The Tragically Hip – End of an Era?

This morning on Radio 2 I was listening to an interview of the Iranian born Broadway star Ramin Karimloo who got the song “Ahead by a century” by The Tragically Hip played on Radio 2 (Kudos to you man!!!) and he dropped the bombshell that Gordon Downie, the lead singer of The Tragically Hip played their last gig after announcing that he had terminal brain cancer.

I’ve been a fan of “The Hip” since I was first introduced to them way back in 1992 when I was writing to a Canadian girl, you know in those “pre-internet” days. That band was freaking awesome, they were Canada’s equivalent of REM (sorry if this offends anyone) and they should have been massive but somehow never seemed to get the breaks other bands did. But instead of fading into obscurity they became a cult phenomenon and took their place in Canada’s popular culture. I’ve never seen them live as whenever they played a European tour it was a small scale affair with a single date in London. Luckily unlike other bands The Hip have welcomed fans recording their gigs and making them freely available to other fans which I believe is a great way to reach a wider audience as well as preserving memories of happier times…

Since the news broke out fans have raised over $450k in donations to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research which will go some way in helping scientists research a cure for one of the most aggressive cancers.

While I am saddened & devastatedĀ to hear the news it pales into insignificance compared to what Gord and others facing a terminal diagnosis are going through.

Lets hope that he can prevent the inevitability of death just a little bit and savour that which makes life the most precious gift of all…

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