Friday 15 March 2013

Favourtie Thing- Stompin' Tom Connors

Stompin' Tom Connors was a Canadian legend and icon. He passed away last week at the age of 77. Everyone in Canada knew Stompin' Tom and loved his music.

I was so sad to hear of his passing, as many Canadians were, but have comfort in knowing  the legacy he leaves behind in his music. Stompin' Tom was a true Canadian and a huge advocate of the arts in Canada and Canadian culture. In fact, he gave back his 6 Juno (similar to a Grammy) Awards because he felt they were becoming too Americanized. 
The Hockey Song was one of the first Stompin' Tom songs I heard, memorized and loved. As a Canadian, I grew up in the hockey arena and I have always heard The Hockey Song every time I was at the rink. I actually remember sitting in the local arena with my dad and brother, hearing The Hockey Song and having my dad tell me it was sung by Stompin' Tom. My dad went on to tell me a little bit about Stompin' Tom and how he was an iconic Canadian.

Even though Stompin' Tom has died, I know that his legacy- and songs- will continue to be part of Canada and passed down generation after generation. He is woven into the fabric of our cultural identity and a true patriot.

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