Above Photo:Members of Stompin’ Tom Connors family including his widow Lena Connors (left) and sons Tom Jr. (second from left) and Taw Connors (right), along with Tom Jr.’s wife Jessica Roselle (second from right)
On November 15, one of Canada’s most prolific and iconic artists, Stompin’ Tom Connors, was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame during the Beyond Famous Gala at Toronto’s Liberty Grand. The intimate evening featured a Stompin’ Tom tribute video from Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, with a special performance of “The Hockey Song” by Whiskey Jack. Tom Connors Jr. was on hand, along with members of the Connors family, to accept the honour and unveil Stompin’ Tom’s new star that will have a permanent place of display in the streets of Toronto.
“All I can say is happy birthday Canada, we need more Stompin’ Tom’s out there. Do it your own way and don’t ever be told you can’t succeed in this country because we’re all proof here that you can do just that,” said Tom Connors Jr.
“My father as most of you know, was one of the proudest Canadians I ever knew. In his honour I would like to say something that he would have probably said; there is no way that he could have done this without the help of his wife, Lena Connors, sons, family, friends and his band members but, most of all, all of his fellow Canadians across this country,” said Taw Connors.
June 30, 2017 saw the release of the Stompin’ Tom Connors 50th Anniversary album (ole label group / Anthem Legacy), which will also be available on vinyl December 8. The album includes an introduction from NHL Legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, as well as all of Stompin’ Tom‘s timeless classics. The album also features four new renditions from notable Canadian Country stars including; The Jim Cuddy/Polley Family Band, Corb Lund, George Canyon and Whiskey Jack.
With his homespun and fiercely patriotic brand of music, Stompin’ Tom’s rich musical legacy includes Canadian country songs “Bud the Spud”, “Luke’s Guitar”, “Sudbury Saturday Night”, “Big Joe Mufferaw”, “Ketchup Song” and Canadian anthem “The Hockey Song”. Stompin’ Tom’s accolades include JUNO Awards for Best Male Country Singer (1971 – 75) and Country Album of the Year (1978), the East Coast Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, SOCAN National Achievement Award (1999), SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (2000), Toronto Musicians’ Union Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), and was the subject of a postage stamp issued in Canada Post’s recording artist series.
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About Stompin’ Tom Connors
Connors won the JUNO Award for best male country singer every year from 1971-75, and his LP To It and At It (1972), received a Juno in 1974 for Country Album of the Year. In 1978, however, he returned the awards in protest of JUNOs given to expatriate Canadians.
In 1993, Connors was to be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, but declined the honour. He accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Coast Music Awards on the condition that an award was created to honour those who made a long-term contribution to the East Coast music industry and paved the way for other East Coast artists. The Stompin’ Tom Award was established in 1996, and that year Connors was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
He was a recipient of a SOCAN National Achievement Award in 1999, as well as the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2000. In 2009, he received a SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award and was the subject of a postage stamp issued in Canada Post’s Canadian Recording Artist series. The East Coast Music Awards honoured him on multiple occasions. Stompin’ Tom Road in Skinners Pond, PEI is named for him and the Toronto Musicians’ Union gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He also received honorary degrees from St. Thomas University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Prince Edward Island. This year he was honoured with the Stompin’ Tom Cultural Centre and Schoolhouse in his hometown of Skinners Pond, PEI.