The Mo­ment

The city’s salute to the Trag­i­cally Hip

Toronto Life - - Contents -

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.

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