Gord Downie Named Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year

Every year, the Canadian press selects a person as its newsmaker of the year and to the surprise of no one, the 2017 recipient is Gord Downie. And yes, this is the second year in a row for Gord.

He won 53% of the votes cast by newsrooms across the country. Justin Trudeau finished second with 13% while new NDP head Jagmeet Singh had 11%.

A couple of fun facts:

  • Gord is the only entertainer to ever receive the newsmaker of the year title in 71-year history of the poll.
  • Other than Gord, only Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, Terry Fox and Rick Hansen have been named more than once.

Read more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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