Canada Remembers Gord Downie

We remember Gord

Gord Downie

Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip performs during the Live 8 concert on July 2, 2005 in Barrie, Ontario.

The Tragically Hip is “certainly one of the greatest bands we’ve ever produced in this country,” according to Geddy Lee. High praise from the frontman of, arguably, one of the greatest bands we’ve ever produced in this country. – from CBC Music by Jesse Kinos-Goodin published July 29, 2016

 “About that wild gentleman Gord Downie. Gord is simply one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met.

When you’re in his presence, at first it’s surprising. It seems in sharp contrast to the photos of him singing on stage, where he looks like a madman, a holy mad man, but rather sweaty and making crazy faces….Standing in front of him I became aware of a gentle light all around him. He is so funny and fun. Kind to everyone. Has time for people and pays attention to your words. Always up for an adventure, and always giving off the vibe that life has meaning, and that we are all evolving into something more beautiful than before.

Of course it makes sense that the man who can lead so many into an ecstatic experience is beautiful. There is a dream-like quality to the way he lives….and he brings us all with him. —José Contreras, By Divine Right – from CBC Music by Louise Burns published July 28, 2016

Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie addressed a gathering of chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday. He was given a Lakota spirit name, “He who walks with the stars.”   (CHRIS WATTIE / REUTERS)


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