Wednesday October 18, 2017
Alan Doyle praises the Tragically Hip's unabashedly Canadian music
more stories from this episode
- Gord Downie (1964-2017)
- 'Gord taught me it's OK to dance': Arkells' Max Kerman recalls his time on tour with Gord Downie
- Stars' Torquil Campbell says Gord Downie was the 'gold standard of how to be an artist'
- Alan Doyle praises the Tragically Hip's unabashedly Canadian music
- How Gord Downie supported Justin Rutledge's Tragically Hip covers album
- 'He taught us all about dying': Laurie Brown on the legacy of Gord Downie
- The 'whimsical' poetry of Gord Downie
- Full Episode
When musician Alan Doyle thinks of the Tragically Hip, he thinks of Canada. Doyle, who joined us on the show today after hearing the news of Gord Downie's death, shared his favourite memories of Downie, but also explained why the band is such an integral part of the Canadian music scene.
"Gord and the guys were always completely unafraid and often eager to write songs about the tiniest little pieces of Canadiana from their own backyard," Doyle says. "They never tried to sound like they were from San Francisco or Los Angeles or London or New York — they were Canadian and they wrote songs about things that happened outside their window and that's really important."