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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:47 pm
 


Title: Stompin' Tom Connors dies at 77
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Posted By: Strutz
Date: 2013-03-06 17:45:31
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:47 pm
 


A very sad day... :cry:


RIP Tom.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:01 pm
 


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RIP Stompin Tom!


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RIP , Stompin Tom. The Good Lord is gonna need some serious plywood lest Ol' Tom stomps a hole thru the floor of heaven!

I got this from His website-stompintom.com/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
STOMPIN' TOM CONNORS DIES AT THE AGE OF 77:

Peterborough, ON (March 6, 2013) Today Canada lost one of its' true musical icons with the passing of Stompin’ Tom Connors O.C.,LL.D.,Litt.D. Connors died of natural causes at his home in Ontario. He was 77 years of age.

Stompin’ Tom literally put Canada on the map with such songs as “The Hockey Song”, “Sudbury Saturday Night”, “Bud The Spud”, “Tillsonburg”, "Big Joe Mufferaw" and countless others.

Born Thomas Charles Connors in Saint John New Brunswick on February 9th 1936, he was separated from his mother at a young age and raised by foster parents in Skinners Pond, P.E.I. until he was 13 years old. His life of poverty, orphanages, hitchhiking and playing bars would eventually turn into a life of hit songs, national concert tours and fame in spite of a constant uphill battle to be recognized by the music industry in Canada. In 1979 in a fit of frustration and disappointment he returned all 6 of his Juno awards as a statement of personal protest against the Americanization of the Canadian Music Industry, a sentiment he continued to express to this day. In 1989 Tom signed with EMI Music Canada, teamed up with talent promoter Brian Edwards and returned to the stage where fans young and old embraced his music once again as he quickly became one of the biggest concert draws and sought after performers in the country.

Due to the unwavering love for promoting his home country, some of the many accolades he has received include becoming an Officer of the Order of Canada, his own Canadian postage stamp, he was invited by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson to receive the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award, he was the recipient of both the Queens Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals and he earned 3 honorary doctorate degrees (Saint Thomas University in Saint John New Brunswick; "Laws", University of Toronto; "Laws", and the University of P.E.I.; "Letters").

He now has an astounding 61 recorded albums, 10 of which have yet to be released to the public. His songs will continue to be made available worldwide and remain a legacy to his career, his life and his beloved country.

Tom is survived by his wife Lena, 2 sons, 2 daughters and several grandchildren.

The Celebration of Tom's life is being planned for Wednesday, March 13th in Peterborough, ON at 7pm at the Peterborough Memorial Centre and per his request, will be open to the public.

In lieu of flowers, the Connors family has asked that donations be made to your local food bank or homeless shelters, in memory of Stompin' Tom.

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For further information, contact Brian Edwards, Rocklands Entertainment 705-743-7354.
PHOTOS: http://www.rocklandsentertainment.com/media.html


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From the staff at http://www.stompintom.com

We must regretfully announce today the passing of the Great and Patriotic Stompin' Tom Connors. He died this March 6th 2013 with his Family seeing him off. His family have given us a message from Tom that he wanted passed along to all of you upon his death:

"Hello friends, 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 it's 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."

Sincerely,

Your Friend always,

Stompin' Tom Connors



I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing this one a lot in the next few days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmimLBST ... detailpage


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Holy shit... R.I.P.


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A sad day. We'll miss him.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:37 pm
 


A true Canadian icon and legend.

R.I.P. Stompin' Tom :rock:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:53 pm
 


We lost a true Canadian treasure today.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:09 pm
 


Thanks for the memories.

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I had the good fortune to meet Stompin' Tom way back. I was an undergrad and I was playing in a white-boy blues band at a bar in Guelph. Stompin' Tom had played another venue in town and came out for a beer at the bar we were playing (the Albion Hotel, for those of you that know Guelph). When we took a break, he came up and introduced himself and he said to me "You're a nice guitar player, but when you're playing in front of people, don't hold anything back". I consider that one of the best guitar lessons I ever got.

RIP, Tom, you're a true Canadian icon...a national treasure.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:47 pm
 


Damn...RIP Tom and thanks for all the great music.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:04 pm
 


A very sad day.

RIP Tom.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:50 pm
 


Lemmy wrote:
I had the good fortune to meet Stompin' Tom way back. I was an undergrad and I was playing in a white-boy blues band at a bar in Guelph. Stompin' Tom had played another venue in town and came out for a beer at the bar we were playing (the Albion Hotel, for those of you that know Guelph). When we took a break, he came up and introduced himself and he said to me "You're a nice guitar player, but when you're playing in front of people, don't hold anything back". I consider that one of the best guitar lessons I ever got.

RIP, Tom, you're a true Canadian icon...a national treasure.

Awesome that you had the opportunity to chat with him and get pro advice. Good of you to share that memory with us.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:47 am
 


Definitely a Canadian icon. I only saw him play live once and it was only a few songs. My company has a box at ACC which I was hosting one Saturday night about 5 years ago. At the start of the first intermission a spotlight hits the box a few over and standing there is Stompin Tom with his guitar and mic. Of course he did the Hockey song along with a few others..............it was pretty cool to see that live.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:16 am
 


R=EM

Stompin' Tom wrote:
It's Canada Day up Canada Way on the first day of July.
And we're shouting hooray up Canada Way when the maple leaf flies high.
Where the silver jets from East to West go streaming through our skies.
We'll be shouting hooray up Canada Way when the great parade goes by.

Chorus:
Oh Canada, standing tall together,
We'll raise our hands and hail our flag
The maple leaf forever.


It's Canada Day up Canada Way on the coast of Labrador.
And we're shouting hooray up Canada Way on the white Pacific shore.
People everywhere have a song to share on Canada's holiday.
From P. E. Island to the sunny south to the North Pole far away.

Chorus...


It's Canada Day up Canada Way on the long cold winters done.
And we're shouting hooray up Canada Way for the great days yet to come.
Where maple trees grow maple leaves when the Northern sun is high.
We're Canadians and we're born again on the first day of July.

Chorus...

It's Canada Day up Canada Way from the lakes to the prairies wide.
And we're shouting hooray up Canada Way on the St. Lawrence river side.
People everywhere have a song to share on Canada's holiday.
From P. E. Island to the sunny south to the North Pole far away.

Chorus...


We'll raise our hands and hail our flag
The maple leaf forever.


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