Culture & Events — 25 October 2017
Glass Tiger still prowling after 30 years

Glass Tiger’s (from left to right) Al Connelly, guest singer Carmella Long, Alan Frew and Sam Reid perform at The Centre, Oct. 18. Photos by Michael Christianson

By Michael Christianson

Opening act Patrick Roy

The hair may be shorter and the band members fewer but when Glass Tiger came to town everyone who came out left with a smile on their face, a song in their heart and a bit of nostalgia.

Three original members of the band Alan Frew, Al Connelly and Sam Reid presented ‘Wae Yer Family’, an acoustic re-imagining of 12 of their best songs coupled with an evening of storytelling. The band was joined by Carmela Long whose angelic voice added well to the acoustic sound.

As any good Candian musicians playing a show on October 18, 2017 would the band opened with paying tribute to Gord Downie and opened with a Tragically Hip cover.

Frew kept the audience rocking and laughing all night with stories that seemed to start off as true but eventually had the audience in stitches. 

He told the crowd he almost didn’t play the show because it was also his 26th wedding anniversary, it only took him four wives to get there he said.

The night went on with jokes, music and some tales from the earlier days.

At one point Frew said they wouldn’t be playing their most iconic song ‘Don’t forget me when I’m gone’ due to technical difficulties; judging by the audience laughter they were too smart to believe him as they saved their best song for last and made sure no one would forget them. 

Glass Tiger toured the northwest with Jonathan Roy as their opening act. Roy performed original songs, some covers and an acoustic version of his hit single Daniella Denmark. 

Perhaps best known to some fans as the son of Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy, Jonathan told the story of meeting Cory Hart and being signed to his label with a little help from his famous father.

The next show in the Dryden Entertainment series is set for November 1 as the Centre welcomes Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar.


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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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