It sounds like a wonderful place to listen to ‘Nautical Disaster’ , ‘Long Time Running’ or Ahead By A Century‘ with it’s lyric, “No dress rehearsal, this is our life“, all the while gazing out over the horizon of the St. Lawrence.
Kingston City Council unanimously approved the naming of the ‘Gordon Edgar Downie Pier’ for a dock at a popular swimming spot west of Breakwater Park, just one day after Downie was named to the Order of Canada.
No doubt the Tragically Hip frontman spent fleeting summer days there while growing up in Kingston, with no clue of the enormous impact his lyrics would have on us.
I think the Canadian Encyclopedia nailed it when they wrote, “Downie’s most significant accomplishment was to completely reconceptualize Canadian identity”. It’s a thought provoking read and worth your time.
Personally, I can’t think of Canadian identity without including a water view with a Tragically Hip soundtrack. The ‘Gordon Edgar Downie Pier’ will be the perfect place to take that in.
Canada has been showering Gord Downie with respect, love and appreciation, no doubt in hopes of providing to him some semblance of inner peace, an assurance that his life made a big impact on the country and that he will always be remembered.
We are a nation seemingly desperate to make Downie’s journey with terminal brain cancer somehow more bearable. If there is one thing that we collectively will make sure of, it’s that Gord Downie knows he is loved by his fellow Canadians.
Gord Downie is so passionate about preserving the health of Lake Ontario that he joined the Board of Swim Drink Fish Canada-Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. With this cause so near and dear to his heart, I can’t think of a better place to sit and reflect on our waterways and the man who loved them so.