Wider Horizons

Life is a highway, and the college is going to let Lethbridge ride it all night long with Tom Cochranetom c as part of its Homecoming ’08 weekend in May.

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame member, famous for songs such as Big League, will be headlining a concert May 18 at the Enmax Centre in what Laura Carlson (Communication Arts ’93), Lethbridge College development manager, calls the college’s gift to the community.

“We knew we wanted to do a concert and the best thing to do would be having a concert that anybody and everybody could afford and enjoy,” says Carlson. “It’s a great finale to the weekend.”

Tickets for Cochrane, available at Lethbridge College for just $10, will go on sale to the public April 1, but those who register for the college’s Homecoming will be able to purchase tickets sooner. “Our goal is to sell out the Enmax, all 6,300 seats,” says Carlson.

Cochrane, who will be uniting with his former band Red Rider, was a natural choice.

“We wanted to bring in an artist who speaks to many generations because of all the generations of alumni coming,” said Carlson. “We wanted as big a name as we could get and we wanted a Canadian.”

Cochrane, a native of Lynn Lake, Man., is a multi-Juno award winner known for his work with World Vision, the Parkinson Society of Canada and War Child Canada. He also performs for Canadian troops overseas as part of the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency.

In 2007 Cochrane was made an honourary colonel of 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron in Cold Lake, the first since the squad’s reactivation in July 2006.

Cochrane has recently experienced resurgence in popularity after his song ‘Life is a Highway’ was redone by country artists Rascal Flatts for the Disney film ‘Cars.’ He recently finished a tour across Canada with John Mellencamp.

Wider Horizons
Heather Robbins
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