Canadians of a certain age will remember Stompin’ Tom better than most but I doubt too many haven’t heard at least one song by this most Canadian of artists. Well, PEI is paying tribute to the man and his foot board.
Fans of the late Stompin’ Tom Connors will soon be able to learn more about the Canadian music figure, as a Prince Edward Island schoolhouse is currently being remodelled into a museum dedicated to the life of the “Hockey Song” singer.
Construction is already underway at Skinners Pond, PEI’s Stompin’ Tom Centre and Schoolhouse, which is expected to open by Canada Day (July 1) 2017. While born in New Brunswick, Connors had attended the one-room PEI schoolhouse in his youth. Originally built in the early 19th century, it’s the province’s oldest known school.
“He learned his love of Canada here and that is likely where he got his desire to find out more about the country,” Anne Arsenault, general manager of economic development group Tignish Initiatives, told the Canadian Press.
The schoolhouse will be filled with assorted memorabilia and ephemera provided by Connors’ family, serving to cataloguing Connors’ life. The updated centre will also include an entertainment space that seats 120 visitors. It’s their plan to have local and national artists perform at the centre.
The grand opening next July will surely be something. Read the whole story here.