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Gord Downie’s Birthday Party and the Hip Gets a Commemorative Stone in Kingston. Guess Which Lyrics Made the Cut?

Gord Downie turns 53 on February 6 and this coming Saturday, friends and fans will gather at Adelaide Hall in Toronto host a few drinks and listen to one of the best Tragically Hip cover bands around. The event, promoted by the #CourageForGord people, as A Birthday Celebration for Gord, is completely sold out. All proceeds are going to brain cancer research Details on the whole thing can be found here.

Meanwhile, a commemorative Tragically Hip stone will be laid at Springer Market Square in Kingston at 5pm Thursday (February 2). This will mark the spot where 25,000 people turned up for the Hip’s final concert on last summer’s tour.

A poll was held to see which line from which Hip song should be inscribed on the stone. After 11,000 votes from all across the country, the verdict was “Everybody was in it from miles around” from “Blow at High Dough.”


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