Gord Downie

A Room Of His Own: The Legacy Of Chanie Wenjack

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Amidst the shrubbery and tool displays at this year's Canada Blooms event, a landscaped pathway will tell the story of Chanie Wenjack, the 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy who died fleeing his residential school in 1966.

Dear Canada, Put Leonard Cohen On A Stamp

Robert Waite | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Music
Robert Waite

But putting personal sentiment aside, I do firmly believe Leonard Cohen deserves to be on a stamp. I wish it had happened before his death -- as I have written previously, placing living Canadians on stamps, beginning 11 years ago, was the right thing to do, honouring groups like Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip and individuals like Stompin' Tom Connors, Joni Mitchell and Anne Murray.

Gord Downie Surprises Blue Rodeo Fans, Joins Band Onstage

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Living

Downie joined Blue Rodeo and The Sadies onstage for a rendition of Blue Rodeo's "Lost Together.''

2016 Took And Took And Gave

Mary-Jo Dionne | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Living
Mary-Jo Dionne

The gifts of 2016 weren't sweetly wrapped in chic silver bows beneath a popcorn-trimmed tree. Rather its gifts were hiding under piles of muck, mire, and metaphorical dirty diapers. 2016 made us work for its rewards; an ongoing dichotomy. Low meeting high. Pain meeting beauty. Injustice meeting a renewed fervour for truth.

2016's Celebrity Deaths Should Make Us Smile With Gratitude

Heather Boucher Robinson | Posted 12.29.2016 | Canada Living
Heather Boucher Robinson

Why not turn it around to have a grateful heart which thanks these great artists for the many years they gave us? Why not celebrate them for fulfilling their destinies and passions?

The 2016 Newsmaker Of The Year Is..

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada

It's the first time an entertainer has been selected for the title.

You're Outta Luck If You Wanted A Keychain Made Of Gord Downie's Suit

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Living

The keychains disappeared in mere hours.

Gord Downie Weeps After Given Spirit Name 'Man Who Walks Among The Stars'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada

"This is the first day of forever. The greatest day of my life."

Doug Gilmour Launches Most Canadian Fundraiser Ever For Gord Downie

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living

Winning donors could see a Toronto Maple Leafs game with Doug Gilmour or even drive home his personal gold Harley Davidson.

Bold Millennials Are Making Hamilton Canada's Next Great City

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Living
Marcello Cabezas

These are people that believe so strongly in the potential of their city and are doing all they can for the world to understand one thing: "You don't need to leave Hamilton to enjoy the fruits of a growing exciting world. And if you don't live here, please do come and be part of our family to create wonder with us."

Mike Downie: Let's Do More To Embrace Indigenous Canadians

Hannah Alper | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Living
Hannah Alper

Before Gord, Mike Downie and Pearl (Chanie Wenjack's sister) got on stage at WE Day, I knew about the conditions of the indigenous communities, but like most Canadians, we weren't taught what a residential school was and why both the truth and reconciliation is so important to not only the indigenous community.

Gord Downie Was Wrong About Justin Trudeau

James Di Fiore | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

Everybody knows Trudeau is a brilliant campaigner, inspiring Canadians through a personal brand that emphasizes empathy and fairness, but his inaction on the First Nations file directly contradicts the inspirational sound bites and calls into question his government's integrity. In fact, it isn't a stretch to say that his handling of this file is as bad as the Harper government who backburnered these issues for a decade.

Reconciliation Was On Everyone's Mind At WE Day Toronto

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Impact

We Day makes the case that Indigenous issues should matter to the youngest Canadians.

Gord And Mike Downie Pass The Torch To WE Day Toronto's Youth

The Huffington Post Canada | Lisa Yeung | Posted 10.23.2016 | Canada Living

They told Chanie Wenjack's story to 20,000 students Wednesday. And the students listened.

Gord Downie Hopes He 'Can Get More Time'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living

" can't remember hardly anything."

Gord Downie Releases Haunting New Video For 'The Stranger'

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living

It's the first track from his "Secret Path" project.

Gord Downie Struggles With Memory Loss, Including His Kids' Names

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living

"My memories... use to be my forte."

Gord Downie Announces Two Solo Shows In October

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Living

He'll be promoting his solo project "Secret Path,'' an album with an accompanying graphic novel and animated film.

Gord Downie's New Project Honours First Nations Boy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Impact

"Secret Path'' tells the harrowing story of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack.

Hip Fan Who Has Same Cancer As Gord Downie Dies

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Living

She was training for a half-Ironman this summer despite her illness.

To Gord Downie, The Hip, And Canadians: Thank You

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I've had the honour and privilege of treating Mr. Downie over the past few months, and working with his health-care team during this summer's tour. When the band stepped on stage in Victoria, B.C. for the tour's first stop, like many others in the audience, I cried. I've been asked a lot this summer if I'm a Hip fan, and I am. I treat 250 new patients year, and I'm a fan of all of them -- for the strength they show and for the determination they have to make the cancer journey better for those who face it after them.

There's A Movement To Give Gord Downie The Order Of Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living

Thousands of Canadians have signed the petition.

Does Gord Downie's Call To Action Mean Anything For First Nations?

Liam Massaubi | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Liam Massaubi

As pretty much the entire country watched The Tragically Hip live in Kingston, Ontario for their final show, Gord Downie used the opportunity to do something not many would...bring up First Nations issues to the prime minister himself.

Gord Downie's Cancer Research Fund Raises More Than $260K

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada

And the number is expected to rise.

No Band Can Bring A Country Together Like The Tragically Hip

Jeff Blay | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jeff Blay

Certainly, there are bands that are more famous, have sold more albums and put on bigger shows, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one that captured a country's attention -- at least 11.7 million of us, according to CBC -- like The Hip did that night in Kingston.