ALAN FREW

Musician. Author. Speaker.

Dear Canada Blog #56 April 20th 2018.

Sam has done a magnificent job of coordinating all of our travel and hotels. It’s a massive undertaking to move us from Sydney BC in February to St.John’s NFLD. On April 24th and so flawlessly at that, Cheers Sam!

For our visit here, he chose something a little different than a Delta, or a Sheraton or the likes. For here, he chose, The Dundee Arms, a 1903, Queen Anne style house and annex. It reminds me of a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, called The Sherbrooke Castle Hotel. You feel like you have been invited into someone’s home as opposed to rooming within the sterility of a standard hotel. 

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“Come on in, make yourself at home.” 

Had a bite of breakfast with Sam and Sean before getting the chance to go.....”SWIMMING!!” As you probably know by now, swimming means so much to me. I cherish the opportunity to do it, and here on the grounds of the university, they have an aqua centre. I was  happy lad. 

Joined Sam afterwards as we were asked to co-host the afternoon show over at Ocean Radio. We hung in for the entire hour spinning tunes and chatting. 

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 "Hello, Canada, and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland"

Headed back to hotel for a bite to eat with the lads. Before heading up to my room for a long soak in the tub, which by now you know is one of my favourite pastimes. 

Started to weed out a lot of the photos I don’t need anymore from my phone. Here for fun are 10 that I am keeping but haven’t seen in ages.

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1) Performing David Bowie’s, Space Oddity, with Canadian astronaut, Commander, Chris Hadfield. 

  2) With Sam and my father Hughie.     

2) With Sam and my father Hughie. 

 

  3) My all-time favourite photo of  Norma Jeane Mortenson. 

3) My all-time favourite photo of Norma Jeane Mortenson. 

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4) With my dear friend Terry Lawson from Manhattan Records. I once, while having dinner with him and his wife, knocked a candle over, setting a small fire on the dinner table. I said, Sorry pal, I just spoiled the moment.” To which he replied, No you didn’t, you just created another one!” 

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 5) Recording a song I co-wrote with my pal Roch Voisine, for his album at the time. 

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 6) Upon finding out, that although he was the “first” concert at Toronto’s SkyDome, (now Rogers Centre) but not the first to sing there “live,” Rod plonked this on my lap and insisted I keep it.

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7) On the first time that I ever met Michael Buble, I literally “bumped” into him. Extending my hand to intro myself, I said, “Michael, I am....” He cut me off immediately, “ Motherfucker! Are you going to try and introduce yourself to me? I grew up on you! Come meet my mum.....muuuuum! look who I found!” 😂

  8) rest my case. This is SkyDome opening, June 3rd, 1989......sorry Rod! 😉       

8) rest my case. This is SkyDome opening, June 3rd, 1989......sorry Rod! 😉

 

 

  9) During my very first concert upon rehabbing from my stroke. Nelly Furtado joined me onstage for, Don’t Forget Me ( when i’m gone).    

9) During my very first concert upon rehabbing from my stroke. Nelly Furtado joined me onstage for, Don’t Forget Me ( when i’m gone).

 

  10) Roadsigns near Johnny Reid’s home in Franklin, Tennessee, as we were recording a new album celebrating the fact that it had been 31 years since our first album. “Hmmmmm, what should we call it?”  

10) Roadsigns near Johnny Reid’s home in Franklin, Tennessee, as we were recording a new album celebrating the fact that it had been 31 years since our first album. “Hmmmmm, what should we call it?”  

 Hit the stage in Charlottetown at our usual time. The audience was cranked up for this one. It’s always fun when I haven’t seen Johnny all day and the first time I do is when he comes back out to perform our duet together. We can really sense that it’s coming to an end very soon. Especially when talking with everyone backstage. They, like us, cannot believe we have come this far and that it is almost over. 

Went to The Old Triangle, number THREE! (It seems it is a franchise after all, and we hear that there is a number FOUR in Sydney, where we head to tomorrow 😂) and had a beer with the lads. 

Headed back to hotel around midnight and set alarm for a 7:15 a.m. rise. We fly tomorrow to Sydney, Nova Scotia. Which is really cool considering our first show of this tour was in, Sydney, BC. 

Goodnight Dear Canada, until tomorrow~ Alan.