R.I.P. Gordon Downie

2017-10-18 by Christopher Geriak | 38 Comments
Gordon Downie, lead singer of Canadian alternative folk group The Tragically Hip, has just passed away at the age of 53 due to brain cancer. He was diagnosed in 2015 where he then revealed it publicly in 2016. It is unknown whether or not if the band will continue without him.


Tagged: The Tragically Hip

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CaimanJesus
October 18th 2017
2926 Comments


Fuck rip

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Tunaboy45
October 18th 2017
15609 Comments


Massive RIP

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UniqueUniverse
October 18th 2017
7685 Comments


Another great is downie

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SandwichBubble
October 18th 2017
4777 Comments


Just bumped my rating for Day For Night, he'll be missed

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bloc
October 18th 2017
44251 Comments


Hard RIP. These guys are a national treasure.

New Orleans Is Sinking is one of my favourite songs from any Canadian group. Oh, and Bobcaygeon too.

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RunOfTheMill
October 18th 2017
3206 Comments


Ah comes as no surprise given the diagnosis, but still sad to see him finally go. RIP hard, will always pump the volume on the radio to Fifty Mission Cap

Evokaphile
October 18th 2017
5832 Comments


They wont go on without him. Their legacy is eternal though.

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Clumseee
October 18th 2017
697 Comments


An absolute legend. I wish their later stuff got more love. There are some fantastic songs on every single Hip record, not to mention his solo stuff. RIP Gord.

VaxXi
October 18th 2017
4135 Comments


Damn, died right before the release of his new record too.

claygurnz
October 18th 2017
4472 Comments


RIP a true Canadian Icon

MO
October 18th 2017
22002 Comments


hard RIP to a canadian legend

JWT155
October 18th 2017
13599 Comments


Only discovered them when the announcement was made about his brain cancer. Great band, RIP.

johnnyblaze
October 18th 2017
2988 Comments


The statement from his family is nice. Gord wasn’t just one of the best frontmen EVER to play rock n roll, he was by all accounts an A+ human being. RIP Gord.

Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by.
Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips.
Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived “the life” for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.
We would like to thank all the kind folks at KGH and Sunnybrook, Gord’s bandmates, management team, friends and fans. Thank you for all the help and support over the past two years.
Thank you everyone for all the respect, admiration and love you have given Gord throughout the years – those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars.
Love you forever Gord.
The Downie Family

ONEPUNCHMAN
October 18th 2017
309 Comments


Fuck this year man, my dad’s gonna be a wreck. Never got too much into his music, but I most certainly respected him for his craft and everything he’s done. RIP.

Jethro42
October 18th 2017
15116 Comments


RIP Gordon, will listen to the early Hip's classic albums in his honour...

onionbubs
October 18th 2017
6776 Comments


rest in peace man

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guitarded_chuck
October 18th 2017
13646 Comments


just got back from going to lunch, CBC is playing a tribute to gord playing all their songs, i got a little emotional ngl just thinking about how much he and the band meant to canada and how many people were listening across the country simultaneously also feeling emotional about it, heavy stuff

RIP Gord

Yep321
October 18th 2017
150 Comments


i was listening rip gord

Spec
October 18th 2017
34814 Comments


Rough few days for Canadian legends.

RIP

Scoot
October 18th 2017
18768 Comments


i was fortunate enough to see them last year

he is an absolute legend in canadian music. rip

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MalleusMaleficarum
October 18th 2017
16157 Comments


bobcaygeon, ahead by a century, fireworks, fully completely.

It sounds almost too canadian to be true but i always remember hearing The Hip in the background as we played street hockey as kids, whether it be on the radio or spinning one of the CDs. Gord is undoubtedly a legend in our country.

til there are no stars anymore. rip

Evokaphile
October 18th 2017
5832 Comments


got Road Apples on repeat today for sure

tom79
October 18th 2017
3591 Comments


Even though I knew it was coming eventually, I got pretty emotional at work today when I found out, it was hard to concentrate for a while. I grew up on The Hip, seen them live a couple times, including their final show in Hamilton last summer. The Hip is pretty much the only band me and my entire group of friends can all agree on. It's a sad day, but he's left an amazing legacy and some unforgettable music. RIP Gord.

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grannypantys
October 18th 2017
1503 Comments


moment of silence then blast So Hard Done By

MeatSalad
October 18th 2017
17171 Comments


Rip hard, reminds me I never got around to checking some of their albums. My dad absolutely loved this band.

Hopelust
October 18th 2017
2746 Comments


This hits hard... the man was a prolific artist, along with his counterparts. He will sorely be missed.

Eons
October 18th 2017
958 Comments


R.I.P. I'm sure this hits Canadians a lot harder than it does me.

ShadowRemains
October 18th 2017
24826 Comments


knew it was coming inevitably, but still...

his voice was the voice of canada for a generation

Kompys2000
October 19th 2017
907 Comments


Oof, hard rip.

Funeralopolis
October 19th 2017
14078 Comments


I'm Canadian but never heard of this band until his cancer diagnosis. RIP gonna have to check this band.

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zakalwe
October 19th 2017
23350 Comments


Christ, for a second there I thought it was Gordon Durie. I’d have been devastated.

Evokaphile
October 19th 2017
5832 Comments


What kind of Canadian goes that long without knowing about these guys? Did you live in a commune or something?

bloc
October 19th 2017
44251 Comments


Lol yeah that is kinda weird

guitarded_chuck
October 19th 2017
13646 Comments


yeh wut do u actually live in an igloo

furpa
October 19th 2017
400 Comments


This shit really fucking sucks. Guy was really something else. :c

Nomos
October 19th 2017
1529 Comments


Takes a hell of a man to be able to come to terms with his own immediate mortality, and spend his remaining time doing what he loves -- entertaining people -- rather than wallowing in self-pity at home.

They definitely were one of the most quintessentially-Canadian bands ever. Honest and non-pandering, without grandiose ambitions to make it huge anywhere else. What honest, humble guys. Especially Gord. This is going to hit a lot of Canadians pretty hard. Even though we knew it was coming. While I can't say I listened to them regularly, they were just a band that so many of us grew up on, in some way. They were on the radio here all the time. They've just...always been around.

Fuck. RIP.

tcat84
October 19th 2017
1140 Comments


His solo stuff is really good too. It's a shame their music didn't reach much farther than the Canadian border. They played one of their songs in a Boston Bruins game tonight and I though that was pretty cool.

Got to see the Hip 3 times live and everytime they were great and Downie established himself as an amazing stage presence

RIP

Asdfp277
October 27th 2017
15783 Comments


dude had an album coming, it was released today



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