Farewell, Gord Downie

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

FINCH — In the photo above, revellers at Michael ‘tic’ Houston’s annual Barnstorm live music event in rural North Stormont watch Gord Downie on the big screen during the Tragically Hip’s concert broadcast from their hometown of Kingston on Aug. 20, 2016. The band’s final date on their Man Machine Poem carried an extra gravitas for millions of Canadian fans saddened by Downie’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis.

Downie died today at the age of 53, a year and a month after that now-iconic farewell performance.



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