Gord Downie 1964-2017

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Gord Downie passed away, and it is a tragic loss for music and the arts. The Tragically Hip were never given the sort of audience they deserved in America; in Canada, they are mourning the loss of a man who was, for all intents and purposes, their own Tom Petty.

Downie and his band were the beating heart of Canadian music, but they should have been stars everywhere. That thin, almost universally ignored border running between the two places should not define them as artists.