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WRITING A BOOK 

It's been a while since the last tour and the album release. Just wanted to give an update on what I'm up to. I'm playing and singing and writing songs for my next record, but my main focus right now is writing a book. I have a book deal with publisher Arsenal Pulp Press. The book is about the human fallout from fighting in hockey. I have done a lot of investigative journalism on the subject for the CBC and I'm having a great time building on that and learning how to be an author. I've written about a quarter of the book so far (plenty to go!), but I'm grinding almost every day and I'm happy with what I've produced so far. 

Music is always on my mind and I've got lots of great ideas for the future, but for the next few months, that's on hold! Talk soon!!

'ALLINGHAM IS PROOF THAT ROCK 'N ROLL IS NOT A DYING BREED' 

Couple of outstanding reviews of JA's new album RUN WILD worth sharing. 

"Allingham is proof that rock 'n roll is not a dying breed." Here's the article in the Permanent Rain Press

"Jeremy Allingham’s new record Run Wild drips with summer vibes...Run Wild a great rock piece. It combines the veins and viscera of classic rock with the instrumentation and production levels of modern rock." Here's the article in Gonzo Okanagan.

RUN WILD streaming on Exclaim! right now 

Hugely proud to share with you, for the first time, my new album RUN WILD. STREAMING ON EXCLAIM RIGHT NOW! These are the best ten songs I've had in me to this point in my life. I spilled my guts and did it with the most freedom, honesty and genuine emotion I've ever been able to. 

Thanks to Jesse Gander for producing it with me and making it sound so good. Thanks to Creative BC for kicking in to help me fund it. Thanks to Alex Glassford, Josh Denny-Keys, Michael Meroniuk and Kyle Hayes for playing so well and making the songs even better. 

Most importantly, thanks to my wife Sajeeda for supporting me and loving me through everything, always.

 

 

2017: What a year! 

It's been a big year for me and I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made it possible. 

First and, by far most importantly, thanks to my wife Sajeeda for bringing us a new baby boy. Tariq joined the party on January 15th, which means he's almost one and becoming a very cool guy. 

Thanks to my daughter Maliyah for being a smart, joyous, mischievous, kind and funny kid. She is everything to me. And, holy cow, she's already 4!  

I made a new record this year, and it's the best one I've ever done. That's what I've been told anyway. I always think the newest record is the best one, ha.  

Thanks to Creative BC for helping out with the funding. A huge thanks to Josh Denny-Keys, Alex Glassford, Mike Meroniuk and Kyle Hayes for continuing to contribute their creative talents to make my songs sound great.  

Thanks to Jesse Gander for his relentless efforts and out-of-this-world engineering and producing talent. You guys are the best. And thanks again to Sajeeda for holding it together on the homestead while I'm in the studio, doing what I love.  

I played a bunch of very cool shows this year. The most important was the fundraiser we did for the Overdose Prevention Society. More than 1,200 people have died this year. It's a crisis and a tragedy of massive proportions.  

It's also been a hugely rewarding year in my work as a journalist at the CBC. The BC Election was a wild ride. For me, the most important work I did was my series called 'Major Misconduct: Why We Let Kids Fight On Ice' about the human fallout from fighting in junior hockey. Thanks to my bosses and colleagues at the CBC who made it possible and thanks to the people who shared their powerful stories with me.

JA Album 2017 - Studio Session #1 

My buds came to visit my at Rain City! A dad in his happy place.

JDKK gettin' stanky on the wurly bird.

This guy is such a menacing titan behind the kit in studio.

Four of the five dudes. Thanks for all your work, fellas!

The sheet.

I was in studio at Rain City Recorders with my engineer / co-producer Jesse Gander four days in July and it was a helluva good time. The tunes are sounding amazing and I'm mega-pumped. After two big rehearsals the nights before the session, we had 12 tunes ready to go. I cut one, so we're done to 11. In the four days we completed all drums, all bass, all keys, all lead guitar and a couple of rhythm guitar tracks. Amazing work. Huge thanks to Josh Denny-Keys, Alex Glassford, Kyle Hayes and Mike Meroniuk who are such talented musicians and make my songwriting really come to life. Way to go, pals.

I'm especially excited for 'Wasted Too Long', 'Goin' Down', 'Run Wild' - all epic rock n roll songs in their own rite. Also 'Cowgirl', which is a tune I wrote about Maliyah when she was first born. Nothin' but hits! hahaha

Also had Saj, Maliyah and Tariq swing by to check things out and that was a thrill to have them there with me for a bit too!

I also did daily vlog updates on my Facebook page, so check those out for more! Next session is Aug11-14. We'll be gettin' rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals and lord knows what else done!

Writing, Writing, Writing 

 

I had an excellent week of songwriting with some of Vancouver's most talented musicians! Wednesday night was with producer hero Jesse Gander down at Rain City Recorders. We laid down some scratches and really dug into arrangement and production ideas. Strong shit. Thursday night in my parents' basement in Langley (!) with Daniel Wesley. Dan has an amazing knack for writing catchy hooks and he had some stellar ideas for two of my favourite songs on the upcoming record. He and I also turned a riff that I had considered scrapping into a big-old jam rock tune. Making some wicked progress and so excited to get into the studio. 

New baby, New record, etc.  

It's been a while since I've posted, so I wanted to give an update, Biltmore Benefit Show to now. 

I've been mega busy at the CBC with the BC election chaos, and on the personal front (and way more importantly), raising a new baby. Tariq is four months old and going strong. I love him more and more every day. 

Great news on the music front too, I`ve landed a grant from Creative BC to make my next record. Once again, I will be truly fortunate to be working with studio magician, producer extraordinaire, beloved friend and man of taste, Jesse Gander at Raincity Records. I`m currently working my bag off writing and honing the tunes for the new record with the help of the band and some of my closest musical confidants. Tracking is in July and August with mixing in September. Can`t wait to get back in there and lay these songs down. Here I am thinking about some tasty licks at Alex`s jam space. 

I`ll be keeping you posted as the recording process takes hold!! New JA record in 2018!!!

JA benefit show supports Vancouver's Overdose Prevention Society 

I was very happy to present this cheque for $1,579.54 to the Overdose Prevention Society. Our show at the Biltmore on March 24th was a huge success and I'm hopeful that this small gesture can help our neighbours and community members as we all grapple with the terrible opioid crisis. If you want to support this excellent harm reduction organization, visit their Go Fund Me page

JA featured in Georgia Straight's 'What's In Your Fridge?' 


Thanks to the Georgia Straight for inviting me to be a part of the venerable Vancouver institution 'What's In Your Fridge'. 

Featuring shout-outs to: my wife Sajeeda, Adam Thorson, Jesse Gander, Ivan and Andrew Drury, Terry Fox, Mike Keenan, Chad Kroeger, Bruce Springsteen, Mr. Pan Pizza, The Neverpet Movement, the Montreal Expos, electoral reform, Gob, Mcrackins, JJ Cale, Rancid, Nirvana, Super MarioKart, and Coors Light.

Read it here!

New JA Christmas song! 


My new Christmas song 'Bring Those Presents To Me' is now available for download (name your price)! I wrote this puppy as the Christmas spirit was starting to set in, just last week. Decided to do just get in the studio and put it out. Pretty happy with the thick holiday vibes.

LISTEN HERE

JA meets Pussy Riot legend Masha Alyokhina! 



I had the massive pleasure and good fortune of meeting Masha Alyokhina from Pussy Riot. She and the rest of her band are an inspiration when it comes to delivering messages of political resistance against authoritarian rule through music and for risking everything in order to do so. (She went to jail for nearly two years for the band's performance in the Russian Orthodox church in Moscow). 

As I was walking her out, I asked her if she had seen what Green Day did at the American Music Awards the night before ("No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA"). Because she had arrived in Vancouver late that night, she hadn't seen it. I described what happened, and her face lit up. She looked genuinely pleased. Then, hilariously and stupidly, I said "...it was pretty gutsy.". I immediately realized who I was talking to, and quickly added, "...but I guess that's nothing compared to playing in a church in Moscow." Thankfully, she laughed and told me that any form of political message in music is really important and powerful. Masha, thank you for your work, your sacrifice and for your graciousness. It was an honour to meet you!

Fraser Valley Music Awards 

Saj and I takin' in the FVMAs.

Had a great time down at the Fraser Valley Music Awards gala with my girl Saj, Joshy-poo and my mom and dad. Didn't take home the roots/folk hardware this time around, but it was a big honour to be there. Thanks to Aaron Levy and James Kasper who organized the event and the awards!

Me with my old man Keith and the legend, JDKK!

JA charting on CJSF and CIVL 

I've been getting some awesome love from a couple of local Metro Vancouver stations over the past month. MEMORY ELECTRIC charted on Burnaby's CJSF at #5 on the Top 30 (just ahead of Royal Wood, Suuns and Wintersleep).

Also snuck onto the Top 30 on Abbotsford's CIVL radio (sponsor station of the Fraser Valley Music Awards for which I'm nominated!). Memory Electric came in at #30, just behind Radiohead. hahaha. 

Thanks to the local stations for playing the record and let's keep this thing going!

JA plays live on CIVL radio (May 7th) 

I was happy to head out to my old stomping ground at the University of the Fraser Valley (graduated with a diploma in Liberal Arts - 2002!) for a live performance on CIVL Radio's 'Waves and Valleys' hosted by James Kasper. James is also the man behind the Fraser Valley Music Awards and I'm excited to be nominated for one of those puppies in the Roots/Folk category. 

I performed three live songs including Wasted Too Long, On the Radio and a cover of Springsteen's Atlantic City. My request for another Fraser Valley artist was Fort Langley rock gods We Hunt Buffalo!

Thanks a lot to James and everyone at CIVL!

JA gets Fraser Valley Music Award nomination 

FVMA gala is July 16th at the Abbotsford Art Centre.


I'm feeling hugely honoured today to be nominated for a Fraser Valley Music Award. I was born and raised in Langley and I still spend tonnes of time there with friends and family. It was a thriving scene of hard-working musicians back when I lived there and, clearly, it still is today. One of the main reasons I love music so much in the first place is Langley's Coffee Jam punk rock concerts that were every Friday night in the ABC rooms at the Civic Centre growing up. My old man would drop me off (by myself!) with $20 for a t-shirt and come back to get me around 11. In between, I was moshing around and generally being a weird little 13-year-old dickweed, but more importantly, I was falling in love with the energy and passion of live music. I still feel it in my bones all of these years later, and to be recognized by this awesome new organization of music supporters in the Valley feels really great. A huge thank you goes out to CIVL radio for championing this and for nominating me.

Big time play on CBC Radio across Canada! 

Teenage Autumn Nights filling up the CBC R1 airwaves this week!

Super pumped that Teenage Autumn Nights has been playing on CBC Radio shows across the country over the past couple of days. 

Shows in Kelowna, Prince George, Calgary, Winnipeg, Northern Manitoba, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, Quebec City, Moncton, Charlottetown, Cornerbrook, Gander, Labrador, Whitehorse have all played the song. Thanks so much for the support!

Buy Teenage Autumn Nights now!

MEMORY ELECTRIC #14 on CHUO Ottawa 

Holy fuck! JA's right behind Holy Fuck!!


Thanks to CHUO 89.1 in Ottawa for playing Memory Electric! It's currently #14 on the Top 30. Sharing the chart with some big names like Wintersleep, Holy Fuck, Basia Bulat, Jordan Klassen and Aidan Knight.

Goodbye to the Railway Club 

Post-show party at the legendary Railway Club.

Factories & Alleyways live at the Railway Club.

The legendary Railway Club is closing down. It's a sad day for the music scene and the city.

I have had some of the best times of my life at the Railway Club. I performed there at least a couple of dozen times with Like A Martyr, Factories & Alleyways and solo. I saw some of the best the local scene and the country have to offer, and we straight up got after it on many occasions.

What a great room, and what a bunch of amazing (though sometimes hazy) memories that were made there. I'll always remember having to carry gear up those brutal stairs and then storing it in the back "Malkovich room". Then (!) when it was your turn to go on around midnight, you had to haul that gear back to the front through huge crowds of drunk people. ANXIETY. But the shows were great because it was intimate, and really, just a comfortable space. It was a place to let loose. The regulars left much to be desired, but they brought character, and that's something Vancouver needs more of.

There have been concerns throughout the industry about the direction the place took in recent years, but either way, we'll all miss it. It was a privilege to play there, and the Railway Club will always be remembered as a place of culture that brought people together.

Interview with Red on Black music 

Music with a Conscience!


Check out this interview I did about my new album MEMORY ELECTRIC with Red on Black Music!

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"Great song writing is born of two things-a passion for one’s subject, and a dedication to the craft itself. Vancouver folk rocker Jeremy Allingham demonstrates this passion and dedication to song writing on his new album “Memory Electric,” and weaves a compelling narrative in the process." -Red on Black Music

Tickets are still available for the Memory Electric album release show this Friday, March 18th at the Biltmore Cabaret! She's gonna be a barn burner!

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