RIP Stompin’ Tom

Today Canada lost one of its’ true musical icons with the passing of Stompin’ Tom Connors O.C.,LL.D.,Litt.D.   Connors died of natural causes at his home in Ontario.  He was 77 years of age.

Stompin’ Tom literally put Canada on the map with such songs as  “The Hockey Song”, “Sudbury Saturday Night”, “Bud The Spud”, “Tillsonburg”, “Big Joe Mufferaw” and countless others.

Born Thomas Charles Connors in Saint John New Brunswick on February 9th 1936, he was separated from his mother at a  young age and raised by foster parents in Skinners Pond,  P.E.I. until he was 13 years old.  His life of poverty, orphanages, hitchhiking and playing bars would eventually turn into a life of hit songs, national concert tours and fame in spite of a constant uphill battle to be recognized by the music industry in Canada.  In 1979 in a fit of frustration and disappointment he returned all 6 of his Juno awards as a statement of personal protest against the Americanization of the Canadian Music Industry, a sentiment he continued to express to this day. In 1989 Tom signed with EMI Music Canada, teamed up with talent promoter Brian Edwards and returned to the stage where fans young and old embraced his music once again as he quickly became one of the biggest concert draws and sought after performers in the country.

Due to the unwavering love for promoting his home country, some of the many accolades he has received include becoming an Officer of the Order of Canada, his own Canadian postage stamp, he was invited by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson to receive the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award, he was the recipient of both the Queens Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals and he earned 3 honorary doctorate degrees (Saint Thomas University in Saint John New Brunswick; “Laws”, University of Toronto; “Laws”, and the University of P.E.I.; “Letters”).

He now has an astounding 61 recorded albums, 10 of which have yet to be released to the public.  His songs will continue to be made available worldwide and remain a legacy to his career, his life and his beloved country.

Tom is survived by his wife Lena, 2 sons, 2 daughters and several grandchildren.

The Celebration of Tom’s life is being planned for Wednesday, March 13th in Peterborough, ON at 7pm at the Peterborough Memorial Centre and per his request, will be open to the public.

In lieu of flowers, the Connors family has asked that donations be made to your local food bank or homeless shelters, in memory of Stompin’ Tom.

Chris Hadfield…Inspiring Canadian Pride

Chris Hadfield has done a lot during his time as commander of the International Space Station (ISS); tweeting photos of our home planet, answering questions on Reddit, and oh yeah, some science stuff. But possibly the coolest project to date has been his collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies to write a song in space!

It debuted a couple of weeks ago, and I love it. It is typical BNL – appealing to both the music lover and science geek in all of us. Titled ISS (Is Somebody Singing), the sheer ability to accomplish such a feat of technology is mind boggling. Check it out and try to tell me it doesn’t inspire some awe and Canadian pride!

Justin Bieber’s testicles may be the most sought after pairing in pop music today. But for three eager outlaws actually planning to castrate the Canadian pop star, they were also a key to a furtive capitalist enterprise.

According to tapes released Wednesday morning (see video above), convicted felon Dana Martin allegedly put a bounty of $2,500 (US) on each of Bieber’s family jewels, which were to be acquired by kidnapping, castrating and strangling the teen during his two sold-out concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 28 and 29 of last year.

According to police documents obtained by The Sun, Martin — who was serving two life sentences ina Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces for raping and strangling a 15-year-old girl in 2000 — recruited fellow convict Mark Staake to do the dastardly deed.

“When Mr Martin asked what Mr Staake had bought to castrate…

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