Tributes to the late Gord Downie began rolling in via social media early Wednesday morning after The Tragically Hip confirmed the iconic frontman had passed Tuesday night. Musicians, music industry types, and Canadian politicians all chimed in to share their memories and photos of Downie.
Check out some of the tributes below.
There will never be another one like you, Gord. Rest in peace my friend.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 18, 2017
Our North Star has dimmed. pic.twitter.com/PmRJ2Jzkbu
— Stroumb?lopoulos? (@strombo) October 18, 2017
— CBC Politics (@CBCPolitics) October 18, 2017
RIP Gord Downie. ??
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) October 18, 2017
Txt thread w my brother and sister this morn. We spent much of our childhoods living in different cities, but one thing that always connected us was Canadian music, and primarily The Hip. I have so many memories of my youth that are intrinsically tied to the sounds of Fully Completely and Day For Night. You’d think with over a year to prepare for this reality we’d all be in better shape about it. But I just dropped my kid off at preschool with red eyes, and all I hear in my head are Gord’s lilted deliveries of the lyrics that defined how it felt to be Canadian in the Canada I grew up in. I’m sad and thankful. I wouldn’t be me without Gord’s words sewn into my blood. Much love to a nation in grief and a newly orphaned music community. We will all cherish and miss you, Gord. Grace, too.
So long, Gord. Thank you. ?? https://t.co/hFG1ujudez
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) October 18, 2017
gord would want you to be good to someone today. he'd want you spend time listening. he'd want you to laugh. let's try to do it. for gord.
— torqcampbell (@torquilcampbell) October 18, 2017
Thank you Gord. You'll never stop inspiring us.
— ARKELLS (@arkellsmusic) October 18, 2017
I’m sitting here in the somber light of an empty hotel room. I got the call a while ago as we share the same manager. I don’t know what to say. My heart is filled with a weight I can’t explain. There will never be another man, or band, that will exemplify Canadiana the way Gord and the guys did. I suppose if I had to, I would quote Balzac… “It is the mark of every great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations. He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants.”
To my friend. xo J pic.twitter.com/95VO2yxkxi
— Jeff Lemire (@JeffLemire) October 18, 2017
So long, buddy. We love you.
— dave bidini (@hockeyesque) October 18, 2017
Gord Downie. Another brilliant, wonderful soul is gone. Deepest condolences to the family. RIP Gord. Thank you for everything you gave us. pic.twitter.com/nkJ1Uu6yxd
— Bubbles (@MSmithBubbles) October 18, 2017
GORD DOWNIE I LOVE YOU FOREVER
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) October 18, 2017
The passing of Gord Downie leaves a massive hole in our hearts and in our collective musical and cultural landscape.
— THE DEARS (@thedears) October 18, 2017
Gord Downie was an inspiration to us all. His music is an essential part of the soundtrack of Canada. His diagnosis was heartbreaking but he faced illness with courage and a commitment to continue doing what he loved. He will be missed.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) October 18, 2017
I have no words. All I have is love. pic.twitter.com/N4FnW87Hcu
— Ben Kowalewicz (@BenKowalewiczBT) October 18, 2017
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