Stompin’ Tom Connors devoted his life to singing about the people and places that make Canada great. His homegrown music, distinctive black hat and boots, foot stomping stage antics and brash patriotism paved the way for him to become an iconic folk-country Canadian artist.
His music that branches from his boyhood roots in Skinner’s Pond, Prince Edward Island, still vibrates across the country and tugs at the heartstrings. To map this musical man’s journey and pay tribute to his work, fans can step inside the recently built Stompin’ Tom Centre in Skinner’s Pond.
Tom finally found a place to hang up his iconic hat and boots, as well as other memorabilia for permanent display at the superb facility, which also houses authentic products, services and experiences.
Soak in the notes from planned concerts, dinner theatres, open mic nights, and tap into song writing, performing workshops, storytelling and more. Returning this year is My Island Home – A Stompin’ Tom Story, as well as My Stompin’ Grounds dinner theatres with chef prepared feasts.
On the grounds, there is the opportunity to step back in time through the schoolhouse doors that Tom attended and purchased in the 1970s. After falling into disrepair, a renovation with an interactive digital interpretation breathed new life into the old building.
The facility is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., starting June 1 and wrapping up on September 30, with the exception of the Stompin’ Grounds entertainment space, which stays open late to cater for the dinner theatres and live entertainment.
A must-see is the second annual Stompin Tom festival held on Canada Day weekend. It features Taw Connors, the son of the legend, as well as Whisky Jack Songs and Stories of Stompin’ Tom. Check out the website stompintomcentre.com for tickets, and the 2018 calendar of events.