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A few final tributes to Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot will be laid to rest in his hometown of Orillia. There’s a public visitation on Sunday at St. Paul’s United Church, 62 Peter Street North between 1 and 8pm. Anyone who would like to make a memorial donation can do so through the United Way (Simcoe County Area). They may be made at the Mundell Funeral Home at 79 West St. , North., Orillia, Ontario L3V 5Cl (705 325-2231).

Since we learned of his death on Monday, tributes have been pouring in. To give you an idea of how much he was respected, Billy Joel released this, calling Lightfoot “a lifelong musical hero.”

I’ve done close to 20 interviews about Gordon since Monday including this one on TVO Wednesday night.

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2 thoughts on “A few final tributes to Gordon Lightfoot

  • Thanks for letting everyone know how talented and influential Gordon was. When we came to Canada in 1977, my dad was told that Gordon was somebody worth listening to. He headed to the record shop and bought all his LPs which we spent many evenings listening to. Gordon, in many ways, taught us what it means to be Canadian and listening to his songs brings back many happy memories. He helped define Canada for immigrants, residents and all those in the rest of the world lucky enough to hear his music.

  • I saw the Stuff You Should Know podcast taping at Massey Hall on Saturday, and they spent the first five minutes “addressing the elephant in the room” and eating crow because one of them had just been complaining about The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on it recently, heh. Chuck clarified he loved Gordon Lightfoot songs, just not that one.


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