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Gord Downie is Now Officially a Member of the Order of Canada

In the grand scheme of things, this didn’t take long. Public support for the idea of giving Gord Downie the highest honour in the country started in the latter part of last year. Some were concerned that he didn’t make the cut for the announcements made at the end of the year, but that was never going to happen since the vetting process takes six months. But half a year later, Gord has his medal. This is like making it into the Hall of Fame in a unanimous first ballot.

Gord dressed up for the occasion, of course. Wide-brimmed hat with a ceremonial feather, weathered jean jacket with a red poppy on the right breast, black shirt, jeans, boots. In other words, the standard Gord Downie uniform.

Gord’s O of C is for his social activism (“promoting dialogue, raising awareness of the history of residential schools and moving the country along the path to reconciliation”) as well as his musical contributions with the Tragically Hip. (The rest of the band will get thier pins at a later date.)


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One thought on “Gord Downie is Now Officially a Member of the Order of Canada

  • Great to see him receive the honour in person, and not have the process get bogged down to the point it has to be awarded posthumously. They got it right.


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