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Sep. 30/08 - Tour is over... recording time - The end of September marks the end of John's tour across Canada. Many, many thanks to those who came out to see the shows and support our efforts. Also, thanks goes to String Bone, the band that was also on this tour from London, and Bill Toms, Pittsburgh singer/songwriter, band-mate with Bruce Springsteen, and all-round nice guy. Friends we met and played with along the way: HOTCHA from Toronto, Romney Getty from Collingwood, Duane Rutter from S. Ontario, Ginger St. James from Hamilton, Nick and Mike in Peterborough, Gary Farrell from Montreal, and of course, John's backing band, The Campistas.

Pictures of the tour are now posted on the Visuals page.

So this brings us to post-tour activities. John is hitting the studio starting in October to begin recording his next ablum, due out in the Spring of 2009. Those of you who have seen the recent live shows on this tour will have heard some previews of songs such as the train-beat shuffler Highway 105, the humorous Candy Apple Killer, and the rootsy St. Eugene already. Rest assured, studio versions of those songs and many more are in the works for the new release.

Again, as we hunker down to record, we'd like to send out a HUGE thanks to all those who have supported the "Ghosts" tour over the past year.

Ottawa Citizen - Sept. 25, 2008 - by Fateema Sayani

Ottawa Citizen

John Allaire

Aug/08 - John plays live and gets interviewed on CKCU - John talked to Pat Moore on August 1st on CKCU FM in Ottawa. Hear the interview on the "Podcasts" page.

July 9/08 - John promoting Ottawa Bluesfest on CTV News - John talked to Max Keeping about playing Bluesfest. See the video here.

John Allaire Bluesfest

July 2/08 - Ottawa Bluesfest Date/Time Stage change - John the Campistas will now be playing Thursday, July 10th at 6 pm on the Rogers Stage. Other acts that night in the main field are Three Days Grace and The Black Crowes! See you there!

July 1/08 - Compilation CD with other singer/songwriters to benefit charities - John has collaborated with Irish singer/songwriter Robin Averill and Halifax Order of Canada recipient and singer/songwriter Terry Kelly and has released a CD today, Canada Day . The CD, called Silver Lining, consists of previously recorded songs by the three artists and benefits Royal Canadian Legion charities, including the Canadian Council of the Blind and the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre. For John's part, he contributed four previously released songs from his last two solo albums for the cause. The CD is available for sale here on this site, as well as many banks, book stores, CD stores and Legion Branches across Canada. Silver Lining

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