The city’s salute to the Tragically Hip
Gord Downie writes songs about moments when all of Canada seemed to stand still: the October Crisis, Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, the 1972 Summit Series. August 20, 2016, was one of those moments. The country transformed into a small town that night—every warm body sardined into a theatre, huddled around a barroom TV or sprawled out in a park to watch the Tragically Hip’s final concert in Kingston. One in three Canucks tuned in to the CBC broadcast to witness our unofficial poet laureate howl, bound and—after three encores and as many shimmering wardrobe changes—all but break down and weep. After three decades of documenting the events that shook a nation, Downie was finally the one doing the shaking.