Stompin' Tom Connors plays an intimate concert at Scotiabank Place.
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For one evening the "Beliebers" didn't have a share of the Twitter universe as it belonged to a man, his guitar and his piece of plywood.
News of Stompin' Tom Connors death made the phrases "Stompin" and "the hockey song" two of the leading trending topics on Twitter Wednesday evening with the National Hockey League reacting to the news.
"Sad to hear that legendary Canadian Stompin' Tom Connors has passed," the NHL tweeted. "His legacy lives on in arenas every time 'The Hockey Song' is played."
The Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, TSN and a host of sports journalists and personalities tweeted their condolences.
Actors also shared their thoughts on Connors, with Jay Baruchel posting a YouTube link to Connors song Moon Man Newfie.
Meanwhile comedian Norm Macdonald wrote a series of tweets documenting Connors's life as well as lyrics from some of his best known songs.
The Canadian music industry was also quick to share their thoughts on Connors. "Stompin' Tom launched my career with my first LP on his label Boot Master Concert Series," acclaimed guitarist Liona Boyd tweeted.
"We are all very sad to hear of the passing of Stompin' Tom Connors," record label Six Shooter Records tweeted. "He was an inspiration to us all, and especially the Rheostatics. RIP."
"Stompin Tom Connors changed my life," Rheostatics member and author Dave Bidini tweeted. "I owe him a great great debt. We all do, as proud Canadians. We won't see his like again."
"Fare Thee Well Stompin' Tom Connors -- a true Canadian original," East Coast musician (and Rankin Family member) Jimmy Rankin tweeted.
"Stompin' Tom was more punk than you will ever be," organizers of the Polaris Music Prize tweeted. "RIP."
"Tillsonburg, Tillsonburg, my back still aches when I hear that word," North By Northeast (NXNE) music festival organizers said via Twitter. "Rest In Peace, Stompin' Tom."
"RIP Stompin' Tom...You're music will live on forever," Serena Ryder wrote.
"Pride and joy and ultimately Canadian," singer Tom Wilson of the group Lee Harvey Osmond wrote.
"Thank you Stompin' Tom."
"WCO salute Stompin' Tom Connors," rock group White Cowbell Oklahoma tweeted. "Did more with a guitar and a piece of plywood than many bands ever could."
But perhaps tweeter Andrew Ennals of Toronto summed it up best in terms of Connors stature in Canadian music. "Stompin' Tom was our Johnny Cash," Ennals wrote. "Or maybe our Woody Guthrie? But even more fun than both."