• When you give everything you have on stage 

    you can connect to the audience, 

    the audience connects to each other,

    and it's not like anything else in the world.


“I hope the Create and Connect grants will help some local artists with projects that help to bring valued music and entertainment to the entire city, and beyond.” 

A total of 146 local musicians applied for the grant. The jury, formed by members of the local arts scene, reviewed the details of each applicant’s project before selecting the 14 grant recipients. The review included the artist’s music, social media, collaborators, and budget. 


May 19 2020

Kitchener-Waterloo ON Canada

You can take the stage away from the girl but you can’t take away her music. Musicians everywhere have been home since March as we are all working together to stay safe. But that doesn’t mean March 16th is the day the music died. Avalon Bridger is well known for her passionate and energetic performances with her band Vintage Flight at KW venues and on festival stages all over Ontario. But in the midst of a pandemic she has been missing her band, and that connection you make with an audience while playing live. So she decided it’s time to push herself out of her comfort zone and record some of her own original music. Her first solo original single, That Picture That You Drew, releases May 21st under the artist name Avalon on all platforms. “This song isn’t like anything I’ve ever written but I was inspired during this crazy time to try something new.” says Avalon “I’ve been writing with the band, with experienced musicians, and on my own for a long time. But I haven’t released anything for a few years because recording a song never feels like it does on a stage.” This time though, Avalon decided that music isn’t about perfection, it’s about the connection and growth. So she’s releasing this new single as it was written, simple and raw. 

Inspiration for That Picture That You Drew came in early March when she realized some big events she had been waiting for were going to be cancelled. The more she read about COVID-19, the more she realized that all our lives were about to change, and she was afraid that live music wasn’t going to be the same for a very long time. “It felt like we were all going through a kind of heartbreak, so when I sat down to write that’s what came out.” 

For Avalon, music has always been her sanctuary, and her band and the music community are like family. In big life moments, she has always turned to music. After heartbreak, disappointments, or even a big success you will find Avalon on stage either with the band or at a local open mic strumming her guitar and belting out lyrics to a song she wrote the night before. “I write about how I’m feeling and somehow, when I play it live, I look out at the faces in the audience relating to the words and that’s when the world makes sense again.”  So now, while stages everywhere are closed for the foreseeable future, and anxiety levels are at an all time high, musicians are finding new ways to share that healing power of music. Avalon will be celebrating the release of her new single with a live online event Wednesday May 20th at 8:30PM on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. She plans to give people who tune in a sneak preview of the video and play a live acoustic set including the new single That Picture That You Drew. To make it feel more like a live show, the recording of the stream won’t be posted afterwards and she’ll be doing a Q&A to try and make it feel like talking to a musician during the breaks at a venue.                                                                                                                           

For the next 6 months, all profits from That Picture That You Drew will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association to help those who need support during the pandemic.    

Kitchener Waterloo Record - Wildfires Spark Koala-Fest Fundraising Concert

At only 16, Avalon Bridger is a well-known blues singer, and she is leveraging that profile to help Australian wildlife following the devastating bushfires Down Under.  Inspired by the 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and ecologists who say a billion animals died in the fires, Bridger organized Koala-Fest.

All proceeds from her event featuring several local bands will be donated to WIRES - Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc. - Australia's biggest animal rescue organization. Bridger is a Grade 11 student at Bluevale Collegiate Institute in Waterloo, but she was steeped in the blues before starting high school. She's a familiar sight on the stages of local bars and clubs and at the Kitchener Blues Festival...

On stage, this young woman has a voice that turns the heads of fans with deep knowledge of the music and its performers. She is among a growing list of local musicians who came out of the Grand River Blues Camp, which is run by the Grand River Blues Society. Bridger started there when she was 11. She needed special permission to attend because she was so young.

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PRESS RELEASE: Sept. 8, 2017

Kitchener-Waterloo ON Canada

13 year old singer-songwriter Avalon is having a big week. Just as she starts her first year of high school, she is also releasing the first taste of her new solo project. Her new cover single, Prisoner (feat. Shawn Kellerman), will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play and many others starting this Friday September 8th.

We have seen a lot from Avalon and her band Vintage Flight (formerly AshenBlue) over the last few months. Live music lovers from all over Ontario got the chance to see them at several festivals this summer... and thanks to the recent release of their self titled original EP they are finding new fans from all over the world. 

Friday's release of Prisoner is Avalon's first solo song, and it is being released as part of her collaboration with legendary guitarist, songwriter and producer Shawn Kellerman. When you combine Avalon's high energy performance and powerful voice with Shawn's guitar chops you get a song that reminds us why we love to play our rock music loud. 

Avalon is very excited about the opportunity for creativity and growth that comes from being part of Vintage Flight, and from exploring solo projects that allow her to work with and learn from renowned musicians. Avalon says that there is new music in the works on both fronts. "I've always felt connected to the world with music.  And if I'm writing for a project or together with the band, it gives me a chance to connect with people in lots of different ways." 

Update: Prisoner is now available  
Google Play
Or Search "Avalon Prisoner"

Connect and follow Avalon on her website www.avalonsmusic.com twitter/instagram @AvalonBridger Facebook Facebook.com/AvalonsMusic 

Vintage Flight Takes Off in 2017

The Record Arts and Entertainment section

...The band also won the 2017 Grand River Blues Society Youth Legacy Challenge... following in the footsteps of Blues Camp alumni like Joshua David and Johanna Pavia.

And if that's not enough, Ashen Blue has officially switched their name to Vintage Flight just in time for the Saturday showcase.

...Vintage Flight is also releasing a three-song EP produced by acclaimed guitarist Shawn Kellerman...

...Vintage Flight feels fortunate to be growing up in Waterloo Region.

"So many of the musicians and fans here are a community," she Bridger. "They support each other, and they especially help support new musicians like us." <read full article>

Looking Back at 2016 Plus Notable Bands

The Record Arts and Entertainment section did a great article about some of our favourite local music events in 2016. We were honoured to be selected as musicians to watch out for in 2017! Scroll down to the bottom for this section. <read full article>

What's On: oneROOF Fundraiser

AshenBlue was happy to be invited to play at the oneROOF fundraiser and support a cause that is close to our hearts. One youth on the street is too many. <read full article>

Grand River Blues News - AshenBlue Will Play Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis

The Grand River Blues Society (GRBS) hosted its annual regional competition on October 2nd, 2016 to select its representatives for the 2017 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis.

The Grand River Blues Society has selected AshenBlue, a band made up of young musicians Avalon Bridger, Dalton Durham, Jake Shepherd, and Quinlan Missikowski, as one of only three Canadian bands to perform in the IBC Youth Showcase. <read full article>

Kitchener Waterloo Record - Avalon Bridger Just 12 But Already an Old Soul Plays Kitchener

Twelve-year-old singer/songwriter Avalon Bridger says her unusual name is based on the mythical tale of King Arthur. Avalon is a magical, idyllic place perhaps a little like the place that Bridger goes to when she writes music.

She admits she's shy and music is a way for her to connect with people. But onstage this young performer is a dynamo in the making, wowing audiences, belting out rock and blues like a performer far beyond her years.

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