Polaris People: Stompin' Tom Connors Tribute Edition
On Wednesday, March 6 Stompin’ Tom Connors, perhaps the single-most definingly Canadian musician to ever step up to a microphone, passed away due to natural causes at age 77.
Rheostatics member and dogged Tom follower Dave Bidini euologized him, sports sites went so far as to investigate whether the game Tom sung about in “The Hockey Song” actually really happened, and even the New York Times ran an obituary of him.
Unsurprisingly, a great many Polaris People were also affected by the news and took to Twitter to express their appreciation for the Stomper.
R.I.P. Stompin Tom Connors
â€” Joel Plaskett (@jplaskett) March 7, 2013
R.I.P. Stompin’ Tom Connors. twitter.com/themusicofzeus…
â€” Zeus (@themusicofzeus) March 7, 2013
Rest In Peace Stompin’ Tom Connors. A true inspiration to every Canadian musician. instagram.com/p/Wij1aNhliB/
â€” Arts & Crafts (@artsandcrafts) March 7, 2013
Thanks Stompin’ Tom.
â€” Sarah Harmer (@sarah_harmer) March 7, 2013
rip.stompin' tom. i'll never forget meeting him at the socan awards. â€œthat was a great number, son.â€
â€” Derek was D-Sisive (@dsisive) March 7, 2013
RIP stompin’ tom connors. you shall be missed, sir.
â€” Corb Lund (@CorbLund) March 7, 2013
â€” Jenn Grant (@jenngrantmusic) March 7, 2013
We will miss you, Stompin’ Tom Connors.
â€” Paper Bag Records (@PaperBagRecords) March 7, 2013
Damn. RIP Stompin’ Tom: youtube.com/watch?v=HtySGS…
â€” Nick Thorburn (@NickfromIslands) March 7, 2013
Was not a novelty songwriter but a chronicler of Canada. #RIP Stompin Tom Connors, didn’t just get hockey right, sang about working folks.
â€” NXNE(@nxne) March 7, 2013
â€” Buck 65 (@Buck65) March 7, 2013
â€” Rose Cousins (@rosecousins) March 7, 2013
Reggie’s got the rig
â€” Junior Boys (Jeremy) (@Juniorboys) March 7, 2013
RIP Stompin Tom
â€” Cancer Bats (@cancerbats) March 7, 2013
We are all very sad to hear of the passing of Stompin’ Tom Connors. He was an inspiration to us all, and especially to the Rheostatics. RIP.
â€” Six Shooter Records (@SixShooterR) March 7, 2013
RIP stompin’ tom
â€” Cadence Weapon (@cadenceweapon) March 7, 2013
â€” Elliott BROOD (@ElliottBROOD) March 7, 2013
Stompin Tom Connors, may you rest in peace at the Gumboot Cloggeroo in the sky.
â€” Plants and Animals (@plantandanimal) March 7, 2013
Tony found this online – what an amazing piece of Canadiana. Stompin’ Tom was a true legend. youtube.com/watch?v=xTLlRE…
â€” Great Lake Swimmers (@GreatLakeSwim) March 8, 2013
I still remember the speech I gave about Stompin’ Tom Connors at a Grade 6 assembly on famous Canadians. My heart goes out his family.
â€” Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) March 7, 2013
â€” Two Hours Traffic (@twohourstraffic) March 7, 2013