The Tragically Hip mean a lot to so many Canadians. Their songs have made a difference in the lives of so many and have inspired so many people to go out and live their dreams. It is the end of an era and many Canadians are left heartbroken as the band plays their final tune.
The Hip are so in tune with Canadians and what drives are patriotism as a nation together. We all have some memory where a Hip song plays in the back ground. We all have that one line from a Hip song that hits home because we share this beautiful nation with these talented folks.
Canada is a diverse nation and always has been. There are two things that unify us. Olympic Hockey and The Tragically Hip. On August 20th 2016 all of Canada came together, sang together, remembered together and cried together. We share this moment because we have all spent our lives enjoying the unique sound as it poured out of our radios on long road trips. We all cried because we have so many late night memories, a beer in our hands and our closest friends standing next to us as we belted out the lyrics.
Gord Downie showed as the Canadian Courage. He did not let his cancer define him. He stood up taller and prouder than ever and used it as a chance to thank the legions of fans that stood by them through out the years. It was apparent that he was tired, worn out from the struggle but he still stood up there and delivered the most important performance of his career. This performance will stand as one of the most memorable in Canadian music history as fans showed their love.
Aug 20th 2016 will always be an emotional day for many Canadians and it definitely showed us that courage can bring us many things and unite us. The Tragically Hip are distinctly and uniquely the band that embodies Canada and Gord Downie will forever be known as a true Canadian Rock legend. Thanks for the memories Mr.Downie. Much love and much respect always. From the East Coast to the West we love you Tragically Hip.