Seventy-eight years ago today, a Canadian legend was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. For decades he criss-crossed our beautiful country, gathering stories, writing songs, sharing our history, singing and reminding Canadians, “We’ve got something special here.”
Charles Thomas Connors, better known to all as Stompin’ Tom, was our most prolific and well-known country and folk singer-songwriter.
And today, February 9th, is his day: National Stompin’ Tom Connors Day
It’s a day to remember him and the songs he gave to our country. A day to sit back and listen to familiar old tunes like “Bud the Spud”, “Margo’s Got the Cargo” and “Sudbury Saturday Night”.
Tom passed away last year on March 6th, and still nothing has appeared on the horizon to immortalise this Canadian icon, so I have declared this day his.
Long live his music, and let the legend play on.
While browsing YouTube, I discovered several wonder videos I’ve never seen before.
The first is a true story about a horse named Farmer who swam the channel from Grosse Île to Île d’entrée (Entry Island) in the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I have several of Tom’s albums, but I’ve never heard of this song or the story before.