2nd annual Stompin’ Tom Festival

A Sweet Release...

The Stompin’ Tom Festival is excited to announce its 2018 headliners for its 2nd annual event at the Stompin’ Tom Centre in Skinners Pond, Prince Edward Island, Friday, June 29 to Monday, July 2.

Kicking off the festival on Friday, June 29 is an outdoor concert performance by the son of the legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors himself, country musician Taw Connors. Opening the show that evening, from West Prince, PEI, is country artist Daniel Drouin
 
On Saturday, June 30, the outdoor stage welcomes award-winning Canadian country singer, George Canyon, whose new album Southside of Heaven will be released on May 25. Special guest for that show is award-winning country musician and Palmer Road, PEI native Ben Chase
 
To celebrate Canada Day, Sunday, July 1 on the outdoor stage, the festival features Whiskey Jack presents Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom, a 100% Canadian show – that is not only a portrait of Whiskey Jack’s years on stage with Stompin' Tom -  but also anecdotes and songs from their years as cast members on the CBC's Tommy Hunter Show. It includes a multi-media presentation featuring audio clips and photos from the band's many years on stage with these two Canadian giants. Current Whiskey Jack members include, founding member Duncan Fremlin, who has been with the group for 41 years, Douglas John CameronRandy MorrisonEric Jackson, and Dave Carruthers. Joining Whiskey Jack for this special first-time Maritime performance is well-known Canadian country and folk artist, Cindy Church. Also, performing on Sunday is local group, Waylon’s Drinking Buddies performing old and new country hits.


 “A unique thing about the Stompin’ Tom Festival is that it features all Canadian artists,” says Anne Arsenault, Festival Director and General Manager of the Stompin’ Tom Centre. “That is something Tom himself wanted - he was a fierce Canadian who stood up and fought for his principles and recognition of home grown Canadian music - this is why Canada Day weekend is the most appropriate time to be celebrating his legacy with a festival in his honour and paying it forward featuring new and existing Canadian artists!”
 
The weekend will also feature a Songwriters Circle on Friday, June 29 hosted by Daniel Drouin and featuring Ben ChaseRodney ArsenaultKeelin Wedge and Johnny Oliver. In this raw acoustic format, all five PEI songwriters will share the stories and inspiration behind their songs. Following the Songwriters Circle there will be a jam session and live entertainment until midnight.
 
A Songwriting Workshop will take place on Saturday, June 30 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. The workshop, hosted by Neil Pond, PEI singer-songwriter Kurk Bernard, will teach the basics of lyric writing and putting it to music. Participants will be an opportunity to record their song as special memento of the day.
 
In addition to a fantastic musical line up, the Stompin’ Tom Festival offers an amazing food experience. The Taste of PEI food tent menu will feature culinary delights that PEI is famous for, including fresh oysters, steamed mussels, lobster tails, seafood chowder, bacon wrapped potatoes, potato salad, beef burger sliders, strawberry shortcake, blueberry cake, and lots more.
 
Event Highlight! 

On Sunday afternoon, Canada’s Walk of Fame will honour Stompin’ Tom. Since 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame has inducted 173 incredible Canadians, honouring them with a formal induction at the annual show and gala in Toronto and with a permanent star in Toronto’s Entertainment District. To celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2018, the organization is undergoing a significant transformation, deepening its commitment and broadening its impact when it comes to inspiring and catalyzing achievement across Canada. Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Stars, presented by Cineplex, is a significant new program that brings the honour home for its Inductees with a permanent plaque recognizing their induction, mounted at a special place of their choice. The organization is honoured that Stompin’ Tom’s plaque will be unveiled in Skinners Pond at the 2nd Annual Stompin’ Tom Festival.
  
Stompin’ Tom is a Canadian treasure, so it really is fitting that we are able to formally unveil his Hometown Star in Skinners Pond on Canada Day,” said Jeffrey Latimer, Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “We are really excited to bring Canada’s Walk of Fame to more people across Canada. As part of our 20th anniversary, we are building a truly national platform to celebrate Canadian achievement.”
 
To conclude the weekend, the festival presents the premiere of the 2018 dinner theatre show, “My Stompin’ Grounds - A Stompin’ Tom Story” at the Stompin’ Tom Centre on Monday July 2 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with seating at 6:30 p.m. This show is one of two dinner theatre shows offered at the Stompin’ Tom Centre throughout the summer featuring chef prepared PEI menus.

Tickets for the Stompin’ Tom Festival are on sale now.
 
Tickets are available at the Stompin’ Tom Centre Box Office (14024 Route 14, Skinners Pond), by phone at (902) 882-3214 and online here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stompin-tom-festival-tickets. A service charge applies to online purchases.
 
VIP Weekend Festival passes (including premium seating for all outdoor events, Songwriters Circle, weekend food tent, exclusive VIP after-party, complimentary exhibit pass and VIP premium parking) are $160 plus tax. 
 
Weekend Concert passes for the three-day event (including general admission to all outdoor events and complimentary exhibit pass) are $90 plus tax.
 
Friday, June 29: Tickets for the outdoor stage are $25 plus tax in advance and $30 plus tax at the door and tickets for the Songwriters Circle in the Stompin’ Tom Centre are $15 plus tax. 
 
Saturday, June 30: Tickets for the outdoor stage are $45 plus tax in advance and $50 at the door and tickets to the Songwriters Circle workshop are $50 plus tax.
 
Sunday, July 1: Tickets for the outdoor stage are $35 plus tax in advance and $40 at the door. 
 
Monday, July 2: Tickets for 'My Stompin’ Grounds – A Stompin’ Tom Story Dinner' Theatre are $43 plus tax.
 
Tickets for the Taste of PEI Food Tent (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) are $15 plus tax in advance and $17.50 at the door.
 
Event goers attending outdoor concerts are encouraged to bring their own chairs. On Friday and Saturday, the festival gates open at 5 p.m. with performances beginning at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, the gates open at 2:30 p.m. with performances starting at 3 p.m. Single ticket holders will also receive 50% off exhibit passes.
 
The Stompin’ Tom Festival is for all ages.
 
For more information on the Stompin’ Tom Festival and a full schedule of events, visit: StompinTomCentre.com/Stompin-Tom-Fest.
 
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Sponsors of the Stompin’ Tom Festival include, Tignish Credit Union, Cavendish Farms, Township Chevrolet, Maritime Electric, NewCap Radio, Holman Grand Hotel and the Tignish Heritage Inn.

About the Stompin’ Tom Centre
 
Stompin’ Tom Connors devoted his life to singing about the people and places that make Canada great. His homegrown music, distinctive black hat and boots, foot stomping stage antics and brash patriotism paved the way for him to become an iconic Canadian folk music artist.

His music that reaches back to his boyhood roots in Skinner’s Pond, Prince Edward Island, still resonates across the country and tugs at the heartstrings. To map this musical man’s journey and pay tribute to his work, fans can step inside the recently built the Stompin' Tom Centre and his restored boyhood school in Skinner’s Pond.

Tom finally found a place to hang up his iconic hat and boots, as well as other memorabilia for permanent display at the superb facility, which also houses authentic products, services and experiences.

The facility is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., starting June 1 and wrapping up on September 30, with the exception of the Stompin’ Grounds entertainment space, which stays open to cater for the dinner theatres and live entertainment. 

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