Gord Downie Celebrated In Two Film Docs Airing On TV This Weekend

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 19, 2017

Downie was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable brain cancer, in December 2015.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sheds tears as he speaks with media about the terminal brain cancer death of Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada October 18, 2017.

According to a statement from his bandmates, he passed away on Tuesday evening surrounded by his family. His family revealed in an official statement that "he knew this was coming" adding, "his response was to spend this precious time as he always had - making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss... on the lips".

"He loved this country with everything he had..."

On Sunday, the CBC will air Gord Downie's Secret Path in Concert, which was filmed at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall last October.

"He wanted to make it better". He knew, as great as we were, we needed to be better than we are.

Long Time Running, commissioned by Bell Media, chronicles The Tragically Hip's 2016 Man Machine Poem tour and emotional final concert in their hometown of Kingston, as captured by award-winning directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier.

The alternative rock band broke out in the 1990s with hits such as "New Orleans is Sinking", "Blow at High Dough" and "38 Years Old".

Downey's lyrics - steeped in Canadiana - explored the wrongs perpetrated against indigenous peoples, environmental causes and the plight of the wrongfully convicted. "If you're a musician and you're born in Canada it's in your DNA to like the Tragically Hip", Green said.

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