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17th of July 2018

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Loss of Gord Downie ‘still really fresh’ for Tragically Hip bandmates

CREEMORE, Ont. — The Hip still hurts.

Gord Downie’s Tragically Hip bandmates — guitarists Rob Baker and Paul Langlois, and bassist Gord Sinclair — say they continue to mourn the loss of their long-time friend and frontman as they slowly step back into the spotlight.

“A chocolatey mess,” is how Baker described still feeling after Downie passed from brain cancer on Oct. 17.

“It’s still really fresh,” added Sinclair, while the trio did their first interviews at a lavish country gathering at The New Farm — about 125 km northwest of Toronto — to celebrate their Up Cannabis partnership.

“It’s been only eight months after 30 years. We’re really good friends. We’re a family. We have great support networks,” said Sinclair. “People go through different things. Personally, I have really sad days and I have really good days. And that’s a long process. And it doesn’t just include the five of us, or the four of us — see, there you go — I still think of it, in terms of a unit. But it’s just the people we’ve worked with, you know, since the early ’90s. Speak to them, see how everybody’s doing. It’s not the end of a career. It’s the loss of a good friend of all of ours.”

With the Oct. 17 date for legalized pot looming, the three Hip musicians, minus drummer Johnny Fay, were part of a large gathering to celebrate their partnership with Up Cannabis as both investors and brand ambassadors.

“Gord would have loved that,” said Baker of the first anniversary of his death coinciding with the date that weed becomes legal for recreational use in Canada.

Five strains, all named after Hip songs — Eldorado, Morning Moon, Grace, Gems, and 50MC (Mission Cap) — were unveiled Tuesday while food from five celebrity chefs was provided on two long banquet tables with seating for 260 people. Kingston rockers, The Glorious Sons and Toronto’s Dallas Green performed inside a barn, and a nearby watering hole provided a refreshing cool down in the middle of southern Ontario’s heatwave.

“He would have insisted that we played,” said Baker when asked what Downie would have thought of the event.

“He would have loved today,”  added Langlois.

Interestingly, despite being long thought of as one of Canada’s most passionate frontmen, his bandmates say he wasn’t entirely comfortable as a public speaker.

“Gord would stand in front of 25,000 people and sing his heart out and go stream-of- consciousness until the cows come home, but if you got him to speak in front of 10 people about water rights, he hated it,” said Sinclair.

Added Baker: “The whole persona he developed on stage was stage fright. It’s not a natural thing to stand in front of an audience and bare your soul or to speak to a crowd of people. I guess it’s natural for some people. It’s not natural for most people. But, for Gord, I think it was hard. And I think every tour he would say, ‘I’m not going to do the dancing bear! I’m not going to do that anymore! I’m going to stand there and sing the songs!’ And as soon as he got out there in front of the crowd, like after about 20 seconds, it would just take over because he needed to do that.”

But when the Hip last toured together in 2016 — culminating in a nationwide broadcast of the last show on Aug. 20 in their hometown of Kingston – Sinclair says Downie fed on the fans reactions.

“He got stronger and stronger because of the love that he was getting back from them,” he said. “That’s what really struck me about the whole thing. He was really sick when we started. He was still really sick when we finished but he was better. It was all about love.”

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HIP HAPPENINGS:

According to guitarist Rob Baker:

No more new Hip music: “We’re not actively creating music as The Hip. I don’t see it happening really.”

Maybe unreleased Hip music: “We’ll have to talk about what we do with that at some point. There’s probably like three albums worth. But I’m not sure what any of it means yet.”

Other side projects: “We’re still musicians. We’re still songwriters. It’s what we all love – being musically creative. We’re creative in other ways too so I don’t see that changing.”

— Read part two of Jane Stevenson’s interview on The Hip’s Up Cannabis deal in this weekend’s Toronto Sun.

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