Kingston Remembers Gord Downie

Since his passing on Tuesday night, people have flocked to Kingston’s Market Square to pay homage to The Tragically Hip’s lead singer Gord Downie. On Wednesday evening, a tribute was held in his honour with hundreds of people gathered to light candles, sign a memorial book, make donations to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research, and to share memories. City Hall was lit up with red and white lights, signifying Gord’s love for his country and all that he means to Canadians. Many who gathered showed up with guitars, enticing impromptu singalongs and story sharing. It was an evening Gord would have approved of. While many of us are feeling incredibly sad, there is also a lot to be grateful for. Thank you, Gord.

Have a look at the video above to get a feel for the vibe at City Hall after the gathering, as well as the photos below of the vigils at both Market Square and the KRock Centre. Be sure to check out Market Square this evening for the screening of Long Time Running, the documentary chronicling The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem tour.
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Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

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