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Manitoba Renames Northern Highway for Tom Cochrane

October 31, 2016 11:37 AM | Entertainment

Tom Cochrane

Canadian musician Tom Cochrane was honoured Monday, Oct.31, 2016 at the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg. A stretch of highway near his hometown of Lynn Lake has been named after Cochrane’s biggest hit, Life Is A Highway. Cochrane performed the song and said he was honoured by the tribute. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG — Life really is a highway for Tom Cochrane with a roadway in northern Manitoba renamed after the Canadian musician.

Cochrane, who performed at the NHL Heritage Classic on October 22, was in Winnipeg Monday for a ceremony at the Manitoba legislature, where the province renamed a 322-kilometre section of PR 391 connecting Lynn Lake and Thompson to “Tom Cochrane’s Life Is A Highway.”

“Through all these cities and all these towns, Lynn Lake remains my birthplace and original home town,” said Cochrane. “I am happy to be able to give back to my home community and am very thankful for this honour.”

The highway designation recognizes Cochrane’s accomplishments of a Manitoba musician and the proud community in which he was raised, the province said.

Cochrane will visit Lynn Lake on August 20, 2017 as part of a national concert tour marking the milestone anniversary of his album, Mad Mad World, which was released in 1991.

“Lynn Lake is proud to call Tom Cochrane our very own national treasure and most famous export,” said Lynn Lake Mayor James Lindsay. “We are thrilled that he has chosen to return home next summer to play a special concert as part of his special 25th anniversary tour.”

For Winnipeg fans, Cochrane will perform March 13, 2017 at Club Regent Event Centre with special guest Red Rider. Tickets go on sale November 4 starting at $45.