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Published on April 24th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Ottawa commuters will soon be able to ride Gord Downie to work

The tributes for late Tragically Hip man Gord Downie keep coming, sometimes from unusual directions.

Take the case of OC Transpo, Ottawa’s public transit system. As it works on implementing the new O-Train Conferdation light rail system, OC Transpo conducted a “Name the Trains” contest to give things the human touch. People 16 and under were invited to submit suggestions for names for 40 new trains.

When everything goes into service, there will be trains named after Emily Carr, Farley Mowat–and Gord Downie. This shot is by Ottawa mayor Jim Watson.




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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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