Thursday, August 25, 2016
When I was an undergraduate at Queen's University, The Tragically Hip were our favourite band at Alfie's. They were awesome then; they are awesome now. However, a sad chapter in their story began on May 24, 2016, when The Hip announced that lead singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with incurable glioblastoma. I, along with a third of Canadians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, attended, watched, or listened to what may have been The Hip's final concert on August 20, 2016. Although the entire event is not currently available online, here is the final song of their last encore. Thank you, Gord, for a lifetime of transcendent Canadian musical poetry.