Pete Trower: Sidewalks & Sidehills
Transsiberian Mile# 20
Released September 2003
CD. Pete is truly a Canadian treasure. He has published 11 volumes of poetry and 3 novels, one of which (Grogan’s Café) is in pre-production for a movie. He has appeared on CBC television and radio, toured the province with the “Caulk Boots and Marlin Spikes” variety show, given countless readings at myriad venues, and spent some time fronting the blues-rock band ‘Industrial Accident’ in the early 1980’s. Simon Fraser University recently purchased his archives for their reference library, and he continues to turn out new work even as you read this. His poems and novels reflect the diversity of the wild life he has lived, from the bar-rooms and back-alleys of Vancouver and numerous other cities and towns, to the dangerous coastal hillsides and logging camps of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. Pete now mostly divides his time between Gibson's, on the Sunsine Coast, and Vancouver. In the fall of 2002 Pete received the BC Gas Lifetime Achievement Award, for which a commemorative plaque was laid at Library Square in downtown Vancouver. This CD, his first, compiles some of his best known and loved poems, along with some unknown and new selections and gives them a setting in which to shine: subtle acoustic accompaniment by guitarists extraordinaire Randy Forrester (ex-Radiogram!) and Neal Ryan. Folk-art that packs a punch! We are sad to report the passing of Pete's longtime partner and muse, historian Yvonne Klan, in the Fall of 2004. She is missed by many.