Mu­sic fans de­lighted by sur­prise Gord Downie ap­pear­ance at Blue Rodeo show

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Trag­i­cally Hip front­man Gord Downie made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance Thurs­day night at Toronto’s Massey Hall with Blue Rodeo and the Sadies.

In a video clip cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia, Downie is seen join­ing the bands on­stage for a ren­di­tion of Blue Rodeo’s “Lost To­gether.”

A smil­ing Downie held a piece of pa­per as he stood by one of the mi­cro­phones to con­trib­ute back­ing vo­cals.

Downie has a his­tory of col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Sadies and recorded the 2014 al­bum “And the Con­quer­ing Sun” with the band.

Downie re­vealed in May that he has glioblas­toma, an in­cur­able and rare form of brain can­cer.

The fa­ther of four, whose 53rd birth­day is Mon­day, has most re­cently been pro­mot­ing his “Se­cret Path” solo mul­ti­me­dia pro­ject, which re­counts the life of 12-year-old Chanie Wen­jack, who died in 1966 af­ter run­ning away from a res­i­den­tial school.

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