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The music of Canadian legend Stompin' Tom Connors will be alive once again in arenas and halls across Ontario.

Taw Connors, the son of Stompin' Tom Connors, plans to take to the stage over the next two months at venues across Ontario in a tour he says is about paying tribute to his father.

It's been a dream years in the making for Connors, who kicked off the tour in his hometown of Greenstone, Ont., 265 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.

"I'll tell ya, for the last three years since my father passed, I've been, it's been in the back of my mind to turn around and do this," said Taw Connors, before his first stage show in Geraldton, one of the communities in Greenstone.

"My kids, my two daughters and my wife have been telling me, 'You've gotta do this. You just sound too much like him, you have to turn around and do this.'"

Connors looks, sounds, and acts like his dad.

"If you close your eyes, you wouldn't know who's singing. And he does his stomping, he does the stomp. And of course he wears the black hat like Tom did, and he wears the black clothes," said Edward Koski, who was one of the 300-plus people to go to Connors' first show.

Nearly a quarter of the town showed up for the inaugural show. Town staff had to borrow chairs from neighbouring arenas so everybody could get a seat.

"I knew he was going to get a good crowd, but not like this. I'm even hoping I get a seat. If I don't get a seat, I'm going to go talk to him," said Koski.

"There's no way that I can fill the man's shoes. There's only one Stompin' Tom Connors. But, I'm his son, and I'm going to turn around and do the best I can for our Canadian people," he says.

Connors hopes to be on the road until the end of October, playing across Ontario. He already has performances booked in Acton, Midland, Port Elgin, Shelburne, Fort Frances and Thunder Bay.

"I'm doing the best to honour my father, honour the Canadians of this country, and honour our country. And, I'm going to do the best goddamn job I can."

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’The Hockey Song’ will be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
Canadian Press
October 27, 2018
October 27, 2018 6:00 PM EDT
The late Stompin' Tom Connors and his son, Tom Jr. hoist the Stanley Cup in a pure Canadian moment. (HANDOUT/PHOTO)
TORONTO — Stompin’ Tom’s iconic sports anthem “The Hockey Song” is being immortalized in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The catchy ditty celebrating “the good ol’ hockey game” will be honoured on Saturday as the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Winnipeg Jets at the Scotiabank Arena.
During the ceremony, the late singer’s son Tom Connors Jr. will be presented with a hall of fame plaque, while country singer Tim Hicks will perform the song.
Stompin’ Tom Connors at the ACC during the home opener of the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Ottawa Senators Oct. 6, 2005. (Toronto Sun files)
The induction marks the latest achievement for a novelty track which spent decades as a cult favourite before it graduated into the Canadian pop culture canon.
Released in 1973, “The Hockey Song” was a favourite among the Saint John, N.B., singer’s fans during a period of unmatched success for Connors.
At the time, he was on a streak that saw him winning the male country singer Juno Award for five years straight, from 1971 to 1975, propelled by hits like “Bud the Spud” and “Sudbury Saturday Night.
But it wasn’t until the Ottawa Senators began playing “The Hockey Song” in the early 1990s that it caught the attention of Leafs coach Pat Burns. He called for the song to be played at his team’s games as well.
“The Hockey Song” quickly spread to other professional hockey rinks across the country where fans enthusiastically sang the chorus from the stands.
Fellow musicians have shown their adoration for the song too, with artists like Great Big Sea and Corb Lund performing their own versions.
After Connors’ died in 2013, the single shot up the charts, eventually peaking at No. 29 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.
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