On an August night of this past year, with the nation’s eyes on him and his terminal illness weighing like a rock, Gord Downie had a message for Canadians: it’s time to deal with the hardships of Canada’s First Peoples. Mr. Downie, the astute poet who interpreted the Canadian experience into song, spent much of… Read More

In the very first week of January 2016 the Canadian singer-songwriter Gord Downie paid a trip to the Bathouse, the record complicated his group, the Tragically Hip, possesses in a little city outside Toronto. Growing early every day, he placed a snowsuit and walked a brief distance in the studio into the frozen shores of… Read More