Ontario enshrines new Poet Laureate position honouring late Gord Downie

In August 2016, a group of fans watch The Tragically Hip's final concert during Barnstorm 17, the music festival held annually on a rural property just outside Finch. Lead singer Gord Downie appears on the big screen near the conclusion of the CBC broadcast. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

TORONTO — Ontario has a new Poet Laureate position named in honour of the late Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie.

Local MPP Jim McDonell reports this week that members of Downie’s family were on hand at Queen’s Park as legislators from all parties supported final reading of the Poet Laureate Act In Memory of Gord Downie.

There’s been no word yet on how the provincial government will select Ontario’s first Poet Laureate and when. Intended to promote art and literacy, the new role results from a private member’s bill introduced by Windsor-Tecumseh legislator Percy Hatfield, which won favour on all sides of the Legislature governed by the Doug Ford Conservatives.

 

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