Simply an amazing soul. He was a gift to us all through his love for music and the huge heart he shared with everyone around him. Loved his mucus since I was just a young girl. Admire this man
May you be a peace our dear Gord..... xo
The news of Gord's passing hit me like a ton of bricks. I was starting my work day, and let's just say not much work got accomplished. My wife and I had loved the band for a long time, but we saw them for the first time together at Ottawa Bluesfest, I'm thinking, 2002. This would be the start of numerous shows for us (somewhere up higher in the teens). There was the Across the Causeway show, a ton of shows in small California venues during our time there, and Gord and the boys made us feel like we were home, despite being thousands of kilometres away. There was another Kingston show (Fully Completely) and we were lucky enough to see them in Ottawa on the final tour. Gord said "I'll see you down the road somewhere". I sure hope he's right, as the world has lost a legend. Our kids (5 and 2) have adopted our love of The Hip, and our youngest says "Gord Downie is my boy". He touched so many lives and words can't begin to express what he did during his time on this earth for my family and I... RIP Mr. Downie
I cry a thousand tears today...I went from considering Gord Downie and the Hip to be just another mundane REM knock off...to realizing his true musical and poetic genius which, to me, not only placed him at the forefront of this great country's music scene...but a true standout on a world platform as well...you were one of a kind Gord..Godspeed....