Charles Thomas "Stompin' Tom" Connors, OC (February 9, 1936 – March 6, 2013) was one of Canada's most prolific and well-known country and folk singer-songwriters. Focusing his career exclusively on his native Canada, Connors is credited with writing more than 300 songs and has released four dozen albums, with total sales of nearly 4 million copies. Connors died at age 77 in his home in Ballinafad, Ontario on March 6, 2013.
His songs have become part of the Canadian cultural landscape. Three of his best-known songs - Sudbury Saturday Night, Bud the Spud and The Hockey Song - play at every home game of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. The Hockey Song is played at games throughout the National Hockey League.
There was a birthday tribute for him tonight at the The Olde Eton House on the Danforth and Gord and I were there.
The event was sold out and there were about 200 of us paying tribute to Stompin' Tom. There were even a couple busloads of people in from Peterborough.
Gord bought a teeshirt.
We met my friend, Darlene, there.
|Darlene, me and Gord|
Seamus O'Reagan was the emcee.
Whisky Jack was the house band for the night. They were good!
Stompin' Tom alumni and special guests paid tribute singing his songs and other Canadian songs including ...
|Melanie Doane and her kids|
|Paul Langlois of the Tragically Hip|
There was a birthday cake made of cupcakes. Yum!
It was a fun night and it was great to see so many Stompin' Tom fans out to celebrate his birthday!