New video to celebrate ‘Sudbury Saturday Night’ (Sudbury Star – September 20, 2016)

Stompin’ Tom Connors and Sudbury have always had a special affiliation thanks to the Canadian Music icon’s famous song “Sudbury Saturday Night”. On Saturday, Sudburians will have the chance to thank Stompin’ Tom Connors for his music and help create a professionally produced music video for the legendary song, “Sudbury Saturday Night.”

The music video will be shot on Grey Street, outside of The Townehouse Tavern (on the lower roof level), the location where Stompin’ Tom wrote and first performed his legendary song about our hometown.

“Sudbury Celebrates Stompin’ Tom” is a joint effort between The Townehouse Tavern, Downtown Sudbury and local businessman Colin Firth. Collectively, the group’s members believe it is time that Sudbury got together to celebrate Stompin’ Tom Connors to say thanks to the legendary Canadian icon by singing his famous song “Sudbury Saturday Night.”

Many different bands from Kim Mitchell to The Tragically Hip have covered the song over the last 50 years, but the organizers think that it is about time that Greater Sudburians did our own cover of our song and are inviting the whole community to join in the making of this historic music video.

“Being a part of the Stompin’ Tom Connors statue committee along with our chair, Jeff MacIntrye, we at Downtown Sudbury are enthusiastic to join in the fun with Sudbury Celebrates Stompin’ Tom,” Downtown Sudbury executive director Maureen Luoma says.

“Inviting everyone to come downtown and stand together to sing ‘Sudbury Saturday Night’ seemed like such a natural extension of the statue’s theme and the celebration of Stompin’ Tom’s long association with Sudbury.”

Paul Loewenberg, general manager of The Townehouse Tavern, first started talking with Firth about the exciting community, music video in early August and he felt it was a natural to hold the event at The Townehouse, the birthplace of our city’s unofficial anthem, “Sudbury Saturday Night.”

Loewenberg has offered up the Townehouse as the event’s location and is bringing in a band of professional musicians that will be playing on the lower, outside roof level of The Townehouse.

“We will have some really talented local musicians playing and they will be doing two versions of the legendary song, a cover of the original by Stompin’ Tom and then a more kicked up modern, extended version that will really rock it up a few notches. We won’t be changing the original lyrics so that everyone will still be able to sing along and stomp their foot just like they always do when they hear ‘Sudbury Saturday Night’”.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to help organize such an incredible community music video that will bring Sudbury together for an awesome party that honours Stompin’ Tom Connors,” Frith says. “We’ll all be able to show our thanks for the entertaining song that we have embraced as our own song. Sudbury Celebrates Stompin’ Tom will be a snapshot of Sudbury in 2016 but will prove that Sudbury still knows how to have fun and party, just as Stompin’ Tom immortalized us back in 1965.”

Sudbury Celebrates Stompin’ Tom” is free event and is open to the whole community. Registration to be a participant in the music video starts at 6:30 p.m. outside of the Townhouse with video production set up and event instructions beginning at 7:30. his is an alcohol free, family friendly event. The Townhouse Tavern and The Laughing Buddha will be open for food and beverages. The completed music video will be premiered on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. at The Townehouse Tavern and also posted on youtube.

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