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RIP Gord Downy

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Canada lost a bit of its soul today. Gord Downy was the lead singer of the Tragically Hip. He was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last year and we all hoped for a miracle.

 

He was born in Kingston Ontario and he played in a band with his high school buddies. I didn't really like their music, but I loved the stories his songs told. He didn't care about stardom. He sung about Canada and he sung from his heart. Our Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau called him a friend and cried on television tonight as he announced his passing and paid tribute his friend.

 

Downy loved hockey and sung about hockey. He sung about our towns. Trudeau called him Canada's Shakespeare.

 

He spent the last couple of years of his life fighting for indigenous rights and the plight of our native peoples. He started the process of reconciliation.

 

Fan or not, we will miss him dearly. Goodbye Gord.

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Here's one of their songs. Bobcaygeon is a community about 3 hours north-east of Toronto. It has a direct connection to me in that my mother moved up there a few years before she died. That's typical of Tragically Hip songs. Even if you don't like their music, their songs mean something to you. I liked the Hip at first, but their music was really over-played on the radio and it got tiring after a while.

 

https://youtu.be/o6QDjDPRF5c

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I was afraid of that. VEVO is notorious for not playing in other countries. Let's see if this one works:

 

https://youtu.be/aaANrpWSD58

 

If you can view that one, you'll see how sick he was. That concert was their last.

 

Here's another version that might work:

 

https://youtu.be/ofChsLBfBp0

 

If not, try searching for "Tragically Hip Bobcaygeon".

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