Gord Downie shows up at Blue Rodeo show

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

Trag­i­cally Hip front­man Gord Downie, above, made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance Thurs­day night at Toronto’s Massey Hall with Blue Rodeo and the Sadies. (Blue Rodeo and The Sadies are in con­cert at Hamil­ton Place Feb. 16 and 17.) 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-yearold Chanie Wen­jack, who died in 1966 af­ter run­ning away from a res­i­den­tial school.

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