PEI

Stompin' Tom Centre to be ready for Canada Day

Construction is underway on the final phase of the Stompin' Tom Centre in western P.E.I.

Centre under construction in Connors' P.E.I. home in Skinners Pond

The centre will include a theatre and a snack bar. (Sable ARC)

Construction is underway on the final phase of the Stompin' Tom Centre in western P.E.I.

"It's great actually.  It's been a long time coming," said project manager Anne Arsenault.

Construction on the new centre is currently in its final phase. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

"They expect to frame it in, close it in, right away and work through the winter to finish it off. The new centre is probably the biggest component of the project,"

The $1.2 million complex in Skinners Pond preserves the childhood home of the late Canadian singer-songwriter Stompin' Tom Connors. The centre will include a new building with a 120-seat performance space, gift shop, snack bar and outdoor decks for enjoying the ocean view.

The new centre will honour the memory of Stompin' Tom Connors. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

"We have the grand opening scheduled for the Canada Day weekend," said Arsenault.

The centre is expected to attract at least 15,000 visitors a year.

With files from Brian Higgins

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