Posts tagged: Canada
Police leading a procession on 700 block of Main Street, ca. 1918
Source: Photo by Stuart Thomson, City of Vancouver Archives #99-1269
With his signature piece of plywood (necessary to keep the stage in the small venues intact under the force of his stomping), consummate entertainer, Stompin’ Tom Connors played his way back and forth across Canada, learning our stories and fashioning them into music, like a troubador of old.
An Indie musician, a singer/songwriter, Tom self published his own music the hard way, long before there was an Internet to make such things relatively easy. He made himself into a superstar, one record sale at a time.
Stompin’ Tom Connors breathed new life into Canadian culture. He opened our eyes to the history and commonalities of this great nation, entertaining and educating us with his wit and wonder. He resurrected folk legends like (my personal favorite) Big Joe Mufferaw and shared our stories from Sudbury Saturday Night to the Black Donnelly’s Massacre and The Hockey Song.
He wrote this last letter to his fans, shared on his website:
“I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin’ Tom.
“It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it’s beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world.
“I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future.
“I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done.
“Your Friend always,
“Stompin’ Tom Connors”
Rest in Peace, Stompin’ Tom Connors
February 9th 1936 ~ March 6, 2013
Stompin’ Tom Connors
February 9th 1936 ~ March 6, 2013
An incredible man, Tom brought Canada to life for Canadians through the rich tapestry of his music. He was truly Canada’s own troubador.
He will be missed terribly.
[Stompin’ Tom Connors ~ painting by Liana Russwurm]
I snapped this photo of Wayne Smith at an electoral reform debate and then I discovered his words in a comment on a blog. This quotation so nicely summed up why I think Fair Vote Canada is so important.
“Democracy is NOT about picking winners and losers. You are thinking of sports, or perhaps capitalism. Democracy is about working together to accomplish more than we can do as individuals. It is about bringing all stakeholders to the table so everyone can get what they need. When democracy functions as it should, we are all winners. For that, you need a fair voting system”
Wayne Smith, Executive Director, Fair Vote Canada
MYSTERY PHOTOS: Do you know who this fiddler is?
(detail of “Who Are these Guys?)
Please tell me ~ is this mytery musician is one of your ancestors?
This wall of toy stuffed Dalmations (spotted at a local Ikea) may be as close to a white Christmas as we’ll get this year.
It’s looking like we are going to have a green Christmas for the second year in a row. In my childhood here in the Southern Ontario Snow Belt, such a thing would have been inconceivable.
Politicians can deny climate change, but Mother Nature can’t be denied.
Launching “War Camp” from the Coughlin & Sons Shipyard, ca. 1918
Source: Dominion Photo Co., City of Vancouver Archives #Bo P165