As we knew for over a year, this day would arrive, sadly the announcement of The Tragically Hip's frontman Gordon Downie was made this morning. He and his band mates defined what a live show should be and in the case of Gord's carefully crafted classics and themes also incorporated Canadian history, Canadian places, Canadian activities, Canadian explorers, Canadian heroes, Canadian sports and Canadian artists - areas where ironically not a lot of Canadian bands and music makers ever pursue along their "musical journeys".
As compared to the days when I would see them at Mosport park in a massive Canada Day atmosphere, today I will listen to the music, and the lyrics, in a new light. Let's hope we all can carry the torch to sing and write about this great country of Canada in song.
RIP Gord. Say hi to Bill Barilko, Tom Thompson and Jacques Cartier.