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Crowe returns for annual Tidings concert

Allison Crowe performs new songs and traditional Christmas favourites during her Tidings Concert Saturday (Dec.8) 7 p.m. The concert raises money for Mind
Allison Crowe performs new songs and traditional Christmas favourites during her Tidings Concert Saturday (Dec.8) 7 p.m. The concert raises money for Mind's Eye and Woodlands Senior Secondary's band and basketball teams.
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Allison Crowe is coming home for Christmas.

The singer-songwriter who was born in Nanaimo now lives in Newfoundland.

She is performing her annual Tidings Concert to welcome the holiday season.

It’s an event she looks forward to every year.

“It’s amazing. It’s so much fun to come back to Nanaimo every year and see family and friends,” said Crowe. “It’s fun for me. It’s something I can come back to every year. It’s so comfortable.”

During Tidings Crowe will perform a couple of new songs and a mix of traditional Christmas carols.

She’s sharing some of her beloved songs such as Oh Holy Night.

“It’s one of my favourite songs from when I was really little,” she said, adding Silent Night is another of her favourites. “It’s beautiful. It’s so peaceful.”

She enjoys sharing her songs with others. Her music deals with deeply personal issues.

“It’s almost like writing in a journal for me,” she said. “It’s very therapeutic for me.”

Performing for people is also a highlight. She feeds off the energy of the crowd when onstage.

“I really love feeding off the energy when performing live. It’s just the feeling of the room. There is almost like a buzz,” said Crowe.

Crowe’s concert features guest performers Chelsea Peckett, Raymond Salgado, Daniel Knapp, Kaleigh Hargrove, Paige Hughes, Emily Blake and other performers.

The concert also features emerging Nanaimo performers, such as students from local high schools.

Crowe said it’s great to see young talent getting a chance to perform in Nanaimo.

“It’s so amazing and they are so talented and it’s nice to hear them and give them a chance,” she said. “They are so excited.”

Crowe’s Tidings Concert is Saturday (Dec. 8) at St. Andrew’s United Church, located at 311 Fitzwilliam St., starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25/$20 for students and seniors and are available at Andrea Bertram Studio, Lobelia’s Lair, Tom Lee Music, House of Indigo, Mind’s Eye – NYSA, West Coast Classic Floral, Fascinating Rhythm, all Thrifty Foods store locations in Nanaimo and www.allisoncrowe.com.

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