CND Song 32 Stompin' Tom and SCTV

Stompin' Tom Connors and SCTV - To It and At It, 1974, 1982

'There's a rainbow in Toronto, where the Maritimers are bold...' - Stompin' Tom

'Garth: Ah, Gord, you're gonna love it in Toronto. They got roads and everything there! All kinds of roads!   Gord: And jobs too?   Garth: Lots of jobs! Doctorin' jobs and lawyerin' jobs. Jobs for me and you!' - SCTV, 'Garth and Gord and Fiona and Alice'

Okay, I'll admit Stompin' Tom didn't record this anywhere near the 80s, but I wanted to get the great man on here somehow. And of course I will always associate 'To It and At It' with SCTV's 1982 parody of the landmark Canadian film Goin' Down the Road ('Garth and Gord and Fiona and Alice'). The skit lived on in reruns for the rest of the decade and beyond, and I'm betting there are thousands of Maritimers of a certain age who know the opening by heart. In fact, the first time I walked down Yonge Street (and the second, third, fourth...) I found myself singing the rock version of 'To It and At It' which plays over most of Part Two of this epic (click here), to the annoyance of my Toronto friends. My favourite bit of this? John Candy unwrapping his lunch, a big smelly fish, and taking an enthusiastic chomp as the two bold Maritimers follow the road to the big city.

Here's Stompin' Tom:

 And John Candy, Joe Flaherty, and the gang:

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