEKENDER will also continue out on the patio on Fridays once the nice weather hits us.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves! John has agreed to do a number of Friday evenings at the Barley Mow starting March 9/18. The evenings will begin around 8:30 and go to about 11pm. C'mon down and sing along!
Mar 10/18 - The Town Cryers to play Ottawa Bluesfest! - Since their return to the stage with the release of the looong awaited Stanley's Cup, The Town Cryers have created a bit of a buzz. For example, Ottawa Life Magazine ranked them in the Top Ten Shows in Ottawa in 2017.
Now they've been offered a show at the world famous Ottawa Bluesfest. The show will be on Thursday, July 12th. Stage and time is to be confirmed. Join the boys as the "Break's Over" Tour continues!
The Town Cryers 2018
Dec 29/17 - Tickets still available for NYE - The New Year's Eve show at the Barley Mow 1060 Bank featuring John Allaire and George Stryker is not yet sold out, as of this posting. Get your advance tickets at the bar and make sure you get in!
Dec 29/17 - ALLAIRE SHOW line-up for Winter 2018 announced - Here it is! The ALLAIRE SHOW line-up for Winter 2018! And what a doozy!! The ALLAIRE SHOW at Quinn's Ale House is a singer/songwriter matinee series held weekly. It's from 3pm-5pm every Saturday at Quinn's (1070 Bank St. near Sunnyside in Ottawa) and feature John with a diferent songwriter each week! C'mon down and sing along!
Dec 7/17 - Break's Over for THE TOWN CRYERS! - SOLD OUT! No tickets left. See you Friday night!
Oct 30/17 - Break's Over for THE TOWN CRYERS! - After about 25 years of individual projects, Ottawa’s own The Town Cryers are back! Friday, December 8, Irene’s Pub and ABC Brewery presents the official kick-off to the Break’s Over! Tour.
Adding to the excitement at the show, the boys will be releasing the long-anticipated album, Stanley’s Cup. It was 25 years ago, almost to the day, that The Town Cryers had planned to release the epic 18-song recording, but decided to shelve it for a couple of months… It’s has now been digitally remastered and out on CD and downloadable formats, to be officially released on December 8th.
The Town Cryers were at staple in Ottawa and, indeed, Canada's live music scene, locally frequenting The Downstairs Club, Zaphods and Barrymores. With their signature jangly-rockin’ guitar attack and sinister humour, they toured Canada with many major international acts, including Australia’s HooDoo Gurus and America’s BoDeans, to name just a couple. They had number one hits on radio stations across the country and were awarded with Best Independent Music Video on Canada’s Much Music and the CBC Telefest Awards. NME (UK) called them “Canada’s Replacements” and Toronto’s Now Magazine touted them as “Canada’s indie darlings”.
Cryers’ co-frontman John Allaire, “Well Ottawa. We’re back! And we are so excited to finally get this album into the hands of our fans. It’s been a long hiatus but I can tell you, this show is going to rock your socks off!”
The Town Cryers are lead guitarist, Jeff Tanguay (Life-Size Men), rhythm guitarist John Allaire (JA & the Campistas), bassist Rick Dixon (Not Really) and drummer, Kevin “The Breeze” Smith (JA & the Campistas). The four veteran rockers have been active in the international music scene individually and as part of other bands since the Cryers “shelved” the band and have released about 15 individual/band albums collectively since 1992. So don’t worry, they are tight and ready to roll.
Tickets are $20 and available in advance at Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St. (limited numbers will be available at the door.) All tickets get you a copy of the “new” CD and guarantee your unforgettable night. Westmeath's Terry McLeish will be opening the show.
Sept 12/17 - ALLAIRE SHOW Fall schedule released! - Ottawa ON, There's a good looking list of musicians playing with John at Quinn's this Fall! Check out the poster below!
The ALLAIRE SHOW at Quinn's Ale House is a singer/songwriter matinee series held weekly. It's from 3pm-5pm every Saturday at Quinn's (1070 Bank St. near Sunnyside in Ottawa) and feature John with a diferent songwriter each week! C'mon down and sing along! See the "Shows" page for details/listings.
July 14/17 - Ottawa Life Magazine calls John "Ottawa's Best - top 10 musicians! - Ottawa ON, John was featured in Ottawa Life Magazine in a feature they call "Ottawa's Best: Musicians". Here's a link to the article!
June 12/17 - Bounder Magazine feature! - Ottawa ON, John was featured in "Bounder" magazine, a men's magazine from the National Capital region. Download it here!
June 5/17 - ALLAIRE SHOW Summer Redux is back! - Ottawa ON, John will be bringing guests in once a month over the summer at Patty's Pub 1186 Bank St! Check out the schedule below!
May 25/17 - John's summer residency at The Barley Mow on Bank St! - Ottawa ON, John will be bringing his "Week-Ender" acoustic show to the Barley Mow patio in Old Ottawa South every Friday this summer. It's at 1060 Bank St. and will be outside on the patio from 5:00-7:30 (if the weather doesn't co-operate, the show will be moved indoors).
Apr 4/17 - Stryker and Allaire at it again - Ottawa ON, John Allaire and George Stryker will take their rockabilly-infused show to Eddy's Diner, April 22! No cover!
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