Published Oct 25, 2016The town of Kingston, ON, has already made plans to ensure that the legacy of the Tragically Hip will literally be set in stone, but residents of the band's old stomping grounds are sure to think of the storied Canadian rock group each time they reach for a phone book.
The latest area phone book from Easier to Read for Kingston, Gananoque, Napanee and area features frontman Gord Downie on the cover, dressed in one of his shiny suits from the band's summer "Man Machine Poem" tour. Along with the celebratory image, the second page of the directory will feature information about the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research, for which fans have raised over $1 million.
Oddly enough, Canadian film and TV star Jay Baruchel may have predicted such a cover image, tweeting in 2012 that "Gord Downie could sing the bloody phone book and it would be more meaningful and heartfelt than anything out there right now."
Downie has recently been performing concerts in support of his latest solo project Secret Path, which sheds light on Canada's dark history with First Nations residential schools. The Tragically Hip's final show was broadcast nationally on CBC; 11 million Canadian tuned in to watch the event. You can take a look some less money-minded stats from the tour over here.
Gord Downie could sing the bloody phone book and it would be more meaningful and heartfelt than anything out there right now.— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) February 18, 2012