In honour of the Canadian folk-country singer Stompin’ Tom Connor’s passing yesterday, I put together three of his songs and postcards from the places that Tom helped make famous in song. Stompin’ Tom was an incredible Canadian and one of the few artists to proudly include his love of our culture and history in his work.
Tom’s take on how the residents of a mining town in Northern Ontario enjoy their weekends: “The girls are out to bingo, and the boys are getting stinko, And we think no more of Inco on a Sudbury Saturday night”. As a friend put it, it’s always a Sudbury Saturday Night somewhere:
Prince Edward Island
Bud the Spud is Tom’s song about P.E.I.’s legendary potatoes. “It’s Bud the Spud from the bright red mud, Rollin’ down the highway smiling. The spuds are big on the back of Bud’s rig, And they’re from Prince Edward Island”.
Most of Canada’s tobacco is farmed in the area of southern Ontario near Tillsonburg. I can’t pass the town of Tillsonburg without singing “my back still aches when I say that word”!
I never saw Stompin’ Tom in concert, but once when he was playing in Ottawa I stood outside one of the clubs during his concert. Even listening to him like that, it was still one of the best performances I’ve encountered!
For more tributes on Stompin’ Tom, CBC has a great collection of stories, videos, and forums.