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GORD DOWNIE R.I.P. 1964 - 2017

Gord Downie, singer of The Tragically Hip, died of complications from brain cancer on October 17, 2017 at the age of 53. His death was announced in a statement from his family.  He was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2016. “Gordie said he had lived many lives,” his family writes. “As a musician, he lived ‘the life’ for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of life than Gord. No one.” The Tragically Hip - Downie, bassist Gord Sinclair, guitarist Rob Baker and drummer Johnny Fay - was formed in a high school in the Canadian province of Ontario (Kingston) in 1984. Guitarist Paul Langlois joined in 1986 while the group was performing in small venues across Ontario. The Tragically Hip would go on to be one of Canada’s best-known bands, becoming indelible within the country’s pop landscape during its ascent in the 1990s. In a statement on the news of Downie’s passing, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau writes that the singer “painted landscapes with his words, elevating Canadian geography, historical figures, and myths. When he spoke, he gave us goosebumps and made us proud to be Canadian. Our identity and culture are richer because of his music, which was always raw and honest - like Gord himself.” -

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Kingston, ON 2016 [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Rogers K-Rock Centre,
Assiniboine Park, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; August 20, 2016. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Thousands set up lawn chairs on the grass at Assiniboine Park Saturday night, August 20, 2016 at one of several viewing parties across southern Manitoba as the Tragically Hip played the final show of their Man Machine Poem tour, reported Canada Broadcasting Corporation. In May, lead singer Gord Downie announced he has terminal brain cancer. The band set off on a nationwide tour shortly thereafter, which was preceded by news about tickets selling out in a flash and heartfelt stories from Canadians with personal connections to the band. Several venues across Winnipeg drew thousands out to watch live streams of the show. “Everybody just wants to share the experience and share the love with Gord,” said fan Bobbi Taillefer.

Downie thanked fans for supporting the band during what could be its final tour. “On behalf of the boys and the men and women of our crew, thank you for a great tour and a great show,” Downie said. “I really enjoyed the hell out of it. Thank you, thank you people for keeping me pushing.” -

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Disc 1
Track 101. Fifty-Mission Cap 8:54 (14.9MB)
Track 102. Courage 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 103. Wheat Kings 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 104. At the Hundredth Meridian 3:31 (5.9MB)
Track 105. In a World Possessed by the Human Mind 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 106. What Blue 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 107. Tired As F— 3:22 (5.7MB)
Track 108. Machine 8:40 (14.6MB)
Track 109. My Music at Work 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 110. Lake Fever 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 111. Toronto #4 2:59 (5.0MB)
Track 112. Putting Down 3:17 (5.5MB)
Track 113. Twist My Arm 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 114. Three Pistols 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 115. Fiddler’s Green 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 116. Little Bones 5:22 (9.0MB)
Track 117. The Last Of The Unplucked Gems 4:43 (7.9MB)
Track 118. Something On 3:25 (5.7MB)
83 mins

Overburn to fit all the tracks onto one audio CD.

Disc 2
Track 201. Poets 4:44 (8.0MB)
Track 202. Bobcaygeon 5:32 (9.3MB)
Track 203. Fireworks/applause 10:39 (17.9MB)
Encore 1
Track 204. New Orleans Is Sinking 4:54 (8.2MB)
Track 205. Boots or Hearts 3:41 (6.2MB)
Track 206. Blow at High Dough/applause 10:42 (18.0MB)
Encore 2
Track 207. Nautical Disaster 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 208. Scared 5:00 (8.4MB)
Track 209. Grace, Too/applause 10:33 (17.7MB)
Encore 3
Track 210. Locked In The Trunk Of A Car 5:39 (9.5MB)
Track 211. Gift Shop 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 212. Ahead By A Century 8:54 (14.9MB)
81 mins

Gord Downie - vocals
Paul Langlois - guitar
Rob Baker - guitar
Gord Sinclair - bass
Johnny Fay- drums

Disc 3
CBC Music presents The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration Post-Show [Interview]
Track 01. Interview - Part A 8:48 (14.8MB)
Track 02. Interview - Part B 7:10 (12.1MB)
Track 03. Interview - Part C 7:11 (12.1MB)
Track 04. Interview - Part D 7:44 (13.0MB)
31 mins

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  1. 13 Responses to “THE TRAGICALLY HIP - KINGSTON, ONTARIO 2016 [GORD DOWNIE R.I.P. 1964 - 2017]”

  2. God bless Mr. Downie in his fight against this horrible disease. Amazing this band made nary a ripple in America when other Canadian bands from the Guess Who to Rush easily conquered the states.

    By Tony on Aug 25, 2016

  3. thanks Big O,one of my all time favorite bands going out with a bang,sad about Gord Downie though ,in the early 90,s I worked in a local music shop on the north coast of Australia ,my friend was living in Canada,He sent me a copy of their second album Up to Here ,we sold over 600 copies local ,it is that good ,when they toured Fully Completely their third album ,they asked where they had their most cds sales and support ,the Trag repaid my support by a playing a concert at the Sawtell RSL club to their biggest crowd in Oz,What a Great Band so to all you knockers that keep pumping the bullshit about theirs been no good music since the 70’s have a listen to these Guys , I’m 63 years young and played a lot of music,heard a lot of music ,been to a couple hundred great music events, stones 73 in sydney led zep royal randwick 72 you get the picture and this band is one of the greats thanks

    By skinned knees on Aug 25, 2016

  4. Skinned Knees is right on!

    By nobsartist on Aug 25, 2016

  5. Skinned knees, nice post mate!
    M from Toronto

    By M on Aug 26, 2016

  6. Great post, BigO - this was an awesome concert, and a unique historical event, very moving, very emotional. Gordie baby showed true dignity and courage. The band hugging and kissing him before they went on stage said more about their friendship and respect for each other than any music could.

    BigO - the “Live at the Rogers K-Rock Centre, Assiniboine Park, Kingston, Ontario,” description - Assiniboine Park is not in kingston. The venue was not in that park. All across Canada there were viewing parties as the show aired live on radio, tv and the web. Assiniboine Park, Manitoba was just one of those viewing parties.

    By Shamu on Aug 26, 2016

  7. anyone else having issues downloading? when i click onthe track it just opens and plays instead of downloading, any suggestions? thanks!

    By mark on Aug 26, 2016

  8. Hi mark, Right Click,Save as link,Enjoy the show ,Listened to it all the way Through at work to Day, The Trag On Their game Very good

    By skinned knees on Aug 26, 2016

  9. so proud to be a Canadian .
    doubt that many will “understand” how this brought our country together.
    Canada is “ahead by a century”…

    By sluggo on Aug 26, 2016

  10. the video of the concert.

    By sluggo on Sep 6, 2016

  11. Thanks sluggo,i was hoping the stream of the full show would be posted,love the Hip they are a band that are “ahead by a century”…

    By skinned knees on Sep 6, 2016

  12. I was at the show where they recorded Live Between Us. Had free tix from a friend in the radio biz and didn’t know how blown away I’d be by the end of the night.

    Even in Detroit, where Canadian acts tend to break first in the US, my first real exposure to them was only on Saturday Night Live in 1995.

    Managed to catch some of the online broadcast of this concert and it was great to see Gord close up, instead of a million miles away at Cobo Arena. Man, his facial expressions! And the band, so driven, so into every note, on SNL, at Cobo and this show. I’ll miss him (and them?).

    By Motorvilleboy on Sep 26, 2016

  13. might be a good time to re visit this one.
    We lost a great Canadian today.

    By sluggo on Oct 19, 2017

  14. Sluggo, sad day for Traj! fans sad day for Canada one of the great front men, Gordon was a friend of mine hung out with him for a few days when they toured OZ in the late 90,s,could never understand why they never had a bigger presence world wide ,for a time i be leave they where as popular as Hockey.. in Canada? Gunn’a miss the HIP

    By skinned knees on Oct 19, 2017

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