Remembering Gord Downie
Downie revealed in May 2016 that he had terminal cancer, an aggressive, incurable form called glioblastoma. He was diagnosed in December 2015 after suffering a seizure, and then had surgery to remove the bulk of the brain tumour, while six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy reduced it even further.
Downie leaves behind his wife, Laura Usher, and his four children. A funeral is being held, as well as a public visitation at TKTK.
LATEST ON GORD DOWNIE
ABOUT GORD DOWNIE
Born Gordon Edgar Downie in Amherstview, Ont., on Feb. 6, 1964, he grew up in and around Kingston, forming friendships with the guys who would eventually become his Tragically Hip bandmates.
The group originally started out touring bars in Ontario playing covers of famous songs, but were quickly offered a record deal by MCA Records after then-president Bruce Dickinson heard them perform at Toronto’s historic Horseshoe Tavern. Their first EP, the eponymously named The Tragically Hip, was released in 1987. What followed was widespread acclaim and mainstream success, thanks to 1989’s Up to Here and 1991’s Road Apples; the latter reached #1 on the Canadian music charts. Each produced much beloved songs like Blow at High Dough, New Orleans is Sinking, Little Bones, 38 Years Old and Three Pistols.
The band was set to perform in Toronto on Aug. 8 at the Budweiser Stage.
THE TRAGICALLY HIP ON THE ONGOING HISTORY OF NEW MUSIC
In the latest edition of the Ongoing History of New Music podcast to feature The Tragically Hip, Alan Cross discusses the band’s reissue of what many fans considered their best album, ‘Fully Completely’ along with commentary from Rob Baker.
THE TRAGICALLY HIP
There is no denying that Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip are Canadian legends.
Here, we look back at some of The Hip’s best tracks. Enjoy.
GORD DOWNIE IN PHOTOS
RADIO REMEMBERS GORD DOWNIE
All morning on The Jeff and Sarah Show at Q107 in Calgary, callers shared their stories about Gord Downie and The Hip: Stories about weddings, parties, births, road trips and those smaller moments, which probably didn’t seem like much at the time, but are mountainous memories now that Canada’s Rock Poet is gone.
The Jeff O’Neil Show and the team at CFOX 99.3FM in Vancouver put together this touching Tribute to the late Gord Downie, filled with many wonderful memories from callers.