If there’s one thing of which the people of Kingston Ontario are proud, it’s the band which put their home city on the musical map. The final show on the Man Machine Poem tour happened there, and it’s being commemorated with a stone monument in Springer Market Square, engraved with The Tragically Hip, A National Celebration, August 20, 2016 and either People came from miles around or We danced the sidewalk clean, depending on the outcome of a survey which ended a couple of weeks ago.
But hold the phone — that’s not all. The latest Easier To Read version of the phone book for Kingston, Gananoque, Napanee and the surrounding area features Gord Downie on the cover, sporting one of his shiny suits from the tour. The second page of the directory carries information about the Gord Downie Fund For Brain Cancer Research, for which fans have so far raised more than $1 million.
This particular tribute may have been predicted way back in 2012 by Jay Baruchel, who tweeted that “Gord Downie could sing the bloody phone book and it would be more meaningful and heartfelt than anything out there right now.”