ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

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5:45 a.m. came quickly but I was in one of those moods whereby I end up waking before my alarm no matter how early it is.

 The morning sky reflected ..... 

The morning sky reflected ..... 

What should have been a simple hour and a half early morning drive to the Horseshoe Bay Terminal to catch the ferry was actually a nail-biter time wise. Sam does an amazing job of planning all of our travel, times, routes, flights and hotels etc but even he couldn’t have predicted what the morning traffic was going to be like. Holy shit, I thought I was back in Toronto. Even as far as 90mins away from Vancouver, the commuting traffic was a shit-show. In order to have made it with ease we would have needed to leave around 4am, for an 8:30am ferry. We made it however and boarded on time.


A hearty breakfast for all followed before popping up to the bridge to visit with the Captain and his staff. We always enjoy going up there and the staff are always generous and welcoming.

 “Gotta get the pineapples to Hawaii!!!!’ 

“Gotta get the pineapples to Hawaii!!!!’ 

Ferry landed in Nanaimo and off we went for a 2hr drive to Campbell River.

Campbell River BC, or Wiwea̱m is a coastal city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, at the south end of Discovery Passage. Campbell River boasts a population (2016 census) of 35,138 and has long been touted as "the Salmon Capital of the World".

 Captain George Vancouver was a British officer of the Royal Navy, best known for his 1791–95 expedition, which explored and charted North America's northwestern Pacific Coast regions, including the coasts of contemporary Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.

Captain George Vancouver was a British officer of the Royal Navy, best known for his 1791–95 expedition, which explored and charted North America's northwestern Pacific Coast regions, including the coasts of contemporary Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.

Captain George Vancouver reached Campbell River in 1792 aboard the ships HMS Discovery and HMS Chatham. The channel between Quadra Island and Campbell River is named Discovery Passage after HMS Discoery. The captain and his botanist, Mr Archibald Menzies discovered a small tribe of 350 natives who spoke the Salish language.

Numerous movies have been shot in beautiful Campbell River including ; Trapped, Seven Years in Tibet, The Scarlet Letter, Funal Destination 2 and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

 

 “I’m tired man...move over!”  

“I’m tired man...move over!”  

I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t tired, for I am indeed,..... tired. It’s inevitable that this will happen on tour, and so all I can do is rest when able, get some exercise in when I can, and dig deep when showtime comes. That, my friends, is what I do. There is something about the lights going down, the audience cheering and that walk out onto the stage that demands that you can “only” be at your best.....period. I decided to skip any kind of workout and opted for a pre-show nap before heading over to the Tidemark Theatre for around 7:30p.m. The theatre is an art deco, 467 seat performing arts venue, and it is notably one the most prominent buildings downtown due to it’s bright pink exterior. We have played here before but for the life of me I cannot remember when.

 You can love it or you can hate it....but you won’t miss it! IT’S PINK!! 

You can love it or you can hate it....but you won’t miss it! IT’S PINK!! 


The show was a little difficult for us again, due to behind-the-scenes problems with our in-ear monitors. Frustrating as it is though, it doesn’t affect what’s coming off of the stage or what’s coming out of the house system and Joe our tech is doing a stellar job. Crowd loved it and it was standing ovation all round. THANK YOU GUYS!!

After the show we met various folk who had VIP Passes for being radio station contest winners, then several people who had signed on to support CAMH (Centre for Addiction & Mental Health) THANKS GUYS!!

Prior to all of that however, there was an incredibly moving moment between myself and one very brave woman indeed. Thanks to some good “Samaritans” helping with transportation issues, Charlotte was able to make her final musical wish come true. You see Charlotte is terminally ill and Glass Tiger is one of her all-time favourite bands. Her wish? To see us one last time on stage and after the show. I had received several direct messages on my FB page from Charlotte’s loving family, asking if this could happen. OF COURSE THIS CAN HAPPEN ❤️ They brought her backstage in her wheelchair and she and I spent several wonderful minutes together having a little quiet chat and a whisper in each other’s ear.

 Brave Charlotte. I am a better man for knowing you. ❤️ 

Brave Charlotte. I am a better man for knowing you. ❤️ 

What we said to each other will remain with me as private but suffice to say that this beautiful soul isn’t afraid of what she is about to face and is reconciled to the fact that she is going through a life experience just a little ahead of the rest us. She also hasn’t lost any of her charm because after our last hug, just as we were separating she said, “Mmmm, you smell good!” Charlotte were you flirting? 😂😘

 Charlotte with one of her all-time favourite bands.  

Charlotte with one of her all-time favourite bands.  

We posed as a group with her and now I wish you love and strength Charlotte on your journey ahead. I know you are not afraid and for that I am happy. I received a lovely thank you this morning from your family and all I can say is love and strength to you all, and as for thanking me? You are most welcome xo


We moved on at a leisurely pace next day to Cowichan Bay, located on the east coast of southern Vancouver Island, near Duncan, in British Columbia.

 This bowl reads; “We were here, loooooooooong before you.”    ~ all our love, First Nations.  

This bowl reads; “We were here, loooooooooong before you.”  

~ all our love, First Nations.  

For many thousands of years Cowichan Bay was home to First Nations people who harvested the wealth of salmon and shellfish found in its many coves, tidal flats and swiftly flowing rivers. A rare steatite anthropomorphic bowl was discovered on Cowichan Bay in the late nineteenth century. One of only about 50 so far found and estimated to originate from the Marpole Culture (400 BC-400 AD), it is now in the British Museum’s collection. This is one of the reasons I have a very tough time with the idea of Canada Day being Canada’s birthday somehow. Our First Nation’s people have been hunting, fishing, living, working, loving and honouring this land for thousands upon thousands of years. Canada Day is absolutely a worthy celebration of Confederation but my goodness what our native sons and daughters can teach us about this beautiful land remains so untapped.

When we arrived at our hotel in Cowichan Bay we noticed a sign on the front desk. It was a photograph of a large Sea Lion and it read, “Hello we are BACK!” Then the lady offered us earplugs for it turns out that the dock out back of the hotel gets frequented at this time of year by these amazing creatures and it also turns out that they get rather “horny” between 3 and 5am. Now if you don’t think they are loud enough to begin with, just wait until 3 to 5am!!!

 

 “Don’t mind me, but I am going to be making, Little Seals from the hours of 3am to 5am ~ thanks in advance.”

“Don’t mind me, but I am going to be making, Little Seals from the hours of 3am to 5am ~ thanks in advance.”

The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre is a 731-seat proscenium arch theatre located in the Island Savings Centre, Duncan, BC. It has the largest stage/backstage area on Vancouver Island and one of the largest in the province. We have played here before but again, don’t ask me when. The audience was fabulous and the support for CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) was outstanding once again. THANK YOU GUYS!

We headed back to hotel and I ended up just sitting and chatting with Sam over a cold beer before heading back to my room and letting my head hit the pillow.

 We’ve been doing this for a wee while now.  

We’ve been doing this for a wee while now.  

Tomorrow is a welcomed day off and ironically it is my birthday. My plans are to chill in the morning and watch my favourite football (soccer) team, Glasgow Rangers, play a game live from Moscow. Then we drive through to beautiful Victoria, and go for a birthday dinner together as a group.


Goodnight all.....until that time ❤️