Living in a rural area in my youth, my parents only had a TV antenna so TV channels were limited. CFTO out of Toronto was one of 4 or 5 stations we received that were clear. I used to dread Saturday night TV in the summer as CFTO seemed to repeat the same 3 Canadian movies; Goin' Down the Road, Rip-Off, and the not to be forgotten Stompin Tom movie 'Across This Land'. It took quite a few years before I appreciated Tom's talent.
My Dad saw Stompin Tom at the Maple Leaf Hotel in Timmins. The story in wikipedia states
"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."
My dad remembered that tavern patrons thought his act was strange and funny because he stomped on a board while he sang. But Tom kept packing in the crowds for his gig despite the occasional heckle!
LOL Mudhead- we only had 2 tv channels (french and english CBC) in Timmins and I remember "Across this Land", The Tommy Hunter Show etc
As a teenager my friend also rode/raced MTB and I caught rides up to some races with him and his father. The only two things I remember about those drives were the total lack of leg room in the back of the Volkswagen Scirroco and Stompin' Tom non-stop on (I guess in a car of that vintage) the tape-deck. I think Mr. Varey mostly thought he was torturing us adolescents with his musical choices, but joke's on him, Stompin Tom was actually pretty badass! Funny this should be posted here because in my mind now Tom and MTBing are completely intertwined. RIP