Tragically Hip Gord Downie is definitely well loved as millions of fans tuned in on Saturday as CBC broadcast the final concert of Canada’s epic band.
August 20, 2016 marked the band’s farewell concert in Kingston, Ontario after their lead singer Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The event was extremely emotional for both the band and their beloved nation.
Tragically Hip Gord Downie pulled in crowds beyond the ordinary, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau’s official photographer tweeted a photo of Gord and himself sharing an emotional embrace prior to the show. Tragically Hip also posted the same image on social media.
Those who couldn’t watch the concert live, watched the show broadcast on CBC. Thousands lined the streets of Kingston as the band performed at the Springer Market Square.
Fans came in droves from Halifax, Nova Scotia, all the way to Bobcaygeon, Ontario and on to the National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta for the CBC live broadcast.
Downie and his band have become an inextirpable part of Canada’s culture. Proof of this is that nine out of 13 of their albums have shoot up to No. 1 in the charts in their country.
It was evident how their final concert was both festive and grim. The lead singer was on his usual dynamic performance all throughout the show’s 30-song set. This, despite his diagnosis of the most aggressive ?brain cancer-glioblastoma.
Prime Minister Fan
When Downie announced his diagnosis back in May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that the lead singer “has been writing Canada’s soundtrack for more than 30 years.” Furthermore, Trudeau wrote: “On behalf of Canadians, I thank Gord Downie and the Hip for their decades of service to Canadian music. Forever in our hearts and playlists.”
Downie kissed and hugged his bandmates before the start of the show– bassist Gord Sinclair, drummer Johnny Fay, guitarists Paul Langlois and Rob Baker. Their biggest hit, ?Ahead By A Century,? closed the show as Downie and the band took their final bow.