ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

Dear Canada Blog #15 March 10th 2018

 Toronto Rocks!

Toronto Rocks!

 7:15 lobby call. There was a television in lobby and on it was Brad Giffen, of CTV, doing the news. I remember Brad from back in the day when he was a VeeJay on Toronto Rocks!

 Do any of you Torontonians remember that one? It was a very deceiving set up. When you saw it from the comfort of your home, it looked cool and big but really it was just a cardboard box with the name Toronto Rocks on it. But Brad was a very cool and together guy who has gone on to do great things. 

Interesting, when you google image shots of Brad, you get about 6 of them, and then for some reason you get a ton of pictures of John Roberts ( J.D. Roberts of MuchMusic). There are definitely similarities between the two of them, and I guess Google has its reasons for screwing things up. Remember JD? Remember our beloved, MuchMusic ? 


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My best memory of John, is when he presented, on behalf of MuchMusic, the “Glass Tiger Live From Ontario Place Forum” show. He had “that voice,” and when the tv special concluded, Don’t Forget Me ( when I’m gone) was officially #1, and our world was ROCKIN’! 

 Our first time around at the Ontario Place Forum.

Our first time around at the Ontario Place Forum.

We sold out the forum for 4 nights straight and we owned the place. You guys came out in throngs, and it all culminated with live footage being used for the video, You’re What I Look For, which remains one of my favourites to this very day. A video that created the bond between us, as a band and fans. The interesting thing about that video is this; from the album, THIN RED LINE, we released FIVE singles and videos. Pretty unheard of, other than the likes of the friggin Beatles. Remember now, we were touring as well as shooting videos, AND touring was insanely tough. We did two videos in Toronto, one in Vancouver ( Whistler actually) and one in England.

 

 

 You’re What I Look For 

You’re What I Look For 

So when they needed a video we were actually on tour in Europe and unavailable. EMI, in their mighty wisdom, took it upon themselves to use footage from Ontario Place, as our fifth video. We were skeptical at first, but I must say it turned out beautifully and it remains a favourite. J.D. Roberts is now the White House reporter for Fox News, known as John Roberts. I am happy for him, he has done so well, but since I do not watch Fox News, in this world of Trump, I only see him when he attends White House briefings within the collective of all the other TV stations and he asks questions of the Press Secretary. Well done John. You have come a long way. 

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We were at the airport by 7:40a.m. on a beautiful morning here in Grand Prairie. Canada, your skies never cease to amaze me. Even in an airport parking lot you make me stop, stare, breathe deeply, and be thankful that I am alive and living in the most beautiful country in the world.

 

After checking our bags, we had enough time to sit and have a bit of breakfast together.

 

 Good morning Canada. 

Good morning Canada. 

On the flight, I continued my new love affair with Peaky Blinders, man it’s a good show. Rough, raw, edgy and impactful, it’s shot so well.

 We landed in Calgary around 11:30 and picked up our car rental. Again, since we are on a different schedule from Johnny, we are abke to stay in Calgary tomorrow on our day off and even Monday when we play Red Deer and just drive up and back.

Today I actually did something I haven’t done as yet, on this tour. I took a good 3 hour sleep after lunch. Won’t kid ya, it’s a grind out here with the travel and having a solid nap really helped me. I woke up and then had my pre-show, warm bath around 6pm and was ready for our 7:30 lobby call.

Saw Johnny for a few minutes in his dressing room just before he went on and took a shot with his band before the 8pm kick-off. 

 with some of Johnny’s band 

with some of Johnny’s band 

The casino was jammed, sold-out, and the audience loved it when we hit the stage. Calgary has ALWAYS been good to Glass Tiger, and

tonight, though short and sweet, was no exception. We shall see you again soon enough Calgary, thank you.

After the show, I let the guys go on without me, while I went to the casino to play some cards. My game of choice is 3 Card Poker. We all know the house never loses but the odds at 3 Card are some of the better ones of any of the games. Tonight I chased it. I didn’t win. I didn’t lose. In the world of the gambler, not losing period, is considered a win lol, and anytime you can walk out with your money still in your pocket, is a good night.

 James Joyce 1882-1941

James Joyce 1882-1941

Headed back into the city and had a nightcap with the lads at a pub called, The James Joyce, named after the Irish novelist, short story writer, and poet, regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles,

Tonight the lads were wishing it had been St. Patrick’s Day, and they were spending it in The James Joyce. However, when St. Paddy’s Day comes, we will be in Medicine Hat and they are convinced that no such thing as an Irish Pub exists. I on the other hand do not get fussed, nor do I celebrate it. It’s just never been something I was raised with but I certainly hope they get to drink their “green beer” and toast the day,  ☘️cheers lads! 

 An excellent pint of Guinness poured at The James Joyce, Calgary. 

An excellent pint of Guinness poured at The James Joyce, Calgary. 

Goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow ❤️