In honour of Canada Day, here’s a shout out to iconic Canadian folk singer Stompin’ Tom Connors, who was adopted as a young boy and penned countless catchy Canadian tunes including The Hockey Song. I found the story of his childhood and subsequent adoption a little sad but he clearly never let his past get in the way of good song.
According to Tom Connor’s website, he was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, where his youngest years were spent “living hand-to-mouth with his mother, until he was taken from her and placed in the care of the Children’s Aid. From there, he was adopted into the Aylward family of Skinner’s Pond, PEI, where he lived until he began his hitchhiking career at the age of 15.”
He gained his nickname from a habit of stomping while singing and brings a board to live performances to prevent damaging the stage. To date, the fiercely patriotic Connors has put out 20 albums of original material, several children’s books, two autobiographies, a movie, a television series, and is a recipient of the Order of Canada.
Without further ado, Cross Canada (C-A-N-A-D-A)