The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Diagnosed with Cancer


Terrible news this morning; Gord Downie lead singer and lyricist of The Tragically Hip has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

On the heels of that news it was also announced that the band will mount a summer tour through Canada while Downie is well enough. Amazing.

In Canada The Hip are to music what Tim Horton’s is to coffee. You may not be a big fan of theirs but almost everyone appreciates how they’ve woven themselves into the fabric of the Canadian psyche. They are huge in Canada. Not so everywhere else. Nine of their 12 albums have hit number one in Canada. They’ve won 14 Juno Awards and consistently sell out huge venues.

Most of that for me has to do with Downie. He is a true Canadian poet, he is the Canadian Lou Reed. His lyrics often paint a picture of small towns, hockey, history, nostalgia and everyday life.

From The Hip:

Hello friends.

We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so.

A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we’ve been standing by him.

So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…

We’ve decided to do another one.

This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.

What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.

So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.

We hope you can come out and join us this summer – details and dates will be coming this week.

And we sincerely thank all of you, for your continued love and support,

Paul, GordD, Johnny, Rob, GordS

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Domestic now, but spent early to late 80s playing drums in a hair metal band in Toronto. Since then I've lost the hair and have found new ways to scratch the rock and roll itch.

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