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May 24, 2016 , Tragically Hip email sitting in the inbox , arrived 6:04 AM. 6:24 read the email.. Damn that\'s not what I was expecting. Spend a distracted day at work processing about what was happening within the band and with Gord. Reconcile that Gord and the band are acting courageously, and have committed to doing what they do best ... Making Canadians proud and proud of their musicians... That\'s the Hip thing to do. Confession time: prior to 1992 I thought The Hip sucked. They were getting played a bit at my university, and I just didn\'t get it, they seemed a bit of a mix of old school rock , with a bit of alternative thrown in, but hey they weren\'t REM so they just didn\'t resonate with me. Then on Canada Day , 1992 at Molson Park everything changed , The Hip were on the bill, and I found myself mesmerized by this madman on stage ranting about a Killer Whale Tank. Suddenly The Hip made sense, the fan devotion made sense, and the bands resonance with all things Canadian made sense. That\'s how my journey with The Hip began. I\'ve seen a lot of hip shows since 1992, including the epic summer of 2012 when it was three shows in five days, including the Kee to Bala, there\'s nothing like seeing the Hip there. Gord and the boys pulling up to dock, mingling with the crowd as they make their way to an intimate venue, a Muskoka treat not soon forgotten. The Hip opened my eyes to the Canadian music scene , yes the alternative Canadian music scene, the anticipation of Gord stepping out on stage at say a RAA concert, or Dallas Green show is almost as great as the anticipation of the show itself. Full Circle: Having given me my awareness of the rich Canadian music scene - Helped by CBC Radio 3 , it\'s fitting that the Hip helped close the circle. Last year my wife and I were going to see Hey Rosetta at the Danforth. We were a bit early so decided to stop into Allens for a beer. Lucky to find seats at the bar, we discussed the upcoming show and how Hey Rosetta were really one of Canada\'s real up and coming bands . I became a bit distracted by a voice behind us though, I recognized that voice. I had to look and confirm... Sure enough at the table behind us sat Gord Downie , with friends deep in conversation. Full circle The guy that started my exploration of the Canadian music scene , on the night I\'m going to see one of my new favorite Canadian bands. Intersecting in time and space. Gord and the band are now closing their own circle, with style and grace. Gord have fun, be Gord, and long may you run.

Submitted by: Mark Littlewood

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