8 Songs About Sudbury & 7 Have Nothing To Do With Saturday Night

Ranging from less-known mentions to entire tracks devoted to it, the City of Greater Sudbury has been highlighted in many great songs.

It could be that relationships in the Nickel City are often as rocky as the crater the city rests in, or that it’s residents are sometimes as colorful as our decaying lakeside art piece but, whatever the reason, the heart of the North makes for an excellent muse.

Through those musings, Sudbury became part of some legendary hits produced by some legendary musicians. In thanks to all those who have included the city of Greater Sudbury in their lyrics, Trending Sudbury presents you with the most Detroit songs ever.

On a quick side note, repping where you’re from is a big part of hip-hop and in no way is it being forgotten about or pushed aside. There’s enough work that incorporates our great city into it by guys like M.O. Littles and Ronin that it would probably require its own list. Heck, Sudbury’s even got a rapping miner. Or is he a mining rapper?

Sudbury Saturday Night – Stomping Tom Connors

Written during a three-week stint at the Towne House Tavern and released on his debut album, Stomping Tom Connors delivers what could possibly be the ultimate backhanded compliment with Sudbury Saturday Night. Having embraced the song for 50 years, Sudburians returned the love in 2016, commemorating Stompin’ Tom’s efforts with a mini-concert and video shoot outside of the Towne House.

Notable Lyrics:

Yeah, the girls are out to Bingo and the boys are gettin’ stinko,
And we think no more of Inco on a Sudbury Saturday night.

Ramblin’ Man – Lemon Jelly

Chill vibes abound with this track from electronic-jazz-space duo Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen, otherwise known as Lemon Jelly. Admitted, these jolly, old English lads are probably referring to the Sudbury in England’s Suffolk county but there’s nothing wrong with claiming this one for the Nickel City. Especially on a sunny, Saturday drive.

Notable Lyrics:

Sri Lanka

Mascot Mania – Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra, Former frontman of the Dead Kennedys, gives a huge nod to the Nickel City in Mascot Mania, a frenzied cowboy-punk tune that won’t win you any points with the neighbours. Evidently, the Sudbury Wolves and the stuffed wolf mascot is legendary enough to be included in a song filled with sports greats like the San Francisco Forty-Niners and the Chicago White Sox.

Notable Lyrics:

When Sudbury, Ontario’s
Hockey team scores a goal,
They drag a stuffed wolf
Cross the ice,
A fan shot it once, ya know

This Train Keeps Rolling Along – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

A bluesy-country ballad filled with moments of reflection, this song is one of the best from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1994 album Acoustic. A stop at the Nickel City’s local train station is included in this ride through changes of landscape and life.

Notable Lyrics:

Made friends with a family
Bound for Sault Ste Marie,
They said good bye at Sudbury Junction,
Guess I hated to see ’em go,
Thought about ’em as it started to snow

I’ve Been Everywhere – Stompin Tom

Expanding on the Johnny Cash classic I’ve Been Everywhere, Stomping Tom Connors weaves the original song with a tale of a hitchhiker who informs a truck driver about the places he’s traveled through. The additional spin on this one is that Connors’ version takes a dip into Canada, visiting spots in Northern Ontario and the Maritimes.

Notable Lyrics:

Headin’ east from the Sault on 17
To Thesilon, Blind River, Elliot Lake, Manitoulin Island
Espanola, Sudbury, Carish Bay, Sturgeon Falls,
And Back to North Bay

The Dance and It’s Disappearance – Gord Downie

Possibly the best of his solo efforts, Gord Downie’s third album the Grand Bounce offers up plenty more poignant works from the Kingston-born lyricist. A standout track, The Dance and the Disappearance is driven forward by backing band The Country of Miracles as Downie paints his poetics. Definitely a must listen.

Notable Lyrics:

The sun’s been giving off its dark hints
In orangey glows,
And Sudbury yellows

Mansion Round the Bend – Jerry Leger

While not quite as well-known as the others on this list, Toronto-born singer-songwriter Jerry Leger deserves recognition for this pretty tale of young love titled Mansion Round the Bend. When asked by exclaim.ca about the reference to Sudbury, Leger said, “The girl I love is still there. That one is for her. One day we will reconnect.”

Notable Lyrics:

Rather walk down a quiet road
To the outskirts of the city,
With you on my arm
Under Sudbury stars

Ferryman – Stompin Tom Connors

Not one to forget about the Nickel City for too long, Stompin Tom Connors tells of a stop into Sudbury on his search for his love Maryanne in the song Ferryman. Charming as ever, and complete with the trademark boot stomp, the legendary Canadian delivers on this one.

Notable Lyrics:

From Britma Bay we never hit,
French River,
In Sudbury they say,
she took a ferry to Tobermory
Across the Georgian Bay

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