A great storyteller, country singer and songwriter, Canada icon Stompin' Tom Connors was revered by a legion of dedicated followers during his lifetime. Though he died on March 6 at the age of 77, four thousand fans paid tribute to him yesterday at Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario. A private ceremony was held on Tuesday.
The Hockey Song
During his life as a performer and recording artist he focused his personal genre on Canada, his homeland. He wrote of over 300 songs,
The troubadour, who always wore a black outfit and a Stetson hat, garnered his name by stomping the heel of his left boot to keep rhythm. He was a heavy drinker and smoker but his music gave him more momentum than healthier people.
Thousands of tributes have already poured in from working Canadians to celebrities. Ken Dryden, former Member of Parliament and Montreal Canadien great, will speak at the public ceremony, as well as Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada.
Performing artists will include Sylvia Tyson, J.P. Cormier and the Rheostatics frontman Dave Bidini.