He had a lot of brass when he was alive and now the singer of "Sudbury Saturday Night" has a bust cast in bronze looming over Nickel City's downtown.
The life-size creation, which features Canadian folk icon Stompin’ Tom Connors in his signature hat, guitar and stomping board, was unveiled last week at the Sudbury Community Arena in the mining city's downtown. The sculpture was created by Sudbury artist, Tyler Fauvelle.
The Stompin’ Tom Connors Commemorative Committee, which was supported by businesses and local residents, originally commissioned Fauvelle to create the statue.
They fundraised more than $50,000 to pay for it.
The statue is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada to honour Connors, who passed away in March 2013.
P.E.I.’s tribute to Connors will take the form of a 4,000 square foot cultural centre with retail, dining and entertainment components and renovations to the Stompin’ Tom school house and the home where he grew up in the community. The Stompin’ Tom Connors Commemoration Project has been awarded more than $1.7 million in funding and construction is expected to start early in 2016.
- Source: Colin MacLean, Journal Pioneer