The NDP's musical tribute to Stompin' Tom
Tributes to the late Canadian music legend Stompin' Tom Connors have been coming in from across the country ever since news broke last night of his passing at the age of 77.
Stompin' Tom is being remembered for his quintessential Canadiana, with songs like "The Hockey Song", "Bud The Spud" and "Sudbury Saturday Night."
Just before Question Period on Parliament Hill this afternoon, members of the NDP caucus gathered in the Parliamentary foyer with a rendition of one of Stompin' Tom's best known tunes, "Bud The Spud".
Before he died, Stompin' Tom penned a last letter to his fans:
"Hello friends, I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin' Tom."
"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."
"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."
"I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done."
Your Friend always,
Stompin' Tom Connors