Remembering Gord: From small town Ontario to Canada's quintessential rock band

BREAKING: Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died

Past year in 2016, he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, after which he continued to perform on tour with his band.

"He loved every hidden corner, every aspect of this country". "And he wanted to make it better".

"We are less as a country without Gord Downie in it", he noted.

After three decades of making music with his former high school mates, Downie's doctors made public his condition in May 2016, saying he had rebounded after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy but that the cancer was "incurable", prompting an outpouring of support.

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Filmmakers Nicholas de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal said the documentary came together "on a dime", in part because Downie's diagnosis meant the band wasn't sure they would be able to finish the tour. The concert was broadcast live by the CBC and streamed to a worldwide audience.

"Honouring arguably the greatest frontman in Canada rock "n" roll history in our own little way is something most citizens will very much appreciate", said Jason Farr, Ward 2 councillor. The fund offers grants up to $10,000 to grassroots projects working to further Indigenous rights. That stuff doesn't interest me and I don't even know if I could write that if I tried because I don't really feel it. "Our identity and culture are richer because of his music, which was always raw and honest - like Gord himself".

In 2005, The Hip was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards Show in Winnipeg, cementing the band's place in this country's music history.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde calls Downie "an ally and friend" and refers to him as the man who "Walks Among the Stars" - a name given to the singer in late 2016 at a gathering of chiefs in Gatineau, Que. Last month, meanwhile, Long Time Running, a documentary about the band, was debuted and Downie announced his latest solo LP, "Introduce Yerself", would be arriving on October 27.

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