At my very first EMCAs twenty years ago I met Stompin’ Tom in person. Me and the band pretty much banged into him in an elevator at the host hotel. On the ride up we had a conversation, I do not recall what about, just that at the end, as we were getting out the elevator, he told us to “Keep on stompin’!!”
I was in the middle of a project during the ceremonies this year so MusicNL President Glenda Tulk accepted the award on my behalf with these words from me:
I’m grateful for this recognition and would like to thank the East Coast Music Association and MusicNL for acknowledging my work in this way. This award is very meaningful as Stompin Tom was a true symbol of independence and someone I admired very much. I would like to acknowledge my closest collaborators, who have been such an important part of my music and my work on the scene through the years – Colleen Power, Jenny Naish, Charlotte Reid, Marcel Levandier, Brian Downton, Ron Anonsen, Jody Richardson and my main man and partner in crime, Mike Kean. Congratulations to all of the 2018 ECMA recipients and thank you.
A couple of months later my bestie and collaborator Colleen Power came to Toronto to play some shows with our band The Sauce. We opened for Joel Hynes and his band as they released Joel’s latest recording Dead Man’s Melody.
Colleen transported my EMCA to Toronto in her handbag and presented it to me during our set at the Dakota. Later on, after a celebratory feast, we sat by the fire and recorded an interview for CHMR FM.