Columns

VIEW COLUMNS

Arts-Culture #37 (Sun Mar 10, 2013) the late great Stompin Tom, comment by Tim Hus

This week on the programme, a look at one of Canada's best loved singer-songwriters.

Tom Connors died this week of natural causes at age 77. After a hard start to life, and almost at the bottom, he got a strange break..a chance to sing for his beer. From there he went on to write songs about working Canadians, their lives, the towns and the cities they knew. 

For many, this "Canadianism" was something that had long been lacking. Although the music industry and media, marginalized him, he slowly became the people's hero.

This week, some of his songs, and a conversation with country singer Tim Hus, who was the last performer to go on a coast to coast tour with Stompin Tom Connors.

I hope you enjoy the show, and as always, I welcome your comments.  There are a few photos if you click on "More"
Though he eventually became a huge star who could fill a concert hall, Tom Connors had no qualms about playing in small bars, Legion Halls, or community centres.  Stompin Tom got his nickname from his habit of banging his boot heel on the floor in time to the music. After complaints by hall owners that he was damaging their floors, he would bring a piece of plywood with him and stand on that.


(cbc vid grab) Stompin Tom wa a man of the people and always loved meeting his fans on a personal level

Stompin Tom was prouc of Canada's military and the soldiers were big fans of him. He enjoyed performing on military bases and on overseas tours where Canadian soldiers had been sent, either on peacekeeping dutires or in conflict zones.

He also wrote songs that were about Canada and about Canadians and lives that the people lived, and though the media marginilized him and his snogs as not being sophisticated, he was in fact extremely well-read about world affairs, and millions bought his records even though radio stations hardly played his songs.  In spite of being ignored by mainstream music, he had several number 1 albums based on sales.


(cbc vid grab) Proud of Canada's military, and popular with the soldiers,he wrote a song called the Blue Berets,

Literally millions of people were deeply saddened to hear of his passing.

Members of Canada's Parliament took a break to sing some of his songs in the hallways of the Parliament building and on social media and websites people have been sending messages of thanks for giving them many songs that spoke to them personally.


(cbc vid grab) Stompin Tom, overwhelved by the reaction from an appreciative audience

Tim HUS website here


More

COMMENTS 

Please comment on this article

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast, and publicize comments, in whole or in part, in any manner whatsoever. Please note that Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet RCI's Netiquette. Netiquette

Answer *
First name *
Last name *
Email *
City *
Country
Telephone
Visual confirmation *
 
Fields with * are mandatory.

MORE

Politics Today April 7, 2013

  On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda focussed on the visit of Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to the Middle East, including the opening of a new diplomatic...


Many Canadians risk high blood pressure

Picture

Calling it a coming tsunami, Hypertension Canada says up to half of Canadian baby boomers have high blood pressure or will develop it within the next few years. The boomers are that very large group...


Arts-Culture #41 (Sun Apr 07, 2013) Alberta illustrator Karon Argue

Picture

Karon Argue lives in High River, in the western prairie province of Alberta. She says she’s been drawing ever since she can remember, and as a graphic artist and illustrator,  always has...


Building design influences recycling behaviour, UBC study

Picture

A recent study conducted in two very different cafeterias at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus shows that people are more likely to be environmentally responsible in a "green...


Arts-Culture #40 (Sun Mar 31, 2013) author Shereen El Feki on her non-fiction look at intimate sexual life in Islam

Picture

Welcome to another edition of our arts report.  This time around, we continue with coverage of non-fiction literature. I had the good fortune to read this new work by Canadian Shereen El...


Politics Today March 24, 2013

  On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda focussed on the two main political stories of the past week: the federal budget and the end of the five year appointment of Kevin Page...


Arts-Culture #39 (Sun Mar 24, 2013) Author Jerry Langton: The Notorious Bacon Brothers-inside gang warfare on Vancouver streets

Picture

Today on our arts segment, I speak to Canadian non-fiction author Jerry Langton.  His new book is just out, and once again, he takes certain risks to get into the crime scene in one of Canada's...


Politics Today March 17, 2013

  On this edition of "Politics Today" RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda talked about the announcement by Canada's Prime MInister Stephen Harper that the northern Canadian region of Northwest Territories...


Arts-Culture #38 (Sun Mar 17, 2013) Dog Dazed: Canadian film doc on our fascination with dogs, and conflicts between owners and non-owners

Picture

It seems that more and more, people love dogs.  They're great companions people will say.  As lifestyles change across the continent, there appears to be a growing need for that...


Salt calculator created to help Canadians limit consumption

Picture

Canadians consume too much salt and that can have dangerous health consequences. Researchers have created an on-line tool to help people figure out exactly how much salt they eat daily. The goal...


*RCI is not responsible for any external content