Gordon Downie, front man for the seminal group The Tragically Hip, finally died of the brain cancer that was afflicting him. It was not before he led one final triumphant tour with the Hip and led the way for the rest of the country to come to terms with our treatment of indigenous peoples.

"The place of honor that Mr. Downie occupies in Canada’s national imagination has no parallel in the United States. Imagine Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Michael Stipe combined into one sensitive, oblique poet-philosopher, and you’re getting close."
                                                                                  --New York Times obituary.

Sorry, World. Canada is closed today due to a death in the family.

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on October 19, 2017 at 10:39am

R.I.P. Gordie...

Comment by Arthur James on October 19, 2017 at 10:54am

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of life itself. The unseen,
the unheard, the untouchable
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fabric of our see-able universe
together.
Robin Craig Clark
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Comment by M. C. Sears on October 19, 2017 at 12:13pm

Great guy and artist also a great town...may he Rest In Peace 

Comment by Boanerges on October 19, 2017 at 3:00pm

Thanks for putting that up, Amy. I should have thought of it myself. An homage to Ontario's cottage country and proof of how good he and the Hip were.

Thanks, Art, for stopping by. It's appreciated.

Hi, MC. Yes to all of that. (Where have you been?)

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Comment by Steel Breeze on October 20, 2017 at 5:30am

R&L..

Comment by Foolish Monkey on October 21, 2017 at 12:53pm

wow, he was beautiful.  I'm sorry he's gone.  I'm sorry I didn't know about him but now I do.  thank you.

Comment by Boanerges on October 21, 2017 at 1:56pm

Thanks again, Art.

And also to you, Steel, for the rate.

Downie was a one-off, FM. He made no secret that he was dying of brain cancer, instead using it as a spring-board for a number of noble causes, such as the aforementioned reaching out to First Nations. His foundation has already raised more than $1.5 million for cancer research. Oh yeah -- and the music was pretty damned good, too.

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