ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

THE CHOCOLATE THIEF

We hit Trail, BC after a 5 hr drive, stopping along the way for lunch in Grand Forks, population 4,049. Choices of establishments were not many and we settled on ‘Clyde’s Pub’. We have all heard or used the saying, “ looks can be deceiving and Clyde’s certainly fell into that category. On the surface it just looks like a little shabby sports bar and you may think you should be wary of what comes out of the kitchen. Never fear. I had one of the best homemade Shepherd’s Pies ever! Fresh and tasty with a touch of HP Sauce .... mmmmmm! Also my garden salad was fresh as could be and I chose a dressing I never have any other time than on the road, ‘French Dressing’. It reminds me of my young teenage years back in high school when lunch was Burger, Fries, tiny salad with French dressing, all for $1.99! The bar section also reminded me of the tv show CHEERS with all the locals gathered around in what looked like “their” seats. 

 Where everyone knows your name.... 

Where everyone knows your name.... 

Woke up in Trail this morning and went downstairs around 7am for tea before heading to the little fitness room. Treadmill & Weights done, I went to one of the local establishments for a bite to eat. Funny when you come from the bigger cities like Toronto or New York, Chicago or Vancouver, you tend to carry a bit of the “high & mighty” with you. You want it when you want it and that’s always now. Coming to these small towns however, slows the world down. Everything isn’t high tech and in your face. Places seem grittier and grubbier but there is a character and charm about life in these towns that is unmistakeable. People are simpler, not of mind, but of needs and requirements. The clock seems to have slowed down, dare I say, turned back.

 I have all my original parts.......(mostly) 

I have all my original parts.......(mostly) 

 The 65 cent Big Mac.  

The 65 cent Big Mac.  

Every place reminds me of the town I lived in and grew up in, and where Glass Tiger hailed from, Newmarket, Ontario. But these towns remind me of the Newmarket of 1972!! But it works if you don’t fight it. Just accept it for what it is and it all makes sense and one forgets about the “hustle & bustle” of the big city and the shit-fest that can come with that. Don’t get me wrong, I need to be near the big cities, it’s in my DNA and it’s an absolute requirement for my career but I can assimilate into these little “mountain towns” quite readily.


We performed an almost sold-out show at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail, which is a vital cultural asset for Trail and surrounding communities. The population of the town is just  under 8000, and it is named after The Dewdney Trail, a 720 km (450 mi) trail in British Columbia, that served as a major thoroughfare in the mid-19th century.

 The Charles Bailey Theatre  

The Charles Bailey Theatre  

Show went flawlessly and the audience was very much into it and gave us a lovely standing ovation at the end of it and again at the end of our encore. As mentioned earlier, we are supporting CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) and I must say, of ALL the charities and organizations I worked on behalf of, this one seems to resonate with EVERYONE. You guys who know me, know I have been proud to put efforts into helping dozens upon dozens of worthy causes and I won’t stop any time soon. But the contact I am receiving from those affected by addiction and mental health issues goes right to the core of everyday people from all walks of life, regardless of social status, gender or race.

 

 

 Choose to be brave......we need you here❤️ 

Choose to be brave......we need you here❤️ 

I have shared numerous hugs after the show from men and woman who unabashedly and openly share their stories with me. Mental health issues, addiction and the stigma attached to them is so prevalent in today’s society that in any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem and by the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have—or have had—a mental illness. Surprising to some is that the number who die from suicide is more than double that of homicide at a global level. In fact, the number of deaths from suicides is higher than the number of deaths from all forms of violence – including homicide, terrorism, conflict, and executions – globally and across many countries across the world. Suicide is a major cause of premature and preventable death. It is estimated, that in 2009 alone, there were about 100,000 years of potential life lost to Canadians under the age of 75 as a result of suicides.

Thank you to all of you who are supporting CAMH. ❤️❤️


 The “Stash” 

The “Stash” 

Finally, we have a thief among us. Contained within our backstage “rider” are various snacks and chocolate bars. Now there are only 5 of us on the road at this time and yet when I got to the gig our chocolate supply was decimated and I was at a loss as to why. Then I came across a guitar case and something just didn’t seem right about it’s contents. I investigated further and found the following. I did some heavy investigative work and finally on hidden camera I captured this shot.

                                 WANTED:   Male, late 50’s, approach with caution. He’s probably “wired” and dangerous.    

                                WANTED:

Male, late 50’s, approach with caution. He’s probably “wired” and dangerous. 

 

Anyone having any information on who this carpetbagger please contact me through my socials.


Tomorrow on we go to Mission.