The two big stories in Canada today are 1. Weed in legal, and 2. it’s the one-year anniversary of the day we lost Gord Downie of The Hip.
I say “we lost” Gord, because that’s what happened. He didn’t just die; we lost him, and all he contributed to the country.
Music was just a part of it. The announcement of his diagnosis, and the way he handled it…the advocacy for Canada’s Indigenous People he focused on in his last months of life…the heroic tour (and heroic in not too strong a word, given what it cost him, and what it gave to the country), and the rest of it.
This tweet, repeated often, said it all…
Dear world. Canada will be closed today due to a death in the family. Good luck on your journey, Gord Downie.
— Kim Jae Riipinen (@kjriipinen) October 19, 2017
Ironically – especially when you consider today’s #1 headline (above), Gord appeared in a 2008 film called One Week, in which his character talked about weed and cancer.
Here’s my interview from one year ago today, when I spoke with Gord’s friend and music business colleague Kevin Donnelly of TNSE…