May 24th, 2016
It’s not very often I’m affected by sad news of someone that I’ve never met in the entertainment industry. This morning I read THIS.
The Tragically Hip have been with me for many car rides, late nights and pregame music mixes for a very long time. They were on the stereo of the bus after we qualified for the Olympics with Team Canada in Panama in ’03. The Hip were with us pre and post game in the clubhouse on the stereo during the World Baseball Classic in ’06, ’09 and ’13. They helped connect us as Canadians and bring us together through their music.
There are families affected by sad news like this every day. I feel like, as a Canadian, Gord Downie is part of a very large extended family. While this news saddens me, I feel fortunate to have grown up listening to their unique sound and to have witnessed them perform some of the best live shows I have ever seen.
Thank you Gord for what you have done for music in Canada and best of luck.