R.I.P. Gord Downie, Tragically Hip frontman

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As reported by Canada’s CTV and confirmed by a submit on the band’s web site, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died. Downie had been identified with glioblastoma—a terminal mind most cancers—final yr, with the band embarking on one closing tour shortly after that. Downie was 53.

An icon in Canadian rock music, Downie was born in Ontario in 1954 and befriended a lot of the future members of The Tragically Hip after they have been in highschool collectively. Initially a canopy band, The Tragically Hip began to develop a following because of Downie’s Canada-centric authentic songs and entertaining onstage antics. This ultimately led to a report deal, with the band releasing its first full-length album, Up To Right here, in 1989. The Tragically Hip rapidly turned successful in Canada, and whereas it by no means actually turned the worldwide phenomenon that the early followers anticipated it to develop into, Downie’s fondness for his homeland gave off the impression that being a legend in Canada was simply high quality with him.

In 2001, Downie launched his first solo album, Coke Machine Glow, and he additionally appeared on collaborations with quite a few different Canadian artists just like the Sadies, Fucked Up, and Metropolis And Color. He has additionally devoted a number of time, significantly after his analysis, to spreading consciousness of the discrimination confronted by Canada’s Aboriginal folks, together with a multimedia mission referred to as Secret Path that concerned an album and a graphic novel a couple of boy named Chanie Wenjack who died in 1966 after operating away from a residential faculty—principally a government-backed program that pressured indigenous youngsters to assimilate into the dominant Canadian tradition. In June, Downie was appointed to the Order Of Canada for his philanthropic work.

Canadian Prime Minister (and famous Hip fan) Justin Trudeau shared a tearful assertion on TV, saying that Downie “beloved this nation with all the things he had” and spent his life making an attempt to make Canada higher. “We’re much less as a rustic with out Gord Downie in it,” Trudeau famous.

Downie’s closing solo album, Introduce Your self, will probably be out there later this month.

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