Gord Downie

Gord Downie



Gordon Edgar Downie CM (February 6, 1964 – October 17, 2017) was a Canadian rock musician, writer, occasional actor, and activist. He was the lead singer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, which he fronted from their formation in 1984 until his death in 2017.

In addition to his career with the Tragically Hip, Downie also released six solo albums: Coke Machine Glow (2001), Battle of the Nudes (2003), The Grand Bounce (2010), And the Conquering Sun with The Sadies (2014), Secret Path (2016) and Introduce Yerself (2017).[2]



Introduce Yerself
Introduce Yerself is the sixth and final solo album by Canadian singer and songwriter Gord Downie, slated for release posthumously on October 27, 2017.
The Tragically Hip
Secret Path
Secret Path is the fifth studio album by Gord Downie, released on October 18, 2016.
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Family mourns daughter's death from same cancer that killed Gord Downie
  –  October 28, 2017
A family in Belleville, Ont., is reeling after their second daughter died of brain cancer on Thursday. Katie Grouchy, 20, was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme last summer — the same cancer that killed her sister Holly over a decade ago. On Saturday ...
‘No dress rehearsal, this is our life:’ Gord Downie and the Canadian conversation
  –  October 28, 2017
Canadians are lucky to have the creative contributions of Gord Downie, frontman for the Tragically Hip, who passed away this week at the age of 53. He embodied a beautiful paradox in our conversation about Canadian culture. He wrote poetry about hockey and ...
Rick Mercer's Gord Downie Tribute Is Required Watching
  –  October 28, 2017
If you thought you were starting to heal from the crushing blow of Gord Downie's death, please, allow Rick Mercer to rip off the bandage. On Tuesday, the "Rick Mercer Report" host paid tribute to the Tragically Hip singer, a week after he died of brain cancer.
Remembering Gord Downie: Highlights From The Tragically Hip’s Final Tour
  –  October 28, 2017
Beloved Canadian rock musician Gord Downie passed away this week at the age of 53 following a battle with terminal brain cancer. The charismatic leader of The Tragically Hip was a transcendent cultural figure throughout the band’s more than 30 year career.
Watch Gord Downie Craft Final LP in Poignant New Video
  –  October 28, 2017
Late Tragically Hip frontman records vocals for "The North" in clip for posthumous album, 'Introduce Yerself' Ahead of their final show, explore this beloved Canadian band's sprawling catalog Introduce Yerself is a 23-track double album that was recorded ...
New this week: Kelly Clarkson, Gord Downie, Weezer, and more
  –  October 27, 2017
Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, including Kelly Clarkson, Gord Downie, Weezer, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums ...
6 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Fever Ray, Julien Baker, Gord Downie, and More
  –  October 27, 2017
With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums by Fever ...
Gord Downie's Final Album Is A Gift
  –  October 26, 2017
There can be no more personal or generous a gift from an artist to their fans than to say: Here is the museum of my heart as I prepare to die. Please come in. This room smells like Chanel No 5. It's the scent of all the letters sent by my old flame.
Review: Gord Downie's farewell album is intimately universal
  –  October 26, 2017
Gord Downie was blessed with the chance to say goodbye and he makes the most of that opportunity on "Introduce Yerself," a 23-song farewell to friends, family, bandmates and others which leaves a lump in your throat and a smile on your face. Downie was the ...
Video: Gord Downie on his love for Great Lakes
  –  October 26, 2017
Gord Downie was more than the lead singer for The Tragically Hip, more than a Canadian rock icon. Downie, who died recently of brain cancer, also was a great friend of the Great Lakes. Especially Lake Ontario, where he learned to swim. In this video, made ...
Japandroids cover The Tragically Hip’s “Nautical Disaster” in honor of Gord Downie: Watch
  –  October 25, 2017
The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie passed away last week at the age of 53 after a battle with brain cancer. Fellow Canadians, including Feist and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have since paid tribute to the late musician. Last night, another group ...
Watch Canadian Rock Legend Gord Downie’s Last, Epic Performance With The Tragically Hip
  –  October 25, 2017
Over a year after revealing his diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, Gord Downie, leader of the legendary Canadian rock group The Tragically Hip, has passed away, at 53 years old. Although silver linings can be tough to spot in times like these, the good ...
Gord Downie’s brother thanks crowd at Hip sing-along, calls for Indigenous reconciliation
  –  October 25, 2017
Gord Downie’s brother surprised a Toronto crowd of Tragically Hip fans honouring the late singer in an open-air sing-a-long and encouraged them to keep Gord’s spirit alive by fighting for Indigenous reconciliation. Gord Downie’s brother surprised a ...
Decoding Gord Downie's final masterpiece
  –  October 25, 2017
As a songwriter, Gord Downie wrote as many secret codes as he did break them. He illuminated and obscured, oftentimes in the same line. Every song was a kind of truth from our bones, as well as home to a million covert references and messages. Downie’s ...
Celebrating the life of Gord Downie in song
  –  October 21, 2017
A group of musicians wants Torontonians — in an effort to honour the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie — to bring their singing voices, fully, completely. Choir! Choir! Choir!, the open choir group, is inviting people to Nathan Phillips Square ...
Gord Downie, singer for Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, dies at 53
  –  October 18, 2017
Gord Downie, the singer for the Tragically Hip and one of Canada’s most beloved rock musicians, died Tuesday night, according to an official statement from the band. He was 53. Downie had been previously diagnosed with glioblastoma, an incurable brain ...
Justin Trudeau Pens Heartfelt Statement on Death of The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie
  –  October 18, 2017
For nearly a half a century, The Tragically Hip were at the nucleus of Canadian rock. The late Gord Downie, who passed away on Tuesday (Oct. 17) night after a fight with brain cancer, was at the forefront of it all. Downie was known for his deep love of ...
The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has passed away
  –  October 18, 2017
Beloved Canadian rock star Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip passed away Tuesday night at the age of 53. He had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December of 2015. SEE ALSO: All of Canada turned out to attend The Tragically Hip's last concert ...
Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie dies at 53
  –  October 18, 2017
Gord Downie, the lead singer of the Tragically Hip, died Tuesday night surrounded by his loved ones. He was 53. His family announced the news in a statement published on the Canadian band’s website and Facebook page on Wednesday. “Gord knew this day ...
Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, has died
  –  October 18, 2017
Gord Downie, the lead singer for Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, has died after a battle with brain cancer KINGSTON, Ontario (AP) — Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead ...
Gord Downie Dead At 53: Tragically Hip Lead Singer Suffered Terminal Brain Cancer
  –  October 18, 2017
Gord Downie, lead singer of Canadian music group the Tragically Hip, has died at the age of 53, RadarOnline.com has learned. Last year in 2016, he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, after which he continued to perform on tour with his band.
RIP Gord Downie: Hockey world mourns passing of The Tragically Hip's frontman
  –  October 18, 2017
Gord Downie, the iconic frontman for the Canadian rock 'n' roll band The Tragically Hip, passed away on Tuesday night after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was a lifelong hockey fan, which was reflected in the songs that he sang and the lives that ...
Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip dies; Justin Trudeau weeps before Parliament
  –  October 18, 2017
TORONTO — Gord Downie, lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53. He made himself part of Canada’s national identity with songs about hockey and small towns. A statement on the band’s website said he died ...
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie dies at 53
  –  October 18, 2017
After living with a form of terminal brain cancer for more than a year, Gord Downie, the legendary front man of the Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, has died at the age of 53. In a statement posted online, the band confirmed that Downie died “with ...
QuickQuotes: Musicians, fans pay tribute to Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie
  –  October 18, 2017
Gord Downie, the lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, died in his home on Tuesday night. He was 53. Many of his fans paid tribute to the musician on social media as the news broke on Wednesday.

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