Gord Downie: His life and legacy

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Celebrate a musical legend with an in-depth look at his life and career. Featuring original pieces, plus the best from the Maclean's archives, this special issue covers everything from a first-hand account of touring with the band in its early days to personal reflections on his legacy by fellow musicians. With 100 glossy pages of stories and photographs, it's an intimate look at the emergence—and loss—of an icon.

The Issue includes:

  • A definitive biography
  • An archival piece written for Maclean's by the singer himself
  • An interview with Mike Downie, on his brother's legacy
  • Interviews with Canadian musicians from Jim Cuddy to Sarah Harmer
  • In-depth analysis of lyrics and the Tragically Hip's cultural legacy
  • Reports from Kingston, Bobcaygeon and other places touched by the Hip
  • A 1967 Maclean's article that inspired Downie's work on Indigenous issues

He was a musician, poet, activist, showman and Canadian. Maclean's is proud to commemorate the work of Gord Downie.

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