Stompin’ Tom Connors
Yesterday Stompin’ Tom Connors a true Canadian icon + country-folk legend passed away + left a mark on many people’s hearts.
I hadn’t heard of Stompin’ Tom Connors until today, being that I am new to Canada. Jeff told me this morning that he was, “As Canadian as it gets” + I’ve been doing some searching about him on the internet ever since. I’m completely enamored.
He sung about the common man, about hockey + all things Canadian. His music had been criticized in the past by fellow musicians who claimed his music was, “too Canadian” + “too kitschy”. For shame! Everyone needs more kitsch in their lives!!!! And to demonstrate these allegations, I give you this album cover. You’re welcome.
Stompin’ Tom also had a rebel spirit. In the 1970s he gave back his 6 Juno awards (the Junos are like the Canadian Grammys) in protest of the nomination of Canadian artists that resided + worked out of the United States. So disillusioned by the music industry, he walked away from it for 12 years before making a comeback in 1986. Badass!!! And he was a true drifter – he grew up riding railroad cars, hitchhiking + at times experiencing homelessness.
A few days earlier he wrote a letter to his fans on his official website:
I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin’ Tom.
It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with its beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world.
I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future.
I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done.
Your Friend always,
Stompin’ Tom Connors
Canada lost one of it’s greatest patriots yesterday. He loved his country, being amongst his fans + countrymen. Some call him the Canadian Woodie Guthrie but I think he is his own special awesome. Rest in peace, Stompin’ Tom. A true original + a legend. Here’s Jeff’s favorite track, “Bud the Spud”. So punk rock. Take that, Justin Bieber.