Dear Canada Blog #53 April 17th 2018
Woke up at 7:15 a.m. for an 8:15 lobby call as Sam and I headed out to do CTV morning television live, followed by a taped interview to run at supper time.
My laminate was sitting on the desk in my room and although I don’t wear it, I still treasure what it stands for and I cannot help but be taken aback when I see the dates on it. Take a sec and slowly let your eye run from Feb 26 all the way to today and imagine yourself doing that. Pretty heavy huh?
I have nothing but total respect for my pal Johnny Reid for doing this; remember he is doing FULL shows each night and killing it. I KNOW what that takes, night after night, day after day, and it ain’t easy boys and girls. 😉👍
Sam and I headed to CTV studios and did an interview with Kelly, followed by another interview with Maria Panopalis, for the dinner time broadcast. It was really sweet that Maria was a BIG fan from back in the day and had to let it out at the end of the interview. 🤗
John, our Warner rep, dropped us back off at hotel and we then had a breakfast together, Sam, Sean and I, before heading upstairs to get packed and move on. We were in for a surprise though, as our truck rental was dead. Battery had “baffed” it. We called CAA, who came and got us up and running but they suggested we go to Moncton via the airport again and pick up a new vehicle which we did. It set us back a few hours but they gave us a monster SUV which came in handy because of the torrential rain we had to endure all the way to Moncton, New Brunswick. We arrived there around 4pm.
Moncton is the largest city in the province of New Brunswick and it lies at the geographic centre of the Maritime Provinces. The city has earned the nickname "Hub City" due to its central inland location in the region and its history as a railway and land transportation hub for the Maritimes. The French culture here in Moncton remains “loud and proud” and it gives Moncton a unique feel.
Acadians, (French colonists), settled here in the 1670’s, gradually extending inland and reaching the site of present-day Moncton in 1733. The first Acadian settlers in the Moncton area established a marshland farming community and chose to name their settlement Le Coude (The Elbow). Moncton was not incorporated until 1855. Ironically it is named after a British officer, Lt. Col. Robert Monckton who had captured a nearby Fort Beauséjour, a century earlier.
Had a bite to eat with the lads prior to “putting money in the water meter in order to have a bath” 😂 Sorry I couldn’t resist.
Texted back and forth with Johnny Reid, who has agreed to do my podcast, FREW the Looking Glass with Alan Frew, sometime tomorrow. Those of you who have followed me faithfully on here, already know that I am logging podcasts that I will release starting in the fall. It is my intention to sit down with amazingly interesting and talented people, not to “interview” them in the classic sense, but to chat with them in the casual and unrestricted and uncensored sense. I have begun with the obvious, GLASS TIGER, and I hope to find out as much about them as you will (even though I am in it lol) and that can only come with capturing some of the amazing conversations we already have when no microphones or cameras are around. I am thrilled Johnny has agreed to do it.
Headed over to the Moncton Casino for 8pm. Johnny was already on. Sometimes casino crowds can be somewhat laid back but this one was as lively a casino crowd as I have ever I have witnessed. Well done Moncton.
Headed with lads to a wee pub ironically named The Old Triangle (same as one in Halifax yet it’s not a franchise.) “The Auld Triangle" is a song, which was first performed publicly as a part of the play The Quare Fellow, by Irish Brendan Behan. The song was later made famous by Irish band, The Dubliners. The song is used to introduce the play, a story about the occurrences in a prison (in real life Mount Joy Prison, where Behan had once been lodged) on the day a convict is set to be executed. The triangle in the title refers to the large metal triangle which was beaten daily in Mountjoy Prison to waken the inmates ("The Auld Triangle goes Jingle Jangle").
Just before bed I recieved notice of an incoming summer concert we are doing near Edmonton. I noticed that Don Felder, of The Eagles, fame is headlining. I met Don on a solo performance I did as part of Music Under The Stars, at Casa Loma, in Toronto, in benefit of Canada’s Walk Of Fame. I sat with Don for a good couple of hours chatting, getting to know him and he is a lovely man. I watched his performance later that night of Hotel California and it was flawless. THAT SOLO!! Huh?
Hit the pillow around 2am and it hit me back and knocked me out around 3.
Goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow ~Alan