Friday, February 12, 2010

The Snowmobile Song . . .

One of my favorite singers is Canada's very own country legend, Stompin' Tom Connors. He is as Canadian as hockey and maple syrup and expected to be one of the entertainers for the Vancouver Olympic Games.
Today's post is in honor of the opening of the Olympic Games AND the M.I.R.A. Snowmobile Races taking place all weekend long on the ice out in front of Drummond Island Yacht Haven. Enjoy!

Life can be real with a snowmobile
There ain't no deal like a snowmobile

*Footnote: For those of you not familiar with Stompin' Tom - he is most likely Canada's most prolific and well-known folk singer.

He was born Charles Thomas Connors (known as Tommy Messer) in Saint John, New Brunswick to the teenaged Isabel Connors and her boyfriend Thomas Sullivan. He was a cousin of New Brunswick fiddling sensation, Ned Landry. He spent a short time living with his mother in a low-security women's penitentiary before he was seized by Children's Aid Society and was later adopted by the Aylward family in Skinners Pond, Prince Edward Island.

At the age of 13 he left his adoptive family to hitchhike across Canada, a journey that consumed the next 13 years of his life as he travelled between various part-time jobs while writing songs on his guitar. At his last stop in Timmins, Ontario, which may also have been his big "break", he found himself a nickel short of a beer at the city's Maple Leaf Hotel. The bartender, Gaet Lepine, agreed to give Tom a beer if he would play a few songs. These few songs turned into a 13-month contract to play at the hotel, a weekly spot on the CKGB radio station in Timmins, eight 45-RPM recordings, and the end of the beginning for Tom Connors.

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