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A true Canadian icon. He will be missed. Damn right Tom about the good ol' hockey game.
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For those of you who have never been to a hockey game with your father, or kids, and tapped a toe, and sung along while this is played at breaks and intermissions, it creates an instant warm fuzzy kind of nostalgia.
Stompin' Tom is also put forward the kind of personality where you could imagine having a beer with him in your kitchen. He had that upstanding genuine guy, kind of, way about him.
Something which was also particularly endearing was that he'd play national stages, and make TV appearances, then be playing in a local bar in your town the next week.
Anyone ever see him in one of the small venues?
There's also another strange small town event called the Havelock Jamboree. I've never been, as someone who is generally not a country music fan. This event is something of an anomaly. Havelock is a little railway station town in the middle of Eastern Ontario farmland. It takes 10 minutes to drive through it. If you're not looking for it, you'll miss it. And yet this town has a huge country music festival every year which draws really big country music industry players. Stompin' Tom was on the list along side names like Clint Black, Travis Tritt, The Good Brothers, Martina McBride. For a town like Havelock, just recognizing the name is a big deal.
Incidentally, the next blink town is Norwood Ontario, home of Three Days Grace. When I was in high school we had a concert called The Strawberry Jam, where they appeared as Groundswell. The area seems to have a bit of a music history.
the name Stompin' Tom Connors was first used, when Boyd MacDonald, a waiter at the King George Tavern in Peterborough, Ontario introduced Tom on stage
Peterborough Ontario is a place near and dear to my heart.
I do not know any other of his songs besides The Hockey Song, but it always makes me feel like I am 8 years old watching the Wings Play the Penguins at the Joe with my dad for the very first time whenever I hear it.
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