My Liner Notes - MP Dean Del Mastro - Peterborough's Musical Roots
By Guest blog by MP Dean Del Mastro on Aug 30, 2011
Liner notes appear on the sleeve of an album or CD case and contain a
mix of anecdotal or factual information. They often reflect the
artists’ personality and contain meaningful statements about the art or
life issues. My Liner Notes is a regular feature on Music Canada that
allows people of all walks of life to share personal reflections about
Peterborough’s Musical Roots
Music runs deep in Peterborough. Many people know it as the ‘Electric City’ but while the name has nothing to do with the electric guitar, Peterborough was the site of a major rock ‘n roll revolution in the 50’s and 60’s.
The result was a vibrant arts and culture scene that still survives today as demonstrated by the many live venues that dot the map, active studios and bands and ensembles of every size and discipline.
The list of artists who have spent time in the Peterborough area is long and varied from the likes of Serena Ryder or 3 Days Grace to Lakefield’s Leahy family, singer-songwriter Royal Wood and legendary rockers Neil Young and Ronnie Hawkins.
© 2008 Mike Dunlop / Courtesy of Stompin' Tom Ltd.
And few know that Stompin’ Tom got a big break and his nickname in Peterborough at the King George Tavern (now the Purple Rooster) where his habit of stomping the heel of his left boot earned him the introduction as “Stompin Tom”.
The name stuck and Stompin’ Tom has been stomping his way through plywood ever since.
Dean Del Mastro is the Member of Parliament for Peterborough where he
was first elected in 2006. As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
of Heritage until May 2011, he was actively involved in the legislative
committee reviewing the government's proposed copyright legislation. He is now the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.