Skin­ners Pond star

Taw Con­nors, Tom’s son, among head­lin­ers for sec­ond an­nual Stompin’ Tom Fes­ti­val in Skin­ners Pond

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Canada’s Walk of Fame will hon­our Tom Con­nors on Canada Day dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual Stompin’ Tom Fes­ti­val, when his Home­town Star will be un­veiled in Skin­ners Pond.

Canada’s Walk of Fame will hon­our Stompin’ Tom Con­nors on Canada Day this year just as the sec­ond an­nual Stompin’ Tom Fes­ti­val is in full swing. “We are re­ally ex­cited to bring Canada’s Walk of Fame to more peo­ple across Canada. As part of our 20th an­niver­sary, we are build­ing a truly na­tional plat­form to cel­e­brate Cana­dian achieve­ment,” said Jef­frey La­timer, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Canada’s Walk of Fame.

To cel­e­brate its 20th an­niver­sary this year, Canada’s Walk of Fame is deep­en­ing its com­mit­ment when it comes to achieve­ment across Canada. Canada’s Walk of Fame Home­town Stars, pre­sented by Cine­plex, is a new pro­gram that brings the hon­our home for its in­ductees with a per­ma­nent plaque rec­og­niz­ing their in­duc­tion, mounted at the place of their choice.

Stompin’ Tom’s plaque will be un­veiled in Skin­ners Pond at the Stompin’ Tom Fes­ti­val. “Stompin’ Tom is a Cana­dian trea­sure, so it re­ally is fit­ting that we are able to for­mally un­veil his Home­town Star in Skin­ners Pond on Canada Day,” said La­timer.

The Stompin’ Tom Fes­ti­val, at the Stompin’ Tom Cen­tre in Skin­ners Pond, takes place this year be­tween June 29 and July 2.

The event kicks off that Fri­day with an out­door per­for­mance by the son of Stompin’ Tom, Taw Con­nors, with a per­for­mance that evening by West Prince, P.E.I., artist Daniel Drouin.

Satur­day wel­comes award­win­ning Cana­dian coun­try star Ge­orge Canyon with spe­cial guest Ben Chase, an award­win­ning coun­try mu­si­cian from Palmer Road, P.E.I. “A unique thing about the Stompin’ Tom fes­ti­val is that it fea­tures all Cana­dian artists,” says Anne Arse­nault, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor and gen­eral man­ager of the Stompin’ Tom Cen­tre. “That is some­thing Tom him­self wanted — he was a fierce Cana­dian who stood up and fought for his prin­ci­ples and recog­ni­tion of home­grown Cana­dian mu­sic — this is why Canada Day week­end is the most ap­pro­pri­ate time to be celebrating his legacy with a fes­ti­val in his hon­our and pay­ing it for­ward fea­tur­ing new and ex­ist­ing Cana­dian artists!” On Canada Day on the out­door stage, the fes­ti­val will fea­ture “Whiskey Jack Presents Songs & Sto­ries of Stompin’ Tom,” a por­trait of Whiskey Jack’s years on stage with Stompin’ Tom that in­cludes anec­dotes and songs from their years as cast mem­bers on CBC’s “Tommy Hunter Show,” in­clud­ing a mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tion fea­tur­ing au­dio clips and pho­tos from the band’s years on stage. Whiskey Jack mem­bers in­clude found­ing mem­ber Dun­can Frem­lin, Dou­glas John Cameron, Randy Mor­ri­son, Eric Jack­son and Dave Car­ruthers. Join­ing Whiskey Jack will be Cana­dian coun­try and folk artist Cindy Church while also per­form­ing that day will be Way­lon’s Drink­ing Bud­dies. To con­clude the week­end, the fes­ti­val will present the premiere of “My Stompin’ Grounds – A Stompin’ Tom Story” at the Stompin’ Tom Cen­tre on Mon­day, July 2, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., with seat­ing at 6:30 p.m. This show is one of two din­ner the­atre shows of­fered at the Stompin’ Tom Cen­tre through­out the sum­mer fea­tur­ing chef­pre­pared P.E.I. menus.

“A unique thing about the Stompin’ Tom fes­ti­val is that it fea­tures all Cana­dian artists,” Anne Arse­nault

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Ge­orge Canyon

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Whiskey Jack

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Taw Con­nors

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Stompin’ Tom Con­nors

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