The Tragically Hip aren’t just a band, they are a feeling. A feeling of being on the lake and drinking beer with your friends. A feeling of festivals in the summertime & high school & adolescence. A feeling of nostalgia and happiness and above all, of being Canadian. The perfect representation of Canada. I remember crying when they played “Bobcaygeon” on Canada Day at Downsview Park years back while thinking about how fortunate I was in that moment, to be Canadian. I remember meeting Gord Downie once in Pemberton backstage and thinking that he was on another level. With his big top hat and confident swagger, he seemed… other worldly. Someone who knew something that we didn’t and expressed that the only way he could; through his music. If you ever had the pleasure of seeing him on stage you saw him in his element & were likely blown away by his extraordinary energy. Thanks for the memories, Gord. Thank you for giving our generation something that will proudly live on through your music.
Gord once arrived early for an interview with me.
“Sorry, Gord,” I said, “but I’m running late. Would you mind hanging out for a bit?”
“No problem,” he replied, “I’m a bit early. I’ll just head out for a coffee. You want one?”
“Uh, sure. A grande latte?”
Gord left the room. It took a few seconds to realize that I had just sent the singer of the Tragically Hip out to get me coffee.
He was back in about 15 minutes. “I hope this is what you wanted.” It was: a standard Starbucks latte.
“What do I owe you?”
“Ah, nothing,” he said with a smile. “It’s on me.”
Typically Canadian: polite, low-key, self-effacing. Perfect.
The Tragically Hip get inducted into The Edge Rock of Fame live on YouTube in 2012.
The Tragically Hip @ The Edge Rock of Fame - November 1, 2012
The Hip in Toronto.
The Tragically Hip @ Air Canada Centre - February 19, 2015
The Tragically Hip @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - July 1, 2015
The Tragically Hip @ Air Canada Centre - August 10, 2016
Canadian artists pay tribute to The Hip.
Hanging out with Gord.
We here at The Edge have loved working with Gord and The Hip, and supporting their art throughout the years. His music and presence will continue to live on The Edge. Our thoughts go to his bandmates, friends and family. RIP Gord Downie. February 6, 1964 – October 17, 2017.