Sat. Sept 27/14 - Ottawa, ON O-Town Hoedown
885 Bank St. Solo electric! with Uncle Sean and the Shifty Drifters and Big Tobacco and the Pickers
John is playing Quinn's REDBLACKS Tailgate parties 2.5 hours before all home games! 1070 Bank St.!
Please check the "Shows" section for all The ALLAIRE SHOWS not listed here.
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.
Sept 18/14 - Show with Stompin' Tom's backing band - John will be opening for Tim Hus and the Rocky Mountain Two at the Celtic Cross (Somerset W near Bank) on Oct 2. This'll be a good one! don't miss it!
Sept 18/14 - Last festival of the season alert! O-TOWN Hoedown - John will be going solo-electric for the O-Town Hoedown this year. Sat. Sept 27th 9pm at Irene's 885 Bank St. It's also John's birthday! So c'mon down and celebrate!
Sept 2/14 - The ALLAIRE SHOW Fall guests announced! - The guests have been announced for the September to Chrismas run at The ALLAIRE SHOW at Quinn's. The show (Starting back up September 27th!) 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.
Aug. 26/14 - Official "Kitchen Chair" video released today! - The new Kitchen Chair video from the album Heart of Steel was released today! It stars John's eldest daughter Hilary and was shot completely at Hilcourt Acres in Vernon, Ontario! The video was written, directed and edited by John and his wife Lisa did much of the camera work! A true family effort!
Aug. 7/14 - John and Breeze to play electric duet at Celtic Cross! - The Celtic Cross on 343 Someset St. W near Bank will host an evening of what many other cities get to see, the touring electric duet of John and drummer Breeze Smith! C'mon down for some shenanigans and great times Saturday, August 16/14 at 9pm!
Aug. 6/14 - Video for "Kitchen Chair" in the works - Most of the footage is on the editing desk and the cutting room floor is starting to pile up as the video for John's song "Kitchen Chair" off of his last solo album Heart of Steel is being put together. It stars John's daughter Hilary, and was shot in the rural Vernon/Winchester area of Eastern Ontario. Stay tuned for its release soon!
Hilary Allaire in a still from the upcoming video for "Kitchen Chair"
Aug. 2/14 - John plays REDBLACKS Tailgate Parties at Quinn's! - CFL is back in Ottawa and the neighbourhoods surrounding the staduim are a-buzz on game days! John is playing the Tailgate Parties (weather permitting) before all Ottawa REDBLACKS home games on Quinn's patio (1070 Bank St.). Check the schedule and c'mon down EARLY for a seat!
JA & the Campistas rock main stage at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest - If you weren't there, you missed a gooder! On possibly the biggest stage they've played in their careers, (and in suport of the one and only Snoop Dogg!) the boys (and Hilary!) busted through a 60-minute set of Allaire songs from most of his recent albums as well as "Let It Be with his daughter Hilary and closing the set with his trademark Nock Lowe cover, "(What's so Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding." Bootleg video snippets have been surfacing. We'll post when we can find 'em!
John and Hilary with Breeze and Tony Main Stage, Ottawa Bluesfest!
June 10/14 - ALLAIRE SHOW SUMMER REDUX - Announcing 3 Summer ALLAIRE SHOWS to keep you going through the hot months! Sat. June 28th with guest John Carroll, Sat. July 19 with Terry McLeish and Sat. Aug. 30th with White Coals! No cover!!
Apr. 15/14 - "Minimum Wage" accolades keep pouring in - The John Allaire/Terry McLeish song "Minimum Wage" has garnered some critical acclaim since its release in Novermber 2013. It was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition out of Nashville, beating out some 9,000 other songs in the Americana category. This time it's a little closer to home. Gil's Hootenanny and Writers' Bloc are proud to announce the finalists in the 2014 Sing-Along Song Writing Contest on the topic - Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope. The finalists in no particular order are:
Keeping the Faith (Christina Marchant)
Eighteen Cents an Hour (Mark Evenchick)
#TarFree613 (Julie Comber, Kevin Guerette, Rebecca Lantz) Minimum Wage (John Allaire, Terry McLeish)
All the composers will perform their songs on Sunday afternoon April 27th between 3 and 4pm at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival in a "Sing-Along Song-off". The winner of that day will also perform at Gil's Hootenanny on May 1st at the Glebe Community Centre. Congratulations to the finalists and well done to all who submitted their songs!
Spirit of Rasputin's Arts Society is Ottawa's largest and most active community of folk music enthusiasts. Songwriters have been publishing and performing critical political commentary as far back as the British broadsides of the 16th century. In that tradition Spirit of Rasputin's, Gil's Hootenanny and Writers' Bloc are proud to announce the finalists in the 2014 Sing-Along Song Writing Contest on the topic Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope.
Mar. 26, 2014 - Campistas to play RBC Ottawa Bluesfest - John Allaire and the Campistas will be playing the 20th anniversary edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest on July 12th. Time and stage to be announced. This will be Allaire's 5th Bluesfest appearance in seven years! Get your tickets here!
Mar. 26, 2014 - ALLAIRE SHOW keeps the talent a-comin'! - Here's the next few weeks at The ALLAIRE SHOW at Quinn's 1070 Bank ST. 3pm-5pm each Saturday. Please arrive early so you can get in!!
Mar. 14, 2014 - Back in the studio - In between live appearances at festivals this Spring and Summer, John will be finishing off his 9th solo offering in the studio, with a projected late Spring/early Summer release. Regulars at The ALLAIRE SHOW have heard many on the new tracks in a live setting already. This one promises to be a true solo release, with minimal backing musician. Stay tuned!
Jan. 30, 2014 - One of John's favourite authors has just published his latest book "The Smart Aleck Chronicles III". Previous Chronicles have had occasion to mention John in an anecdote or two...
"The original Smart Aleck Chronicles was published to little, if any notice in 2007. This was followed five years later with the release of a second volume. As noted in the prefaces to both these collections, their intended purpose was to present to readers a series of literary entertainments on a range of issues, activities, personalities and phenomena. In this, the third volume, these observations and commentaries continue, combined once again with short works of fiction. The author hopes, as he did with respect to the two previous volumes, that this edition is faithful to the lofty standards and possible amusements of those books."
Check it out here!
Jan. 13, 2014 - Amazing guests at The ALLAIRE SHOW in 2014!
As most of you know, 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!
Here is the fantasic list of performers coming up this Winter/Spring! Miss a week, miss a lot!!!
Jan 18 - Al Wood
Jan 25 - RW Haller
Feb 1 - Steve Marriner (JUNO Award winner!)
Feb 8 - Marc and Curtis (Still Winter Hills)
Feb 15 - Kim Koren (from Hamilton)
Feb 22 - Shannon Rose
Mar 1 - Karyn Ellis (from Toronto)
Mar 8 - Ryan Cook (ECMA nominee from Nova Scotia)
Mar 15 - Lynne Hanson (her birthday party!)
Mar 22 - Tony D (JUNO Award winner!)
Mar. 29 - Shawn Tavenier (Silver Creek)
Apr 5 - Michael and Brennan (Tilda)
Apr 12 - Patsy and Lefty (Ninety Pounds of Ugly)
Apr 19 - John Carroll (Easter Extravaganzy!!! Hop hop)
Apr 26 - Terry McLeish (from Pembroke-ish)
May 3 - Tyler Kealey
May 10 - Annual hot dog eating contest and Jam session (bring your instrument and play!)
May 17 - Andrea Simms-Karp
Woohoo! Get there early! Sponsored by the Ashton Brewing Company. Next time your server goes by, don't forget to say "Hey! I'll have and Ashton!"
Jan. 11, 2014 - Get yer new album here!
John has been collaborating with other songwriters for over 3 years. Through discussions with colleagues, he has decided to lead an initiative called "Songwriters for the Community". Annual events like the one in November will be created in support of local charitable organizations.
What was really special was the duet album that came out of the project!
John co-wrote, arranged and recorded songs with each one of the participants in the event. The CD, called Peace, Love and Understanding, Vol. 1, was released under the name John Allaire & the Confederation! It was officially released on November 21st at the Mayfair. This series of duets is brought to you by Allaire Show Productions and is out on Flat and Black Records! BUY IT HERE!!!
Jan. 10, 2014 - Happy New Year! Here's hoping 2014 will be amazing!
Well, WOW! The "Songwriters for the Community" show that John Allaire and the Confederation put on in November was truly inspiring! With the help from musicians Shawn Tavenier, Ken Workman, John Carroll, Shannon Rose, Jeff Tanguay, Lynne Hanson, Terry McLeish, Jill Zmud, Andrea Simms-Karp and Al Wood, the Mayfair Theatre was rockin', all in support of the Heart Institute Foundation! Thank you to the 200-or-so people who packed into the theatre and a HUGE thanks to the volunteers, to the hosts CBC's Stu Mills and CKCU's David Yazbeck, sponsors and the ABC Brewing Co.
Hey! Let's do it again!
Oct. 1, 2013 - Songwriters for the Community Show announced!
John has been collaborating with other songwriters for over 3 years on his ALLAIRE SHOW, and in other arenas. Through discussions with colleagues, he has decided to lead an initiative called Songwriters for the Community. Annual events will be created in support of local charitable organizations.
This year, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation has been chosen. The inaugural event of the Songwriters for the Community initiative will continue to pay tribute, both financially and through publicity to this important institution.
The following community of songwriters have come together to lead and support this year’s event:
John Allaire Shawn Tavenier Ken Workman John Carroll
Shannon Rose Jeff Tanguay Lynne Hanson Terry McLeish
Jill Zmud Andrea Simms-Karp Al Wood
A CD of original and collabourative songs has also been recorded and will be available at the show!
Sep. 6, 2013 - Two shows at Ottawa FolkFest THIS WEEKEND
John's playing the Ottawa Folkfest THIS SATURDAY Sept 7th and Sunday Sept 8th! First, John will be playing on the Hill Stage with percussion and banjo in tow at 2pm on Saturday! Then, John will be hosting the "Peace, Love and Understanding Songwriters' Circle" on Sunday at 2pm on the Slackwater Stage. Guests will be Trent Severn and Martyn Joseph!
July 30/13 - Gear and Art for sale! - Hey, times are tough... Go here to see what gear John has up on the block, as well as prints and original art by John! For Sale Page