Hamilton will put a plaque honouring Gord Downie in its biggest music venue
Thousands gathered in Gage Park last summer for a broadcast of the Tragically Hip's final concert
Hamilton will commemorate late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie with a plaque at First Ontario Centre.
City councillors voted Wednesday to honour the musician, who died Tuesday night of an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer.
Sam Merulla, Ward 4 councillor, initiated the move at a city council general issues committee. It passed unanimously.
"Honouring arguably the greatest frontman in Canadian rock 'n' roll history in our own little way is something most citizens will very much appreciate," said Jason Farr, Ward 2 councillor.
The city demonstrated its love for Downie last year when it set up giant screens in Gage Park to broadcast the Hip's final concert on CBC. Thousands attended.
On that tour, Downie had already announced that he'd been diagnosed with glioblastoma.
Tributes flowed across the country Wednesday, including from First Nations communities. Downie was a well known advocate of Indigenous rights and reconciliation.
"Gord knew this day was coming," his family said in a statement. "His response was to spend this precious time as he always had — making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived,."