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Stompin' Tom Connors's songs mapped

Posted by in Mapping on Thursday, March 7, 2013

Explore the interactive map of a selection of Stompin' Tom Connors's songs by clicking on the image above.

The folk-country music legend Stompin' Tom Connors died yesterday at the age of 77.

The Canadian icon recorded 61 albums over his career, 10 of which, according to his website, have yet to be released.

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Charles Thomas Connors was raised by foster parents in Skinner Pond, Prince Edward Island.

Connors was fiercely proud to be Canadian. In 1979, he protested what he saw as the Americanization of the Canadian music industry by returning six of his Juno awards.

Connors's family released a message on his website from the musician.

"It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it's 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," the statement reads. "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."

We've put together a map of a selection of Connors's toe-tapping melodies to take you across the country.

  Comments (9)

This is wonderful. Last night, I'd been saying that Canada had lost its great musical cartographer. Two additions you might consider: Leamington, Ont. for The Ketchup Song (there's a Heinz plant there) and the Ottawa Valley for Big Joe Mufferaw.

Submitted by Jason Markusoff on Friday, March 8, 2013

Where's "Big Joe Mufferaw" for the Ottawa Valley???

Submitted by Jane on Friday, March 8, 2013

Excellent suggestions! I'll add them right now.

Submitted by CG (Heather Yundt) on Friday, March 8, 2013

Check out The Martin Hartwell Story. It takes place in the "north of the Arctic Circle". According to Wikipedia the plane took off from Cambridge Bay NWT, and crashed near Hottah Lake, NWT (look up the Martin_Hartwell entry on WP). This should be an entry on your map for sure. One of my favourite Stompin' Tom songs.

Submitted by Greg on Friday, March 8, 2013

Also needed for inclusion, The Bridge Came Tumblin Down, about the Second Narrows bridge in Vancouver.

Submitted by Greg on Friday, March 8, 2013

One of my friends noted that Frobisher was missing and should be noted, too.

Submitted by Rebecca on Friday, March 8, 2013

You've missed Iqaluit, formerly Frobisher Bay, where he wrote and sang the song Frobisher, "the prettiest little town in the artic" when I lived there in the early 70s. Another line said "Up the tunnel to the mall, be sure to see it all." Can't find the song on the internet, either.

Submitted by Elizabeth Guthrie on Friday, March 8, 2013

Movin on to Rouyn (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec)

Submitted by Lindsey on Saturday, March 9, 2013

Here are a few others that are worth a note...

The Last Fatal Duel — Perth, Ontario
Reversing Falls Darling - St. John
Horseshoe Hotel Song - Toronto
The Isles of Magdalen - Isles of Magdalen

The Curse of the Marc Guylaine - Acadian peninsula


Submitted by Dan on Thursday, March 14, 2013

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