Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip, has died. He was 53.
This is a football site but like the CFL, Gord Downie was part of this country’s social fabric. The Hip’s music is synonymous with Canada. It’s hard not to feel a sense of personal loss, like something important has been taken from us, the collective us, that can never be returned.
So today, I’m going to listen to some Hip tunes on my way to Ticats practice. I have a feeling a lot of people will, like me, take some solace in the music.
For starters, here’s the Tragically Hip’s performance at the 2004 Grey Cup. This is Gord Downie at the peak of his powers and it’s how I will always remember him.