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Ian Jane
03-06-2013, 11:35 PM
He died today at 77 years old. Few of you outside of Canada will know him, but some of you will.

RIP Tom, I am proud to have been a fan since I was a little kid and I thank you for all that you did and just as importantly all that you stood for.

And on that note, I am gonna go offline and raise a glass or two.

Mark C.
03-07-2013, 12:52 AM
RIP to a Canadian Legend.

Barry M
03-07-2013, 09:11 AM
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Mark Tolch
03-07-2013, 09:35 AM
All man, just the way a Canadian country singer should be. Smokin', Drinkin', foot-stompin'....RIP, Tom. :(

Ian Jane
03-07-2013, 10:02 AM
Somebody needs to put out the Live At The Horseshoe film on DVD.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl751CDdRZI

Mark Tolch
03-07-2013, 10:17 AM
RAD.

Zane C.
03-07-2013, 10:18 AM
Somebody needs to put out the Live At The Horseshoe film on DVD.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl751CDdRZI

Agreed.

RIP, Stompin' Tom. :(

Thanks for all the great music.

sukebanboy
03-07-2013, 10:22 AM
77 is a pretty fair innings for a Smokin', Drinkin', foot-stompin' country singer!!!

Ian Jane
03-07-2013, 10:53 AM
It is, he had a good run and all that, but he sort of seemed immortal in a way.

I remember when he played at the university I used to work at that a few coworkers and I tried to get backstage. See, the backstage area backed onto the loading dock that was connected to the IT dept. I was in so we figured we could just wander over and nobody would bat an eye. It didn't work out that way though, there were security guards and they bounced us pretty quickly before we could meet him. I did get a pretty cool poster off of the way though, and I still have it somewhere.

Mark Tolch
03-07-2013, 11:38 AM
He wrote a book called BEFORE THE FAME, which I just found out about...and which is available at the local library. Score.

Ian Jane
03-07-2013, 12:28 PM
Very cool write up on him here at the Canuxploitation blog (http://blog.canuxploitation.com/2013/03/believe-in-your-country-rip-stompin-tom/) which links to this:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xTLlREVZvQQ#at=35

There's the whole movie right there. Awesome to see the Horseshoe inside and out at that time. Great performance too. Still wish this were out on DVD (or, wishful thinking, Blu-ray).

Andrew Monroe
03-07-2013, 01:11 PM
Only know of him from Ian (who brought him up at AVM years ago as I recall), my sympathies to you fans. Sounds like a true individual.

Ian Jane
03-07-2013, 02:50 PM
Stompin' Tom Connors Was More Punk Than You. (http://www.spinner.com/2013/03/07/stompin-tom-connors-dies-punk/)

This is a good read that sums up pretty closely his appeal to me. Oh, and the drinking stories are true. A guy in my stepbrother's band played with Tom for a while and yep, if you were going to tour with him, you had to hold your own with him at the bar at least one night week. Apparently the band members had a rotating schedule but at least one of them had to stay up and drink with him until he was done every night of the tour until it was finished.

Travis Sheldon
03-07-2013, 11:29 PM
This is the only thing I know of his, I'll have to do something to remedy that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xzl2qq3Vi8

Mark Tolch
03-08-2013, 03:10 PM
That was a great read, thanks!

A friend of ours was telling us that she went camping a bunch of years back, and somebody in the next campsite was playing Stompin' Tom songs on guitar in a pretty convincing manner. She wandered over to check it out, and it was Stompin' Tom, sitting next to the fire with his buddies, playing some tunes.

She hung back and listened. I would've crashed the shit out of that party.

Ian Jane
03-08-2013, 03:40 PM
I would've crashed the shit out of that party.

Yeah, I'd have handed him a Moosehead and done backing vocals for sure.

Ian Jane
07-31-2015, 04:26 PM
Stompin' Tom's P.E.I. homestead to become cultural attraction! (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/stompin-tom-s-p-e-i-homestead-to-become-cultural-attraction-1.3175732?cmp=rss)

Ian Jane
11-06-2015, 10:33 AM
Stompin' Tom gets a statue!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/stompin-tom-connors-statue-1.3305888

Mark Tolch
11-06-2015, 10:39 AM
Proud to be a Canadian.

Barry M
11-06-2015, 10:55 AM
I hope "rub his boot for good luck" becomes a thing.

Zane C.
11-06-2015, 11:20 AM
Stompin' Tom gets a statue!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/stompin-tom-connors-statue-1.3305888

As it should be! The man is a national treasure, and uniquely Canadian! He is sorely missed.

Zane C.
11-06-2015, 11:20 AM
I hope "rub his boot for good luck" becomes a thing.

Same here. Stompin' Tom.....symbol of good luck!

Ian Jane
01-14-2016, 10:11 AM
Last night I had one of those 'I'm surrounded by movies but don't know what to watch' nights so I started poking around on Youtube and came across the Across This Land With Stompin' Tom Connors feature from 1973.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0199299/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

The Live At The Horseshoe album is, I believe, taken from the same show that was shot for this. Anyway, it's pretty cool. The bar is full of smoke and everyone in the crowd is having a good time but of course Tom is the main draw here. He's really over the top and animated, doing lots of goofy accents and really screwing his face up in strange ways, all just to get a laugh. He brings out a few 'guest stars' (none of whom I'd ever heard of before) but they only do one song a piece.

In between some of the songs you get weird vignettes - the animated cartoon for the Ketchup Song, some footage of Tom driving a street car in TTC Skeedaddler, at one point he's cruising around in a boat - Tom's just more or less being Tom in most of these. Oh and there's another cartoon where Tom appears, in cartoon form, and enters a pig race against a Leprechaun. Not sure wtf was going on there.

At any rate, anyone with an interest in Tom's music or who just wants a glimpse of the odd country music scene of early 70s Canada should check it out. No official release anywhere that I know of, but it's here...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSHnwiUn9Xw

Mark Tolch
01-14-2016, 10:24 AM
I love this one. I'd love to see it released on blu. Apparently there's some stupid rights issue, though.