The Glorious Sons from Kingston, Ont., – yes there IS something in the water in the Limestone City – played a sold-out show last night in Toronto and the crowd broke into a chant for Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.
Downie passed away this week after his battle with brain cancer. His glioblastoma was discovered after a seizure in December 2015.
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On The Glorious Sons’ first album The Union, they have a song called Gordie. Last night at their show in Toronto, the crowd started chanting “Gordie! Gordie! Gordie!” after lead singer Brett Emmons says, “I want to be like Gord Downie.”
Kingston, Ont., is home to The Tragically Hip, David Usher, Sarah Harmer, Hugh Dillon, The Mahones and Bedouin Soundclash. Bryan Adams was born in Kingston and Zal Yanovsky of the Lovin’ Spoonful lived in Kingston until his death in 2002.
Gord Downie passed away Tuesday night with his family by his side. The Hip released the family’s statement Wednesday morning:
Hip fans learned of Downie’s illness in May of 2016. At the same time, the band – Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay, announced that they were heading out on a final summer tour. – Sarah