TORONTO,07.08.20-With versatile songs and a compelling voice, Prairie-raised, now Toronto-based Colleen Brown is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who effortlessly weaves elements of folk, roots, Americana, and pop into a sublime, striking blend. Her new single and accompanying lyric video, “It’s The End Of The World (Again),” brings her varied skills into the spotlight once more – even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, about which the song was written. It’s the first single of a collection of compositions, under the title “Isolation Songs,” to be released on Flatcar Records/Fontana North. For more information please visit her website.


On March 13, 2020, Brown was in the middle of a tour, backing up Sarah Slean and Hawksley Workman,

when the shows were cancelled because of COVID-19. Brown’s reaction was to write and demo songs as much as possible, in order to keep herself occupied and feel productive. A friend challenged Brown to write on a different theme each week, which led to her “Isolation Songs,” the first of which is “It’s The End Of The World (Again).”

Riding the waves of a percolating drumbeat and lush orchestration, with whitecaps of a sparkling omnichord strum layered on top, “It’s The End Of The World (Again),” captures the feeling we all shared in those first few potent and pivotal weeks of the pandemic. Facing the truth that “each dystopian movie scene…became reality, foreseen,” Brown bravely – and somewhat self-mockingly – is nonetheless still looking for a lover at the water’s edge to “take my germy hand.” The lyrics recall the spirit of Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time,” while the sound is reminiscent of Jane Siberry’s dreamy atmospherics.

The video of the song, co-created by Brown and Josh Lyon, finds her alternately in a field of lush vegetation, and against a white brick wall, alone, but yearning for the close human contact and touch of a romantic relationship. Her finger-snaps accentuate the beat, and her gentle swaying parallels the rich tones of the music. The video was filmed in an abandoned apartment complex behind Brown's home, in an area marked for demolition, but allowed to sit empty during the pandemic, "re-wilding" itself for a few months. It's a setting that could only have occurred because of the pandemic.

Brown’s previous, full-length solo album Direction, co-produced by Joel Plaskett, saw her top Canadian college

radio charts, achieving rotation on CBC, and touring at home, in Germany, and in the U.K. Her song “I Can’t Wrap My Heart Around It,” recorded with her other project, the band Major Love, earned a placement in the CBC-TV program Burden Of Truth. Major Love also performed a CBC Music First Play Live and had two singles in the CBC Radio 2 Top 20, “Tear It Down” and “So Good.” Their eponymous album spent 13 weeks on the Canadian College Radio Top 50 charts.

Major Love's “Motherland” won an Alberta-wide songwriting contest in 2015; and the powerful ballad “I Love All of You” was a finalist in the Unsigned Only International Songwriting Competition in 2017. Brown has opened for household names like Randy Newman, Jim Cuddy, Rufus Wainwright, Whitehorse, Kathleen Edwards, and Sarah Harmer, and is a fixture on the Canadian folk festival circuit both solo and with Major Love.

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TORONTO – With versatile songs and a compelling voice, Prairie-raised, now Toronto-based Colleen Brown is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who effortlessly weaves elements of folk, roots, Americana, and pop into a sublime, striking blend. Her new single and accompanying lyric video, “It’s The End Of The World (Again),” brings her varied skills into the spotlight once more – even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, about which the song was written. It’s the first single of a collection of compositions, under the title “Isolation Songs,” to be released on Flatcar Records/Fontana North. For more information please visit her website.