Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Let's Honour Stompin' Tom Connors on the $5

Stompin' Tom Connors
After his passing on March 6th, 2013, there was a tremendous outpouring of love for Tom Charles Connors, the man known throughout Canada (and around the world) as Stompin' Tom. Fond memories were recalled, of either meeting Tom in person, or about how his music touched our lives.

Whether it was Bud the Spud, Sudbury Saturday Night, The Hockey Song, or my personal favourite Margo's Got the Cargo, we all have an "I remember when" moment attached to Tom's music.

Shortly after his passing, there was much discussion online about a state funeral for Tom. For decades, he proudly wore the Maple Leaf close to his heart and did much to support Canadian musicians and promote our country around the world. I stumbled into a conversation on Twitter about this topic, which is what led to this post.

Was Stompin' Tom Connors deserving of a state funeral? You bet he was!! My question to his fans I was conversing with was, "Would Tom have wanted a state funeral? Would he have wanted to be placed above the average citizen and be honoured in such a way?"

The overwhelming response was - you're right - he deserved one but would not have wanted it. So, as a musician and a hockey writer, I began to ponder what would, or could be an appropriate way to honour a man that did so much for our country and famously captured our love of hockey in song.

My suggestion - a special run of the Canadian $5 that includes Tom in some way. It already depicts children playing hockey on the back... adding this Canadian hero to the image in some way would be a nice tip of the cap to Tom. I was a busker for many years and I can only imagine my delight if I was still out on the streets performing and someone dropped a crisp $5 into my case and looking up at me was a smiling Stompin' Tom Connors!

Spread the word - share this post on Facebook, Twitter, anywhere at all, and maybe this idea will actually get off the ground and become a reality. You can also tweet the link for this article to the Bank of Canada if you'd like: @bankofcanada

Or send them an email @ info@bankofcanada.ca

Started a Facebook page too: Stompin' Tom on the $5

We miss ya Tom - Rest well my friend!