Wednesday October 18, 2017

'Gord taught me it's OK to dance': Arkells' Max Kerman recalls his time on tour with Gord Downie

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, centre, leads the band through a concert in Vancouver, Sunday, July 24, 2016. Downie has been voted The Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year for 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, centre, leads the band through a concert in Vancouver, Sunday, July 24, 2016. Downie has been voted The Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year for 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

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Back in 2013, Arkells went on a Canadian tour with the Tragically Hip. Lead singer Max Kerman says he learned a lot from his time spent with the band and especially its frontman, Gord Downie. 

"Gord taught me it's OK to dance," Kerman reveals. "Gord is an incredible, physical performer and I think, you see the guy up there being totally uninhibited, and I think that loosens everybody else up in the crowd. It made everyone feel OK to dance around, scream, fist pump and be their most eccentric self at a Tragically Hip show because the man leading the dance was Gord."