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Gord Downie remembered for contributions to Indigenous reconciliation

19 October 2017, 12:54 | Ruben Stone

Trudeau weeps over Gord Downie's death

Gord Downie dead – The Tragically Hip singer dies aged 53 'with family by his side'

"Honouring arguably the greatest frontman in Canada rock "n" roll history in our own little way is something most citizens will very much appreciate", said Jason Farr, Ward 2 councillor.

Filmmakers Nicholas de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal said the documentary came together "on a dime", in part because Downie's diagnosis meant the band wasn't sure they would be able to finish the tour.

"Gord knew this day was coming - his response was to spend this precious time as he always had - making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss. on the lips".

He revealed that he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an incurable form of cancer, in May 2016.

"He wanted to make it better".

Residents of Bobcaygeon, Ont., are remembering Gord Downie for putting them on the map by writing a hit song about their town.

Getting a bit choked up, Craig Smith called the passing of Downie "a big loss to Canada and the world".

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"I haven't written too many political lyrics", he said in a Canadian Press interview in 2014. "This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us". They released their thirteenth studio album, Man Machine Poem, in June 2016.

"Last night, Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by", his family wrote in a statement. The concert was broadcast live by the CBC and streamed to a worldwide audience.

Born in Kingston, Ontario, Downie loved playing hockey and became a lifelong fan of the Boston Bruins, which was strengthened by his godfather, Harry Sinden, serving as the team's coach and general manager. "No one", added the Downie family.

Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted that the Toronto sign will be lit in red and white and dimmed Wednesday evening in honor of Downie. "I've seen the Hip at least 20 times and I'm going to listen to their music forever", said Steve Button, who was one of the 9,900 fans to pack Budweiser Gardens for the band's final London show on August 8, 2016.

Gord Downie formed The Tragically Hip in 1984 alongside childhood friends Bobby Baker, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay.

The final tour helped raise funds and awareness of the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. "Rest in peace my friend".

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