Tom Cochrane once sang that “through all these cities and all these towns, it’s in my blood and it’s all around” — and now he can say he’s living those words, as his home province is naming a stretch of highway after him.
A 322 kilometer section of Provincial Road 391, which hooks up Thompson and Cochrane’s home town of Lynn Lake, is being renamed Tom Cochrane’s Life Is A Highway in his honor and in recognition of his 1991 hit Life Is A Highway, which rocketed him to international fame.
“We are honoured that Tom Cochrane has agreed to lend his name and legacy to renaming an important stretch of provincial road in northern Manitoba,” reads a media release from Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen. “The road signs along Provincial Road 391 to be designated Tom Cochrane’s Life Is A Highway jointly celebrate the amazing accomplishments of a Manitoba musician and the proud community in which he was raised.”
Over the course of his not insubstantial career, Cochrane has amassed eight Juno Awards, including a few with his band Red Rider. He has also been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame, and is an Order Of Canada recipient. In 2012, Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz presented him with the key to the city.
Life Is A Highway was Cochrane’s only Top 40 hit in the United States. It’s since received the cover treatment from quite a diverse assortment of artists: Rascal Flatts, Chris LeDoux, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Jerry Jeff Walker and Home Free, among others.