Gord Downie

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Gord Downie
Downie performing in Guelph, Ontario
Downie performing in Guelph, Ontario
Background information
Birth nameGordon Edgar Downie
Born(1964-02-06)6 February 1964
Amherstview, Ontario, Canada
OriginKingston, Ontario, Canada
Died17 October 2017(2017-10-17) (aged 53)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresRock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, drums
Years active1983–2017

Gordon Edgar "Gord" Downie (6 February 1964 – 17 October 2017) was a Canadian rock musician, writer, and occasional actor.

He was the lead singer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. He released five solo albums: Coke Machine Glow (2001), Battle of the Nudes (2003), The Grand Bounce (2010), And the Conquering Sun (2014) and Secret Path (2016). On the first three of these, he was backed by the Country of Miracles;[1]

Downie was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer in May 2016.[2] He died from the disease on 17 October 2017 in Toronto at the age of 53.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Snob's Music: Gord Downie & the Country of Miracles: "The Grand Bounce" (album review)". Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  2. "Courage, my word: Tragically Hip's Gord Downie reveals terminal brain cancer diagnosis". CBC Music. CBC. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  3. Mazerolle, John (18 October 2017). "Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53". CBC News. Retrieved 18 October 2017.