Gord Downie

Gord Downie



Gordon Edgar Downie CM (February 6, 1964 – October 17, 2017) was a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, musician, writer and activist. He was the lead singer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, which he fronted from their formation in 1984 until his death in 2017.

In addition to his career with the Tragically Hip, Downie also released six solo albums: Coke Machine Glow (2001), Battle of the Nudes (2003), The Grand Bounce (2010), And the Conquering Sun with the Sadies (2014), Secret Path (2016) and Introduce Yerself (2017).[2]



Introduce Yerself
Introduce Yerself is the sixth and final solo album by Canadian singer and songwriter Gord Downie, slated for release posthumously on October 27, 2017.
The Tragically Hip
Secret Path
Secret Path is the fifth studio album by Gord Downie, released on October 18, 2016.
Long Time Running

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Sam Shepard’s posthumous novel is spare and enigmatic
  –  December 31, 2017
the Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, died. Shepard’s contribution to the genre is a testament-like fever dream of autofiction. Loosely structured, to say the least, it is not the easiest thing to label, and not the easiest thing to read, either.
The best and worst of a wild musical year
  –  December 31, 2017
Here’s a selection of highlights, both good and bad. Before he was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer in 2016, Gord Downie’s legacy was showing Canadians you don’t have to make it stateside to become an icon at home. After learning his time would ...
From Gord Downie to Mary Tyler Moore: honouring those who died in 2017
  –  December 30, 2017
Art endures, but as we’re reminded seemingly more frequently every year, its practitioners are subject to the same frailties as the rest of us. The past 12 months brought losses across the culture spectrum, with music being hit especially hard.
In Memoriam 2017: The Musicians We Lost
  –  December 29, 2017
Over three decades, frontman Gord Downie and his band rose from high school buddies playing bars in Kingston, Ontario, to a national treasure, singing about Canada's landscape and history. (Read the full obituary) Feb. 5, 1928 – Oct. 24, 2017 Between ...
JENNINGS: Tribute bands offer takes on Santana, Pink Floyd
  –  December 28, 2017
It’s almost hard to fathom, but the Strictly Hip has been around since 1995. With the passing of Gord Downie this year, The Strictly Hip remains as the best option to experience the music of the Tragically Hip in a live setting. They do it ...
Mary Tyler Moore, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lewis, Tom Petty among celebrities who died in 2017
  –  December 28, 2017
Oct. 3. Gord Downie, 53. He made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip. Oct. 17. Paul Weitz, 85. A retired NASA astronaut who commanded the ...
In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost in 2017
  –  December 28, 2017
The singer of 1970s and ’80s hits like “Breakdown” and “American Girl” was 66. Gord Downie, the frontman of Canada’s popular Tragically Hip, died Oct. 17 at 53 of brain cancer. Another pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll died on Oct. 24; Fats Domino ...
Vancouver musicians pay tribute to Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip on New Year's Eve
  –  December 27, 2017
Tickets: $17 at ticketfly.com or 1-888-732-1682 (also at Highlife, Neptoon Records, Red Cat and Zulu Records) This past year marked the deaths of a number of influential musicians. Tom Petty, Chris Cornell and Chuck Berry, among others, died. For many ...
The best albums of 2017: Gord Downie, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Lorde and more
  –  December 22, 2017
I’ve always believed there are two kinds of music: Good and bad. And there was so much good music in 2017 that this year-end list features two kinds of albums: Those by famous folk you already know, and those by lesser lights you need to meet. Enjoy.
Gord Downie Named Canadian Press Newsmaker Of The Year For 2nd Year In A Row
  –  December 21, 2017
TORONTO — Gord Downie only appeared in public a handful of times in 2017, but his calls for a more inclusive Canada resonated even in his absence. Whether it was the poignant lyrics flowing through his recent albums or the heartfelt words he delivered in ...
Politics Briefing: What Gord Downie meant to us in 2017
  –  December 20, 2017
It's been a long year. Before the Politics Briefing goes on hiatus for the holidays, we thought we'd highlight some of the inspiring stories from 2017 that make us hopeful for the new year. Got any suggestions? Let us know. In the days and weeks that ...
Gord Downie is the Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year
  –  December 20, 2017
Gord Downie performs at WE Day in Toronto on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Downie has been named The Canadian Press newsmaker of the year for 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young - The Canadian Press, 2017 TORONTO — Gord Downie only appeared in public a ...
Gord Downie Named Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year Once Again
  –  December 19, 2017
Gord Downie was named Newsmaker of the Year by the Canadian Press last year, and he's done it again in 2017. While his public appearances were limited throughout 2017, his death, legacy and the outpouring of grief from fans across the country dominated ...
Gord Downie named Canadian Press Newsmaker for 2nd year in a row
  –  December 19, 2017
Gord Downie, the late Tragically Hip frontman, was chosen for the second consecutive year in a Canadian Press survey of news editors and broadcasters across the country. It puts him among a short list of prime ministers and athletes who have been selected ...
Gord Downie chosen Canadian Press Newsmaker for second straight year
  –  December 19, 2017
Gord Downie is Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year for 2017. The late Tragically Hip frontman was chosen for the second consecutive year in a Canadian Press survey of news editors and broadcasters across the country. He collected 53 per cent of the votes.
Gord Downie named Canadian Press Newsmaker for 2nd consecutive year
  –  December 19, 2017
Gord Downie only appeared in public a handful of times in 2017, but his calls for a more inclusive Canada resonated even in his absence. Whether it was the poignant lyrics flowing through his recent albums or the heartfelt words he delivered in public, the ...
Gord Downie Was Celebrated For Championing Indigenous Rights. Now That He’s Gone, Do People Still Care?
  –  December 5, 2017
I am a huge Tragically Hip fan. I have been ever since my friend Sheila put their self-titled EP cassette into the Pioneer stereo of my car back in 1989. Since then, I’ve seen them live more times than I can count. I shared the country’s grief when we ...
Gord Downie, singer for Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, dies at 53
  –  October 18, 2017
Gord Downie, the singer for the Tragically Hip and one of Canada’s most beloved rock musicians, died Tuesday night, according to an official statement from the band. He was 53. Downie had been previously diagnosed with glioblastoma, an incurable brain ...
A nation reacts to Gord Downie’s death: “Canada has lost one of its bright stars”
  –  October 18, 2017
Hockey legend Doug Gilmour tweeted that he was “heartbroken.” Heartbroken today. Few Canadians touched this country like Gord Downie. Thank you for everything you gave us. My deepest condolences. pic.twitter.com/00DdU6IVZn — Doug Gilmour ...

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