Alan Frew

Alan Graham Frew is a Scottish-Canadian singer, songwriter, actor, and author, who is the lead singer of the Canadian rock band Glass Tiger.[1] He has also released three solo albums.[2]

Alan Frew
Alan Frew, 2011.
Alan Frew, 2011.
Background information
Born (1956-11-08) 8 November 1956 (age 63)
Coatbridge, Scotland
OriginNewmarket, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Singer, musician, author, public speaker
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1983–present
Associated actsGlass Tiger

Early lifeEdit

Born 8 November 1956 in Coatbridge, Scotland,[3] Frew moved to Newmarket, Ontario at age 16 with his family.[4]

Musical careerEdit

In 1983, Frew and others formed Glass Tiger.[5] In 1986, the band released its first album, The Thin Red Line.[6] Two of its songs, "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" and "Someday", reached the Top 10 in the U.S. charts.[7] The Thin Red Line went quadruple platinum in Canada and gold in the United States.[8] Glass Tiger was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1987[9] and has won five Canadian Juno Awards.[4]

Frew and Stephan Moccio co-wrote "I Believe", which "became the theme song for Canada's Olympic Broadcast Consortium for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver"[2] and "Free to Be", which is used by the Toronto Maple Leafs as their theme song.[10]

Frew portrayed the character Ewan McCauley in the 2010 Canadian comedy film GravyTrain.[11][12]

Personal lifeEdit

On 20 August 2015, Frew suffered a stroke causing trauma to his right side.[13] As of January 2018, Frew had made a full recovery.[14]

Awards and recognitionEdit

Frew has received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal "in recognition of his service to the Canadian arts, and for his dedication to helping poverty-stricken children".[8] With co-writer Sharon Brenna, Frew wrote The Action Sandwich: A Six Step Recipe for Success by Doing What You're Already Doing (ISBN 978-0-9736863-9-5), a 2007 autobiography.[citation needed]


Solo albumsEdit

  • Hold On (1994)
  • Wonderland (2000)
  • 80290 Rewind (2015)

with Glass TigerEdit

Solo singlesEdit

  • Healing Hands (1994) [#8 CAN]
  • So Blind (1995)


  1. ^ "Glass Tiger vocalist Alan Frew posts on social media that he suffered stroke –". 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Barber, Jim (29 October 2017). "Healthy, Happy Alan Frew Talks 1980s Music, New Glass Tiger Album and More!".
  3. ^ "IMDb database – accessed July 2008". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b Popson, Tom. "LIFE, DEATH, LOVE, HATE AND THE GLASS TIGER GUYS". Chicago Tribune.
  5. ^ "Glass Tiger Frontman Recovering After Stroke Paralyzes His Right Side". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Glass Tiger, Johnny Reid team up" Archived 13 January 2018 at the Wayback Machine. Brian Kelly, Sault Star, 6 July 2017
  7. ^ "Glass Tiger". Billboard.
  8. ^ a b Spitale-Leisk, Maria. "Glass Tiger ready to roar in Centennial Theatre". North Shore News.
  9. ^ "GRAMMY NOMINATIONS: HIGHS AND LOWS : Winwood, Gabriel and Simon Garner Most Nominations". Los Angeles Times. 9 January 1987.
  10. ^ Toms, Colleen (26 June 2015). "CANADA DAY: Main stage lineup includes Alan Frew and Junkhouse".
  11. ^ Levack, Chandler (21 April 2010). "GravyTrain". Eye Weekly. Retrieved 27 April 2010.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Griffen, John (7 May 2010). "Review: GravyTrain". The Gazette. Retrieved 18 July 2010.[dead link]
  13. ^ "Glass Tiger Singer Alan Frew Has Stroke". Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Glass Tiger rocks the Okanagan". Vernon Morning Star. 24 April 2018.

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