ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

THE BOSTON PIZZA TOUR?

 Vernon is a city in the Okanagan region of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It is 440 km (270 mi) northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia. Vernon is the largest city in the North Okanagan Regional District and a resident of Vernon is called a "Vernonite".

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The site of the city was discovered by the Okanagan people, a tribe of the Interior Salish people, who initially named the community Nintle Moos Chin, meaning "jumping over place where the creek narrows". This name refers to a section of the Swan Lake that passes through Downtown Vernon, the community's central business district.

Goodness me, Canada is beautiful. I never tire of witnessing her beauty. Travelling as we do, is of course tiring in and of itself, but there is always a payoff that brightens the spirit and empowers me to lift myself up and keep moving.

 “How many of these “dots” have I been to?” 

“How many of these “dots” have I been to?” 

We all had a chuckle this morning because we congregated downstairs together for breakfast, ALL having the same story of being awake since around 4:30-5:00am. After breakfast I threw a few pieces of laundry in and then went to the little fitness room nearby. These small towns don’t offer large chain hotels but they have all been just fine and when they have little washer and dryers available I jump at the chance because I hate lugging dirty laundry, no matter how little I have. I did an hour on the treadmill, and lifted some weights before grabbing my laundry and heading back up to my room. Gave myself a little pat-on-the- back for finishing the National Post crossword puzzle from scratch without having to look anything up or soliciting help.

 Oh crossword how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.  

Oh crossword how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.  

Crossword puzzles are said to be the most popular and widespread word game in the world, yet have a short history. The first known published crossword puzzle was created by a journalist named Arthur Wynne from Liverpool, and he is usually credited as the inventor of the popular word game. 

It’s funny how sometimes you can stare at a crossword and get nothing, then at other times it just flows out almost effortlessly. My dad “loved” doing crossword puzzles and I picked it up from him. I love keeping my brain engaged with the likes of puzzles and chess and scrabble etc. I never tire of the challenge and would like to think I will keep that up until my twilight years ....  yes, I have become my dad!

 Darby Mills. 

Darby Mills. 

Headed for a bit of lunch and was joined briefly by our backup vocalist Carmela Long who was meeting a friend of hers, Canadian singer, Darby Mills, formerly of the iconic band, ‘The Headpins.’ who were originall founded as a side project in the late 1970s by then Chilliwack members Ab Bryant and Brian Macleod. Darby, a “Vernonite” joined the band in 1981. They released their album Turn It Loud in 1982 which quickly went platinum and topped the charts for six weeks, with the hit single "Don't It Make Ya Feel". Their second release, Line of Fire, was another multi-platinum success, and included the hits "Just One More Time" and "Feel It (Feel My Body)", resulting in the band touring Europe with Whitesnake at the beginning of 1984. Mills received much attention and won accolades with fans polls voting her best singer. In 1985, the Headpins toured with many acts such as Kiss, Eddie Money and ZZ Top.

 Check! Check! Cheque please!  

Check! Check! Cheque please!  

The ladies headed off together and I headed back to my room to chill and write a bit. It wasn’t long however before I had to attend the dreaded “soundcheck.” The theatre in Vernon, though nice, doesn’t quite have the acoustic temperament of the little theatre in Medicine Hat and there is quite a lot of “slapback” that comes at you from the back wall. Which wouldn’t be so bad if I kept both in-ear monitors in my ears but I prefer to perform with one in and one out. So for the record my brain was hearing; the band instantaneously in my open ear, the band micro seconds later in my monitored ear, the band coming out of the house system and the band slapping back at me from the back wall......oh bliss! The good news is that when audiences fill the room the bodies attend to soak up and absorb sound diminishing the slapback considerably.

 Check out Jessica on Spotify.  

Check out Jessica on Spotify.  

When we toured earlier this year with Johnny Reid, his opening act was a girl called Jessica Mitchell. Jessica is a huge talent and we are honoured to have her here now with us on these dates. Lauded as ‘country’s Adele’ and likened to Sheryl Crow, and much like them, her genre-bending vocals and tone are universally appealing. She is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book, inspired by the raw honesty and storytelling nature of the genre. Mitchell’s much anticipated debut album Heart of Glass, was released May 11, 2018. She has spent the last decade travelling between Toronto and Nashville, collaborating with top-notch songwriters, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound. The record embodies powerful and soulful melodies and lyrical brilliance, while showcasing Mitchell’s vocal talent in the purest of forms – and the result is utterly and heartbreakingly beautiful. I encourage you all to go see her in concert and for the record, if we get time out here, I would love to pen a tune with her.

Audience was fantastic, thank you Vernon. For our encore we did an acoustic version of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ along with ‘Don’t Forget Me (when i’m Gone).

The guys are having a real chuckle at my expense. You see, I don’t think I have ever been in a Boston Pizza before, certainly not that I can ever remember. I “think” I was in one once because Chris and I wanted to see a boxing match live and the local Boston Pizza was the way to go.

 “Show me your backstage pass please!!....Okay, you can go back.” 

“Show me your backstage pass please!!....Okay, you can go back.” 

Anyway, the other night after the show in Medicine Hat, the ONLY place open where one could get a beer and a nibble was said establishment, Boston Pizza. So off we toddled and in we went and I was very wary about big, mushy, thick-crusted pizza, HOWEVER.....they have really upped their game and I had a delicious thin-crusted pizza, that I have to admit was pretty darned scrumptious. Cut to the next night in Vernon and Frew is now asking, “Hey man, is there a Boston Pizza in town?” which there was AND it was just across the way from the theatre. So this may just become; GLASS TIGER -THE BOSTON PIZZA TOUR 2018! Ok Canada, I will say goodnight to y’all and see you next in Trail, BC. Nighty night.