Gord Downie (1964-2017)

One of the Hip’s saddest songs, this was written after Downie’s young nephew died due to a heart ailment and famously not performed for fifteen years

Another heart-tugger, especially if you’re a parent, this one was written by Downie for his kids

The Tragically Hip song “Inevitability of Death” contains a reference to Terry Fox, who lived on in Canadians’ memory as a vibrant young man, even after his early death from cancer and who has become a symbol of Canada itself.  (Sound familiar?)

“Terry’s gift is forever green” indeed!

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