Born to a teen mother in 1936 in New Brunswick and briefly raised in a low-security prison, Tom Connors was made a ward of the state and then adopted for the rest of his childhood.
As a young teen, Connors wandered Canada, hitchhiking for years before getting his big break playing in a bar in Timmins, Ontario (best known as Shania Twain‘s hometown).
Stompin’ Tom earned his nickname from the singer’s habit of stomping the beat on a piece of plywood during performances. By the 1960s, Connors was well-known within Canada, even though his notoriously extreme nationalism (many of his songs celebrated specific Canadian locations) meant that he was never a household name south of the border.
If you’re not familiar with the work of Stompin’ Tom Connors, YouTube can help rectify this situation.
Although Stompin’ Tom produced literally hundreds of songs over the course of his career, perhaps the most famous and beloved is “The Hockey Song.” It’s about exactly what you would expect it to be about.
Another popular song celebrated potatoes, one of the major exports from the province, Prince Edward Island. Thus, “Bud the Spud.”
It makes sense that there is also”The Ketchup Song.”
No, it’s not just about ketchup. But it sure celebrates the condiment so dear to the hearts of many Canadians.