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2013-03-06 09:03:30 PM
Probably the best of the batch so far.  My condolences Canada, you've lost a national treasure tonight.
 
2013-03-06 09:17:28 PM
I posted one, but this is the winner.

/sad
 
2013-03-06 10:10:18 PM
Awww DAMMIT!!!!

Goodnight Stomping Man, you will be missed.

/cracking open a rare beer tonight in his honor.
 
2013-03-06 10:15:18 PM
He's just Tom now.

He will always have me rollin' down the highway smiling.
 
2013-03-06 10:16:29 PM
"It just amazes me that I've been going so long I would think that somebody else (would have) picked up the torch a long time ago and started writing tons of songs about this country."

We didn't have to man, you had us covered and then some.

/RIP Tom and thanks for all you've given us Canadians
 
2013-03-06 10:17:03 PM
I remember when he was on Conan o'Brien's show when it went to Toronto. Awesome performance. Sad to see him go, but he'll be remembered in every hockey arena through North America forever.
 
2013-03-06 10:17:57 PM
As my girlfriend said, this man is more Canadian than maple syrup and being polite. He's going to be missed, rest in peace Stompin' Tom.
 
2013-03-06 10:22:27 PM
One of the greatest patriots and poets we've ever known. And a gentleman to boot.

If all you know of Stompin' Tom Connors is The Hockey Song or Bud the Spud, please go explore some of his lesser known stuff tonight.

He was quite an artist. The real deal.

Born into poverty and dysfunction, he spent much of his youth in orphanages, and he even worked as an indentured farm labourer for awhile.

Legend says he was busking outside a Toronto hotel when the bar manager offered him a free draft to come in an play. The tiny bar didn't have a stage, but he set down a piece of plywood and smashed his foot against it for a beat. Thus the Stompin' part of his name.

He sent all his Juno awards (Canada's version of the Grammys) back to the organizers one year. Told them all to go to hell and give the awards to the 'turncoat Canadians' they kept rewarding.

For 11 years beginning in 1977 he retired from music and tried to go make a home for himself on a farm, but two of his biggest fans crashed his 50th birthday party and convinced him to come out of retirement.

Here's a clip from a CBC special about Tom a few years back that says a lot about who Stompin' Tom was.

http://youtu.be/5J1pbjRMofc
 
2013-03-06 10:26:06 PM
Natural causes, eh? At least he didn't die in a shootout.

...

I'll show myself out.

R.I.P. Stompin' Tom
 
2013-03-06 10:27:31 PM
He left a final message for his fans:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/201 3/03/06/stompin-tom-final-letter . html?cmp=fbtl

I described him to a British friend as the bastard son of George Formby and Brian Blessed. In a big black hat.
 
2013-03-06 10:31:17 PM
RIP Stompin' Tom. Thanks for the earworms.
 
2013-03-06 10:37:01 PM
Raising a cold one in his honor.
 
2013-03-06 10:43:04 PM

Cluckity: One of the greatest patriots and poets we've ever known. And a gentleman to boot.

If all you know of Stompin' Tom Connors is The Hockey Song or Bud the Spud, please go explore some of his lesser known stuff tonight.



I'd recommend Tillsonburg, Margo's Cargo(one of he greatest Newfie jokes ever told), Big Joe Mufferaw and Lukes Guitar.
 
2013-03-06 10:43:17 PM
Is he being cremated? Because you might want to stand back before that liver goes.
 
2013-03-06 10:43:55 PM

Recoil Therapy: Probably the best of the batch so far.  My condolences Canada, you've lost a national treasure tonight.


This.
 
2013-03-06 10:56:04 PM
Just to give the non-Canucks an idea of how beloved this man was, his death is a front page story on TSN.
 
2013-03-06 10:57:53 PM
You mean, you're all,,Canadians?
 
2013-03-06 11:06:02 PM
As a proud Maritimer, also born in Saint John, I'm sad we've lost one of our homegrown Canadian legends but comforted to know his songs will live on in hockey rinks from coast to coast forever.

At least Saint John still can brag about our other 77 year old entertainment export Donald Sutherland.
 
mjg
2013-03-06 11:11:32 PM
A bit of history just slipped away. A great guy.

/American here
 
2013-03-06 11:12:52 PM

Capt_Fodder: "It just amazes me that I've been going so long I would think that somebody else (would have) picked up the torch a long time ago and started writing tons of songs about this country."

We didn't have to man, you had us covered and then some.

/RIP Tom and thanks for all you've given us Canadians


Alas its up to nickelback now to carry the flame.

Runs hides.
 
2013-03-06 11:12:59 PM
Terribly sad news.

His songs always bring me memories of places I've never been. He just made all the places seem like home.
 
2013-03-06 11:13:25 PM
Glad to see this made Fark. He is a legend here but I wasn't sure he'd be known outside the borders.

Everyone have a drink for Tom this weekend ... we can all have a Sudbury Saturday Night*

*Participants are responsible for their ownhangovers and unwanted pregnancies!!
 
2013-03-06 11:13:26 PM
Overcome with dust.  Some voices you just can't imagine being silenced.
 
2013-03-06 11:17:06 PM

Flappyhead: Just to give the non-Canucks an idea of how beloved this man was, his death is a front page story on TSN.


You are assuming non Canadians know what a TSN is...  The Sports Network (think ESPN, America)

/got you back F.
 
2013-03-06 11:17:46 PM
you=your
 
2013-03-06 11:19:49 PM

Flappyhead: Awww DAMMIT!!!!

Goodnight Stomping Man, you will be missed.

/cracking open a rare beer tonight in his honor.


only missed by friends and family otherwise he'll live on through his songs.
Don't make it sound like he was an important part of our lives.  He wasn't a Justin Bieber or Chad Kroeger.
He was a novelty act who you probably haven't thought of in years unless you heard the Hockey Song.
 
2013-03-06 11:20:11 PM

sno man: Flappyhead: Just to give the non-Canucks an idea of how beloved this man was, his death is a front page story on TSN.

You are assuming non Canadians know what a TSN is...  The Sports Network (think ESPN, America)


I'd argue that's the exact opposite of ESPN, in that TSN acknowledges the existence of hockey.
 
2013-03-06 11:21:20 PM

ontariolightning: Don't make it sound like he was an important part of our lives.  He wasn't a Justin Bieber or Chad Kroeger.


Of all the reasons to hate you, you had to go and add that to the list.
 
2013-03-06 11:23:41 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: Alas its up to nickelback now to carry the flame.


Corb Lund wrote "Long Gone to Saskatchewan", and felt obligated to include this...

Now I gotta give honours to Stompin' Tom Connors
For "Roll on Saskatchewan" first...


/Corb's tweet was how I learned Stompin' Tom had died
 
2013-03-06 11:24:58 PM
Tom left us all a letter a few days ago:

Hello friends,
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 its 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.
Sincerely,
Your Friend always,
Stompin' Tom Connors


Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/03/06/stompin-tom-final-letter . html
 
2013-03-06 11:25:07 PM

ds_4815: sno man: Flappyhead: Just to give the non-Canucks an idea of how beloved this man was, his death is a front page story on TSN.

You are assuming non Canadians know what a TSN is...  The Sports Network (think ESPN, America)

I'd argue that's the exact opposite of ESPN, in that TSN acknowledges the existence of hockey.


So the former VS., NBC Sports then ?!?  Do all the US cable co's even carry it?
 
2013-03-06 11:25:38 PM

good_2_go: Representative of the unwashed masses: Alas its up to nickelback now to carry the flame.

Corb Lund wrote "Long Gone to Saskatchewan", and felt obligated to include this...

Now I gotta give honours to Stompin' Tom Connors
For "Roll on Saskatchewan" first...

/Corb's tweet was how I learned Stompin' Tom had died


you listen to canadian country? Touch yourself in front of a nun cause youre going to hell
 
2013-03-06 11:27:04 PM
Jack Layton wannabe

rbaron71: Tom left us all a letter a few days ago:

Hello friends,
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 its 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.
Sincerely,
Your Friend always,
Stompin' Tom Connors

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/03/06/stompin-tom-final-letter . html

 
2013-03-06 11:30:43 PM

ds_4815: ontariolightning: Don't make it sound like he was an important part of our lives.  He wasn't a Justin Bieber or Chad Kroeger.

Of all the reasons to hate you, you had to go and add that to the list.


At this point does it really make any difference? And of all the Canadian musicians, those two examples are extra trolly.  Better to just read it and move on.
 
2013-03-06 11:40:16 PM

ontariolightning: Jack Layton wannabe


Pathetic troll or pathetic person?

Discuss ...
 
2013-03-06 11:44:31 PM
 
2013-03-06 11:47:56 PM
Ketchup Song was my favourite
 
2013-03-06 11:51:20 PM

Farking Canuck: ontariolightning: Jack Layton wannabe

Pathetic troll or pathetic person?

Discuss ...


www.majhost.com
 
2013-03-06 11:51:48 PM
I thought he was 77 in the '70s.
 
2013-03-06 11:54:03 PM

good_2_go: Representative of the unwashed masses: Alas its up to nickelback now to carry the flame.

Corb Lund wrote "Long Gone to Saskatchewan", and felt obligated to include this...

Now I gotta give honours to Stompin' Tom Connors
For "Roll on Saskatchewan" first...

/Corb's tweet was how I learned Stompin' Tom had died


The Albertans are Hurtin' tonight.
 
2013-03-06 11:56:56 PM
National day of mourning, eh?
 
2013-03-07 12:07:35 AM
Bud the Spud is the most memorable for me. Oddly enough it popped into my head earlier today, for no apparent reason.

He won't soon be forgotten.
 
2013-03-07 12:08:23 AM
 
2013-03-07 12:29:19 AM
I don't know who this is, never heard of him.  sorry he died, but WHY THE FARK IS THERE NO GREENED ALVIN LEE THREAD?!

Farking modmins.
 
2013-03-07 12:34:30 AM
http://youtu.be/xTLlREVZvQQ?t=50m34s  Fire in the Mine - A haunting song about hard times in Timmins, Ontario
 
2013-03-07 12:39:29 AM
I live in America now. An anchor has been lost. Jesus, I'm from Sudbury, with so many Saturday nights behind me.
 
2013-03-07 12:43:15 AM
aww, man. he made some great music. i have all his mp3s.

ok, ok, i admit, i mean, death is sad and all, but i don't especially care. but i usually don't. i'm callous and cold-hearted, even about my canadian brethren.

ok, ok, i admit, i'm not actually canadian, but my girlfriend is. you wouldn't know her.

ok, ok, i admit, i don't have a girlfriend. but my baby mama, elle est quebecois.

no, wait, that one's for real. i enjoy driving the 2500-3000 miles to visit our relatives.

and i really do have all of tom connor's mp3s.

so there.
 
2013-03-07 12:47:19 AM
RIP, Stompin Tom. Saw you and your wooden box at Maple Leaf Gardens at a pre-seaon Leaf's vs. Habs Game;  as a 'Merkin who'd long heard his songs via my Canadian friends, he was a true joy to finally see in person, Canada's man in black.
 
2013-03-07 12:55:36 AM
I farking hate "The Hockey Song".  It's insipid and ridiculous, which would be okay if it had been written during the pre-Dylan folk era, or was a traditional song passed down from earlier generations.  But it was released in farking 1973 - after Dylan, the Beatles, etc.  It's a throwback nostalgia piece, and it's a complete pile of garbage.  And it didn't even become a "classic" until the late 90s, for Christ's sake.

Yeah, you heard me.  (Yes, I know - "lighten up, it's supposed to be that way."  Meh.  Just tired of hearing that piece of shiat.)

Having said that - Godspeed, Stompin' Tom.  You wrote a crappy song, but you always seemed like a standup guy.

/love hockey, hate The Hockey Song
 
2013-03-07 01:03:01 AM
off the air, out of air...whatever

only in Canada does halfassed crap get deified so easily.

listen to CBC and you'll wonder why bad white folk music still rules.

stompin tom was alright
he loved his country
even if he was a crappy songwriter
 
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