Wednesday, March 6, 2013

5701...More Popular Than The Rolling.Stones

At least in your capital.  A few years ago the Rolling Stones drew 43,000 in late August to the Central Canada Exhibition in Ottawa.  A week or two later and two hours up the line in Shawville, Quebec Stompin' Tom Connors drew 46,000 people.  At the county fair.

Crazy.  Beyond crazy.  He and his fans drank the town dry; they had to clear a path for beer trucks to come down the highway from the Aylmer quarter of Gatineau.  Stompin' Tom's fans are for real.

Canadian music legend Stompin` Tom Connors receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual SOCAN Awards gala in Toronto Monday, November 23, 2009. Canadian country-folk legend Stompin' Tom Connors, whose toe-tapping musical spirit and fierce patriotism established him as one of Canada's strongest cultural icons, has died. He was 77. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Sadly Stompin' Tom himself is no longer for real.  The Canadian Press reports that the icon died of natural causes earlier today in Dean Del Mastro's Peterborough.  He was 77.

Light a candle.


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