Formed in the 1980s with roots in blues and rock, the Tragically Hip found radio popularity on both classic and alternative rock stations.
The chorus of Canadian luminaries sharing their sympathies over Downie's death goes really helps put in perspective the massive impact his life and music left on his home country.
Today Canada lost a great icon in Tragically Hip front-man Gord Downie.
In 2005, The Tragically Hip was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and four years ago was featured on a Canadian stamp.
'We are less as a country without Gord Downie in it, ' Trudeau concluded tearfully, 'And we all knew it was coming, but we hoped it wasn't.
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Downie was known for his frenetic stage presence and telling long stories in the middle of songs. In the time since his death yesterday, many have paid tribute to the band's frontman.
Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2015. "He loved every hidden corner, every aspect of this country", an emotional Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, tears streaming down his face.
In a CTV statement revealing the change in plans, Randy Lennon, President Bell Media, said: "Canadians from across the country are grieving the passing of this extraordinary individual, and in consultation with the band, we thought this was the right time to share with fans this intimate peek into last summer's tour ..."
Downie later said that he needed six teleprompters during the concert series so he would not forget lyrics. Downey's final concert in August was broadcast live across Canada. Gord was my friend. The post includes an image of when he and Downie met.
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