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Celebration of music icon Stompin’ Tom Connors coming to campus

Tim Hus last person to tour Canada with Connors to perform at the Lougheed Centre

The Lougheed Centre is hosting “Across This Land in Story and Song,” a foot-stomping evening in celebration of music icon Stompin’ Tom Connors, Canada, and all things country on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m.

Stompin’ Tom Connors was an iconic Canadian country and folk music singer-songwriter from New Brunswick, who sold approximately 4 million albums and wrote over 300 songs.

The show will be hosted by CTV’s, Graham Neil, and performed by country music artist Tim Hus and his band.

Tim Hus was the last person to tour Canada with Stompin’ Tom Connors. Hus said that Connors “took him under his wing” and became his mentor.

Hus grew up in the Kootenays of British Columbia and worked in coastal fisheries and as a tree planter. Hus started playing in waterfront pubs along the coast of Vancouver while he was in university. “I could tell that people were enjoying my songs,” said Hus.

Hus started to take more time off work and said he was “enjoying the lifestyle of performing.”

“I met someone who told me that if there’s something you want to do in your life, you should give it 5 years and the best shot you can,” said Hus. Hus later moved to Calgary, Alberta, formed a band, and was signed with Stony Plain Records.

“One night we were playing in a little hotel, and Stompin’ Tom Connors called the bar telephone. He said he liked the songs I was writing and that he wanted me to work with him,” said Hus. “I had always appreciated Tom’s music and storytelling.” Hus said that Tom was a legendary performer known for all things Canadian.

“Playing Canadian country music with Stompin’ Tom was kind of like playing hockey with Wayne Gretzky,” said Hus.

Before Connors passed away, Hus was invited to his birthday party, which he could not attend because he was on tour. “We decided to play some of his songs at our show on his birthday,” said Hus.

Hus said that after Connors passed away in 2013, they started doing a tribute show every year on his birthday to celebrate his great songs and tell stories.“We had a lot of people ask us to take the show on tour, because it was usually in Calgary,” said Hus.

Hus said that the show will include video clips, photographs, stories, and songs.

“Expect a boot-stomping, cross-Canada country music show, celebrating our land and songs of the legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors.”

Tickets are available online at camroselive.ca or at the Lougheed Box Office.

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