The National Arts Centre (NAC) mourns the passing of legendary singer-songwriter Stompin’ Tom Connors. Stompin’ Tom was honoured at the National Arts Centre on November 4, 2000 when he won the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement, the highest honour bestowed on Canadian artists for their contribution to the life of the country.
“Stompin’ Tom wrote songs about our country that spoke deeply to Canadians. We are honoured to have his portrait with his signature black cowboy hat proudly displayed in the gallery of Governor General Performing Arts Awards winners at the National Arts Centre,” said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the NAC.
Stompin’ Tom Connors loved Canada and wrote about the beauty he saw in the Canadian people and the landscape. When he composed “The Hockey Song,” it became known as Canada’s second national anthem.
As Canada’s home for the performing arts, the NAC has lowered its flag to half-mast in tribute to Stompin’ Tom Connors’s contribution to the artistic life of the country.