Canada woke up this morning to the loss of a legend. Musical legend. Cultural legend. A man who has touched the lives of every single person in this country in one way or another. You have memories of seeing The Tragically Hip live, or cruising around in your car blaring Gord’s words, or having your favourite Hip song come on the radio.
My earliest memories of Gord Downie, and The Tragically Hip was my dad just pumping out hit after hit of the band over his massive stereo system in the living room. I’d be singing the poetic words of Gord Downie, not really knowing what they truly meant. Listening to these records with my father is my earliest music memory, and now, with the passing of Gord, I’ll never forget it. Below is a statement from the Downie family.