Canada Thanks Gord

ZOOMER Magazine - - POLICY -

It’s im­pos­si­ble to look back on 2016 with­out not­ing Don­ald Trump’s un­likely pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. In Canada, though, our most emo­tion­ally charged mo­ments played out to the tunes of The Trag­i­cally Hip. In the wake of Gord Downie’s bat­tle with ter­mi­nal brain can­cer, the Hip an­nounced the band’s Man Ma­chine Poem tour – a Canada-wide wave good­bye cul­mi­nat­ing with a show in the band’s home­town of Kingston, Ont., and one fi­nal op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate what many con­sider our na­tional sound­track. Downie epit­o­mized the “courage” he fa­mously crooned about, both on stage and later that year, when he re­leased his mul­ti­me­dia pro­ject Se­cret Path, rais­ing dona­tions and aware­ness of the plight of In­dige­nous peo­ple in Canada, in­clud­ing our his­tory of res­i­den­tial schools. The work Downie did is still show­ing re­sults, with the Trudeau gov­ern­ment re­cently an­nounc­ing a new statu­tory hol­i­day in re­mem­brance of the sur­vivors and vic­tims of Canada’s res­i­den­tial school sys­tem.

Gord Downie and the Trag­i­cally Hip rock­ing out in Toronto’s Air Canada Cen­tre dur­ing one of their fi­nal shows ever; (op­po­site) #MeToo pro­test­ers gather in De­cem­ber 2017 in front of New York’s Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel.

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